Forgotten Bones (Dead Remaining #1) by Vivian Barz

Forgotten Bones (Dead Remaining #1)

An unlikely pair teams up to investigate a brutal murder in a haunting thriller that walks the line between reality and impossibility.When small-town police officers discover the grave of a young boy, they’re quick to pin the crime on a convicted felon who lives nearby. But when it comes to murder, Officer Susan Marlan never trusts a simple explanation, so she’s just getting started.Meanwhile, college professor Eric Evans hallucinates a young...

Details Forgotten Bones (Dead Remaining #1)

TitleForgotten Bones (Dead Remaining #1)
Release DateAug 1st, 2019
PublisherBrilliance Audio
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Forgotten Bones (Dead Remaining #1)

  • Dee Arr
    The thriller I was hoping to read never materialized, which was unfortunate, because I liked the main characters and this could have been a good story.The author flip-flopped back and forth between Eric and Susan, offering two likable people with realistic problems. The clues were consistently laid out for the reader to see, and it was an inevitability that the two would eventually meet. If Ms. Barz felt she was concealing the truth of the murder...
  • Ceecee
    The most positive thing that I can say about this is that I like that one of the main characters Eric is a schizophrenic, who with the aid of appropriate medication is able to live very successfully with the condition and most people would be totally unaware. I also like the other main character of Susan who is dogged, determined and caring. Unfortunately, the book is so up and down in terms of pace I found it hard not to nod off at times. For ex...
  • Siobhan
    I love a good crime fiction mixed with the paranormal and was super curious to see how Vivian Barz’s Forgotten Bones would play out. As it’s the first in a series, I was eager for a new series that would have me hooked.I’ll be honest and say I was unsure at first. I wasn’t sucked in and I did consider putting this one aside. It did not grip me in the way I’d expected, giving us more about the lives of the characters than about the crime...
  • Amanda
    I really need to start DNFing books, so I don't have to write ranty reviews. I prefer to write happy reviews for books I enjoyed.Let's talk about the only aspect of this book I really enjoyed and that is the character Eric. He's unique with his schizophrenia. His ex-wife is a complete douche canoe but thankfully he doesn't pacify her at all. He was a great likable character for the most part. Story felt a bit boring at times, 53% in and the "unli...
  • Dennis
    Review to come.
  • Tammy
    4.5 ★ Forgotten Bones is an eerie, entertaining, fast-paced murder mystery!Eric Evans, a newly divorced, community college professor finds and works on restoring an old foul-smelling steamer trunk he bought from a used shop. He soon begins seeing ghostly visions, although he thinks he’s hallucinating due to his schizophrenia. Officer Susan Marlon, first on the scene of a car accident, is startled by what’s found buried nearby. She begins in...
  • Caotico09
    What you should know before reading:1) Forgotten Bones is not your typical crime novel. There is not a ton of crime solving, leads, or potential suspects- instead it focuses on the daily lives of two MC's who somewhat haphazardly stumble onto clues. 2) The book does include paranormal activity (ghosts). 3) I found the book to be rather slow, for example Eric's introduction chapter spends pages and pages to say two things: he has schizophrenia and...
  • Jose
    I was offered an advance copy in exchange for a review.“Forgotten Bones” was a genuinely good read! The story centers around Eric and Susan, a college professor and Police Officer respectively, and an ongoing child murderer case in the small town of Perrick, CA. The book has great pacing, making it an easy and enjoyable read. I loved how it went back and forth between the two main characters, giving you just the right amount of information ab...
  • A Wondrous Bookshelf
    Forgotten Bones is not your average crime thriller, and I will go over why. The premise of the book is excellent. Susan, a young detective upon responding to a car accident scene, comes across the body of a young child. Police quickly attributes the crime to a local pedophile. However, Susan is suspicious that there is more to the story and decides to embark on an investigation on her own. Parallel to Susan's story we meet Eric, a geology profess...
  • Cathy Ryan
    Skipping over the prologue, which I thought was too long and actually unnecessary since the characters don’t feature again, Police Officer Susan Marlan responds to a road traffic accident where the decades old remains of a child’s body is discovered buried next to a telephone pole that had been knocked down. A local pedophile recently released from prison is deemed responsible for the child’s death although, after talking to the medical exa...
  • Darcia Helle
    I'm not reviewing this book because I couldn't bring myself to read more than 30 pages. What follows is just me telling you why I so thoroughly rejected this one. Be aware that what I'm saying might be considered "spoilers", though all of this happens within the first pages.We start off with a couple driving. The male is giving a sober monologue of complaints, while the female is drunk and, for reasons unknown, totally turned on. (His ranting is ...
  • Paul
    Actual review: 3.5 stars.I was offered a pre-publication Kindle copy to read and review."Forgotten Bones" is a fast read, a small town serial killer mystery with a supernatural twist and a pair of engaging protagonists (the man is especially intriguing because he's schizophrenic and inclined to hallucinate ... only in this case his disturbing visions aren't just coming from his own imagination).Some of Vivian Barz's narrative threads had predicta...
  • Tammy
    4.5 ★ Forgotten Bones is an eerie, entertaining, fast-paced murder mystery!Eric Evans, a newly divorced, community college professor finds and works on restoring an old foul-smelling steamer trunk he bought from a used shop. He soon begins seeing ghostly visions, although he thinks he’s hallucinating due to his schizophrenia. Officer Susan Marlon, first on the scene of a car accident, is startled by what’s found buried nearby. She begins in...
  • Adrian Lawrence
    Normal meets paranormalA combination of ghosts set in a murder mystery that really did work for me. The book, although slightly slow in parts, always held my interest and developed into something unexpected and enjoyable. Set in Small Town, it's got an abundance of simplistic mystery that's so atmospheric. I don't think I missed anything but I was a long way into the story before I realised that, who I thought was bad was actually good. I felt tr...
  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    I really enjoyed this book it was a mix between a ghost story and a murder mystery! There were two main characters Eric a schizophrenic who is going through a divorce and to say it’s messy would be an understatement, Susan a police officer on the local police force. After a car accident the body of a small child is discovered and it’s on the property of an ex con , whose also a know child predator. Once the police start investigating over twe...
  • Amanda Richardson
    Forgotten Bones by Vivian Barz had me on the edge of my seat. Did not want to put this book down! I loved both small-town cop Susan and the new professor in town, Eric. Both of them have great personalities and feel like real people existing somewhere out in California solving crimes. Loved the book.Skeletons, lots of them, are showing up in a field adjacent to where a convicted child molester lives. But they can't find the man. He's missing. The...
  • Lynne Marshall
    Forgotten Bones was a unique and engaging tale. I'm not crazy about serial killer stories in general, but this one pulled me in and kept me interested from Chapter One. Susan is a young but perceptive small town police officer. Eric is a schizophrenic with one heck of a backstory, who is new in town and who has no clue what he is about to get sucked into. I rooted for him from the beginning. The little boy ghost insists that Susan and Eric put th...
  • Pattyh
    Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to preview Forgotten Bones by Vivian Barz. This is a police procedural that looks like it may become a series.The bones of an old crime are found by a police officer - Susan Marlan. There are those who are quick to judge a local man as a possible suspect, but Susan is skeptical.While a college professor, Eric, is having visions about a young boy, he feels these maybe messages from the grave. Susan and Eric ...
  • T'leah
    I almost rated it 3 stars because the writing is rough around the edges. Especially in the prologue. BUT it is her first published novel according to her profile so I went with 4 because her character writing is spot on and there were some scenes (ahem the horse) that really had creep factor. All in all it is a good little ghost story and I look forward to seeing her develop as an author.
  • Mkittysamom
    I had no idea where this book was going..I got really into it, once Susan entered the plot. I really love the supernaturalness, and ghosts interacting with the characters! I definitely did not see the ending coming either! This was a great mystery!
  • Jana
    More like 3.5. The plot and twist were extremely predictable. That being said this book was different than your typical thriller and I loved the supernatural aspect to it. I look forward to more from this author.
  • Christopher Williams
    I enjoyed this one. Not an author I have read before but well written with likeable characters in Eric and Susan. The plot was good and almost impossible to guess what had happened. Certainly maintained interest right to the end.
  • Carol
    Predictable but at times entertaining mystery. Not impressed with the writing style of the author.
  • Carolyn
    Great premise, odd pacing, entertaining.
  • Daelene
    The first chapter or two was really rough on me. I almost put the book away but now I’m overjoyed that I did not. I’ll be looking for the next book in this series
  • Jill B
    Ugh! This used to be a genre that I enjoyed, but that was a long time ago. I did manage to finish it so I didn't hate it so much I gave up, but sometimes I wanted to. There wasn't too much that happened that wasn't broadcast from a mile away. For example: - The person who was blamed for the crimes may as well have been named Red Herring since no one, other than the police and FBI in the book, would ever think he was the one that did it. - The pol...
  • Ann Hebert
    This mystery was a little strange in the beginning, and did switch back and fourth between the two main characters, but I still enjoyed it and the twist and turn, as well as the clue from ghosts! Loved the ending.
  • Sheri
    Eerie book, somewhat predictable in portions. I found it unbelievable that the police officer Susan, would not have problems with the mentally disturbed man. But other than that, it was a very good book and although predictable, well-written and the characters also well-written I did find myself reading it quickly and I do recommend it for lovers of thrillers.I'd like to thank the author/publisher/netgalley for the opportunity to read this book a...
  • Alan Zabel
    "Forgotten Bones" is a very disappointing mystery/thriller.The main two characters were well enough developed and described, but that's it. There were many other characters that were introuced and then completely abandoned, playing no role whatsoever in the arc of the story. Several that could have been deleted altogether.The actual resolution of the mystery was no great surprise.Perhaps the worst problem, from my perspective, was the paranormal ...
  • Mel
    Ahhhhhh I really like this book!It has the perfect mix of mental health positivity, paranormal activity, and detective work. The characters are well fleshed out, and even if I guessed the "twist" it didn't make the ending any less enjoyable.