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The Bone Field

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January 2017 Book of the Month.

A series? By Simon Kernick? Yes please! Two faces, who were unknown to each other in previous books, join forces in this powerful, fast moving and intoxicating tale. Trouble starts to hunt Ray Mason down after he promises a grieving couple justice, he tells his own story over five days in a no-nonsense direct style. The two main characters are a wonderfully maverick pair, yet their moral compass, while occasionally directionally challenged, remains steadfast. Simon Kernick piles on the tension as he sets events in motion, each link tightens and burns with energy. A vivid, striking hit of complete escapism, ‘The Bone Field’ is an action-packed and mind-gripping start to a new series that promises to deliver in spades. ~ Liz Robinson

If you like Simon Kernick you might also like to read books by Tom Cain, Peter James and David Peace.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Lynda DeFreitas - 'The story is gripping – the plot well thought out...I'm looking forward to the next instalment of Simon Kernick's new series'
  • Rachael Anderson - 'The first book in what I suspect will be a must read crime series...This is a fast paced thriller which I would heartedly recommend.'
  • Sheila Dale - 'Great initial presentation, good characters well written and a fantastic plot. If you haven't read Kernick before do it NOW!!'
  • Maz Tucker - 'It was full of action from start to finish. The plot and characters came to life.'
  • Sarah Musk - 'This book is very readable, clearly written and fast paced.  If you like a complex, dark, fast paced thriller - then read The Bone Field.'
  • Susan Andrews - 'I didn't really enjoy this book, did I need to go back to finish it? Yes! It kept me reading.'
  • Laura Rowland - 'This book is a great example of a murder mystery read that will keep you enthralled and fascinated by each twist and turn throughout the storyline.'
  • Margaret Freeman - 'A gripping, fast action thriller. I thoroughly enjoyed The Bone Field by Simon Kernick. It's the first of his books that I've read, but it won't be the last.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'This had so much potential but was quite simply average.'
  • Daran Bellingham - 'The end leaves you wanting more, which I like as this is the first part of Kernick's new series.'
  • Kerry Bridges - 'A fast paced read which left me hanging...'
  • Lizzy Dingemans - 'Perfect for long time fans of Kernick and new readers alike - a gritty thriller with a great twist to finish!'
  • Carol Peace - 'This was a fast paced and edge of your seat kind of read and I devoured it in 2 sittings.'
  • Julie Evans - 'Fantastic, thrilling! This book is one of the best that I have read for a long time. It was a page turner from page 1 and kept me hooked all the way through.'
  • Cathy Small - 'An enjoyable thriller that will draw you into the character of Ray.'
  • Peter Mynehan - 'Although the story took the reader on an exotic journey to Southeast Asia and back, I only found this book to be a relatively mundane run of the mill cop story.'
  • Lynette McCann - 'The action doesn't let up and all the characters are really believable leading to a shock ending, leaving readers gasping for another book to follow. Couldn't put this book down.'

Synopsis

The Bone Field by Simon Kernick

The totally gripping and irresistible new thriller from the best-selling author of Stay Alive, The Final Minute and The Witness. When the bones of a 21-year old woman who went missing without trace in Thailand in 1990, are discovered in the grounds of an old Catholic school in Buckinghamshire, an enduring mystery takes on a whole new twist. Her boyfriend at the time, and the man who reported her missing, Henry Forbes, now a middle-aged university lecturer, comes forward with his lawyer and tells DI Ray Mason of the Met's Homicide Command that he knows what happened to Kitty, and who killed her. So begins a hunt for the truth that will focus on a ruthless crime gang, a rich, dysfunctional family with a terrible past, and a highly ambitious man so cruel and ruthless that he must be brought down at any cost...

Reviews

A missing girl. A ruthless crime gang. A man so evil he must be stopped at any cost. DI Ray Mason and PI Tina Boyd begin a desperate hunt for the truth that will take them into a dark and terrifying world of corruption and deadly secrets, where murder is commonplace, and nothing and nobody is safe ... from the publisher's description Hang on tight! -- Harlan Coben A potent cocktail of thrills Guardian Keeps the action breakneck Time Out Doesn't let up till the very last Daily Mirror breathless Sunday Times An addictive thriller full of gritty details and fast frenetic action. Sunday Mirror An adrenaline rush of a read. My Chestnut Reading Tree 'The Bone Field is one of those intriguing novels that surreptitiously gets under your skin.
Jaffa Reads Too A series

? By Simon Kernick? Yes please! [A] powerful, fast moving and intoxicating tale. Love Reading


About the Author

Simon Kernick

Simon Kernick was our Guest Editor in February 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing.

Simon Kernick is one of Britain's most exciting new thriller writers. He arrived on the scene with his highly acclaimed debut novel The Business of Dying, and his big breakthrough came with his novel Relentless which became the bestselling thriller of 2007. Simon's research is what makes his thrillers so authentic. He talks both on and off the record to members of Special Branch, the Anti-Terrorist Branch and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, so he gets to hear first hand what actually happens in the dark and murky underbelly of UK crime.

Below is a Q&A with this author.

1. Does your writing ever scare you?
Maybe not my writing, but my vivid imagination does.

2. Are you a disciplined writer?
Yes, I think so. I tend to write five days a week and roughly between the hours of 9 and 5 (and longer if I’m behind). I don’t think you can wait for inspiration to take hold otherwise you could be waiting a hell of a long time! In the end, you have to treat it like a job, albeit one that’s great fun.

3. Who is your most recognised character? What/who was the inspiration behind that character?
I have two central characters in my books. One is Dennis Milne, my renegade cop from The Business of Dying and its two sequels, and the other is Tina Boyd. Dennis was an amalgamation of a few cops I knew at the time (although none of them were killers as far as I know!), and Tina was a minor character from the early books who just became more and more central to my plots. I’m not quite sure how that happened. It just did.

4. Where do you write?
Usually in a bedroom upstairs in my house facing out on the road and the trees beyond. It’s a relaxing view.

5. Which crime fiction related book, TV programme or film have had the most impact on you or your writing?
Get Carter (originally Jack’s Return Home) by Ted Lewis has always been a huge inspiration. It’s one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read. A real noir classic.

6. What is your favourite scene or line from any crime fiction book?
‘The right apartment was hard to find so they murdered the old lady.’ It’s the first line of ‘Don’t Say a Word’ by Andrew Klavan, a fantastic thriller that I’ve re-read twice, and that line’s been imprinted on my memory ever since I first picked up the book in a second hand bookshop in Tenerife in 1993.

7. Which non-fictional killer frightens you the most?
They all do, to a certain extent. It takes a certain darkness in the soul to be able to kill another human being.

8. What tip would you give any budding writers?
Be patient, don’t spend too much time worrying about editing until you reach the end of your story (the most important thing is always to get words down on a page), and develop a thick skin. You will face many rejections in your struggle to get published, but if you’re determined enough, and your work is good enough, you’ll get there in the end.

9. E-book or paper?
Still paper. I’m a bit of Luddite.

10. If you were a fictional character, how would you write your own death?
In a blaze of glory, gunning down the bad guys in a ferocious firefight before being caught from behind by a lucky shot!

11. …and what would your final meal be?
If I had time between all the shooting, I’d dine on a dozen oysters followed by a rib eye steak, lobster and French fries, ending with my Mum’s trifle. I think that lot would probably finish me off anyway…

Author photo © Johnny Ring

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Publication date

12th January 2017

Author

Simon Kernick

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Publisher

Century an imprint of Cornerstone

Format

Hardback
432 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Books for the Boys
Books of the Month
Thriller / Suspense
Family Drama
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Crime & mystery
Thriller / suspense
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781780894539

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