By Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
- Release Date: 2019-08-20
- Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Old Bones Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
The #1 NYT bestselling authors Preston & Child bring the true story of the ill-fated Donner Party to new life in this thrilling novel of archaeology, history, murder, and suspense.
Nora Kelly, a young curator at the Santa Fe Institute of Archaeology, is approached by historian Clive Benton with a once-in-a-lifetime proposal: to lead a team in search of the so-called "Lost Camp" of the tragic Donner Party. This was a group of pioneers who earned a terrible place in American history when they became snow-bound in the California mountains in 1847, their fate unknown until the first skeletonized survivors stumbled out of the wilderness, raving about starvation, murder-and cannibalism.
Benton tells Kelly he has stumbled upon an amazing find: the long-sought diary of one of the victims, which has an enigmatic description of the Lost Camp. Nora agrees to lead an expedition to locate and excavate it-to reveal its long-buried secrets.
Once in the mountains, however, they learn that discovering the camp is only the first step in a mounting journey of fear. For as they uncover old bones, they expose the real truth of what happened, one that is far more shocking and bizarre than mere cannibalism. And when those ancient horrors lead to present-day violence on a grand scale, rookie FBI agent Corrie Swanson is assigned the case...only to find that her first investigation might very well be her last.
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User reviews about this book
Truckee sure got bashed
By Paleo Schnauzer
I love the book, the suspense, the twists and turns but as a 20+ year homeowner residing in Truckee I sure resented the way the book cast our quaint town in such a bad light. I’m sure loads of books where the story is set in a small, town have done the same but I don’t live there! Truckee is not at all the way it’s portrayed. It’s clean, friendly and has many lovely places to eat and shop. It’s a bit touristy, good for business up bad for locals. We’ve learned to co-exist with the flatlanders. My home is about 2 miles from Alder Creek. We’ve never heard of Lost Camp of course, it did not exist. The story is great, don’t get me wrong. I just had a bad taste in my mouth from the portrayal of this historic town.
I have read every one of their books! Huge fan!This one left me cold as “old bones”. Could have been a short story, just dragged on and on. The ending was rushed and contrived.
How can you go wrong with the authors and the recurrent characters. Great story as usual. Loved it!!
I have been a fan for a long time. Generally, I enjoy the books which involve Agent Pendergast in a more dynamic role. This is one of the first books I have throughly enjoyed in which he did not play a strong role. Very good read!
Wonderful Plot - A Rushed Ending
This book was an incredible read. The plot was well crafted but the ending was rather rushed and left me wanting more.
I expected more from this duo. The story is okay, but the big reveal at the end is not believable. Not worth wading through the gratuitous stomach churning details.
Would recommend everyone to read this!
Excellent. Gripping story and characters.
By robbie k91
This is a great mystery read. I am a very picky reader. It Gave just enough to leave you wanting more. The ending was amazing and not just a wrap up overall this is a 4 out of 5 star read I recommend to any mystery murder lover!
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