To The Bone

Rated 3.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Private Investigator, Gavin English, has been hired to find a teenage runaway. The job seems simple enough until another girl's body is found, and all signs point to a cannibal. Could his client's daughter be in for the same fate? Can he find her before it's too late?

To The Bone is a bloody, dark, and sexy Psychological Thriller, and the first Gavin English novella. More

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About Ken Lindsey

Ken Lindsey was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to an outlaw father who read him Sesame Street books at bedtime and let him watch The Shining before his fifth birthday, and a blue-collar mother who was likely the hardest working person he has ever met. This is how he wound up spending most of his childhood with his nose in books and a die-hard love of horror movies and great cinema in general. Narnia, the Millennium Falcon, and Elm Street all hold holy and happy places in his adolescent memories.

During high school Ken found his true love in a Journalism class where he wrote opinion pieces, toyed with the idea of being a photo-journalist, and took every chance he got to read and review books that had not already found their way to his bookshelf. Before graduation, he began writing his first manuscript-a vampire story very reminiscent of Anne Rice’s Interview With a Vampire, which was never (and never will be) published or shared with the public-at-large.

Since graduating Salutatorian of his class, Ken has dabbled in College, tried his hand far too many jobs to name, married, had four beautiful children, divorced, and continued writing. Nowadays he drinks all the coffee, spends as much time as he can with his children, enjoys the Pacific coast whenever he can get to it, and perseveres in his writing in between bouts of vacuuming animal fur from the couch and searching for the best biscuits and gravy in the Pacific

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Review by: ETA: soon on Nov. 5, 2012 :
TO THE BONE is a classic example of detective fiction using the inverted story format. The crimes and the villain's identity are revealed early in the story, letting the reader focus more on learning about Gavin English and the how/why behind the gruesome acts. (Note: Although not explicitly graphic, this story involves cannibalism so there are moments which could be stomach-churning for some readers. So know your limits and proceed with caution.)

A former-cop-turned-private-investigator, English is drifting along in the river of life. He's got a complicated relationship with his ex-wife and his two closest buddies are his ex-partner from the police force and a high school chum working in the porn film industry. He smokes and drinks too much, eats too little and is far too familiar with the local strip club. But this anti-hero is not so cynical that he is incapable of horror once he realizes what his latest job involves. And the author leaves a clue here and there to show that a measure of optimism survives beneath English's jaded exterior.

Written in the first person, TO THE BONE takes the reader into English's head as he works to prevent another tragedy. Given some of his antics, sometimes that's not a good thing. (*lol*) But again, he's an anti-hero and for this first book, much of his background remains a mystery. It will be interesting to see how his character develops in subsequent books, as well as whether or not his sidekicks return for another Gavin English investigation.

[As an aside, the book's formatting bothered me. Silly, but I personally dislike blank lines in between paragraphs, seeing it as space filler = Kindle abuse.]

* Copy was provided by the author.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Becky Chatelain on Sep. 24, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this. It was a quick read but very engrossing and wrapped up nicely, though not perfectly for the private investigator. The killer was a sicko and there was some great gore.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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