Bad Bones by Linda Ladd is a dark psychological suspense thriller. It is filled with twists and turns and it is action packed from beginning to end.
Claire Morgan is a homicide detective for Canton County. She and her partner, Bud Davis, are investigating the murder of a an ultimate fighter, whose body is found buried under snow in a state park. The victim’s body has nearly every bone broken, perhaps from a beating with a bat. Because the victim is an ultimate fighter, he could have been beaten by an opponent. Whoever killed him, that person is one sick human.
The victim’s wife feels that her husband was murdered by her ex-husband, who happens to be an ex-mafia member. So not only does Claire have to figure out the killer during blizzard, freezing conditions, she has to pay a visit to the mafia, which she figures may be dangerous. She has also heard rumors of fighting groups in the hills who are training young children to become warriors with their fists. This information sickens her and she makes a promise to herself to get to the bottom of the rumors so she can save any young children who are being abused. While dealing with all of this, she is also trying to plan her life with her millionaire boyfriend, who happens to be a top-rate psychiatrist. She is engaged and she has a wedding to plan, which is an overwhelming process to her. Claire definitely has her hands full, trying to juggle all the different aspects in her life.
This book is very suspenseful and action packed. It may not be a book for people who are squeamish, in my opinion. There are sections in the book that deal with children being forced to participate in fighting other children and I thought it was rather graphic and troubling. It explained parts of the book that happen later so it was not put in there just for shock value, which I appreciated. But in my opinion, it was still troubling to read about.
The writing style is very descriptive and the author knows how to write suspense. There were times while reading the book I was afraid to turn the page because I was afraid what I would read. I was on the edge of my seat much of the time while reading the book. This is a great thing, in my opinion. The action is non-stop from beginning to end.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a suspenseful, action book. I have read other books by Linda Ladd and I have enjoyed all of them. This one was no exception.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington for the opportunity to read and review this book.