Near the Bone

Berkley. Apr. 2021. 336p. ISBN 9780593199763. pap. $17. HORROR
Mattie lives off the grid in a cabin on the side of a mountain with her older, emotionally and physically abusive husband. An unreliable narrator who knows nothing of the outside world, Mattie has flashbacks to her past, memories that are incomplete and terrifying. When a violent creature clearly not of this world begins leaving mutilated animal corpses across their territory, Mattie expands her limited range to investigate and encounters hikers who help her come to terms with the true, sinister nature of her past and present. Overflowing with intensity, action, and an oppressive, isolated atmosphere, this is a violent, compelling, and disturbing mix of domestic suspense and creature-feature horror that will appeal to a wide swath of readers.
VERDICT Henry has expertly walked the line between psychological suspense and horror to crowd-pleasing results for years, and this title is no exception. Hand out freely to fans of Sarah Pinborough, Jennifer McMahon, and Zoje Stage.
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