An unlikely pair teams up to investigate a brutal murder in a haunting thriller that walks the line between reality and impossibility.
Forgotten Bones – When small-town police officers discover the grave of a young boy, they’re quick to pin the crime on a convicted criminal who lives nearby. But when it comes to murder, Officer Susan Marlan never trusts a simple explanation, so she’s just getting started.
Meanwhile, college professor Eric Evans hallucinates a young boy in overalls: a symptom of his schizophrenia—or so he thinks. But when more bodies turn up, Eric has more visions, and they mirror details of the murder case. As the investigation continues, the police stick with their original conclusion, but Susan’s instincts tell her something is off. The higher-ups keep stonewalling her, and the FBI’s closing in.
Desperate for answers, Susan goes rogue and turns to Eric for help. Together they take an unorthodox approach to the case as the evidence keeps getting stranger. With Eric’s hallucinations intensifying and the body count rising, can the pair separate truth from illusion long enough to catch a monster?
From the Editor
Have you ever seen something that seems completely impossible? For geology professor Eric Evans, seeing the unusual is par for the course; he’s had schizophrenic hallucinations for years. But there’s something about his latest vision of a young boy that unsettles him. He chalks it up to stress, and tells himself to get more sleep.
And then he sees a photo of the same boy on the local news…
Detective Susan Marlan has been investigating the murder of the young boy, whose body was found buried in a farm field. It should be a big case for her—the FBI and the media are hot on the trail—but her boss tells her to back off.
Eric goes to the police to talk to the detective on the case. His visions can’t be a coincidence…can they? But he also knows that there’s no reason for Susan, or anyone, to believe he’s not crazy. He has trouble believing it himself.
What makes Forgotten Bones so compelling is Vivian Barz’s convincing and well-researched characters. The characters behave realistically, challenging themselves, wondering how the impossible can be seemingly possible. Even when things seem irrational, Eric and Susan follow through, eager to uncover the truth no matter the cost.
A cross between Bones and Supernatural, Forgotten Bones gives the police procedural an unexpected twist sure to delight new readers.
– Jessica Tribble, Editor
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About the Author
Vivian Barz grew up on a farm in a small Northern California town of less than three thousand people. With plenty of fresh air and space to let her imagination run wild, she began penning mysteries at a young age. One of Barz’s earliest works, a story about a magical scarecrow with a taste for children’s blood, was read to her third-grade class during show-and-tell. It received mixed reviews. Vivian kept writing, later studying English and film and media studies from the University of California, Irvine. She now resides in Los Angeles, where she is always working on her next screenplay and novel. Barz also writes under the pen name Sloan Archer.