Anyone else loving this cover? This would have been a total cover-buy for me!
Thanks to HMH Books for the free copy in exchange for my honest review.
BREAK THE BODIES, HAUNT THE BONES – Micah Dean Hicks (out now!)
My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!
I love when authors blend genres together. In the case of Micah Dean Hicks’ BREAK THE BODIES, HAUNT THE BONES I would consider this to be horror meets sci-fi (which I just recently learned is considered speculative fiction). I wouldn’t categorize this as just a horror novel.
I’ll say right off the bat that this will not be fore all readers. I can see this being slow moving for many because it isn’t an action packed book or a thriller/suspense. This is more of a character driven novel with an incredibly unique premise. This isn’t your typical haunting or ghost story, this puts a new spin on being haunted.
Swine Hill is a haunted place filled with the ghosts of the dead. You just knew to avoid the downtown area so that you wouldn’t be at risk of becoming haunted. Jane and her brother, Henry, are both haunted. Meaning that the ghosts live within them and can take control of their lives. Jane’s ghost tells her the deepest secrets and fears of those around her. Henry’s ghost is a mechanical genius and will try to make machines and other gadgets (that turn out to be dangerous in most cases) but this will cause Henry to fall into the background of his own mind and he’ll lose months at a time.
When Henry’s ghost goes too far in his most recent creation, the town and the people in it are now at risk. I don’t want to go too much into the rest of the story, but this was an incredibly eerie read. The relationships between characters felt authentic and you were able to sympathize with them and the hardships they experience. If you’re looking for a truly unique read, then I would highly recommend picking this one up!