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A House With Good Bones

By T. Kingfisher
A House With Good Bones by T. Kingfisher digital book - Fable

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A Barnes & Noble Best Horror Book of 2023

A haunting Southern Gothic from an award-winning master of suspense, A House With Good Bones explores the dark, twisted roots lurking just beneath the veneer of a perfect home and family.


"Mom seems off."

Her brother's words echo in Sam Montgomery's ear as she turns onto the quiet North Carolina street where their mother lives alone.

She brushes the thought away as she climbs the front steps. Sam's excited for this rare extended visit, and looking forward to nights with just the two of them, drinking boxed wine, watching murder mystery shows, and guessing who the killer is long before the characters figure it out.

But stepping inside, she quickly realizes home isn’t what it used to be. Gone is the warm, cluttered charm her mom is known for; now the walls are painted a sterile white. Her mom jumps at the smallest noises and looks over her shoulder even when she’s the only person in the room. And when Sam steps out back to clear her head, she finds a jar of teeth hidden beneath the magazine-worthy rose bushes, and vultures are circling the garden from above.

To find out what’s got her mom so frightened in her own home, Sam will go digging for the truth. But some secrets are better left buried.


Also by T. Kingfisher
Nettle & Bone
What Moves the Dead


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3.5
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Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Hmmmm. This was definitely interesting, to say the least. I loved the MC, very believable. And the antagonist was played out well. I really liked the family trauma/drama, it was developed nicely and tied in seamlessly. The ending for me was extremely far-fetched and had me chuckling at some points, which changed my star rating (4 to 3 stars). Overall, the book had a nice metaphorical touch to it. I thought that was creative for the horror genre.”
Likable charactersEasy to readFast-pacedSuspensefulDarkViolenceUnsatisfying ending
“I absolutely adore the other books I've read by T. Kingfisher https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56179377.Nettle___Bone https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54369251.A_Wizard_s_Guide_to_Defensive_Baking and this one was good.. But I don't think horror is my genre. This is the second horror I've read in the last year and I just don't think its my thing. I felt like this book was very slow to evolve. Not a lot happens in the first 50-75% of the book, mostly character building and backstory - so if thats your thing definitely try this one out. There is a lot going on in the last 25% and I liked the way things wrapped up but it was all very quick. I liked the characters and the plot, but it was very slow. I also listened to the audiobooks and I really did not enjoy her male and old lady voices lol. I don't think I'll read her other horror, but will definitely read her other works.”
“Originally rated a 4/5 but bumped it down to a 3/5 the longer I sat with it. Overall it was a fairly enjoyable read but the ending fell very flat for me. It was a lot of build up and suspense, for the big battle scene to ultimately be solved by “believing in yourself.” Again it wasn’t bad, I even enjoyed the unreasonable amount of bug facts I learned. But the ending was just lacking for me.”

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