Book: Bone Music
Series: Bone Music #1
Author: Christopher Rice
Charlotte Rowe spent the first seven years of her life in the hands of the only parents she knew—a pair of serial killers who murdered her mother and tried to shape Charlotte in their own twisted image. If only the nightmare had ended when she was rescued. Instead, her real father exploited her tabloid-ready story for fame and profit—until Charlotte finally broke free from her ghoulish past and fled. Just when she thinks she has buried her personal hell forever, Charlotte is swept into a frightening new ordeal. Secretly dosed with an experimental drug, she’s endowed with a shocking new power—but pursued by a treacherous corporation desperate to control her.
Except from now on, if anybody is going to control Charlotte, it’s going to be Charlotte herself. She’s determined to use the extraordinary ability she now possesses to fight the kind of evil that shattered her life—by drawing a serial killer out from the shadows to face the righteous fury of a victim turned avenger.-Goodreads
Review: "Charlotte, you were kidnapped as a baby. Your mother was murdered. You were held hostage for seven years by two psychopaths who isolated you from the world, who lied to you about who you were. Who tried to turn you into someone like them. And when you were returned to your father, he exploited you at every turn and without your consent."
That quote does a great job summarizing Charlotte's life from a baby through most of her teenage years. Charlotte is now in her mid-20's and still struggling with her past. Her psychiatrist convinces her to try an experimental drug to help ease her anxiety and sleep issues and she quickly realizes it gives her Luke Cage type abilities for approx. 3 hours. The key is to how the powers are triggered. Charlotte isn't sure who she can trust and quickly finds herself the target of several powerful men.
This was a another fun read (March has been a great reading month for me!). Thanks to my friend Kristen for finding this book and recommending it to me. While the characters themselves are a little flat and several of the "reveals" were obvious, I didn't care. It was a page turner. I was immediately engaged in the story and couldn't wait to see how it all ended. I'll definitely be reading the next one in the series.
"You can admit that what happened to you made you stronger without celebrating the people who did those things to you."