THE PERFECT BONE-CHILLING THRILLER TO READ THIS HALLOWEEN . . .
'The Bone Keeper will corrupt your days and shatter your nights' Val McDermid
‘A dark and brilliant thriller from a writer who just gets better and better. The Bone Keeper is tense, chilling and HUGELY scary’ Mark Billingham
‘Luca Veste proves you don’t need to go to the Bayou or the Everglades to find something terrifying in the deep, dark woods. Sometimes evil is lurking just around the corner. An entertainingly nasty piece of work' Christopher Brookmyre
What if the figure that haunted your nightmares as child, the myth of the man in the woods, was real?
He'll slice your flesh.
Your bones he'll keep.
Twenty years ago, four teenagers went exploring in the local woods, trying to find to the supposed home of The Bone Keeper. Only three returned.
Now, a woman is found wandering the streets of Liverpool, horrifically injured, claiming to have fled the Bone Keeper. Investigating officer DC Louise Henderson must convince sceptical colleagues that this urban myth might be flesh and blood. But when a body is unearthed in the woodland the woman has fled from, the case takes on a much darker tone.
The disappeared have been found. And their killer is watching every move the police make.
‘Candyman meets The Silence of the Lambs’ Eva Dolan
‘Possibly the finest serial killer novel since Red Dragon’ Steve Cavanagh
‘A chillingcrime read. Full of tension and with a sinister undercurrent, it will definitely get under your skin’ Bibliophile bookclub
‘A sinuous and compelling tale of the power of a monstrous past, with a real sense of evil and the insidious influence of urban myth’ Ramsey Campbell
'A chilling twist on a modern day myth this story had me hooked: eerie, terrifying and masterfully suspenseful' Stephanie Marland
‘Absolutely chilling. Don't read it at night, but make sure you do read it’ Jenny Blackhurst
'Terrifying, gasp-out-loud, totally compelling and twisted... I loved it!" Miranda Dickinson
'Seriously creepy with a killer twist - Luca Veste goes from strength to strength' Mark Edwards
‘Creepy and compelling. The serial killer thriller of the year’Mason Cross
'Urban legend meets serial killer thriller - a terrifying book that walks the line between crime and horror, not unlike Thomas Harris's best work' Stuart Neville
'The Bone Keeper is everything you want in a killer thriller. Creepy, addictive and guaranteed to make you think twice before walking into the woods. Perfectly terrifying' Amanda Jennings
‘One to watch for 2018. A terrific and terrifying serial killer thriller that will keep you up all night – you’ll be gripped by the storyline and too scared to go to sleep’ Daily Record
Set in Liverpool, England, this formulaic thriller from Veste (the Murphy and Rossi novels) centers on a legendary bogeyman known as the Bone Keeper, who slices off the flesh of his victims and keeps the bones. A decade or more earlier, two girls and two boys seek out the Bone Keeper in a dark tunnel, the being's supposed lair. They become scared and flee the tunnel, but one boy doesn't make it out. In the present, Det. Constable Louise Henderson and her partner, Det. Sgt. Paul Shipley, investigate the case of Caroline Rickards, whom they interview in the hospital. Caroline, who has been attacked by someone who sliced the skin off multiple parts of her body, asserts that the Bone Keeper is real and responsible for her injuries. Her vague memories make reconstructing exactly what happened to her difficult. The plot follows well-worn grooves to its foregone conclusion and includes stock elements such as a lead who's hiding dark secrets. Veste offers readers nothing they haven't already seen before.