Perfect Bones

Perfect Bones

Is the killer on the loose…or standing right beside you?When art student, Aiden Blake, witnesses a gruesome attack on a London towpath, the police need him to identify the assailant without delay. But there’s a problem: refusing to leave his canal boat and traumatised by the shock, Aiden is rendered mute by the horror of the event and can’t speak to anyone.In a desperate b...

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Title:Perfect Bones
Author:A.J. Waines
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  • Philomena Callan Cheekypee

    This is book three in the Samantha Willerby Mystery series. Although this can be read as a standalone I recommend you read the series as it’s really good.

    Dr. Samantha Willerby is called in to see if she can get some information from Aiden, a witness in a gruesome attack. Unfortunately Aiden is traumatised by the attack and won’t talk. Sam is on a race against time to help Aiden.

    This is a really well written psychological thriller that kept me on the edge of my seats. I thoroughly enjoyed this an

    This is book three in the Samantha Willerby Mystery series. Although this can be read as a standalone I recommend you read the series as it’s really good.

    Dr. Samantha Willerby is called in to see if she can get some information from Aiden, a witness in a gruesome attack. Unfortunately Aiden is traumatised by the attack and won’t talk. Sam is on a race against time to help Aiden.

    This is a really well written psychological thriller that kept me on the edge of my seats. I thoroughly enjoyed this and can’t wait to read more from this author.

  • Sue

    Perfect Bones, the 3rd novel in the Samantha Willerby Mystery Series by bestselling author, A.J. Waines a tense and creepy psychological thriller that will send your pulse racing. It can easily be read as a stand-alone novel but I suggest you read in order to fully appreciate the ongoing character development, though the plots are standalones.

    Aiden Blake, a nineteen-year-old art student who lives on his canal boat, appears to be the only witness to a violent attack. He was found at the scene in

    Perfect Bones, the 3rd novel in the Samantha Willerby Mystery Series by bestselling author, A.J. Waines a tense and creepy psychological thriller that will send your pulse racing. It can easily be read as a stand-alone novel but I suggest you read in order to fully appreciate the ongoing character development, though the plots are standalones.

    Aiden Blake, a nineteen-year-old art student who lives on his canal boat, appears to be the only witness to a violent attack. He was found at the scene in a catatonic state. The authorities believe that he saw the whole thing, but was traumatized by the situation.

    The victim, Korea Washington, a sculptor at Camden Community Art Project (CCAP) was almost decapitated. She had been out bike riding on a London towpath, when a tripwire was used in a calculated attack.

    The witness won’t talk to anybody…he can’t speak. The police need Aiden’s help to identify the assailant. Time is of the essence.

    The Met Police call in Clinical Psychologist and trauma expert, Dr Samantha Willerby, giving her only seven days to get a result. Samantha has specialist art therapy skills. When Aiden finally starts to communicate through his art, through the use of a sand tray to express his feelings he found too hard to put into words, the images are not initially understood. Before Sam can make sense of them, another murder takes place.

    “Words can get in the way sometimes. Sometimes it’s easier, safer, to show…”

    Perfect Bones is a well-written psychological thriller that will appeal to a wide range of readers. I always believe that if an author can grip and involve the reader with an intriguing plot and memorable characters while providing insight while educating their audience…they have ticked all the boxes. I loved this novel! It was a pleasure to read and an easy 5-star rating.

    Expected publication: November 8th 2018 by Bloodhound Books

  • Sheila

    This series just keeps getting better and better. Very interesting premise for a story and I was captivated all the way through.

  • Bruce

    This is the second book by A.J. Waines that I’ve read, very much enjoying both! The latest offering, “Perfect Bones”, the 3rd of the Dr. Samantha Willerby series, treats us with a complex and taut psychological thriller.

    A horrific assault is perpetrated upon a young cyclist riding along a canal towpath. Luckily there is a witness, or is there? The witness, a young art student by the name of Aiden Blake, has been forced to look into the abyss and what he has seen has left him literally speechles

    This is the second book by A.J. Waines that I’ve read, very much enjoying both! The latest offering, “Perfect Bones”, the 3rd of the Dr. Samantha Willerby series, treats us with a complex and taut psychological thriller.

    A horrific assault is perpetrated upon a young cyclist riding along a canal towpath. Luckily there is a witness, or is there? The witness, a young art student by the name of Aiden Blake, has been forced to look into the abyss and what he has seen has left him literally speechless. The investigation by the Met needs urgently help and plucks clinical psychologist Dr. Samantha Willerby away from the brink of her much longed for holiday tasking her with the seemingly impossible—bring Aiden back from the personal hell into which his mind has descended.

    Samantha’s position is further complicated by a familial connection to the assault victim. As an expert on PSTD Samantha knows that the commodity she needs most to solve this dilemma is time, but she is given precious little of it, in this instance just seven days. Either Aiden’s memories must be retrieved within the frame or risk being lost forever.

    Along the way, Samantha introduces us to the ways and means of the opaque world of psychotherapy. The technical detail offered up gives the reader deeper insight into therapeutical treatment and fits snuggly alongside the storyline.

    The balanced tension thus created carries the reader through to a totally satisfying end. I quite enjoyed this book and have no reservation in recommending it to others who enjoy this genre.

  • Neats

    Perfect Bones is the third book in the Samantha Willerby Mystery series and it's another great read from this hugely talented author.

    A young woman is cycling along a London towpath when she is almost decapitated by a strategically placed wire and Aiden Blake witnessed the gruesome event from his narrowboat. Hoping to be able to gain useful leads from Aiden the police are disheartened to find that the young man has been rendered mute by the experience. Desperate to obtain vital information that t

    Perfect Bones is the third book in the Samantha Willerby Mystery series and it's another great read from this hugely talented author.

    A young woman is cycling along a London towpath when she is almost decapitated by a strategically placed wire and Aiden Blake witnessed the gruesome event from his narrowboat. Hoping to be able to gain useful leads from Aiden the police are disheartened to find that the young man has been rendered mute by the experience. Desperate to obtain vital information that they are sure Aiden can provide, they decide they need a psychologist and fast.

    Clinical psychologist Dr. Samantha Willerby has her suitcase packed and is more than ready for a well deserved holiday with her sister Miranda, when she's called in by the Met to try and get Aiden communicating. The question is can she get the information the police need within the tight timeframe when she knows that she needs much more time than they are prepared to give her and more importantly is Aiden a witness . . . or a suspect?

    I love Samantha's character, she's a clever woman who is doing well in her career but, like all of us, she has flaws and self-doubt. As for her sister, Miranda, she's a character that I'd like to find out more about and hopefully this is something that the author will include in future books in this cracking series. A.J.Waines draws on her own experience in psychotherapy to give the reader an unusual insight into conditions that they may otherwise not be aware of and the ways and means that these conditions can be dealt with or treated.

    Perfect Bones is a skillful mix of thriller, mystery and suspence and a worthy addition to any crime lovers bookshelf.

  • Linda Strong

    Sam Willerby, a Clinical Psychologist, is called in by the Met to help with a witness. Aiden Blake saw a horrendous murder and has been rendered mute by the terror. He can't speak and he doesn't appear to do anything that might give the police a hint of what he saw.

    Bringing her tools of the trade, Sam works with Aiden and is making very small headway. He finally starts to communicate with her through his art, but it's up to her to make sense of them.

    Before she fully gains AIden's trust, another

    Sam Willerby, a Clinical Psychologist, is called in by the Met to help with a witness. Aiden Blake saw a horrendous murder and has been rendered mute by the terror. He can't speak and he doesn't appear to do anything that might give the police a hint of what he saw.

    Bringing her tools of the trade, Sam works with Aiden and is making very small headway. He finally starts to communicate with her through his art, but it's up to her to make sense of them.

    Before she fully gains AIden's trust, another murder takes place. Again, it is someone connected to Aiden's art school. So .. is he a witness? Or a suspect?

    This is the 3rd in the series featuring Dr. Samantha Willerby, but this one can easily be read as a stand alone.

    With plenty of suspects to go around, Sam has no problem playing amateur sleuth in order to protect Aiden and put a killer away. There's a lot of action with suspects, one of which will do anything to keep secrets from seeing the light of day.

    Many thanks to the author /Bloodhound Books / Netgalley for the advance digital copy of this crime fiction. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: '...(she) said my work was derivative and passe - but now she'll become part of one of my pieces. Some sort of poetic justice, don't you think?' (The) mouth curled into a smug grin. '...her flesh will rot, but she'll forever have perfect bones.'

    ABOUT THIS BOOK: Is the killer on the loose…or standing right beside you?

    When art student, Aiden Blake, witnesses a gruesome attack on a London towpath, the police need him to identify the assailant without delay. But there’s a problem: refusing

    EXCERPT: '...(she) said my work was derivative and passe - but now she'll become part of one of my pieces. Some sort of poetic justice, don't you think?' (The) mouth curled into a smug grin. '...her flesh will rot, but she'll forever have perfect bones.'

    ABOUT THIS BOOK: Is the killer on the loose…or standing right beside you?

    When art student, Aiden Blake, witnesses a gruesome attack on a London towpath, the police need him to identify the assailant without delay. But there’s a problem: refusing to leave his canal boat and traumatised by the shock, Aiden is rendered mute by the horror of the event and can’t speak to anyone.

    In a desperate bid to gain vital information before Aiden’s memories fade, The Met call in Clinical Psychologist and trauma expert, Dr Samantha Willerby, giving her only seven days to get a result. When Aiden finally starts to communicate through his art, however, the images he produces are not what anyone expects and before Sam can make sense of them, another murder takes place.

    With her professional skills stretched to the limit and the clock ticking, Sam strives to track down a killer who is as clever as she is – someone who always manages to stay one step ahead.

    MY THOUGHTS: I liked Perfect Bones by A. J. Waines, but I didn't love it. There was one thing that niggled at me the whole time I was reading. . . and that was the time frame, the seven days to produce results, and the fact that Sam had to drop all her other cases to work exclusively with Aiden, and yet she has plenty of time to do other things. . . But putting that aside, this is a well crafted murder mystery, though I don't honestly believe it to be a 'psychological thriller', even if the perpetrator is insane. It just doesn't have that 'cat and mouse' feel to it.

    A good read, but not a great read. And yes, I will definitely read more by this author, including more of this series. Although this is book 3 in the series, it reads well as a stand-alone.

    😊😊😊.5

    THE AUTHOR: AJ Waines writes Psychological Thrillers with *nearly half-a-million* copies sold worldwide. She's a #1 Bestselling Author: GIRL ON A TRAIN topped the full UK and Australian Kindle Charts in 2015 & 2016.

    Formerly a Psychotherapist for fifteen years, she has worked with ex-offenders from high-security institutions, giving her a rare insight into abnormal psychology. She is fascinated by secrets and lies, crimes of passion, devious motives and anything hidden under floorboards.

    DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Perfect Bones by A. J. Waines for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

    Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress.com

  • Rachel Hall

    Perfect Bones served as my introduction to both the writing of A.J. Waines and her series featuring clinical psychologist, Dr Samantha Willerby, of which this is the third novel. Despite my late entry to the series I had no problem reading this as a stand-alone as any necessary backstory was woven into the unfolding action. Whilst the synopsis did not quite prepare me for the emphasis of the

    Perfect Bones served as my introduction to both the writing of A.J. Waines and her series featuring clinical psychologist, Dr Samantha Willerby, of which this is the third novel. Despite my late entry to the series I had no problem reading this as a stand-alone as any necessary backstory was woven into the unfolding action. Whilst the synopsis did not quite prepare me for the emphasis of the novel being on the theory and practice of psychology and far less on the actual mystery element, and despite never being wholly gripped by the story, some fascinating content certainly kept me reading! A predominantly first-person narrative interspersed with occasional third-person occurrences affords the reader an eye-opening look at the treatment of PTSD.

    Perfect Bones is quick to get into its stride and sets up a tantalisingly prospect when Dr Sam Willerby, an expert in PTSD and art therapy, is called in to work intensively with the sole witness to a savage murder attempt on the towpath adjoining his houseboat. With the aforementioned witness, Aiden Blake, a gifted nineteen-year-old art student rendered mute and agoraphobic by the trauma, the police give Sam just seven days to realistically recover vital memories and possible crucial evidence. Much of the first part of the novel concentrates on Aiden’s mental trauma and initial results prove unforthcoming with it obviously taking a substantial amount of time for Sam to build trust with her patient. Factor in the added complication of the victim being the best friend of Sam’s fragile sister, Miranda, who herself is battling schizophrenia, and her sense of responsibility to her patient and Sam’s personal motivation to deliver a successful resolution becomes readily apparent.

    When the body of a second victim is found nearby to the first and throws suspicion on Aiden, the police begin to prevaricate as to whether he is a genuine suspect or not and Sam is forced to rely on her own instincts to identify a murderer. Warned by the police not to remain alone with a potential killer and compelled by the links that connect both victims to Aiden’s world of art, Sam is left with a nagging element of doubt. As she becomes convinced that Aiden is as much of a victim himself she attempts to secure the crucial evidence that will clear his name and simultaneously nail a killer in her midst, and for that she must turn detective.. But how do you go about clearing the name of a traumatised young man who is unable to speak for himself? And could Sam’s involvement in the case in fact be putting her own life in jeopardy? As she cross-references the connections between the two victims and probes the disappearances of several other missing women she begins to suspect that there could be more to the case than even the police imagine..

    The early part of the novel mainly focuses on Aiden’s response to witnessing the fatal event and the associated trauma he is experiencing means a lengthy wait until the story is fleshed out in any significant detail, with the crime aspect on the story put on a back burner and it is not until approximately 30% of the way through the novel that some genuine intrigue is introduced. The constant cutting back and forth from Sam’s investigations to the painstaking slow breakthroughs with Aiden hampers the pace and thus prevents meaningful suspense from ever building a head of steam. The police are portrayed as a bunch of wholesale bigots and both ignorant of, and unsympathetic towards mental health issues, and given Sam beats them to securing evidence on several occasions I was less convinced by their handling of a major incident. The mystery aspect is undoubtedly a little too transparent and after Sam’s impressive early inroads it falls apart with Aiden’s leaps of logic requiring a huge suspension of disbelief and a far-fetched denouement with things slotting into place too neatly to ring true.

    Sam is a credible, if a little over-earnest, character and her dedication and responsibility to her patients is second to none which makes her hard to dislike. Likewise her guilt when a second murder takes place is all too clear. Whilst I would have appreciated her character having a little more life outside of her job she is smart with a realistic attitude to the workings of the police. My main bugbear was her patronising attitude towards her schizophrenic older sister, Miranda, and her first-person narrative which occasionally lapses into a preachy tone with occasional information dumping on applied psychology. In one respect this comes with the benefit of educating the reader but the detriment is that it introduces a sterility into the novel with the mystery element feeling rather like an afterthought.

    Whilst Perfect Bones held my attention easily, proved fascinating reading from a psychological perspective and taught me a great deal, I was disappointed by the absence of suspense and tension throughout the story. I liked the character of Dr Sam Willerby and the story was both refreshingly original and a memorable read. Recommended for readers with an interest in the psychological effects of witnessing a crime and those that are simply looking for something slightly different within the crime fiction domain.

    I voluntarily offered to read Perfect Bones and provide an honest review in exchange for an ARC from the author.

  • Hans

    I'm a huge fan of most of the books this writer has written. This book however is a bit of a disappointment. It's dragged out, slow and not very realistic. There's too much therapy and it lacks suspense.

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