Walking the Bones (Ryan DeMarco Series #2)

Walking the Bones (Ryan DeMarco Series #2)

by Randall Silvis


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When long-buried secrets come back to the surface...

The bones of seven young girls, picked clean and carefully preserved, discovered years ago... that's all Sergeant Ryan DeMarco knows about the unsolved crime he has unwittingly been roped into investigating during what is supposed to be a healing road trip with his new love, Jayme.

DeMarco is still reeling from the case that led to death of his best friend months ago and wants nothing more than to lay low. Unfortunately, the small southern town of Jayme's idyllic youth is not exactly a place that lets strangers go unnoticed—especially strangers who have a history of solving violent crimes. And if there's anything DeMarco knows, it's that a killer always leaves clues behind, just waiting for the right person to come along and put all the pieces together...

Walking the Bones is a story about things buried—memories, regrets, secrets, and bodies. Acclaimed author Randall Silvis delivers another heart-stopping investigation as DeMarco finds himself once again drawn into a case that will demand more of himself than he may be willing to give.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492646914
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Series: Ryan DeMarco Series , #2
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 54,981
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

RANDALL SILVIS is the internationally acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels, including Two Days Gone and the other Ryan DeMarco mysteries. His essays, articles, poems, and short stories have appeared in various online and print magazines. His work has been translated into ten languages. He lives in Pennsylvania.

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Walking the Bones 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a continuation from Two Days Gone and the character development was great. I hope we have some more DeMarco in the near future along with Jayme.
Booklover0080 More than 1 year ago
First book I read by Randall Silvis; very good. Recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author's style of writing. He's authentic and honest and really wants you to know his characters. Easy reading but with a deep story to tell. A new favorite!
wordsandpeace More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful multi-layered thriller, enriched by the depth of the characters and their personal stories. Randall Silvis is becoming one of my favorite latest discovery. The book opens in a Kentucky forest. Pennsylvania State Police Sergeant Ryan DeMarco, 49, is climbing a mountain. Shortly after realizing his cell phone battery is dead, someone shoots at him. He falls and loses consciousness. Only later on in the book will the reader understand what Ryan was doing in this forest, why, and what happened. I liked that structure, that way of telling you the story starting somewhat at both ends. The story has several layers. I think it actually helps, or at least definitely makes the reading experience richer, to know what happened to Ryan in book one of the series, Two Days Gone. As this is only the second book in the series, I highly encourage you to read both books, they are both so well written, why not double the treat! All along Walking The Bones, we perceive the dramatic effects on the sergeant of his own childhood, of the losses of his young son and of his good friend Thomas Huston. The effects on his professional life and on his difficulty in creating lasting relationships, as he has to deal with grief, guilt, and anger. In chapter 7, we meet three intriguing characters. It takes a while to figure out what camp they are in, which adds nicely to the intrigue. Anyway, without revealing too much, let’s just say Ryan is led to investigate on a gruesome murder that was never solved: the discovery of seven young female skeletons behind a false wall in a church. I really liked: the multi-layered story which added depth and also slowed down the plot, making it even more of a page-turner the numerous possible guilty parties (though at 17% of the book, I had guessed not who did it, but where to find the culprit) a bunch of colorful characters and the setting, a small Kentucky community and Daniel Boone National Forest, where I have done some hiking myself. Beside Ryan’s complex character, I enjoyed discovering Jayme’s, with her own suffering, how both are dealing with their own wounded psyche and the one of the other, and how they work together. There are a few great suspense scenes as well.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
Ryan DeMarco is a troubled character that because of his abusive father and the loss of his son struggles with "Love" relationships and his own violent tendencies. I had not read Mystery #1 but did not feel too lost. Lengthy read that took about 25% into the book before any real action and connection was evident between happenings. That being said the remainder of the novel was full of investigative information in solving a cold case of the murder of seven young women entombed in the wall of a church. Ryan's girlfriend Jayme like Ryan is employed with the police dept in Pennsylvania. When Ryan seeks to retire at an early age Jayme also takes a lengthy vacation with him and their travels lead them to Kentucky and the site of this serial killing. Character reveals about Jayme are touched on and will probably be more completely included in a future installment. Not so much a cliff hanger which I so hate; but a knowing that not all has been revealed with Ryan and Jayme. "A copy of this book was provided by SOURCEBOOKS Landmark via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Walking the Bones by Randall Silvis is a highly recommended mystery, procedural, and character study. Is the past ever really in the past? Sgt. Ryan DeMarco plans to retire from the Pennsylvania State Police after the recent events (from in the first book in the series, Two Day's Gone) that have tilted his world. Several months previously, his best friend died, as did his baby son, and his marriage ended. DeMarco is also still trying to overcome trauma from years ago in his own childhood and upbringing. His girlfriend, Trooper Jayme Matson, with the secret assistance of his supervisor, Cmdr. Kyle Bowen, talks DeMarco into taking temporary leave instead. Jayme takes some of her accumulated leave, and the two head out in an RV, planning on rest, relaxation, and hopefully healing. Instead, Jayme's grandmother dies, so the two head to the small town of Aberdeen, Kentucky, for the funeral. What they also find is an unsolved murder and three elderly people who want him to look into the case, a case that the local police have given up on trying to solve. The carefully cleaned and preserved bones of seven young women were found four years ago behind a secret wall in the First Baptist Church. The victims were all African-American teenagers who had gone missing between 1998 and 2004. There were four leading suspects, but no charges were ever brought against anyone. DeMarco knows from experience that clues are always left behind; you just need to find them and a new way to look at the case. He and Jayme decide to look at the case. First, I didn't read Two Day's Gone before Walking the Bones, but I was still able to follow the plot without a problem and highly enjoyed this fine procedural/character study. Plenty of the background information from the first novel is here, certainly enough to follow the case and DeMarco's internal struggles. Additionally, while the case is solved, this is more of a character study rather than an investigation. Sure, they investigate, but along the way DeMarco's character is revealed with scenes from his recent trauma, to his very difficult childhood. He is a man who is close to the breaking point, dealing with memories and regrets from the past and present. De Marco also had a boatload of things he never really addressed from his childhood, especially the abuse, which is surfacing after the other traumatic events. The writing is really quite good and descriptive, as the chapters move between timelines. The plot, while drawn out, held my attention, although I did admittedly start skimming through all the sex scenes between DeMarco and Jayme, which became a bit too much when there were some real problems that needed to be solved and some investigating that needed to be done. All of the characters are well-developed and portrayed as unique individuals. This made the investigation interesting and engaging. I was surprised at the ending. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Sourcebooks Landmark.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many words