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  • Rag Doll Bones

  • A Northern Michigan Asylum Novel
  • By: J.R. Erickson
  • Narrated by: Alan Carlson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Rag Doll Bones

By: J.R. Erickson
Narrated by: Alan Carlson
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Summary

Each book in the Northern Michigan Asylum Series is a stand-alone novel.

Their mothers told them monsters weren’t real, but mothers don’t know everything. 

Don’t miss the fifth novel in the Northern Michigan Asylum Series.

©2019 Jacqueline R Erickson (P)2020 Jacqueline R Erickson

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Heart of darkness ... Heart of man.

The story starts slowly, comfortably, ordinary: end of term, the summer holidays ahead, two friends, Sid and Ashley, very different but both bullied at school. And a teacher, Max, concerned at the report of a missing boy. But the tranquility quickly becomes uncomfortable as other children's bodies are discovered, mutilated, apparently attacked by an unknown animal. The tension in the writing rises as the children's fear increases in their woods, and Max, the teacher, befriends the mother of a missing child. There is an excellent blend of normal, childish hope and exuberance combined with the sinister which makes this book feel very teal.

This is the first of the Northern Michigan Asylum novels that this reader has encountered and is now a series firmly on the to be sought out list. The paranormal advertisers not intrusive but added a slight creepiness, the characterisation was very nicely done and, even though a couple of threads were left unanswered, the ending was satisfying. Alan Carlson, who narrated, have a fine lerformance, his reading clear, well modulated but unintrusive, without over emphasis designed to rouse the listener to greater emotion, letting the text itself do that. His background approach somehow made what was being said all the more dramatic. Very good.

From the gentle openings to the tempestuous finale, this book maintained my interest and involvement. Well written and we'll read, this was a most enjoyable book. My thanks to the rights holder of Ray Doll Bones, who, at my request freely gifted me with a complimentary copy via Audiobook Boom. Recommended even to those who enjoy murder mysteries but are usually somewhat wary of the inclusion of the paranormal, and I will certainly be looking out for more by J.R.Ericson

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  • Spooky Mike
  • 03-12-20

Well Done Story That Kept Me Guessing Every Turn

The story started out like a lot of other stories in this genre. Settled in for some basic rehash of hearing about some missing children. Was going just as expected until the story took a complete left turn. And boy was that road packed with a lot of fun. I really wasn't sure how the asylum would play into the story and it provides a story that is not at all expected with your typical asylum horror story. I enjoyed the main characters and liked how the kids story almost felt like a coming of age type story while Max's piece felt more like an amateur detective story with some crazy side plots. All in all this was a great story and as this is the first Norther Michigan Asylum Story I have listened to, I am off to find the others. Alan Carlson did a great job with the narration. I really enjoyed his character voices and felt that they really brought each character to life. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Deedra
  • 05-09-20

Rag Doll Bones

LOVED it!This harkend back to the good old days of Horror novels. It is 1983 and kids are going missing.A less than empathetic police force does nearly nothing to aid in finding them or alerting the public.No one but the kids believe that real monsters are doing this...again. I loved all the reminders of school in the 80's! Alan Carlson was a terrific narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.' 

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  • Angela Briggs
  • 16-09-20

More straightforward and I'm a little sad

The other stories in this series, which one does NOT have to read in order to understand this story, were written in a way that the tale is wrapped around the characters before we even really get rolling in the story. The stories jump back and forth in time. We weren't shown the connections until well into the story and the end brought everything together nicely.

This story does not do that. Everything is kind of "from this point forward." The story starts and the story ends. No time jumps. No clues given early in the story that you don't know are clues until something major is revealed. What happens in the story, happens. Nothing is explained away. It is exactly as it all seems. In a lot of ways, that is disappointing.

This story reads very well and if you haven't read any of the stories in the series, this will still stand alone as a good book. It IS good book. But in comparison to the other stories, for me, this one kind of falls short. I would much rather have the intricately woven tale that jumps through time and then meets together at the end. It feels more captivating in that way. This story is, as another reader stated, more of a scary monster story, but elevated.

The narrator does a pretty good job. Reads the story well and gives a good amount of emotion as applicable. I enjoyed the reading.

Overall, the story is good. I don't hold it as high as the other books in the series, but I still enjoyed the story.

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  • latasha
  • 27-06-20

i love this series!

This book was so fun! Ashley and Sid are great characters. I love that they are horror fans, all the references were great. The story was good and kept me guessing. I had no idea what was in the woods. I am enjoying this series very much.I listened to the audio book. Alan Carlson does a great job narrating this one. A big thank you to J.R. Erickson for the audio book. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Clau
  • 13-06-20

Another excellent book in this series

Oh, I loved all the references to Stephen King in this book! Seems to me that the author and I share a love for him :P

Ashley and Sid's friendship is wonderful, and their love for books and horror stories! I can relate so well *laughs* But this summer, the horror will jump out from the books and take residence in their town. Children are disappearing, and one of the teachers, Max is worried. And he was right to be worried: soon children's bodies are discovered, mutilated. It was an animal attack? Or something different?

The story is, as always, gripping and full of suspense, and the way in which all the threads come together at the end is really great.

And for those like me who have read all the books, there is a surprising but truly delightful cameo in this one, too :D

Alan Carlson did a great job with the narration.

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  • Milica
  • 16-05-20

MUST READ!!!!!

A number of kids go missing in the woods. Some turn up dead, others are never found. Some say a monster is behind it.

Ms Erickson is masterful. She is one of my favourite authors. I have heard every book released so far in the Northern Michigan Asylum series and have not once been disappointed. Rag Doll Bones is no different.

The story starts off nice and slow, then the terror builds until you are biting your nails off. She creates such an experience when you hear the story, you are feeling everything the characters are feeling, you are right there with them running, screaming, worrying, wondering, scared, sad, just to name a few things the book offers. Its better than an 4D movie. When you think you have the answer and are slowing down, another twist unravels and gets you back into full speed. The story is addictive and i could not stop listening to it.

The narration was perfect for the story. Alan added good tonality and tempo variation in the scenes to change the levels of suspense as required.

This is an absolute must read. In addition, if you like suspense/thriller/mystery with a tang of paranormal and havnt heard the others in the series, put them to the top of your list, you wont be disappointed.

Note: this book was given to me for free at my request and i have left this objective review voluntarily.

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  • willee
  • 01-05-20

5th of Series

I’m enjoying this paranormal thriller/ mystery series but each book can be a standalone even though some of the characters appear in some of the books. The main characters are Sid, Ashley, and Max, it has ghosts, murder and a monster: as kids disappear. Recommend if you enjoy creepy mystery listens with good narration. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you