Lies in Bone : A Book Launch Celebration

With Author Natalie Symons


Award-winning playwright Natalie Symons’ plays have been developed and produced at theatres around the country. Now she’s presenting her debut novel “Lies in Bone” at The Studio@620. You’re invited to a discussion and book launch celebration. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Masks are requested to be worn while inside The Studio.


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On Halloween 1963, eleven-year-old Chuck Coolidge and his brother Danny are lost in a toxic smog covering the steel town of Slippery Elm, Pennsylvania. When the smog lifts, half the town is sick and twenty people are dead. And Danny is missing. Now, over twenty years later, Chuck’s teenage daughter Frank plots escape from this “busted and disgusted” town. When a child is found in the river, murdered, investigators link the crime to the disappearance of Danny in ’63, and Frank’s life is turned upside down. In the face of her worst fears, she must uncover her family’s dark past if she wants to keep her sister Boots from the hands of The State. Told by a whip-smart young woman with a love of Bruce Springsteen, Lies in Bone is at once a mystery and coming-of-age tale fueled by dark secrets involving love, murder, and the truths worth lying for.


Advance Praise

“A gripping tale of outcasts that keeps you guessing and, more importantly, caring how it will unspool. Mystic River meets Stranger Things in this engrossing debut novel.”

—Lane DeGregory, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, The Girl In The Window


“A heart-stopping work of suspense fiction…peel back the layers and you experience gothic family drama—a primal, no-holds-barred expedition into the basest of human instincts…a tour de force of friendship, love and redemption. Gritty, campy and dark wit and, especially, a keen grasp of family dysfunction and its many varieties, all add to Lies in Bone’s hypnotically page-turning appeal.”

—Julie Garisto, 83 Degrees Media


“Superb! This thrilling book will charm and delight everyone who enjoys mystery, suspense, and strong protagonists with attitude.”

—Reader’s Favorite 5 Star Review


“Dickensian in the best sense of the word, Lies in Bone is a novel that grabs the reader and does not let go.”

—Paul Wilborn, author of Cigar City,

Florida Book Awards fiction gold medal winner


“This extraordinary story is dark, tough and visceral, and it’s rich with twists, turns and breathless suspense—the very definition of a page-tuner.”

—Bill DeYoung, St. Pete Catalyst

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