Old Bones - Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

Old Bones

By Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

  • Release Date: 2019-08-20
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,131 Ratings


The #1 NYT bestselling authors Preston & Child bring the true story of the ill-fated Donner Party to new life in this thrilling novel of archaeology, history, murder, and suspense.
Nora Kelly, a young curator at the Santa Fe Institute of Archaeology, is approached by historian Clive Benton with a once-in-a-lifetime proposal: to lead a team in search of the so-called "Lost Camp" of the tragic Donner Party. This was a group of pioneers who earned a terrible place in American history when they became snow-bound in the California mountains in 1847, their fate unknown until the first skeletonized survivors stumbled out of the wilderness, raving about starvation, murder-and cannibalism.

Benton tells Kelly he has stumbled upon an amazing find: the long-sought diary of one of the victims, which has an enigmatic description of the Lost Camp. Nora agrees to lead an expedition to locate and excavate it-to reveal its long-buried secrets.

Once in the mountains, however, they learn that discovering the camp is only the first step in a mounting journey of fear. For as they uncover old bones, they expose the real truth of what happened, one that is far more shocking and bizarre than mere cannibalism. And when those ancient horrors lead to present-day violence on a grand scale, rookie FBI agent Corrie Swanson is assigned the case...only to find that her first investigation might very well be her last.


  • Old Bones

    By abbymolly2
    I have read every one of their books! Huge fan!This one left me cold as “old bones”. Could have been a short story, just dragged on and on. The ending was rushed and contrived.
  • Magnificent!

    By Ingoamriiiiiiiiiingoamri
    How can you go wrong with the authors and the recurrent characters. Great story as usual. Loved it!!
  • Loved It

    By Realistic1
    I have been a fan for a long time. Generally, I enjoy the books which involve Agent Pendergast in a more dynamic role. This is one of the first books I have throughly enjoyed in which he did not play a strong role. Very good read!
  • Wonderful Plot - A Rushed Ending

    By Shdisuzidif
    This book was an incredible read. The plot was well crafted but the ending was rather rushed and left me wanting more.
  • Old Bones

    By cartonpie
    I expected more from this duo. The story is okay, but the big reveal at the end is not believable. Not worth wading through the gratuitous stomach churning details.
  • Great book

    By Nick-California
    Would recommend everyone to read this!
  • Old Bones

    By Lexi.783.9199
    Excellent. Gripping story and characters.
  • Awesome

    By robbie k91
    This is a great mystery read. I am a very picky reader. It Gave just enough to leave you wanting more. The ending was amazing and not just a wrap up overall this is a 4 out of 5 star read I recommend to any mystery murder lover!