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The Big Thrill Discusses HER LONELY BONES with Wendy Dranfield

Cover of BookThe house is deathly silent as the summer sun starts to creep in through the dusty windows. The children should be waking up, the parents should be cooking breakfast. But they all lay still, their heads on their pillows, lifeless eyes staring at nothing, their bodies waiting to be discovered…

When a couple and their young twin boys are discovered brutally murdered in their beds, everyone suspects this is a home invasion gone tragically wrong. But as Detective Madison Harper walks into the run-down house that is eerily empty, she isn’t so sure.

Talking to the neighbors, Madison soon discovers that the family only recently moved to the small town of Lost Creek, Colorado. No one has met them, and no one knows their names. With nothing to identify them in the house, or even to show that the house belonged to them, Madison is suddenly faced with not only having to find a cold-blooded killer, but needing to identify the victims too.

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Wendy Dranfield

Then, Madison’s heart stops in her chest when she discovers a small yellow t-shirt in the back of the family’s vehicle that says Daddy’s Girl. The couple must have had a daughter as well as the twin boys, but where is she? Madison suspects she’s been abducted, and vows to find the missing little girl before it’s too late.

But as Madison makes a breakthrough in identifying the family, she discovers they had a secret that changes the whole course of the investigation. Madison knows with every second that passes the chances of finding the girl alive get smaller, but she’s prepared to risk everything to find her, even her own life…

Wendy Dranfield recently spent some time with The Big Thrill discussing her latest crime thriller, HER LONELY BONES.

Can you pinpoint a moment or incident that sparked the idea for this book?

Although I write crime fiction, I’m also a big fan of the horror genre, so the “new family arriving at an old creepy house expecting a fresh start” trope really appeals to me. I decided to make that the start of my latest book, and went where that took me!

A novel is such a major undertaking; there’s the writing of it, of course, then you’re spending months and months revising, polishing, and then promoting it. How did you know this was the book you wanted to spend the next couple of years on?

Writing about something that interests me always helps with motivation. It also helps that this is book six of my current series, so I know my characters pretty well by this point. And in this book, there’s a major development for two of them.

Were there any particular books, movies, or songs that were knocking around in your head while you were writing this one?

Every horror film I’ve ever watched!

In addition to a great read, what do you hope readers will take away from this story?

I hope readers will be intrigued with the main characters and want to follow them on their journey throughout the series.

What can you share about what you’re working on next?

I’m writing book seven in the series.


Wendy is the bestselling author of the Detective Madison Harper crime series.

She is a former coroner’s assistant turned crime writer who writes a mixture of standalone thrillers, crime series and short stories. Some of her books have been shortlisted for various writing competitions and awards, including the Mslexia novel competition and the International Thriller Writer Awards.

To learn more about the author and her work, please visit her website.


Her Lonely Bones with Wendy Dranfield

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