A House With Good Bones

A haunting Southern Gothic from a bestselling master of suspense, A House With Good Bones explores the dark, twisted roots lurking just beneath the veneer of a perfect home and family.

“Mom seems off.”

Her brother’s words echo in Sam Montgomery’s ear as she turns onto the quiet North Carolina street where their mother lives alone.

She brushes the thought away as she climbs the front steps. Sam’s excited for this rare extended visit, and looking forward to nights with just the two of them, drinking boxed wine, watching murder mystery shows, and guessing who the killer is long before the characters figure it out.

But stepping inside, she quickly realizes home isn’t what it used to be. Gone is the warm, cluttered charm her mom is known for; now the walls are painted a sterile white. Her mom jumps at the smallest noises and looks over her shoulder even when she’s the only person in the room. And when Sam steps out back to clear her head, she finds a jar of teeth hidden beneath the magazine-worthy rose bushes, and vultures are circling the garden from above.

To find out what’s got her mom so frightened in her own home, Sam will go digging for the truth. But some secrets are better left buried.


T. KINGFISHER (she/her) writes fantasy, horror, and occasional oddities, most recently including The Twisted Ones and Swordheart. Under a pen name, she also writes children’s books. She lives in North Carolina.


Praise for A House With Good Bones

A House With Good Bones grapples with a thorny family legacy with heart, wit, and creeping horror. I was compelled to read the book in one breathless, white-knuckled sitting. Vultures, ladybugs, and underground children, oh my!”—Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts

“Wickedly witty and intensely scary, A House With Good Bones is a thoroughly modern take on the Southern Gothic, about thorny family secrets that refuse to stay buried. You’ll be feverishly turning the pages, so engrossed you won’t notice the vultures circling overhead. . .”—Rachel Harrison, author of Cackle

A House With Good Bones is a dark, eerie fantasy that creeps through your skull and covers your brain like rose vines, tightening with every strange reveal. Despite the looming dread, T. Kingfisher weaves incredible wit and humor through every passage, crafting a tale of mystery and horror well worth sinking into.”—Chuck Tingle, author of Camp Damascus

A House With Good Bones had me nodding and laughing in recognition at the family dynamics and eccentric Southern neighborhood and then full-out shrieking at the bugs and buried secrets. No one blends humor and creeping dread as satisfyingly as T. Kingfisher.”—Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author of Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds

“This magical book somehow manages to be laugh-out-loud funny and completely terrifying at the same time—and I could not put it down! It’s immersive and entertaining, and the cleverly imaginative storytelling mixed with an oh-so-memorable voice will have you racing through the pages. I absolutely loved this!”—Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of The House Guest

“T. Kingfisher continues to establish herself as one of the freshest voices in horror! Samantha grounds this story in a normalcy that is so approachable and understandable that it only heightens the horror. You’ll be reading underneath a blanket with a flashlight!”—Katee Robert, New York Times bestselling author


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