, a strong mix of both a classic crime novel and forensic anthropology,are of absolutely no comparison to this book which was detailed forensic anthropology then any casual reader would ever care to know.
The interplay among the characters in this book was almost an afterthought I think if the author could have written the book with just Tempe Bones and Tempe Bones only she would have been very happy doing so Each chapter also ended with a badly written cliffhanger And for third time, I couldn t believe what I saw or I held my breath with anticipation Ok, those are not exact quotes, but you get the idea In a tv show, it would have been were the screen blacked out or went to commercial break, but in a book it just doesn t work because all you do is flip the fucking page I felt like I was suppose to reading the book outloud to someone and the end of the chapter was where I knew to insert a dramaticpause It was a shame the writing was bad, because the plot was decent.
Devoured this in a day since this novel and Margaret Maron s Hard Row are two of the books I ve most looked forward to this year, it s unsurprising And I honestly think that this could have been Reichs best Bones novel aside from my growing irritation at her reluctance to finish Tempe s relationship with Andrew Ryan one way or the other once and for all, this book has a first rate, complex mystery, an ongoing appearance by Tempe s sister Harry who I adore , and LEPROSY Leprosy, people Leprosy is a plot point It s kind of amazing, for reals.
The problem was.
The whole book is full of.
Sentence fragments masquerading.
As full paragraphs.
And it just about drove me.
Completely round the bend.
Maybe this is always a problem of Reichs writing and I ve just never noticed it before, but it marred an otherwise excellent page turner of a mystery frankly, by the time I got halfway through, I wanted to beat someone to death with those sentence fragments and be done with it Still gets four stars because the mystery was so first rate, but Jesus, Kathy Reichs s editor, DO SOMETHING about the sentence fragments before the next book or I m going to have to choke a bitch.
Although I have to admit that this wasn t the strongest book in the series, it was nice to read a book that focuses on forgotten history from my Canadian home province New Brunswick Specifically, the way in which people who contracted leprosy were dealt with in the 19th and early 20th century The disappearance of young women, coupled with the finding of a female skeleton, and the added attraction of learning something from Brennan s past was a huge draw for me Once again, the story begins in Montreal and the story just spirals from there I would agree with other reviewers that Tempe s impulsiveness does grate on a reader s nerves from time to time, but it certainly makes the story line all that entertaining.
A new mystery excellently solved Oh, do I ever adore Reichs s novels Her novels show proof that there are no limits to one s imagination especially when the author knows what she he is talking about.
Reichs sucks you in with the first sentence and doesn t let go until the very last word The mystery and forensic descriptions keep you just as glued to the pages as the characters do Again, Tempe lands herself in trouble when she does something someone asked her not to do But she can t let go of the possibility that the remains could be those of a friend that disappeared.
Twists and turns and a surprising ending make the entire book worth every single one of its 406 pages A new twist with her ex husband Pete could have come at a better time, and a twist with Ryan has you feeling heartbroken for Tempe I cried right along with her, felt her heartache deeply But her sister comes to somewhat of a rescue, even if she, yet again, manages to freak Tempe out with yet another disappearing act Absolutely perfect except for something unresolved between her and Ryan I refuse to get into detail than that I don t like writing reviews with spoilers Suffice it to say that her MMP of her next novel, Devil Bones, can t come fast enough If you re a forensics csi nut as much as I am, then this series is an absolute must read I can t get enough LOL, but thanks to Reichs, I can fill in the time watching Bones
Ryan is a fairly flat character here yes, there is something going on under his surface, but it s never given much voice and he does not seem to have much of a role in this book than cop Harry is useful to Brennan s investigation than Ryan.
I read another review about this book on Goodreads, and that person I forget who said the tv version of Brennan Bones is a better character I agree 100% Ryan is better, too.
This is the 10th book in the Tempe Brennan series.
How to explain my rating I love this series I do I m always eager to get my hands on the next one, and I always plow through them quickly But Kathy Reichs has a big, big flaw that has persisted throughout the series she gets an idea in her head and is determined to write about it, even if it means tying together cases that shouldn t be related and creating completely unplausible coincidences that make me want to stab myself in the eye.
Bottom line I enjoyed reading it, but I can t believe she s still doing such amateurish stuff this late in the game.
For Temperance Brennan The Discovery Of A Young Girl S Skeleton In Acadia, Canada, Is Than Just Another Assignment Vang Line, Tempe S Childhood Best Friend, Was Also From Acadia Named For The Character In The Longfellow Poem, Vang Line Was The Most Exotic Person In Tempe S Eight Year Old World When Vang Line Disappeared, Tempe Was Warned Not To Search For Her, That The Girl Was Dangerous Thirty Years Later, Flooded With Memories, Tempe Cannot Help Wondering If This Skeleton Could Be The Friend She Lost So Many Years Ago And What Is The Meaning Of The Strange Skeletal Lesions Found On The Bones Of The Young Girl Meanwhile, Tempe S Beau, Ryan, Investigates A Series Of Cold Cases Three Girls Dead Four Missing Could The New Brunswick Skeleton Be Part Of The Pattern As Tempe Draws On The Latest Advances In Forensic Anthropology To Penetrate The Past, Ryan Hunts Down A Serial Predator Bones to Ashes was a lot better than the previous book of this series HOWEVER, I still don t understand why Pete, her ex husband, is still in the picture I get that they aren t together and everything but him being around is ruining things for her and Ryan It s also frustrating to read.
Okay, so this book is the tenth installment of the series Again, I liked this one because we got to see of Temperance s sister Harry Not quite sure how to spell her name so go with it We also get to know about her niece in this book because she s in trouble Seems like a change of pace because usually it s temperance in trouble Lots of trouble.
Don t worry, this girl still finds herself in some sticky situations Luckily, she has detective Ryan to help her out this time around AGAIN, I m so happy that they sort of reconnected in this book That make out sesh was good but I m hoping to get from them I just want to be happy and I want them to be happy.
As for the murders, or I guess the villain of this book, it was okay Not really something worthy to mention in my eyes but in the end, I still enjoyed this audio I m hoping the next book, and the ones way after that, will keep me interested PS I m already on the last episode of season 1 of bones and I m ecstatic to be back in that world teambooth This is the second book in this series that I ve read I m reading them out of order Just picking one off the shelf at the library.
The first book I read was set in South Carolina, this one is set in Canada The back story is set in the US, but the current mystery takes place totally in Canada There is a mystery about the disappearance of Temperance s childhood friend, and that mystery gets tangled in a mystery about young teenaged girls who have been going missing, or turning up as bodies in local waterways for several decades.
I got to learn about Temperance s childhood and family in this book, and to meet a very interesting group of people that she works with in Canada, and to meet her Canadian love interest as well.
A very good read and I ll be picking up of them over the next few months.