I've read all of her books and I have to say I find the French part of the book very hard to get past. I had a lot of trouble figuring out who she was talking about, places she was going, what division of the government was involved, etc., etc. The story is intriguing, as they always are, but there are lots of other authors out there who don't inundate the reader with French, which really interferes with my enjoyment of this series. Having said all that negativity, I still enjoyed the book and would recommend it.
I really enjoy the plot twists and turns. The main character is a forensic ME and is interesting and realistic. I haven't read all of the Temperance Brennan books, but the ones I have are not disappointing. All are good reads and are not predictable.
I have read a few of these in the series previously and considered not reading anymore because I thing the author is not a very good writer. However, I still had a couple that I had picked up at Goodwill and figured I might as well read them. This one was better, I liked the plot and was slightly less annoyed by the writing. It kept me interested for the most part. Maybe I will try to keep reading the series.
Another "Bones" story set in Canada, but tied to Tempe's fond childhood memories of summers with grandma at Pawley's Island in the Carolinas. Less forensics and more good ole' detective work without too much of the relationship garbage that ruins some of Reichs' other books for me. Tempe's sister Harry plays a major role in this who-done-it and she's an interesting character. Poetry analysis adds a new twist. But I could do with less French (or MORE translation)!
This was an engaging story, filled with a lot of very technical forensic explanations. Some of it is interesting, but some you have to just breeze over. Also, the french names and repetitive text gets confusing at times. I wish the author would spend more time on the relationship between the characters, and less on the history and science.
This was an action packed thriller that twists and turns until you have no idea whether you are upside down or sideways. Great mystery, great science, great personality interplay. I've followed Kathy Reichs from the beginning, but even if you've never read a Temperance Brennan book, you will love this one. One warning for those of you just coming to the series because of the TV show, the books are very different. The TV show is based *very* loosely on the books.
One of her best storylines. Just shy of enough hints of what was wrong with the skeleton to guess before hand and very nice tie-in to the story as a whole. She did tidied-up the loose ends/side detractions a little fast as she ended the story. As for the personnally relationship between Tempe and Ryan, I didn't like the track she took but I guess to continue with their relationship in future books it needed this turn. Looking forward to the next book to come out soon.
This book was a good quick read. The ending seemed a little abrupt to me, but it was a good story. If your expecting the Temperance Brennan from the Bones TV show you will be sorely disappointed the two characters are total opposites. In these books the main character plot is set in Canada. Expect a lot of French language which makes reading the book difficult at times.
I love the show "Bones", so I figured this book would follow along the same lines and I would love it, too. I was wrong. It didn't take me long to realize that the show is only loosely based on the book. Very loosely. Temperance Brennan is still the main character, and she is still a forensic anthropologist. In the book, she has a much more advanced relationship with Detective Lieutenant Andrew Ryan, the book's version of FBI Agent Seeley Booth. And she has a child. And a sister.
Tempe's childhood friend, Evangeline, disappeared without saying goodbye early in their teens. Tempe and her sister Harry tried without success to find her family in Canada. Years later, Tempe, now living and working in Canada, is reminded of her friend as she works on a set of unidentified bones from Evangeline's home town. She and Harry track down Evangeline's younger sister, Obeline. Obeline hints that Evangeline died shortly after the last time that Tempe saw her and it looks like the bones could possibly belong to Evangeline. To further confuse the issue, evidence points to Obeline's husband being involved with the death and/or disappearance of several young girls.
Although I was disappointed that it wasn't more like the television show I love so much, I eventually got into the story and was able to separate the two in my mind but the French language used throughout the book really slowed me down, and, in my opinion, disrupted the flow of the story, forcing me to stop & think of the proper pronunciation as I was reading.
The discovery of a skeleton in Acadia, Canada, reawakens a traumatic episode for forensic anthropologist Temperence Brennan. could the young girl's remains be those of Evangeline Landry. Tempe's friend who disappeared when Tempe was twelve?
Exotic, free-spirited, and slightly older, Evangeline enlivened Tempe's summer beach visits... then vanished amid whispers that she was "dangerous."
Now, faced with bones scarred with inexplicable lesions, Tempe is consumed with solving a decades-old mystery---while her lover, detective Andrew Ryan, urgently needs her attention on a wave of teenage abductions and murders. With both Ryan and her ex-husband making surprising future plans, Tempe may soon find that her world has painfully and irrevocably changed once again.
"Gripping, Full of Twists and Turns. Ottawa Citizen.
I actually liked this book better than her previous novels. There's more personal information about Temperance in this one. Must say I didn't care for Harry, her sister. Loved the plot, lots of characters and suspects. Fans will probably enjoy it.
I really like Kathy Reichs and this book is no exception. Tempe is involved in two investigations simultaneously--and one touchs her childhood experience of losing a friend. I enjoy the on-going problems inherent in Tempe's relationship with her cop friend. Reich's books are well written and engaging, and the reader usually learns something along the way.
Really am enjoying Kathy Reichs books more and more. This one takes you back into her childhood and helps you see how she relates to her sister Harry and brings you forward into the present to see her sense of justice.
This book had me totally rapt from beginning to end. The little bits of history and general trivia that she places in the story are very interesting. The story line keeps you wanting to know what's going to happen next. Highly recommended.
This was both a good mystery and a good insight into Tempe's childhood. I liked how she persisted in finding her lost friend and solving the mysteries of the cold cases. I look forward to reading the next book, Devil Bones.
What the author does with this series: Kathy Reichs started off slow but gets better and better. This is part of the series called the Tempe Brenner â Forensic Anthropologist. This paragraph applies to all books in this series. Tempe is a anthropologist who works for medical examiners in Montreal, Quebec and Charlotte North Caroline
Even though the books are often very detailed in both location and the examination of the remains, the story often moves faster than you expect.
Do you need to read this series in order: YES or you miss out on too much of the back stories.
Triggers: This is a book about medical examiners at its core, so lots of references to dead bodies, some are described in strong detail (in a forensic way).Our anthropologist ends up in some life threatening situations and on a couple of occasions in the series, animals are killed, sometimes gratuitously. Relatives of Tempe often in up wounded as the bad persons try to get to her through her family.
The skeleton is that of a young girl, no more than fourteen years old - and forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan is struggling to keep her emotions in check. Coroner Yves Bradette is being evasive, insisting the bones are ancient and of no interest. But it doesn't quite add up, and a frustrated Tempe is convinced that Bradette is hiding something. It's not Tempe's case; she's overwhelmed with more urgent work in the lab. But the nagging in her subconscious won't let up. A memory triggered, deep in her hindbrain - the disappearance of a childhood friend; no warning, no explanation. Working on instinct, Tempe takes matters into her own hands. But she couldn't have predicted where this case would lead, or the horrors it would eventually uncover. Can Tempe maintain a professional distance as the past catches up with her in this, her most deeply personal case yet?