I enjoy the "Bones" television series and wanted to read the books the show was based after. Don't expect too many similarities between the characters. I found them quite different in personalities. Though, that's not to say I didn't enjoy the book. I found it a very good book. The characters were interesting to read about and the storylines all tied in very well. It was a great book and I'm looking forward to reading all the others in this series!
Tempe (for Temperance) Brennan is an interesting character. In this, the first novel in the series, she is working in Montreal as a forensic anthropologist. Murder victims are found, she is caught up in the search for the killer, and circumstances get quite dicey for her.
It is well written. I had a quarrel with the story, however. I know I am in the minority here--vastly in the minority, I might add. It seems that one of the main ingredients of a modern bestseller thriller novel is that the main character must be in deadly peril. The serial killer somehow becomes fixated on the detective or medical examiner or whoever is the focus of the novel. I hate that. I had to stop reading Patricia Cornwell because of it--I mean, really, how many dang serial killers can there be in Raleigh, NC? One a year it seems, which is how often a new novel came out. And what are the odds that every one of those serial killers would decide they wanted to kill the medical examiner?
So in this first novel, the killer is looking to do away with the medical examiner! Talk about deja vu!
I decided that although the book was fun to listen to, I was through with this series for the same reason I had to quit Cornwell. Then I ran across a taped version of one of the later novels in the series for a very low price when I had just run out of tapes to listen to. I bought it, and am now 3/4ths of the way through listening to it. It's good. It doesn't (exactly) involve the killer(s) trying to kill Tempe, so maybe Reichs isn't a victim of thriller-writer syndrome after all.
At any rate, this is a good story and the ones that follow seem to be even better.
I'd really like to say that I loved this book, but I didn't. Generally, medical and science mysteries are among my favorites and, while I will probably continue with this series, I found this book rather rough. The science was excellent and well done, obviously showing the author's knowledge and experience in the field, but neither the characters nor the plot particularly engaged me. Worth reading, just not a great first entry into a series.
Not sure about this one. It is my first Kathy Reichs book, and I think I was expecting something more like the "Bones" TV series which is based on these books. I found Brennan to be a much less sympathetic character in the book than on the TV series. While the story was compelling, I found the book to be overly dark and violent. Some may like that, but I would have preferred to see more of the brilliant, but socially inept Tempe that we know from "Bones". I may try another in the series, but not for a while.
I didn't feel much sympathy for Tempe; I'm not middle-aged, I'm not a recovering alcoholic, I don't have children. I didn't learn much of use about the book's setting; street name upon street name does not a description make. I wasn't frightened at any point; the book is the first in a series, so we know Tempe makes it through the book alive. Finally, the writing was a bit over-the-top in places, as is typical of the genre. I won't continue with this series.
Dr. Temperance Brenna, the wry, impassioned director of forensic anthropology for the province of Quebec is driven to unravel shocking acts of violence by reading the bones of the dead.
In the year since Tempe left behind a shaky marriage in North Carolina, work has often preempted her weekend plans to explore Quebec. But when an unidentified female corpse is discovered meticulously dismembered and stashed in garbage bags, Tempe detects an alarming pattern within the grisly handiwork--and her professional detachment gives way to a harrowing search for a killer in the city's winding streets. With little help from the police, Tempe calls on her expertise, honed in the isolated intensity of the autopsy suite, to investigate on her own. But her determined chase is about to place those closest to her-her best friend and her own daughter-in mortal danger.
Reichs is able to capture forensic anthropology to a "T" because that is what she actually does. This was her first novel and I hope she continues to have Tempperance Brennan in many more novels. I would have thought that reading about forensic anthropology would have been a bit dry, but Reichs is able to convey the mystery and intensity into her writing. It is never boring, so pick this up and get reading!
Not a bad read. Comparable to Patricia Cornwell. You got a feeling of some things that were going to happen and also that some of the leads just didn't add up. Very quick read that just sucks you in. I also learned a little French!
This was a pretty good book. Meticulously detailed and definitely well-paced and exciting, too. Still, it was not exactly what I was expecting after watching the television show, _Bones_. There really aren't very many similarities at all which was fine, I was just surprised. The book was a lot darker and a lot less charming than the show. The book's plot was quite good and had me guessing to the end. Really, my main complaint was that I didn't really like the main character very much... she was a bit annoying and some of her actions frustrated me to no end! Not to mention she wasn't a very good friend or mother. She put things off to often and ignored things that drove me crazy!! But I am interest to see where this series goes, so I will continue reading her books, but I am not dying to read the next installment.
Good book for first time author Kathy Reichs. I love the series Bones but like the character on tv more then character in book. The author got a little long winded in areas and I had a hard time with all the french comments throughout the book. Other then those little things very good story line. I have already ordered Book 2 to see if her writing improves.
It really takes a while for this book to pick up, and it's a LONG book. The main character isn't very likeable, partly because she puts herself in dangerous situations. As other reviews have stated, the book has basically nothing to do with the TV show other than the character's name and very slightly, her job. If I could only describe this book in one word, it would be "dry." Once the action does pick up, it is interesting, although it's pretty predictable. I doubt I will continue the series.
This author is a Forensic Anthropologist. She brings her forensic expertise to the reader. The reader can experience the senses--sight, sounds, smells, and the ups and downs of being a forensic scientist. You may not be able to sleep for various reasons--one of which might be that you just can't seem to stop reading the book.
Initially, I expected this storyline to lean more toward the actual series "Bones", which is one of my favorite shows. It took a minute getting used to, and found that I enjoyed the book. I am currently on BK 2, Death Du Jour and hope I enjoy it as well.
The only parts I have a difficult time with are the spurts of French, but not something that will keep me from liking the book. I will be able to give a better review of this series once I get a few more read in this series.
TV show, Bones, is based upon this series. Tempe Brennan, Quebecâs director of forensic anthropology, is in search of a serial killer which has killed her best friend and has her daughter in mortal danger. A slow beginning but fascinating look of working in a coronerâs office. Harrowing plot and characters. Impeccable writing and suspenseful. Looking forward to book 2 and recommended to those who love gripping thrillers.
I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm a big fan of the tv show Bones so I thought I'd check out the books that inspired it. It was an adjustment. Tempe is nothing like the Bones Tempe, but once I got used to it I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more. I'm also a North Carolina native so it's fun to read Charlotte references.
In the beginning I didn't like Dr. Tempe Brennan at all. She had a major attitude problem and it was very annoying. I grew to like her regardless of the attitude but found myself at times thinking she was TSTL (too stupid too live). Some of the stunts she pulled were just plain dangerous and truly ridiculous for an almost 50 year old woman. Her interaction with the cops investigating the serial killer, were just rude and unprofessional. It's no wonder the lead cop was threatening to formaly complain to the board about her behavior.
The serial killer mystery was interesting and intriguing so much as to keep you turning pages just to find out who and why. This book has absolutely nothing to do with the TV series. Everything about Tempe is different in the series, she's younger, nicer, single and childless. Maybe that's why I had such a hard time in the beginning, it was really hard to connect with her after watching the series.
This book is a great way to start the Tempe series! It definitely keeps your interest with the twists, turns, and a-ha moments... she just goes a bit overboard with describing events, places, and characters. All in all, a good read. She sure knows her stuff!
From Library Journal: "A superb new writer introduces her intrepid heroine to crime fiction. Dr. Tempe Brennan, a trowel-packing forensic anthropologist from North Carolina, works in Montreal's Laboratoire de Medecine Legale examining recovered bodies to help police solve missing-persons cases and murders. It's clear to Tempe that the remains of several women killed and savagely mutilated point to a sadistic serial killer, but she can't convince the police. Determined to prevent more brutal deaths, she sleuths solo, tracking her quarry through Montreal's seedy underworld of hookers, where her anthropologist friend Gabby, doing her own scary research, is being stalked by a creep. Despite her ability to work among fetid, putrefying smells that "leap out and grab" and her "go-to-hell attitude" with seasoned cops, Tempe is as vulnerable as a soft Carolina morning. When a grinning skull is planted in her garden, her investigation turns personal and escalates to an intense and satisfying conclusion. Except for imparting an excess of lab information, Reichs, also a forensic anthropologist, drives the pace at a heady clip. A first-class writer, she dazzles readers with sensory imagery that is apt, fresh, and funny (e.g., "fingers felt cold and limp, like carrots kept too long in a cooler bin"). Recommended for all fiction collections, this read is sure to be in demand. -?Molly Gorman, San Marino, Cal. Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I liked this book and will probably read Bk 2. I liked the character Temperance (Tempe) a lot and would like to see what else she gets into. The book is a little macabre but makes a good murder mystery.
Excellent Murder Myster Book. At points I thought I had read it before because it was so close to one that J Patterson had written (after Reichs book was published). I liked the little bits of french in it and the culture notes about Canada . . . making it a little bit educational while entertaining. I am looking forward to reading more of her books. TV WATCHERS BE WARNED -- "Bones" is LOOSELY based on these books. This heroine is middle aged, divorsed (almost) and has a college aged daughter . . . unlike the young gorgeous single hollywood character of the TV show.
These books are nothing like the TV series, although I now enjoy both. I like that there is a French connection - I get to read the French and know what it says before the translation - although there is not too much French. The mystery is great - sure there is murder and mayhem - but it is more about putting the pieces together than gore. You also get to learn about a lot science and procedure - very interesting stuff, especially when it is not in a textbook!
Good first book for the series. You empathize with Tempe's frustration in trying to convince people that she is right about the connection between the murders and her determination to prove herself to the "brass." Highly recommend.
I enjoyed this book. It has a lot of details about forensic anthrolopolgy. It is rather graphic in it's descriptions. However, it was very suspensful and I read it in a very short time. I was hooked by it! If you can handle the graphic descriptions I would highly recommend it.
Kathy Reichs broke into the murder mystery genre in a huge way with this book. She makes Temperance Brennan seem so real. All her characters are real and fleshed out. You love some, hate some, and chuckle at the foibles of others. Reichs' knowledge of forensic anthropology brings a reality to the scientific scenes, and her feel for people brings a reality to the personal scenes. I can hardly wait to read more of Brennan's adventures.
I loved this book, Kathy Reichs writes a very descriptive thriller that holds you to the end. She also paints a very realistic view on the lifes on law enforcement and what it takes to catch a criminal.
Really nothing at all like the popular TV series "Bones," but an enjoyable read nonetheless. I'm not a huge fan of the author's writing style at times (the tendency to end every. single. freaking. chapter. with a cliff-hanger can get a bit annoying!) but this is a fun, light read. Sort of like popcorn, really, fun but not really nutritionally satisfying. :)
In the year since Tempe left behind a shaky marriage in North Carolins, work has often preempted her weekend plans to explore Quebec. But when an unidentified female corpse is discovered meticulously dismembered and stashed in garbage bags. Tempe detects an alarming pattern within the grisly handiwork. Her determined chase is about to place those closest to her-her best friend and her own daughter=in mortal danger.
Enjoyable read. A bit more forensic gore than I like (I don't mind the forensic science parts at all). I liked the main character, but if you're looking for "Bones" you won't see much of her (and none of the tv characters).
The FIRST Tempe Brennan book. After seeing the TV show, "Bones" it was great to get the background for the series. This was an edge of your seat suspense/thriller with great forensic background. I'm looking forward to more of this series.
A great read for people who also like Patricia Cornwell, as far as the forensics and mystery. There was less gore, but it was also a little less "leave all the lights on," too, if you like that sort of thing.
Temperance Brennan is a forensic anthropologist working in Quebec. She has seen several murders that she thinks are linked, but no one else does, so she decides to investigate on her own to stop a serial killer.
If you like Patricia Cornwell's books, you will probably like this one. Please be aware that the Tempe in these books is not like the Tempe on the TV show "Bones", even though the books are suppose to be the inspiration for the show.
Loved reading about Montreal as well as the process of forensic anthropology. Kathy Reichs is great at exposition - I can't stand it when authors have their characters overexplain or do it unrealistically and she avoids it in a subject which requires lots of explanation.
If you like watching the television series Bones, this book is a WOW. Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs is watching Bones (because the series was based on Reichs books) only you can tell what the characters are thinking and work on the puzzle yourself as the clues become known.
Temperance Brennan, working in Montreal, Quebec, brings you into an exciting chase. There is a serial killer out there and she is the only one who has put together the clues in regard to there only being one killer, not several. Follow along as she slowly convinces the police force to acknowledge the patterns she sees in the murders. In the process the killer discovers Tempe is the one making the police take notice, and turns her into the next victim on his list.
Dr. Tempe Brennan, a trowel-packing forensic anthropologist from North Carolina, works in Montreal's Laboratoire de Medecine Legale examining recovered bodies to help police solve missing-persons cases and murders. It's clear to Tempe that the remains of several women killed and savagely mutilated point to a sadistic serial killer, but she can't convince the police. Determined to prevent more brutal deaths, she sleuths solo, tracking her quarry through Montreal's seedy underworld of hookers, where her anthropologist friend Gabby, doing her own scary research, is being stalked by a creep.
Being a fan of the TV series I thought I would give the book a try if only to see where series came from. I was very disappointed by the dark plodding nature of the book. The main character, Temperance Brennan, goes on and on about her personal problems at home, at work, with her best friend: Well, I got so bored with this book that I put it down unfinished. I'll stick with the quirky, humorous cast of the TV show.
SCARY ENOUGH TO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON AND THE DOG INSIDE BUT ALSO A GOOD MYSTERY READ. AS WITH CORNWELL, IT'A FEMALE CORONER WHO IS A FORENSIC ANTHROLPOLOGIST. THE AUTHOR, KATHY REICHS, REALLY IS ONE SO THE BOOKS RINGS WITH AUTHENTICITY. VERY CSI ESQUE. IN THIS BOOK, SHE'S TRACKING A SERIAL KILLER OF 5 WOMEN INCLUDING A PERSONAL FRIEND.
YOU CAN'T PUT IT DOWN. IT'S NOT WHO YOU THINK IT IS!
When the bones of a woman are discovered in the grounds of an abandoned monastery, Dr Temperance Brennan of the Laboratoire de Medecine Legale in Montreal is convinced that a serial killer is at work. The detective in charge of the case disagrees with her, but he is forced to revise his opinion.
In the year since Tempe left behind a shakey marriage in North Carolina, work has often preempted her weekend plans to explore Quebec. But when a unidentified female corpse is discovered metiulously dismembered and stashed in garbage bas, Tempe detects an alarming patter within the grisly handiwork and her professional detachment gives way to a horrowing search for a killer in the city's widing streets/.
With little help from the police, Te,pe calls on her expertise, honed in the isolated intensity of the autopsy suite, to investigate on her own. But her determined chase is about to place those closedt to her, her best friend and her own daughter in mortal danger.
"Kathy Reichs takes the reader from the morgue to the streets f Quebec like a seasoned novelist. Patricia Cornwell's heroine, Kay Scarpetta, has an able colleague in Reichs' Temperance Brennan."
-Linda Heinzman, Jacksonville Times Union
The back of the book reads "Kathy Reichs blasts into Patricia Cornwell te4rritory_and into the New York Times bestseller list - with this critically acclaimed debut novel inspired by Reichs' own career. Dr. Temperance Breannan, the wry, impassioned director of forensic anthropology for the province of Quebec, is driven to unravel shocking acts of violence by reading the bones of the dead.
"In teh eyar since Tempe left behind a shaky marriage in Nroth Caroolina, work has often preempted her weekend plans to explore Quebec. But when an unidentified female corpse is discovered meticulously dismembered and stashed in garbage bags, Tempe detects an alarming pattern within the frisly handwork...."
Okay, that's enough...the rest is up to you...you read it and see what YOU think of it.
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.
See where the smash #1 New York Times bestselling Temperance Brennan âcleverly plotted and expertly maintainedâ (The New York Times) series all began with Deja Dead, the first installment from forensic anthropologist and internationally bestselling thriller writer Kathy Reichs. Her life is devoted to justiceâfor those she never even knew. In the year since Temperance Brennan left behind a shaky marriage in North Carolina, work has often preempted her weekend plans to explore Quebec. When a female corpse is discovered meticulously dismembered and stashed in trash bags, Temperance detects an alarming patternâand she plunges into a harrowing search for a killer. But her investigation is about to place those closest to herâher best friend and her own daughterâin mortal danger...
In the year since Tempe left behind a shaky marriage in North Carolina, work had often preempted her weekend plans to explore Quebec. But when an unidentified female corpse is discovered meticulously dismembered and stashed in gabage bags, Tempe detects an alarming pattern within the grisly handiwork-and she plunges into a harrowing search for a killer in the city's winding streets. With little help from the police, Tempe calls on her expertise, honed in the isolated intensity of the autopsy suite. But her investigation is about to place those closest to her in danger - her best friend and her own daughter - in mortal danger....