New York Times best-selling author Kathy Reichs returns with her 16th riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, whose examination of a young girl killed in a hit and run in North Carolina triggers an investigation into international human trafficking.
When Charlotte police discover the body of a teenage girl along a desolate stretch of two-lane highway, Temperance Brennan fears the worst. The girl’s body shows signs of foul play. Inside her purse police find the ID card of a prominent local businessman, John-Henry Story, who died in a horrific flea market fire months earlier. Was the girl an illegal immigrant turning tricks? Was she murdered?
As the case deepens, Tempe must also grapple with personal turmoil. Her daughter, Katy,, grieving the death of her boyfriend in Afghanistan, impulsively enlists in the Army. Meanwhile, Katy’s father, Pete, is frustrated by Tempe’s reluctance to finalize their divorce. As pressure mounts from all corners, Tempe soon finds herself at the center of a conspiracy that extends all the way from South America, to Afghanistan, and right to the center of Charlotte. "A genius at building suspense" (New York Daily News), Kathy Reichs is at her brilliant best in this thrilling novel.
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I began listening to the Tempe Brennan mysteries due to the location; I grew up in Charlotte, the principal setting for the books of the Bones series. After enduring several poorly plotted audios I had sworn I'd never purchase another; I should have stuck to that. Let me begin by saying that the information on forensics, anthropology, autopsies, etc. is great; the author/doctor certainly knows her stuff. In this selection she went to Afghanistan and that section of the book works really well.
Unfortunately the author seems to have spent way too much time in Hollywood; Tempe is forever taking silly chances and is intent on playing Nancy Drew, all grown up. The fact that she has always manages to escape, mostly unscathed from these misadventures just highlights the great distance between literature and reality. Then there is easily solved trajectory of the so called mystery; with one or two exceptions there wasn't much challenge to discerning who the perpetrators were and what crimes they guilty of. So okay; this time I swear I won't, in the lyrics of the Who, get fooled again; no more Bones.
I'd say this one ranks in the lower third overall. I love Kathy Reichs and have read or listened to all of her books. But I quickly wondered if I'd ordered a version for those whom English is a second language because the narrator read....so.....slowly.... As if Kathy had inserted about 3x as many periods as needed or correct. Particularly frustrating as I downloaded this for a long drive and in turn had to consume an unhealthy amount of diet coke to stay awake. Conversely, it did help tremendously when I later listened at night as I was trying to sleep. As for the story line...it was good overall. I didn't think the Afghan bit was bad, but I do think she had so many small characters that with the pace...by the end it was a bit confusing and kind of hard to care.
Hire a better reader. And I would agree that KR needs to get back to more orifginal fiction content and stop her over reliance on inserting "results of her research." The recitation of her Google searches was way too much for such a good author.
Not intentionally. Go get Barbara Rosenblatt.
Pick a different book to make a movie of
Please keep this series coming but bring Ryan back not as a douche and drop the reliance on "here's what I learned from the internet." Related...enough propaganda...a little is great but I think that hurt you here.
No. I like Tempe's forensic anthropology work and this one was more detective work.
Hmmm, probably not this one, but I recommend many other Kathy Reichs books to my friends all the time.
I have not read the print version.
I liked Tempe's relationships with the other male characters.
Tempe rides again
A fun mystery that kept the reader guessing.
Two notes on the audiobook, then a review of the book as a whole.
For me, Linda Emond is the voice of Temperance Brennan; she handles voices of other characters well; the pacing is great and her voice is pleasant.
I enjoy the essay that appears at the end of the more recent books in this series. This was added to just one of the audiobooks--and is missing from this one. I think it should be added to the recorded material. (Switching back and forth between the audiobook and Kindle book, I read the essay at the end of the latter.)
As an aside, Whispersync is great--love the ability to switch back and forth between audio and e-book.
A fan of Kathy Reich’s books (though not the related television series), I enjoyed Bones of the Lost. The book’s plot, complexity and cast of characters kept me engaged, and I enjoyed its diverse settings for the action. I appreciate the way the author grounds her stories in interesting factual material—the product of research and of her own experiences as forensic anthropologist, and as someone who traveled to Afghanistan at the behest of the USO “to thank our troops for their courage and dedication.”
As ever, I found the narrator, Tempe Brennan, relatable, apart from her inclination to rush into dangerous situations—particularly her intelligence, and an inclination to introspection that tempers her the effect of her impatience on readers, if not on the fictional recipients of brusque interactions. The relatable aspects of her life—connections with relatives and pets, with her ex; the way her fridge ends up bare as mine does when we are busy—ground the drama, make it easier to relate and care when her actions seem rude or reckless; more readily accepting of improbable coincidence.
As one who read this book as part of a series, I enjoyed the continuing evolution of the characters in this book, particularly the evolving relationship with Skinny Slidell. Slidell is sometimes comical in his pretensions, often repellant due to poor grooming and other rough edges, but this seems secondary when he demonstrates effectiveness in his work as a detective, willingness to work with Tempe when she goes beyond the boundaries of her official role, and tolerance when she is rude. I can also relate to daughter Katy’s transformation after joining the U.S. Army; I’ve seen and experienced the effect that military service can have on previously-aimless young people. Katy still clearly loves her mother and enjoys her company, but is increasingly independent, appropriate as she is in her mid-twenties. And Pete, reliable, caring ex-husband (possibly officially divorced, possibly not), apparently over his mid-life fling with a much-younger woman, though there have been others. Andrew Ryan's brief appearance was enough for me--I'm not much of a fan of his so far.
From my perspective, this book succeeds as entertainment. I also appreciate the opportunity to further consider issues related to human trafficking, as well as the experiences of deployed members of our armed forces.
I liked the book overall. The fact that all the story lines were all tied together made it an unbelievable, but interesting story. I think Reichs wrote it that way so that Pete could play a bigger role in the next one? It will be interesting to see what's next for the Tempe, Pete and Ryan triangle. It's a solid addition to the series- not the best, not the worst, and it kept my interest throughout. Emond does a pretty good job. Her narration kind of throws you off in the beginning because she's so blunt but it kind of grows on you because how else do you voice Tempe?
It starts a little lame, but once things get going, the plot moves fast. It held my attention and made a long drive much more enjoyable.
Too little story, too many coincidences,
Tempie's character was the best.
Linda Emond's narration adds the only bit of interest in the book.
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