It is called the "death zone": the point on Everest, nearly five miles high, above which a climber cannot be rescued. More than 250 souls have lost their lives there. Most of the bodies remain, abandoned, frozen in place. When an earthquake leads to a miraculous recovery, Dr. Temperance Brennan is hired to identify a frozen, mummified human corpse. The victim is the daughter of a wealthy Charlotte couple who never got the chance to say good-bye. But far from offering solace and closure, Tempe's findings only provoke more questions. What happened on Mount Everest? Was the young woman's death an accident? Why aren't the other climbers talking? And how far will those hiding the truth go to make sure the past stays buried?
©2015 Kathy Reichs (P)2015 Random House Audio
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
This story is about an autopsy on young woman's frozen body. She died 3 years earlier while climbing Mount Everest and her body was recently recovered. There is an interesting twist concerning her identity along with other twists.
Kathy Reichs writes better novellas than novels. Her novels are excessively wordy. Narration of this novella is superb.
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Fans of mountain climbing and fans of INTO THIN AIR, which is mentioned in the book, will like this short story. The book is full of mountain climbing facts and some Southern characters along with their food. It has some twists and was a very pleasant read. I would give the book a B. It didn't have any emotional string pulling in either direction, high or low, it was just a pleasant, simple read.
I've been with Audible for about 8 years now and have collected a very large library. I find it so enjoyable to be able to sit back and listen to a story being read to me whether its a lunch break, waiting for an appointment or relaxing before bed. I've even listened while out on a bike ride or a long walk.
While I liked the plot and the characters, I guess I am just used to Reich's books that go into more depth. By the time I felt like I was just getting to know about each character, it was time to wrap up the story and I felt a little cheated.
The wisdom is reaching far beyond what we see. Delight in the journey
As the title suggests I prefer the two novellas by Kathy Reichs to her more traditional length stories. The novellas; for the most part, avoid the long rambling monologues and some of the intricate plot twists that characterize the majority of her works. Though even within the confines of her shorter works she still has the unfortunate habit of turning Tempe into a silly adult version of an impulsive adolescent. Unfortunately many female authors in mystery have what we refer to as the teenage slasher victim syndrome. They are always going into places and pursuing hunches into places, without weapons of course; that no one with a functioning cerebral cortex would get anywhere near. The author is obviously spending way too much of her time as the the executive producer of Bones because of most these activities come off as pure TV. Still the author's great knowledge of forensic anthropology and the medical examiner's office make up for the weak and repetitive plots she churns out; particularly when the story isn't a long one.
All mysteries all the time, that's what I read. I joined Audible when I started having a long commute. Now I listen everywhere!
Kathy Reichs never disappoints. This was a good tale and I really enjoyed the novella length. Short stories usually leave me wanting more, this length was just right.
I presently live in Central TX after spending 35 years in S FL. I was born and grew up in NW LA. I have been a reader my entire life.
I enjoyed the whole thing! Lots of twists and turns that totally caught me by surprise. I had known a little about Everest, including the facts about leaving those who had died.
Great short read ( listen)!
This is the first female narrator that I have found tolerable. In fact, she was good, and better than some of the male narrators I have listened to. The story was short and for the price, it was worth it for a few hours listening. It was so much better than tthe JB Robb story I had just given up on, that it made this book actually feel intelligent with proper descriptions of the bones in the autopsy. I would recommend it to kill some time, but not one of the greats. I have not listened to a novella before, perhaps that's all they strive to be.
I love this series but the endings are always the same. She figures out who done it, calls whichever cop she's been working with, gets voicemail and blithely walks right into a hospital stay. Come on can we change it up just once?
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