It's June in Montreal, and Dr. Temperance Brennan, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of Director of Forensic Anthropology for the province of Quebec, looks forward to a relaxing weekend in beautiful Quebec City. First, though, she must stop at a newly uncovered burial site in the heart of the city. The remains are probably old and only of archeological interest, but Tempe must make sure they're not a case for the police.
One look at the decomposed and decapitated corpse, stored neatly in plastic bags, tells her she'll spend the weekend in the crime lab. Something about the crime scene is familiar to Tempe: the stashing of the body parts; the meticulous dismemberment. As a pattern continues to emerge, Tempe calls upon all her forensic skills, including bone, tooth/dental, and bitemark analysis and x-ray microflourescence to convince the police that the cases are related and to try to stop the killer before he strikes again.
Told with lacerating authenticity and passion, Déjà Dead is both poignant and terrifying as it hurtles toward its breathtaking conclusion and instantly catapults Kathy Reich into the top ranks of crime authors.
©1997 Kathy Reichs (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"Accomplished and chilling." (People)
"Kathy Reichs knows how to put all [of her] exotic experience into a novel....Quebec's own Southern gal give[s] Cornwell a run for the money." (Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail)
"What makes Déjà Dead so compelling, in addition to the authoritative descriptions of how a forensic scientist 'reads' the story the bones tell, is the character of Brennan - smart, persistent, gutsy, ironic yet vulnerable." (Judy Stoffman, Toronto Star)
If you took out all of the similes and metaphors this story would only be half as long. Rather than add to the story, they end up breaking up the rhythm and become incredibly annoying. I got through about one third of the story hoping that it would get better, but it just got more painful. I ended up skipping huge chunks of the book and I'm not sure if I'll bother finishing it or just delete it from my library. I'm very disappointed.
Book was way too detailed oriented on the small things. If you were watching this as a tv show or a movie, it would be ok but as a book, the details were just too involved. I am sure the abridged version would have been much better. Story line was actually good, but too cluttered by all the bla bla bla of the insignificant backround that was talked about.
I was really, really looking forward to listening to the entire collection! However I just could not get beyond the first hour...i tried-i really did! The Reader is worse than awful. She is way too slow, tries too hard to make it exciting. I cant even judge the story because i found my teeth grinding listening to her. Sadly, this is my first and last book read by this Reader. I have even written her name down so i dont purchase any further reads by her.
I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!
I pulled the book because I wanted see if they were skipped or different. I think different.
The story and the tension is expertly handled. But I had a really hard time getting past the ridiculously overdone metaphors (similes to be specific). "My hear pounded like a moth against a screen." Innocuous on its own, but compounded by another hundred or more times throughout the book - at least five per page it felt - and the speaker just began to sound ridiculous. Too much language used to describe something that would have been much more visceral if described in half the amount of words. Read/listen only if you won't be bothered by the over abundance of descriptors in already cramped story space.
I would have given this a 5 all around but there's a good ten minute segment where it's nothing but buzzing for various reasons, whether it's flies or whatever else. It almost made me rage quit while I was listening. Surely there was a less irritating way to do it.
I enjoy the TV show Bones. Warm,funny murder mystery. This is not that, even though the series is based on K Reichs books This book is not warm or funny at all, ever. The medical terms are sort of interesting and the French well spoken by the narrator. BTW same with the series Rizzoli and Isles. Series warm funny book Not. Elsie J
Don't start this series thinking its going to be like the TV series....lots of differences. Also, the narrator was unable to differentiate the characters as much as I would have liked.
I LOVE the show Bones, so I was excited to read the books. Even though the character of Temperance in the book is quite different than Bones on TV, you can sense similarities in her and other characters. The overall feel of the book is very similar to the feel you get from the show.
The narrator was not the best I have ever heard, but I do not think she was as bad as other reviews stated. I listened both with headphones and just from the speaker on my phone.
I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series!
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