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Deja Dead | [Kathy Reichs]

Deja Dead

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Susan Ithaca, NY, United States 02-03-12
    Susan Ithaca, NY, United States 02-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible writing style--Waste of my time"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Jones 11-13-11
    Anne Jones 11-13-11
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    "One star is too generous"

    This is the first time that I felt that the book was NOT better than "the movie". I am a fan of the television series Bones, and looked forward to "reading" the book. I anticipated character development much better than the tv series, instead I was introduced to a middle-aged, whining, 12-step alchoholic meddler who "blunders" into crime solving and then blames others for the tragedies that ensue.

    The narration was horrible.

    Don't waste your credit.

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    joan 09-28-11
    joan 09-28-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Deja Dead"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KB 03-05-15
    KB 03-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great book"

    I loved the book. The narrator gave a great performance. She gave each character new life. Her voice is raspy but I never found it distracting. Great job!

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    Delilah Boston, MA 03-05-15
    Delilah Boston, MA 03-05-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Fans of "Bones" might be disappointed"

    This is a pretty cut and dry detective story and mystery. Those of us who have come to love the Temperance Brennan from the television series won't find her here, however. There's little resemblance to the quirky, rational forensic anthropologist we see on television and the character as she was originally penned. The Tempe from the novel is a divorced recovering alcoholic with a grown daughter when we meet her, and while she's a likeable enough protege, I was really hoping for the internal monologues of the character from the TV series, and it's simply a different person.

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    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 02-28-15
    Amazon Customer Federal Way, Wa, United States 02-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Riviting."

    This was really good. I can't believe I put off listening to it for so long. The narrator while not my favorite did a reasonable job. She certainly kept me listening.

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    K 02-24-15
    K 02-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Thrilling."

    While slow starting déjà dead is an excellent listen and is thrilling to the end. I would advice against listening to this in bed, especially if you want to get some sleep.

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    K. Krieger 11-26-14
    K. Krieger 11-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A good narration might have rescued the book.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kathy Reichs before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't. I saw the TV show and thought the book would probably be better. I was wrong.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator sounded bored and annoyed having to read this book. That didn't help.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    It's hard to like a book when the main character is so unlikeable. I saw that the other books in that series have other narrators. I might give it a try to see if that helps because over all I like the idea of the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ELIZABETH 11-15-14
    ELIZABETH 11-15-14

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    "Couldn't get through this one... yawn"
    Would you try another book from Kathy Reichs and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

    I always enjoy books narrated by Barbara Rosenblat so my reason for returning Deja Dead has no reflection on her. This is the first book I've tried from the author, Kathy Reichs and since she has high ratings, I'll give another one a try before "writing" her off my future choices for good. She obviously appeals to a great many readers/listeners.


    What could Kathy Reichs have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It crawled along and the main character was very unappealing. I simply found nothing redeeming in her. Nobody she works with seems to like her either, including her own family. She's opinionated and, as much as I like strong, independent heroines, she's just boring and rude.


    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Simply speaking, she becomes every character I've heard her do, giving them life and personality where they may not with other, more monotone narrators. Her women characters sound like women and her male characters sound like men; all due to her great range.


    What character would you cut from Deja Dead?

    Sorry, the main character, Dr. Brennan... Which, of course is impossible, so I'd change her personality!


    Any additional comments?

    Nope

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Hardinsburg, IN, United States 10-13-14
    Eva Hardinsburg, IN, United States 10-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This is NOT the TV show!"
    What did you love best about Deja Dead?

    I loved the layers in the story. It wasn't one or two dimensional. There were many layers that led you in different directions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have to be honest. At first I didn't care for this book at all. I LOVE the tv show. It's probably my only well one of two TV shows that I will not miss. This book, is not that TV show. I had to get past that before I could enjoy the book. I went into the book thinking the character would be the same as the TV show. She's not. In the setting of the book she really couldn't be. As I went on with the story I realized that and was able to enjoy the story.


    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really enjoyed the flipping back and forth between French and English. Ms. Rosenblat has an excellent command of the languages.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I can't say that I did. I was however extremely happy I'd read it and look forward to reading/listening to more.


    Any additional comments?

    For me I really had to seperate the two. The book from the show, the author from the writers, ect. I would be curious to know how many people went into her books with the same expectation as I did. Cudos to her for a wonderful story and a well written character. Now that I have the two characters seperated in my expectation of who they are, I look forward to reading more of her work.

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  • Miss
    Raunds, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "Not for followers of the Tv series 'Bones'"

    Now I love the Tv series and bought the books to see how the author had written the story. They bear no relation to the program, which was good once you realise this and listen with fresh ears as if to an unfamiliar author. They are well written but I didn't find it as gripping as I would have liked.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zephora
    Finistere France
    3/3/15
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    "Gripping"

    Totally excellent...great story which kept me guessing right to the nail-biting, adrenalin-rush finish. Loved this book and reader!

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    norfolk england
    12/1/13
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    "Gritty graphic unputdownable tension with style."
    If you could sum up Deja Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Graphic truelife gripping


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deja Dead?

    When Temperance Brennan is searching a deserted graveyard on her own at night in a storm and discovers another body. The story really grips you and it's almost like you are with her the tension is so great you know that something else is going to happen but it is still so frightening when it does.
    I couldn't put the book away until I knew she was safe again, one of many moments in the story which held me as much in its grasp as it did the characters involved.
    An excellent read.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    She managed to give a credible performance with believable voices for each character without resorting to over exaggeration.
    She wracked up the tension exactly when needed and gave each character a wonderful depth with her interpretation.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I really enjoyed the ups and downs of this story and really felt the characters frustrations and excitement when they were on the hunt for the killer it wss a roller coaster of emotions from start to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first Temperance Brennan story that I have listened to and as soon as I had finished it I ordered the next need I say more.
    The characters in the book are different to those in the "Bones" television series but the main premise is the same. The main character is believable. The writing very detailed (possibly too much so for some, as the descriptions are very graphic and detailed but necessary in the main ) and I couldn't put the story down.
    I finished the book in 3 sittings it was so good, my family are not such fans as I was so engrossed I had no time for anything else until I had completely finished it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crackdown
    Knighton, United Kingdom
    10/3/13
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    "Another good book."

    This was another good book by Kathy Reichs, solid and informative. Always a pleasure to add the stories of Temperance Brennan to the library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Harrogate, United Kingdom
    8/25/13
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    "Not same as tv character."

    I love watching Bones on TV and so it was natural to try the books. Before I did however, I read other reviews and realised that they were not the same as the TV series. Brennan herself is very different and there are no other characters whom you would recognise. Therefore don't begin reading/listening if you expect it to be more of the same. That said as a stand alone murder/thriller it's a very good book, if a little gruesome. The things the killer does to his female victims are extreme and I can't help wonder if a male author would have been heavily criticised for it. However, the story is well put together with woven threads throughout that lead it to a satisfactory conclusion.

    That said however, I haven't been a able to give it 5 stars because I feel it took rather too long to get going. It seemed to flit about quite a lot and I wondered if it was all relevant. (It was, actually). However since I was not aware of this at the time, I considered stopping listening to it altogether and only continued because of the authors reputation and other reviews. I'm glad I did, as when it got going, it REALLY got going.

    My last criticism is the narrator. I didn't care for her. Her French accent was superb, (to me anyway) but it was sometimes quite difficult to tell which character was supposed to be speaking - even though she would indicate who it was straight after their line. That in itself became quite confusing.

    I'm now listening to book number 2 read by Lorelei King (who has narrated quite a few of the books I've listened to), so I have enjoyed this one sufficiently enough to stick with the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sanna
    Jyvaskyla, Finland
    12/23/12
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    "Good listen"

    I didn't really know what to expect when I started listening to the book, but it was a positively surprised. It was well narrated and entertaining and the characters are interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tink
    United Kingdom
    10/9/12
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    "Avoid if you abhor violence and rape of women."

    Since I follow the teachings of Abraham-Hicks, I must ask myself what is in my vibration lately that I have attracted so much misogynistic sadistic carnage of women by men? It's worrying! In the space of 12 days I've lived through a string of rapes and murders spanning decades in 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,' which I've found out in Sweden is called 'Men Who Hate Women,' followed by a documentary of Jimmy Savile using his status of 'celebrity' to satisfy his paedophilian lusts by raping young girls, and now 'Déjà Dead' by Kathy Reichs which follows yet another serial rapist and killer of women.



    I downloaded this because I was curious to see how the books compared to the TV series 'Bones.' I can say it's VERY LOOSELY based on Kathy's books: There is a forensic anthropologist, her name is Temperance Brennan... that's where the similarity ends! If you're a fan of 'Bones' then don't approach the books expecting them to mirror the series. THEY DON'T.



    If you're of a sensitive disposition and have a vivid imagination then I can't, in good conscience, recommend this book. It follows the grisly murders of several women who have been raped, their bodies dismembered and found in plastic bags. Also animal mutilations. It may have been better if I hadn't listened to it alone in the dead of night, when I found myself locking my bedroom door just in case the perpetrator had escaped from the pages! All's said and done, the book left me afraid of the world and the men in it for a week after I'd finished it! That's not the kind of mindset I like a story to leave me in so I don't think I'll read another Kathy Reichs as a result, although her others may be different.



    It's fast-paced, however, and fantastique in its way, although the heroine's attitude to her best-friend seemed a little incongruous and there are a few too many similies especially in the first half. I say if you've got the stomach for it and your imagination's less active than mine, then go for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    United Kingdom
    10/4/12
    Overall
    "Annoying"

    I think I would have quite enjoyed the story, but it was unfortunately ruined by the irritating reader. Constant sucking, swallowing and lip-smacking! Really annoying!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miranda
    BEDFORD, United Kingdom
    7/18/12
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    "Very Good Listen"

    Quality of both written and narrative very, very good. Storyline good to follow. Enough personal background information on the main character has been incorporated without distraction to the main story; very good enhancement. Very flowing, something you'd just want to carry on listen to till the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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