*Bestselling author Kathy Reichs leaves us once again with another compelling novel that is impossible to put down especially with this one....."Where am I"? Those were the three words that kept going through forensic anthropologist Temperence "Tempe" Brennan's mind as she slowly came to in some enclosed tomb or narrow dark tunnel nor did it help that she was practically hogtied as well. Terrified, she tried to think back from the beginning when all this started. When Canadian heiress Rose Jurmain disappeared in Montreal and then found murdered several months later, her case was still ongoing when the most peculiar order came down from the chief medical examiner's office in Quebec and the Surete du Quebec Homicide Division. Dr. Temperence Brennan and lead detective Andrew Ryan must accompany the remains of the body and give full reports in Chicago requested by her family. Why? And why all the interest after nine months? These are questions going through their minds and when they do get there, they are treated horribly. A stranger has called to say that Tempe has messed up the autopsy. Who is trying to discredit her work? Upset and furious, Tempe and Ryan return to Montreal/Quebec only to learn that they might have a serial in their midst? When remains are brought into the lab by Tempe, she counted 206 bones but two of them suddenly disappear. What is going on? She must figure out this mystery but she also has to help Ryan with two more bodies. Are these murders related including Rose? Did these women have anything in common than violent death? These are all questions Tempe is asking herself while she lays in damp and futile darkness trying to untie herself and escape for her life. And Ryan? What about him? He broke her heart once but he admitted he made a total mistake. He wants her back. Will she relent? Will he find her just like so many other times before? Soon the entire mystery will soon unravel in her mind between murderer, the sabatoger on her work, corruption and betrayal. It was as plain as the nose on her face. Everything!.............. a spell-binding ending!........thank you
The point Kathy Reich makes in this book is very important. In 1980 my mother, father and 16 year-old son where involved in a fatal car crash. My son was driving late at night when a drunk driver hit them from the rear at a speed of over 80 mph. My mother was thrown from the car and killed. My father was critically injured but, Thank God survived. My son was not seriously injured as he was awake driving and saw the truck was going to hit and was able to brace himself. Unfortunately my mother and father were asleep as they were returning from vacation. The drunk was arrested and the next morning when told he had killed someone had the following to say " Oh well, big deal. But the guy put the brakes on right in front of me and I had no place to go." He had no explanation for why he did not stop to help and only got caught because he got a flat tire a mile down the interstate and as the ambulance with my son in the front seat and my father in the back passed him and my son recognized the truck. In court the guy tried to blame it on my son but the State Police Lab was able, thanks to great science, to prove the brake light was not on at the time he hit them and had not been on for some time. So good science was able to convict the guy and let my son know he had done anythng wrong and killed his grandmother.
Kathy writes great books. I can not put them down. I have read 2 complete ones today and have no doubt I will fall asleep reading the next in the series tonight.
She is able to explain science in away anybody can understand it. And my high school French is coming back, at least as far as readng it. And having been once married to a French Canadian I have no trouble understanding the strange way they swear. My late mother-in-law's favorite curse was St.Citrion, or in English Saint Grapefruit.
So you keep writing Kathy and I'll keep reading and learning. Thank God for people like you.
A stunning and nightmare-inducing start. Good sub-plots. What's not to like? Every time you think "aha, just another Kathy Reichs novel," you get stuck in, and the word "just" gets dropped? Although not an adventure thriller as such, it is definitely a pageturner and the plot threads are skilfully interwoven. Tempe herself gets attacked repeatedly; not just in the dénouement, and the cities of Charlotte and Québec become increasingly real in the reader's mind.
This was fascinating since Tempe is trying to figure out connection between murders in Canada as well as murder of the son of one of her ex-husband's senior relatives' boyfriend. Simultaneously someone is trying to taint her reputation. The story alternated between her having been entombed alive to flashbacks to the above murders. She is still at odds with Ryan though working with him on the cases.
I had the opportunity to buy the full Kathy Reichs collection all at once and started reading from the beginning with Deja Dead. I would highly recommend doing it this way if at all possible. I just finished 206 Bones. It has been interesting to experience Reichs' style develop and change. 206 Bones is unique from Reichs' earlier works in that it starts out with Temperance disoriented, restrained, and trapped in a cold, dark space. The story unfolds as she tries to remember the prior events that got her to that place. This new approach worked well and added a little something different. As usual, great plot, 8-10 page chapters, teasers at the end of most chapters luring you in to the next chapter, lots of technical terms and explanations, etc. I'm looking forward to reading Spider Bones.