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Temperance Brennan is joined by her fellow lawmen in following up on a cold case that has become hot once more. Three young women in Canada had been killed by a murderer that got away. The last time almost cost Tempe her life.
This time, Tempe, Ryan, Slidell, Larabee and more join together when it becomes, fearfully, obvious that the killer has moved to North Carolina where Tempe also lives and works. Is it because of Tempe that this killing spree has come?
This book is older and I have obviously been behind in following it. Yet, the characters returned fully formed in my mind and I was able to enjoy it as though it was in current days. I still don't care for Slidell, and I hoped for Tempe and Ryan to truly find each other.
The murder was complex and the ending was well developed. It surprised me. A joy to a mystery reader. Then, as a bonus gift, there was a novella called 'Swamps' at the ending.
The Swamps story was about an aborted vacation of Tempe's in Florida. It gave facts and details of the famous Florida Everglades National Park that was chilling and fascinating. All tied up with the...nope, I won't disclose. Read these tales and be amazed.
I enjoyed this book. Not just for the topic, which was engrossing, but the expertise that Kathy Reichs always shows in her books. This was not an easy book. There were tons of clues that stretched over the place with analyses galore. But Temperance was up to the challenge and there were quite a few challenges in this book. Kidnapped children tortured and murdered are not easy to read or write about. But Reich's does a masterful job explaining the who, what and why and solved the mystery. The novella included was also very entertaining. When she decides on a topic for her book, trust me she knows every little bit about it. Just think about all the tidbits she left out of it! Bravo for an outstanding book!
Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2020
I really like the characters in this series, especially the main characters. I wish Reichs would let Tempe and Ryan tie the knot, but evidently that is not the case in the next novel. The two have been off and on for so long, and obviously care deeply for each other. But, having looked at the reviews for the next book, Reichs is not going to let that happen. REALLY?!? The series would not be compromised by these characters being together. I’ll wait for the 2020 novel to come out (after the next one) and hope for the best.
A serial killer who disappeared years ago in Canada has reappeared in the United States. Modern data bases, including DNA, allow comparison of profiles and identities. The serial killer has a personal grievance against Temperance Brennan. As the case progresses, and attempts are made to track the killer, some cold cases become hot. Ryan becomes involved, somewhat unwillingly, as he was involved in the original case.
There are many surprises as the case progresses, some rather gruesome. Some descriptions are not for the faint of heart. People performing autopsies earn their pay. The new cases don't really fit the old profile (kidnapping girls for sex and torture). Things don't seem right as there are some surprising developments. There are some side notes about preserving bodies without refrigeration.
Temperance bounces between North Carolina, Quebec, and Vermont (with a side trip to Costa Rica), as various new characters are introduced. Her cat acquires a new friend. The door is left open for new developments in her personal life
Mediocre...I liked a couple of Kathy Reiches' earlier books, but it all went downhill from there so I stopped bothering reading her works. Then I cam across a review here on Amazon that suggested to give this one a try because it resembles earlier books by this author. I would give it 2.5 stars, but my options are either 2 or 3. Since I managed to finish the book, I am giving it a 3. If you convince yourself that the plot is believable - then you will finish the book, too. You interest in what happens next will be lukewarm, but it will be there. But you will also have a feeling that this book was overinflated just to make volume for a "full size" book. Pages devoted to a cat named Birdie. The side lines about main character's mother and her past lover (and the whole separate story of going to "recover" him to South America) are like - "huh??" The main character is awfully unlikable - meddling, bitchy, overreacting. I don't remember her being this way in earlier books, but then - who knows? - maybe she got this way with age. A lot of unnecessary, watered-down stuff. And the 'twists' were kind of predictable. I pretty much knew who would be the culprit by mid-book (or - if you remove all the clutter from this book - by page 20). You can give it a try - it's slightly better than the past books (several of which I could not even finish), but nothing like the earlier ones. But in my case - I don't think I'll bother with Kathy Reichs' books any more, it seems unlikely to me she can return to the level of Deja Dead.
I was a big fan of Bones the television series and from that my interest has turned to where she was born. Temperance is a fascinating character and once again the author has taken the reader into the world of “who done it.” I welcomed Ryan back into the picture and their relationship. Looking forward to the continued adventures of Dr. Brennan.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 15, 2014
This book is definitely a return to form for Kathy Reichs, I thought her last few books were just not quite as good as her normal standard. Part of the reason for this I think is that they were missing Ryan's character who makes a welcome return in this book, but who is struggling with his grief as he comes to terms with Lily's death and as a result has dropped off the grid. We also meet Tempe's mother who it turns out is quite handy with a computer and is instrumental in tracking Ryan down. I really liked the plotline of returning to a previous story and continuing it, specifically how Tawny had fared with her recovery as this is an issue not often examined in crime fiction. The science-y stuff is as interesting as ever and the story had me totally gripped as Tempe tries to track down Anique Pomerleau before she strikes again. The sub plots set the scene for Tempe's mother to feature in future books, although I'm surprised she has not featured before to be honest, and also continues the relationship between Tempe and Ryan (strong hints in the book that there's maybe a happy ending overall?) Kathy Reich's has a great style of writing, her characters are really likeable, even Skinny who's back for this book, and contains a good mix of humour, sarcasm and emotion. Just a note for any first time readers, while the books in the series can usually be read as a standalone, you would really need to read Monday Mourning before picking up this one.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 14, 2015
I found the last few books in the series a bit of a chore to read but Bones Never Lie brings the sparkle back and I've been up all night finishing it. Tempe is asked to consult on a cold case after the death of a teenager in Charlotte is linked to an older one in Vermont which, in turn, is linked to Anique Pomerleau, a sadist who got away from the Canadian police some years previously. The hunt is on. There isn't anything particularly new in this novel and the perpetrator is fairly obvious from about half way through but the hunt, the how, the why and the endless possibilities make it an absorbing read. I also think the characterisation is much stronger than it has been recently. Tempe shows a more vulnerable side in her yearning for a renewed relationship with Andrew Ryan, her former lover and her upset at her mother's illness. She may even be softening in her attitude to "Skinny" Slidell the unreconstructed slob of a detective she works with most frequently in Charlotte. Slidell, himself, is also showing a more human side. Ryan, still grieving over the death of his daughter, is absent mentally and emotionally for much of the novel but at least he's there. Even Tempe's mother, Daisy, gets a role and her bi-polar is handled very sensitively. I thoroughly enjoyed Bones Never Lie although I'm not sure about the title as there is hardly a bone in sight. Tempe gets to investigate to her heart's content and it makes for a great read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 6, 2014
Another brilliant thriller, by the best of best. Kathy Reichs is incapable of writing a bad, or boring book.
Tempe is back, thank goodness, and about to be thrown together again with the luscious Andrew Ryan.
The novel begins with the anthropologist being called into an unexpected meeting, which calls on her to dig up old witnesses and investigations. She soon realises that this particular case will bring back disturbing memories and also bickering detective Slidell back into her life, along with a local federal agent for him to argue with. This adds to the peripheral characters development, as well the stories evolution. In this unexpected meeting, Tempe is called upon to go and look for Ryan, and it is made clear, that the powers that be would like her to bring him back, to investigate the case which they both worked previously. Therefore, she heads south to Costa Rica, to find a bereaved and desolate Ryan reeling from the recent death of his daughter, however it's not long before they pair are headed north to Charlotte, where they resume their investigation, which further leads to a trip to the lovely Montreal. This is another fantastic read which will have fans sitting on the edge of their seats, turning the pages as fast as they can to find out who did it, and to find out what is next for Tempe and Ryan's relationship. As a stand alone novel this book is a fantastic read, but for fans of the series this is pure gold, and will leave readers desperate for the next adventure. The author shows no signs of tiring, and the series just gets better and better IMHO.
I tried to draw it out as long as I could, as I didn't want it to be over. Unfortunately my urge to find out who did it, and what happens next, over took my ability to be able to read a few pages at a time. So I finished it, and now feel desperate for the next instalment. I literally can't wait for it.
3.0 out of 5 starsNot up to the usual high standards
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 20, 2016
I am a huge fan of Kathy Reichs and have read all of her books so far. This one, disappointingly, does not live up to Ms Reich's usually high standards.. First off Tempe's skills as a forensic anthropologist are not involved in the plot, which does make you wonder why she is involved. It does seem rather pointless. Also, as one of the other reviewers has mentioned, Tempe's ageing mother seems to have better detection skills than any of the local and national police forces involved in this investigation. Kathy Reich's books are usually so well plotted and flow very naturally causing the reader to just keep turning page after page. Not so in this case, the plot stuttered along, although it was easy enough to work out who did it, quite early on in the proceedings. I do hope this is not the beginning of the end for KR, I do hope she is not going the way of Patricia Cornwell. Please let this be a temporary blip in an otherwise exemplary career.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 19, 2018
You know when you first pick up a Reich's book you are in for a treat. The Temperance Brennan series never fails to capture your imagination, you become immersed in the tale. The tv series Bones grew so far apart from the books, I gave up on it, whereas the books are consistently of a high standard. Highly recommended.