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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Kathy Reichs returns with her 16th riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, whose examination of a young girl killed in a hit and run in North Carolina triggers an investigation into international human trafficking.

When Charlotte police discover the body of a teenage girl along a desolate stretch of two-lane highway, Temperance Brennan fears the worst. The girl’s body shows signs of foul play. Inside her purse police find the ID card of a prominent local businessman, John-Henry Story, who died in a horrific flea market fire months earlier. Was the girl an illegal immigrant turning tricks? Was she murdered?

As the case deepens, Tempe must also grapple with personal turmoil. Her daughter, Katy,, grieving the death of her boyfriend in Afghanistan, impulsively enlists in the Army. Meanwhile, Katy’s father, Pete, is frustrated by Tempe’s reluctance to finalize their divorce. As pressure mounts from all corners, Tempe soon finds herself at the center of a conspiracy that extends all the way from South America, to Afghanistan, and right to the center of Charlotte. "A genius at building suspense" (New York Daily News), Kathy Reichs is at her brilliant best in this thrilling novel.

©2013 Kathy Reichs (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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If you're reading them in order skip this one...

I've read all of the Temperance Brennan books so far and this one is definitely sub-par. It seems as though Ms. Brennan spends way too much time reflecting about stuff. This isn't really a spoiler but it does tell something about the story. At one point she goes to Iraq and sees her Marine Corps daughter (someone that she also thinks about a lot). She manages to disinter two bodies, get buried by the debris of a bomb hit and dug out, do her forensic investigation, write a report, get debriefed and fly back to the States to testify at a military hearing about her findings. All this zips right along but then she's back home ruminating about her cat or why she doesn't have any food in the house. Really, no food, well here's a clue - buy some. Do I care about her food problem, not a little tiny bit. Does this have anything to do with the plot? No, but it seems to be a recurring theme throughout this book. Poor Tempe, no food in the house, oopsie, she forgot to eat for 3 days. I exaggerate, but that's what I remember from the book and I don't think that's what I should be taking away with me.

And then there's the ending...well, suffice it to say that if I hadn't already slogged through the rest of the book, I wouldn't have bothered with the last 75 minutes, I was that angry. I won't tell you how it ends, but I will tell you that I do not appreciate it when an author insults the reader and takes the lazy way out by suddenly pulling out the stupid stick and smacking the main character with it, not once but several times, just to "set up" the ending. Am I really supposed to believe that our heroine is so intelligent that she can figure out this rather complex mystery instead or ahead of the police and yet act so irresponsibly and brainlessly as does Ms Brennan at the end of this book? Is her inability to find a grocery store or restaurant supposed to be the ultimate excuse for her inexcusable behavior? Is lack of food a legal defense for trampling on the Constitution? Frankly if she behaved this way in most jurisdictions she would've been arrested and rightfully so.

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I'm done

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I used to love these books. I couldn't wait until the next one came out. But the last couple of books lacked any substance. The story wasn't compelling. Also the writing which is mostly question and answer style, got too repetitive and boring.
Spoiler Warning: In this particular story the fact that ALL of the various story lines came together was just too far fetched for me. I had figured out what was the problem with "Candy" early in the book and just waiting for Tempe to get it.
I love the Ryan character and the fact that he made a cameo in this book also irritated me.
Anyway, I'm done with the Tempe books. I'll use my time with something that is entertaining.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Royal Blood

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Kathy Reichs in fine form, narrator, not so much

Would you try another book from Kathy Reichs and/or Linda Emond?

I have loved all the books in this series and would buy again IF Linda Emond is not the narrator - she's horrible.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Didn't get past the first hour, so no idea.

Would you be willing to try another one of Linda Emond’s performances?

No.

Was Bones of the Lost worth the listening time?

It would be, if the narrator wasn't so bad.

Any additional comments?

Gonna buy this on Kindle instead.

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Fun!

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I just started reading the Temperance Brennan series this summer. I devoured the first fifteen, and was eagerly awaiting the release of "Bones of the Lost". It is difficult to assign this installment a specific rank among my favorites, but I will definitely re-read it, probably more than once. The only other books I've looked forward to re-reading so enthusiastically have been 206 bones and Bones to Ashes.

In this installment we see a stronger, more resilient Tempe. Just when I thought the character was growing somewhat stagnant, Reichs delivers a dramatically complex plot, complete with a myriad of professional and personal pitfalls Tempe must navigate. In the process, she reveals several new avenues that this series could explore, and, as usual, delivers one terriffic mystery!

Don't let the publisher's summary fool you. While Tempe's divorce from Pete does figure into the plot, the author focuses more on the challenge she faces disentangling the small details of her life from her long-time spouse than she does on the "will she or won't she sign?" question. The big interpersonal challenge Tempe faces in this novel is conveyed more by the absence of a certain familiar detective from active participation in most of the book--but when he does eventually show up, watch out!

Is this book the pinnacle of literary creativity and story-crafting ingenuity? No, not really. But is it a fun, fast-paced book that will leave you waiting for the next novel in the series? You bet!

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This Was Horrible

Would you try another book from Kathy Reichs and/or Linda Emond?

No

Has Bones of the Lost turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

What three words best describe Linda Emond’s performance?

Fair, Fair, Fair

What character would you cut from Bones of the Lost?

There are absolutely no memorable characters.

Any additional comments?

This may be the worst book I have wasted time on. It was poorly written. It was virtually impossible to follow. The performance was fair at best.

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Tempe is Losing Her Touch

What did you like best about Bones of the Lost? What did you like least?

I like spending time with Tempe. I wish that there was more emphasis on the forensic archeology as in earlier books,

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I don"t like when Tempe puts herself needlessly and foolishly in danger. She never seems to learn from the past.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes. Linda Emond is a decent reader. I preferred the previous reader.

Did Bones of the Lost inspire you to do anything?

Yes. Reread a early Kathy Reich"s book.

Any additional comments?

I like the interaction with her daughter Katie in the Middle East. I also like Ryan a lot and hope that now they can get back together.

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What made the experience of listening to Bones of the Lost the most enjoyable?

The story was pretty good.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

A good detective novel. The least is that I didn't think I was buying a detective novel.

What about Linda Emond’s performance did you like?

A good performance doesn't make you think you are listening to a performance. She did a good job.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Don't make a film of this book.

Any additional comments?

What has hooked me in the past about the Tempe Brennan novels is the fact that she's a forensic anthropologist. Not a detective. I loved Tempe's reviewing of the body, it's location, what she discovers. Kathy Reichs sometimes got a bit too detailed, but basically, it's Tempe's job that interested me. In this book, there's very little of her forensic anthropologist part of her life. She seems to have forgotten exactly what she does for a living. In this book, she mostly plays detective alongside a bumbling, painfully difficult to get in touch with homicide detective.

A previous review made mention of the fact that Tempe can be something of a snob, and I have to agree. Anyone less education and intelligent than herself seems to cause Tempe to look down her nose at those in more menial occupations or life situations.I listened to this on Audible and was wondering, did we ever find out what happened with her cat? Maybe I missed it.

I have loved the Tempe Brennan books and will probably give it one more shot. I hope Reichs goes back to what made these books popular.

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Same 'ol, Same 'ol

I began listening to the Tempe Brennan mysteries due to the location; I grew up in Charlotte, the principal setting for the books of the Bones series. After enduring several poorly plotted audios I had sworn I'd never purchase another; I should have stuck to that. Let me begin by saying that the information on forensics, anthropology, autopsies, etc. is great; the author/doctor certainly knows her stuff. In this selection she went to Afghanistan and that section of the book works really well.
Unfortunately the author seems to have spent way too much time in Hollywood; Tempe is forever taking silly chances and is intent on playing Nancy Drew, all grown up. The fact that she has always manages to escape, mostly unscathed from these misadventures just highlights the great distance between literature and reality. Then there is easily solved trajectory of the so called mystery; with one or two exceptions there wasn't much challenge to discerning who the perpetrators were and what crimes they guilty of. So okay; this time I swear I won't, in the lyrics of the Who, get fooled again; no more Bones.

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Out of order reference

In the previous short story, Bones in her Pocket, Dr. Brennan solves the case of Edith Blankenship. In Bones of the lost she references this character as if she had not yet worked the case. This is the only flaw I found.

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Solid Reichs effort

There are several things you can count on when reading a Kathy Reichs novel: extremely detailed forensic information passed on to the reader throughout, Tempe going rogue and risking her life because Slidell has the audacity to have other things going on in his life, lots of conversations with Birdie, the cat, and so many rhetorical questions! I enjoy the forensic stuff - I'm learning stuff while enjoying a good book. Tempe is annoying at times. She's not a cop, but she goes way beyond her position every time. I'm frankly surprised that Slidell, who is annoying in his own special way, hasn't murdered her. At any rate, this book takes Tempe all over the world, and ends up being a sad tale of human trafficking with a rather surprise ending. I overlook the things about Tempe that aggravate me, because, at the core, these are very good stories. Linda Emond narrates perfectly.