Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Book review--206 Bones by Kathy Reichs

This is the first Kathy Reichs Temperance Brennan (12th in the series) book I have read. I found myself comparing it to the television show Bones (which is based on the Brennan series). This being the 12th book, Tempe is older, divorced and has a teenage daughter. In the show, Tempe is young, single and hasn't any current prospects of having a child. So a little difficult wrapping my head around the differences. However, I really liked this book. In the book, Tempe is less socially challenged and not as obsessively literal. And the science is very interesting. It's like watching CSI, or Bones (I love both) as Tempe examines the bones and makes her determinations.
In this installment, someone is trying to sabotage Dr. Brennan's credibiltiy. At first, Tempe and her colleague Ryan don't think much of it. But things keep happening to further question her expert anthropological opinion and eventually the light bulb clicks on and Tempe is on the trail to find out who is behind it all. As you can imagine, things go from bad to worse. I won't say anymore for fear of giving away the whole story.
If you like books or television shows that combine science and smarts in solving crimes and mysteries, then you will like this book.

About the book:
There are 206 bones in the human body. Forensic anthropologists know them intimately, can read in them stories of brief or long lives, and use them to reconstruct every kind of violent end.

The twelfth Temperance Brennan novel from Kathy Reichs, 206 Bones opens with Tempe regaining consciousness and discovering that she is in some kind of very small, very dark, very cold enclosed space. She is bound, hands to feet. Is she buried alive? In some kind of cell? Who wants Tempe dead, or at least out of the way, and why? Tempe begins slowly to reconstruct...
Tempe and Lieutenant Ryan had accompanied the recently discovered remains of a missing heiress from Montreal to the Chicago morgue. Suddenly, Tempe was accused of mishandling the autopsy -- and the case. Someone made an incriminating phone call. Within hours, the one man with information about the call was dead. Back in Montreal, the corpse of a second elderly woman was found in the woods, and then a third.
Seamlessly weaving between Tempe's present-tense terror and her memory of the cases of these murdered women, Reichs conveys the incredible devastation that would occur if a forensic colleague sabotaged work in the lab. The chemistry between Tempe and Ryan intensifies as this complex, riveting tale unfolds.

(FTC disclaimer:  I received this book (an ARC) from Library Thing in their Early Reviewers giveaway)

Happy Reading!



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  1. This looks like a great read! My sister just gave me the first bones book, and was surprised at the differences between the book character and the tv show character.

  2. I've tried to read a couple of these books and while they are good I'm so enamored with the TV show that I reall feel like I'm missing something.

  3. I've read a few of her books and I like them. I just don't think about the show at all because they are so dissimilar. I like the ones that are sent in Montreal.
    I'm glad you finally finished it!

  4. Yeah, once I got in to it, I didn't have a problem with the differences. It was well written and like I said, the science was so interesting. I can't wait to go back and start at the beginning!

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