Monday, 13 October 2014

*** Rinny Reviews *** Bones of the Lost (Temperance Brennan #16) By Kathy Reichs

Disclaimer : I was Provided a free copy of this book from the lovely peeps at Random House in return for an honest review.

Title: Bones Of The Lost
Author: Kathy Reichs
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           Published by: Scribner
Genre: Mystery Thriller


#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs returns with her sixteenth 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?

The medical examiner has also asked Tempe to examine a bundle of Peruvian dog mummies confiscated by U.S. Customs. A Desert Storm veteran named Dominick Rockett stands accused of smuggling the objects into the country. Could there be some connection between the trafficking of antiquitiesand the trafficking of humans? 

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” (Daily News, New York), Kathy Reichs is at her brilliant best in this thrilling novel.


I have always had an interest in forensics and many years ago when I read the first book of the Temperance Brennan series, I was hooked. I found the books not only a good read but interesting with the little things you found out about anthropology and forensics.  However like any long series you do have ups and downs with it and I took a break for a long while. When I found out this book was being released I was looking forward to reading it. I had just finished the series I was watching of the bones which is based on Kathy Reichs and this series of books.

I used to fly through Kathy Reichs books however this one has took me so long to read I'm not even saying long as in  it just took me a couple of weeks, more like a couple of months. I just found it so hard to read not to say that i was finding it unenjoyable, just the different case the same outcome and way to that outcome was proving tedious to me this time. I had to keep forcing myself to read in bits and bobs.

Kathy Reichs writing is still wonderful to me she writes with detail and her characterization is to me one of her strongest points. I think that if I did not like her writing and main character Tempe as much as I do I would have gave up a long time ago with the series. Tempe is a wonderful even though at times a frustrating main character. I find her so interesting and like her as our narrator simply because she has an incredible mind and to see how it works is so I want to see inspiring but feel interesting is the better word. She is strong, determined, intelligent, dedicated and at times brutally honest. She also has serious flaws she is not the best at personal relationships, she puts herself in careless and very dangerous situations often and she thinks she can do anything and everything by herself. I think this makes her more believable as she has many levels, though it can be so frustrating.

I am going to try and describe my issues with the book the best I can without spoilers. The plot was good as always and somewhat interesting. However maybe I am becoming jaded as I get older they just seem to have the same sort of way to coming together different cases all linked together, Tempe endangering herself needlessly on her own. Ex husband/Ryan love triangle, so frustrating just make Ryan her guy already. Family drama unexpected twist to connect everything together and Tempe yet again solves it all. This time it did not work for me. It didn't seem as well put together for me this time, a little patched up feeling than normal especially the trip to Afghanistan. I also feel like the little interesting facts about anthropology etc were not as plentiful as normal.

That being said despite the ups and downs I had with this one, the ending has hooked me enough to want to read the next in the series. So I am still not giving up on the series. It just has not been what I would have hoped from the series but in the same way has not been what i would call a bad book. Just meh! So for that reason My Rating is 3 cupcakes (stars) as any more or  less i honestly feel would not be honest. Even though I wish I could give it more as I truly do love Tempe.

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Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina, and for the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Quebec. She is one of only fifty forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. A professor of anthropology at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Reichs is a native of Chicago, where she received her Ph.D. at Northwestern. She now divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal and is a frequent expert witness in criminal trials.

Arthur Ellis Award
◊ Best First Novel (1998): Deja Dead

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