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"Reichs always delivers a pulse-pounding story." (Publishers Weekly)

About the Author

Kathy Reichs, like her character Temperance Brennan, is a forensic anthropologist, formerly for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina and currently for the Laboratoire de sciences judiciaires et de médecine légale for the province of Quebec. Reichs’s first book, Déja Dead, catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Temperance Brennan Novel
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1st edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439102430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439102435
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (919 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Angela Risner The Sassy Orange VINE VOICE on September 4, 2012
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I loved her first books. I really did. And then after she started working on the TV show, her books started to suck. Yup, I'm saying it. They started to suck. And even though her last book showed a hint of the old novels, this one is probably one of the worst I've read.

This is from my review of her last book, Flash and Bones:

"My only issue is that Tempe always ends up in danger at the end of each book and has to be rescued. After awhile, you would think that the police would insert a tracking device under her skin, because they know if she is working on a case, she will end up kidnapped."

Hey, guess what happens in this book? No, you'll never guess. Nope, I'm just going to tell you. It ends like every other Tempe Brennan novel: She gets kidnapped at the end and has to be rescued. And NO, I did not just ruin it for you because THAT HAPPENS AT THE END OF EVERY KATHY REICHS BOOK.

We're back in Canada for this one. It starts out promising, as Tempe has just found three dead babies in an apartment. I'm intrigued, I'm ready to go. Andrew Ryan is along for the ride. Yup, getting excited to solve this mystery with them. And then, it all falls apart. Characters are added, but you don't care about them. They're bad guys who you never actually talk to - they're spoken to off of the page. The new detective with whom Tempe has a past is a jerk and there are no redeeming qualities, even though Reichs tries to point them out.

We do learn a little about diamond mining and the native population of Canada. But all it made me feel was sad and cold. I don't feel like learning more about either subject, which is sad because I'm sure that they're both fascinating when they're not presented as the backdrop to a crappy story.
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Although I'm a fan of the Tempe Brennan books, I was disappointed with "Bones Are Forever". There was less of the forensic and police procedural details that I enjoy, and too much (for me) uninteresting facts on diamond formation and mining. The plot seemed contrived and unrealistic. The investigation was chaotic and jumped all over the place, both in locality and facts. In most of the prior books of this series, the author provided rich detail - historical facts, investigative techniques and progress on the case, but this time, the long and overly-detailed info on diamonds was overkill.

Detective Andrew Ryan was involved in the investigation of the deaths of four infants, along with a Royal Canadian Mountie that Tempe had a brief affair with when they were both at the FBI training facility, Quantico. But, there was no real connection between Tempe and Dr. Ryan, and very few words of a personal nature between them. Additionally, Tempe barely acted in a civil manner toward Mountie Ollie Hasty.

I was waiting for Ms. Reichs' usual lush plot to lure me into the mystery, but it never happened for me. There was a Keystone Cops feel to Ryan and Brennan's behavior and too many supporting characters and convoluted theories crowding the story.

There was no advance of a personal relationship between Dr. Brennan and anyone, except for a few sentences spoken between Tempe and Detective Ryan, signifying nothing.

So, I was disappointed ...... and bored.
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This book misses the mark. Like other reviewers I found myself wondering if this was Reichs' work. The story bounces between hard to read (four dead infants) and boring (tedious descriptions of diamond mining). Reichs usually builds a 'can't put down plot' with forensic details and surrounds it with an interesting mystery. These elements are missing here, as are the elements of Brennan's personal life that make this a cohesive series. Even long time fans of the series can skip this and miss nothing. Not recommended.
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having read all of Reichs books I must say she has fallen into the trap of formula writing. You know early on she is going to have a dream that leaves her wondering how everything fits together, you also know near the end she will get caught by the bad guys and that one of her male "partners/lovers" will rescue her. This one also had too many characters in and out of the story so by the time you find out who is the villain you have to stop and think now who was this guy.
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I am normally a died-in-the-wool Kathy Reichs fan. Loved all of her books, until this one, and love "Bones." THIS BOOK, however is beyond terrible! I don't know what she was thinking or doing...fulfilling a contractual obligation perhaps? I read the terrible reviews before I bought this book and probably should have paid more attention before donating my eleven bucks to her. Page after page, paragraph after paragraph of useless filler. Hell, I think I could be a certified CAT scan tech by the time she finished describing one. The problem with Ryan and Ollie? Does it have to be described and re-described over and over. We get it, Kathy. They don't like each other. Yes, this is a terrible subject but Lordy, does she have to make it even worse by describing, again in damn near microscopic detail, the remains? I won't finish this book and my money is gone. For this I, as a fan, am terribly sorry I wasted my hard earned cash and completely angry with Ms. Reichs for even allowing this piece of (insert your favorite noun here) to be published. Please, don't waste your money on this effort.
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