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Bones Never Lie (with bonus novella Swamp Bones): A Novel (Temperance Brennan) Paperback – February 17, 2015
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“Kathy Reichs writes smart—no, make that brilliant—mysteries that are as realistic as nonfiction and as fast-paced as the best thrillers about Jack Reacher, or Alex Cross.”—James Patterson
“Nobody does forensics thrillers like Kathy Reichs. She’s the real deal.”—David Baldacci
“Kathy Reichs continues to be one of the most distinctive and talented writers in the genre. Her legion of readers worldwide will agree with me when I declare that the more books she writes, the more enthusiastic fans she’ll garner.”—Sandra Brown
“Each book in Kathy Reichs’s fantastic Temperance Brennan series is better than the last. They’re filled with riveting twists and turns—and no matter how many books she writes, I just can’t get enough!”—Lisa Scottoline
“I love Kathy Reichs—always scary, always suspenseful, and I always learn something.”—Lee Child
“A genius at building suspense.”—New York Daily News
“Reichs, a forensic anthropologist, makes her crime novels intriguingly realistic.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Tempe Brennan is the lab lady most likely to dethrone Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta.”—USA Today
“Every minute in the morgue with Tempe is golden.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Reichs always delivers a pulse-pounding story.”—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
- Publisher : Bantam (February 17, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 034554403X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345544032
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.1 x 1.22 x 7.48 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #242,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.