Monday, August 20, 2012

Book Review: Bones are Forever, by Kathy Reichs @KathyReichs

While I enjoyed Bones are Forever,  it wasn't my favorite Tempe Brennan novel for one simple reason. The lack of forensic scenes.

My favorite thing about the Bones series is Tempe's character, and it shines in Bones are Forever. The banter between Tempe and Ryan was as entertaining as ever. Tempe's intelligence, diligence, and bravery (or is it stupidity?) is once again apparent.

This personality is why I like the books so much better than the Bones TV series. Tempe has a totally different personality in the TV series, which is enjoyable, but nothing like the Tempe in the books.

The plot in Bones are Forever is full of surprises too. We start with the discovery of three dead newborns, wrapped in towels hidden in the apartments of a woman called Amy Roberts. The investigation takes Tempe and Ryan to Canada and appears to involve diamond mining. You just never know where things are going to end up when Reichs is spinning a tale.

The only complaint I have is that Tempe didn't do enough forensic investigating in this one. She does a lot of detective work, and puts herself in life-threatening danger, as usual, but she isn't examining bones in the lab or dead bodies on the scene nearly enough. I enjoy all of that scientific stuff more than the ability to learn about diamond mining. While the latter is interesting, it's the former that sets the Bones books apart.

While there is some back story involving the characters that you will miss out on, it isn't necessary to read the series in order. I would recommend these books to anyone who likes a good "who done it." Kathy Reichs does have a following among the teens in my library, especially if they read her YA novels, Virals and Seizure, and then want more.

Published by Scribner, August 28, 2012
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
304 pages

Rating: 4/5




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2 comments:

  1. This sounds like a series I should read. I used to think Patricia Cornwell was the best at the forensics side but not anymore.

    I may have watched an episode or two but not a tv person really.

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  2. Oh this sounds really cool! I saw a book by Kathy Reichs at the sales table at my book story (it was Virals I think) and it sounded really good I'm glad to see she's a good author. I love books like this with detective and forensics work. Too bad there wasn't so much forensics though. I'M definitely gonna be keeping an eye out for this series. Great review, Annette!

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