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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs

Released: July 11, 2006
Publisher: Scribner
Buy Break No Bones here

In this ninth in the popular series, forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan is spending two weeks in May on Dewees, a barrier island north of Charleston, South Carolina, where she is leading a student excavation of a prehistoric site when one of the bodies they find isn't so ancient. After reporting her find to her friend Emma Rousseau, coroner at the Charleston County Coroner's Office, Tempe learns that Emma is ill and unable to investigate; so Tempe fills in for her as a consultant. When another body is found in a different location, the forensic examination of the bones shows a similarity in the manner of death. As Tempe investigates further, another body turns up, leading her to a horrifying conclusion about the motive for these deaths. Complicating matters, Tempe's estranged husband moves into the house she has borrowed, and her boyfriend arrives unexpectedly from Montreal. Tempe must work through her ambivalence about divorcing her unfaithful husband, for whom she still has feelings, but she also cares for her boyfriend. Readers who enjoy Patricia Cornwell's mysteries will appreciate the forensic detail here, and more character-oriented readers will respond to Reichs' likable and well-developed cast, from the local sheriff to Tempe herself, a dedicated woman who feels compelled to provide justice for those who can no longer speak for themselves. 

What I thought:

This was a book that was picked for a local book club, I realize that I started late in the series, but I think it was a good novel where I didn't need alot of back story to understand what was going on. The only part I felt like I was shorted was the history with the relationship with Pete and Ryan. I wanted to know more, but since there were 8 books previous in the series, I'm sure it is all there.

I was surprised to see how different this was to the TV series, and I was happy about that. Most times I don't like it but it meant that it was new to me. Brennan is a great character and she is one that I hope to learn more about, and I'm interested in starting from the beginning and seeing what had happened with Pete.

The mystery part of it was interesting. I was wondering how it would all tie together and I think Reichs does a fabulous job of planning (where some authors just skip and hope it works out) and connecting the stories. She had a couple of twists in there that got me and left me wondering why I didn't see it coming. Very well written.

I gave it 5 stars!


Kelsey said...

Great review! I have always enjoyed Reichs' books!

Kelly A. said...

This book has been sitting by my bed for months waiting on me to get motivated to read it. I think I will now, thanks for the great review!

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