Saturday, July 18, 2015

Book Review: Speaking in Bones

Members of the Vise Library were selected to review Speaking in Bones.  We received a copy of Kathy Reichs' book for an honest review.

About the book:

No one speaks the language of suspense more brilliantly than Kathy Reichs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Temperance Brennan series. In Speaking in Bones, the forensic anthropologist finds herself drawn into a world of dark secrets and dangerous beliefs, where good and evil blur.
Professionally, Temperance Brennan knows exactly what to do—test, analyze, identify. Her personal life is another story. She’s at a loss, wondering how to answer police detective Andrew Ryan’s marriage proposal. But the matter of matrimony takes a backseat when murder rears its head.
Hazel “Lucky” Strike—a strident amateur detective who mines the Internet for cold cases—comes to Brennan with a tape recording of an unknown girl being held prisoner and terrorized. Strike is convinced the voice is that of eighteen-year-old Cora Teague, who went missing more than three years earlier. Strike is also certain that the teenager’s remains are gathering dust in Temperance Brennan’s lab.
Brennan has doubts about working with a self-styled websleuth. But when the evidence seems to add up, Brennan’s next stop is the treacherous backwoods where the chilling recording (and maybe Cora Teague’s bones) were discovered. Her forensic field trip only turns up more disturbing questions—along with gruesome proof of more untimely deaths.
While local legends of eerie nocturnal phenomena and sinister satanic cults abound, it’s a zealous and secretive religious sect that has Brennan spooked and struggling to separate the saints from the sinners. But there’s nothing, including fire and brimstone, that can distract her from digging up the truth and taking down a killer—even as Brennan finds herself in a place where angels fear to tread, devils demand their due, and she may be damned no matter what.
Dr. Temperance Brennan has a very interesting case that has been presented to her.  "Lucky", who is a self-proclaimed websleuther, has found a recording in the woods of a woman being tortured.  Lucky thinks the woman on the tape is a girl named Cora that has been reported missing on a websleuthing site.  However, Cora's parents believe Cora ran off with a boyfriend and says she isn't missing.  Lucky also believes that Tempe recovered some bones (that were unidentifiable at the time) a few years ago that could be Cora's.  Tempe has a hard time deciding if Lucky has a valid case.  Everyone around Tempe is convinced that Lucky is crazy, but the more Tempe digs into the case, the more she thinks Lucky may be on to something.  Tempe sets several events in motion that turn this case even more deadly.  I never guessed the ending of this book and I think the twists in this story were great!  Tempe also has her own personal things to deal with in this book as well.  She still has not given Ryan an answer to his proposal from the last book.  She has apprehensions and she can't figure out why.  I was unsure and a little uneasy about this story line (at one point I was screaming "NOOOOOO" to Tempe).  Even though Reichs doesn't deliver an absolute "conclusion" to this, she does give a satisfying ending to the book.  Tempe fans will enjoy this book and be asking "When is the next book?"
Buy the book:
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      Parnassus Books

About the author:

Kathy Reichs, like her fictional creation, Temperance Brennan, is forensic anthropologist for the province of Quebec. She is Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, serves on the Canadian National Police Services Advisory Council, and is one of only fifty-six forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. Reichs now divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal. Deja Dead, her debut novel, brought her fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. In 2007 Break No Bones was short- listed for the Ellis Award for Best Novel. Kathy Reichs is the inspiration for the television drama Bones; her latest novel featuring Temperance Brennan is Devil Bones. 

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