Thursday, January 26, 2012

206 Bones by Kathy Reichs

206 Bones by Kathy Reichs
2009, Scribner
Series: Book 12 of Temperance Brennan

Synopsis: There are 206 bones in the human body. And one shattering secret hidden among them. . .

Cold and alone, bound hands to feet, Tempe Brennan regains consciousness locked in a dark cell—or is she buried alive in a tomb?—and begins to reconstruct the twisted chain of events that led her to this terrifying place. Tempe and Lieutenant Ryan had recently accompanied the remains of a missing heiress from Montreal to the Chicago morgue, and suddenly Tempe is accused of mishandling the autopsy. After an incriminating  phone call and another shocking death, Tempe’s unseen enemy closes in—even as the corpse of a second, and then a third, elderly woman turns up in the woods of Montreal. Who wants Tempe dead, or at least out of the way, and why? Who would resort to sabotage to destroy the secrets hidden in the bones? Only Tempe can uncover the truth—if she can escape the deadly fate someone has designed for her.

Why read: Love the series

What impressed me: Three dead women, seemingly unconnected, plus Tempe trapped means a whole lot of mystery going on. The details were easy to follow, the solutions always a surprise. And while I've always been a fan of Ryan, all of his scenes with Tempe's former in-laws were hilarious and made me love him even more.

What disappointed me: The back and forth between the past investigations and Tempe being trapped annoyed me. I think it was supposed to heighten the tension, but it seemed like Tempe just flailing around and passing out every couple of chapters.

Recommended: I definitely wouldn't suggest 206 Bones as your first Temperance Brennan book, but series fans shouldn't miss it.

Continue series: Yes. Sticking with Tempe to the end.

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