Since I'm currently recovering from some surgery, I decided to treat myself to a little Tempe Brennan action with Kathy Reichs latest, Break No Bones. There's a lot of stuff going on in this novel, and the surgery pain may have prevented me from enjoying it quite as much as I normally would.
Brennan is down in South Carolina teaching an archeological class complete with dig, and she discovers a body that isn't nearly as old as the surrounding area. She contacts her friend and local coroner Rousseau to report the find. She's coerced into hanging around to help identify the body, but things get out of control as additional bodies continue to show up, all with a distinctive cause of death that Brennan finds as part of her skeletal forensic work. And if this isn't enough to keep her a bit unhinged, her estranged husband shows up at the house where she's staying, as does her current flame from Montreal. The husband's detective work starts to intersect with Brennan's bodies, and someone would like him to lay off the investigation. There's also quite a bit of confusion as she tries to sort out her feelings for her soon-to-be-ex and for her other partner...
First off, Break No Bones is a good read. I love the Brennan character, and there's far more character development in this book in terms of where her life is going. The plot line for the bodies and how they are all tied together seemed to drag a bit, but I'm willing to concede that reading for entertainment while taking pain medication might not allow one to follow things quite as clearly as normal. I think that if you like the Tempe Brennan series, this is a good and logical addition that points to where things might be going...
Break No Bones is the 9th book in Kathy Reichs bestselling Temperance Brennan series. I've read all the previous ones and believe I liked this one the best. Ms. Reichs' early books included extensive detail on forensic sciences to the point where I think she almost buried the actual storyline. I know several people who started one of her early books and set it aside part-way with the comment "too much detail, not enough story." In Break … more
I enjoy this author's work and am sure I will continue to do so. I enjoyed this work also, but did feel it was a bit flat (for lack of a better discription) than some of her previous novels. I certainly will not go into the story here, there are plenty of other reviews that have done that as well ans Publisher's Weekly, but I did find the story interesting, if not the characters. This was a rather easy read with few wasted words. I personally like this sort of style but can well see where others … more
I picked up this book out of desperation at the local library. I have, frankly, never quite understood the fascination with Kathy Reichs and her books. The only reason I picked this one up is because I live in Montreal and its fun to read about my own city through the eyes of Americans. Unfortunately, that backfired here as this book is not based in Montreal. The storyline is basic enough with Tempe being yet again "at the wrong place at the wrong time". What I have a huge … more
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