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Bare Bones – Kathy Reichs

on May 28, 2010

My American friend Sara got me into the Kathy Reichs books a couple of months ago. I’ve read 6 in quick succession, and even though I really enjoy each book, this is not really a series a lot of people could read in a bang-bang-bang sort of way because you can get too bogged down with the immense forensic details. And like a lot of series, there’s a lot of similar features and they’re best read spaced out. Nevertheless I do very much enjoy the books and I find myself eagerly purchasing the next one.

The books revolve around protagonist Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist working between North Carolina and Montreal in Canada. This book is set in North Carolina and picks up almost where the previous, Grave Mistakes, left off with Temperance (Tempe) about to start vacation time with her almost-lover Detective Andrew Ryan. Unfortunately for her, bones are unearthed that are mostly bear but also include some human bones. There goes her vacation time and the bodies just kind of keep piling up, pushing her vacation further and further away. A light plane crashes and burns and she also has the occupants of that to investigate as well. Her love arrives and spends time with her at home and at crime scenes instead. Despite being part of some force in Montreal, it’s never really questioned by anyone why he’s there or why they should talk about the case in front of him.

As with most of these novels, the cases that seem individual at the beginning all come together in some way or another and intertwine and overlap. In  this book it’s done quite smoothly and it’s no trouble believing that all the bodies and victims are all actually connected. This one isn’t quite as heavy on the lecture either – some of the novels contain parts where either Tempe explains to someone, or has something explained to her by another expert, some intricate part of forensic analysis or similar. In this novel she explains some finer points of DNA and chromosomal abnormalities to Ryan but it’s in no way difficult to grasp.

The character of Ryan, although sometimes a bit cheesy, is still a nice addition to keep Tempe from getting too bogged down in the dramas and atrocities of her job. He provides a bit of light heartedness to the series, a bit of comedy sometimes but I feel that after 6 books we should know more about him than we do. At one stage during the book, about 5 minutes after Tempe finds out someone is sending her threatening emails (pictures of herself with a shotgun target over her face) he DISAPPEARS BACK TO CANADA! For a man that was undercover in a previous book and risked that twice to save her life, it seemed a bit of an odd move, even if it was explained away by a previously-mentioned difficult family member that he often has to deal with. I just thought that for his character, the way he’s been portrayed so far, he wouldn’t have gone back to Canada without a pretty big fight. But he just toddles off on the 9am plane.

At least in this novel, Tempe isn’t quite as gung-ho as she’s been in previous ones, undertaking investigations herself and visiting dangerous places late at night in the middle of a raging thunderstorm. I found her actions in this novel a lot more believable and realistic and I think that contributed to my overall enjoyment. This has become my favourite in the series so far – and we got a definitive moment for our couple as well!

8/10

(Book #25 of my 50 Book Challenge! Yay, halfway!)


3 responses to “Bare Bones – Kathy Reichs

  1. Ree says:

    You know.

    I’m really going to have to stop reading these book review blogs, and yes I’m including yours, because all this reading is giving me serious eye strain. I finished all three of the His Dark Materials books in the last three days and I’ve started another, and ordered Dear John and several others.

    For shame!

  2. Books = love, Miss Ree 🙂

  3. […] Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs. I got into the Temperance Brennan series in a big way around this time. I found a lot of the backlist cheap on a website somewhere and went on a bit of a binge after a recommendation from an American friend of mine. I really liked this series until the author just dicked me around too much re: Tempe and Ryan and in the end I just couldn’t be bothered anymore. […]

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