I have been reading books by Kathy Reichs for years! Well over a decade – gosh, that makes me feel old. And I have been a fan of Temperance Brennan right from book one, Deja Dead.
And I can’t quite believe the series is now at book 19 and still going strong.
Temperance has been through a lot. A LOT. And she still shows dedication, determination and an ability to uncover the truth, which is why she is one of my all time favourite characters.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs returns with a new riveting novel featuring her vastly popular character forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, who must use all her tradecraft to discover the identity of a faceless corpse, its connection to a decade-old missing child case, and why the dead man had her cell phone number.
It’s sweltering in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Temperance Brennan, still recovering from neurosurgery following an aneurysm, is battling nightmares, migraines, and what she thinks might be hallucinations when she receives a series of mysterious text messages, each containing a new picture of a corpse that is missing its face and hands. Immediately, she’s anxious to know who the dead man is, and why the images were sent to her.
An identified corpse soon turns up, only partly answering her questions.
To win answers to the others, including the man’s identity, she must go rogue, working mostly outside the system. That’s because Tempe’s new boss holds a fierce grudge against her and is determined to keep her out of the case. Tempe bulls forward anyway, even as she begins questioning her instincts. But the clues she discovers are disturbing and confusing. Was the faceless man a spy? A trafficker? A target for assassination by the government? And why was he carrying the name of a child missing for almost a decade?
With help from a number of law enforcement associates including her Montreal beau Andrew Ryan and the always-ready-with-a-smart-quip, ex-homicide investigator Skinny Slidell, and utilizing new cutting-edge forensic methods, Tempe draws closer to the astonishing truth.
But the more she uncovers, the darker and more twisted the picture becomes…
I am a couple of books out of sync with the series so far. I’ve read the first 10 in order and then I seem to have dipped in and out of the series for the more recent books. I still need to read books 16, 17 and 18 – although I believe they are all sat on my TBR pile. And as such it did take me a moment to get to grips with exactly who was who and what was going on. I’ve always thought that the Temperance Brennan novels can be read as a standalone, but you do get a richness and wealthy of subtleties that will be missed if you don’t read all the books in order – AND I do strongly suggest reading the whole series.
The writing is superb and I would expect no less from Kathy Reichs. She is an amazing writer and her books are always well paced, plotted and planned. She never fails to keep me entertained. And A Conspiracy of Bones was no different, I was hooked from page one.
As with all the books I REALLY enjoyed I am struggling to put together a more substantial review other than – I recommend you read the book because it was a great read.
- If you want a book to keep you up late at night then I recommend – A Conspiracy of Bones by Kathy Reichs
- If you want a series to drag you away from all the craziness and uncertainty outside the front door then I recommend – A Conspiracy of Bones by Kathy Reichs
- If you want a real page turner and a great read with a strong, smart female lead then I recommend – A Conspiracy of Bones by Kathy Reichs
In other words if you haven’t read A Conspiracy of Bones by Kathy Reichs then I recommend you do!
Just an AFTERTHOUGHT – But I have yet to watch the TV series – BONES. I have been trying not to watch too much TV but with the UK in #lockdown it might be the best time to delve in. Have you watched it? Is it as good as the books?
I received a copy of the book from the publisher, which was arranged by the blog tour organiser – Thank you!