Sunday, February 21, 2010

Book Review - 206 Bones (Temperance Brennan #12) by Kathy Reichs

206 Bones (Temperance Brennan #12)
Author: Kathy Reichs
Year: 2009
Page: 320
Genre: Fiction - Murder / Mystery / Thriller

New to me author? No
Read this author again? Maybe
Tearjerker? No
Where did it take place? US/Canada
FTC Disclosure: Borrowed from the library

Summary (from
At the start of bestseller Reichs's outstanding 12th thriller to feature Dr. Temperance Brennan (after Devil Bones), Brennan finds herself bound and injured in an underground tomb. In flashbacks, Reichs fills in the how and why of the forensic anthropologist's deadly predicament. When Brennan and Andrew Ryan of the Sûreté du Québec arrive in Chicago on business, she's accused of botching the autopsy of Rose Jurmain, a Canadian heiress. Knowing only that an anonymous caller instigated the investigation, Brennan is determined to uncover who's out to sabotage her. Back in her Montreal lab, Brennan soon realizes that not only is Jurmain's death possibly linked to the brutal murders of other elderly women but that whoever is out to tarnish her reputation refuses to back off. With her usual blend of cutting-edge forensic science and a stubborn, compelling heroine, Reichs manages to juggle several story lines without losing an ounce of momentum.

First Sentence:

Why did I pick this book?
I have read other books in the series and enjoyed them, so naturally I reserved this book when I saw it came out!

My thoughts:
  • I am actually surprised that I couldn't finish this book, as I have enjoyed others in the series. I didn't mind that she included technical details in the book (in fact, that's how I usually like these types of books as I get to learn something scientific) but I just found the story too jumpy between past and present. With the few chapters that I read, the story just didn't grab me or kept me interested enough to find out more. Plus there were other books waiting for me to read... so why waste my time. Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood for it?

  • I really enjoyed the TV series ("Bones"), and while the books have really nothing in common with the TV series apart from the main female character's name, I am still disappointed that I had to abandon this book. I hope her future books will keep me interested - it reminded me of Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series - I really enjoyed the earlier novels, but the latest ones just seemed "too formula" that I didn't know if I'd keep trying and wishing and hoping that it'd go back to the old way.


Did Not Finish

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1 comment:

  1. I just discovered the tv show Bones this winter (I love it!), and I've been wondering whether I should read the books it's based on. If I do, I guess I shouldn't start with this one! It's interesting that there's not that much in common between the show and the books...