Anyone who has read my past book-related posts knows that I’m a big fan of Kathy Reichs. And for anyone who is new to my blog, I’m a big fan of Kathy Reichs. Her Temperance Brennan series was the inspiration behind the popular TV show Bones. I’ve just finished reading one of her most recent publications in the series, Speaking in Bones. I won’t give away what happens but I will give you a brief summary of the book.
In Speaking in Bones, Temperance Brennan finds herself being approached by a websleuth—an amateur detective who tries to solve cold cases on his or her own—and finds herself visiting a town in the mountains of North Carolina where a small branch of extremist Catholics reside. It is from this community that two teenagers disappeared three years ago. Their families claim that they ran off together but the websleuth, Hazel “Lucky” Strike, a voice recording, and the discovery of a few bones suggest otherwise.
Kathy Reichs is a master of suspense and crime mystery and proves herself once again in this new novel. I love her books in general but this one contained a pretty big twist which just made the book even better in my opinion. Reading as much as I have over the years, I’ve become fairly adept at guessing plotlines or parts of plotlines so it isn’t very often that I am taken by complete surprise in a book. I found it quite refreshing and it made me view the story in a whole new light.
Part of the reason why I love this series is because Reichs isn’t afraid to delve into different cultures, countries, and history. Throughout the entirety of the Temperance Brennan series, Reichs has written about massacres in Guatemala, the history of Masada and the conflict regarding whether or not Christ could have left behind physical evidence, the culture of devil worship, and even the history of NASCAR and the Charlotte Motor Speedway. And, of course, because the series features a forensic anthropologist, the nature of each case has also ranged from homicide to serial killers to airplane crash sites to ancient bones. This diversity not only makes for great plotlines and endless possibilities for the series but it also exposes the reader to bits of history and facts that they may have never otherwise encountered.
I could probably go on, but I think you guys get the point. She’s awesome and this book is just the latest example of that. If you love watching crime shows (think Bones, Law & Order, NCIS, etc.) or reading crime/mystery novels, I recommend this book. 5/5
If any of you have read Speaking in Bones, or any of Reichs’ other publications, let me know what you thought. I’d love to hear!