Disclaimer: I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a review
Speaking in Bones is the 18th and latest release in the Temperance Brennan forensic anthropology mystery series from author Kathy Reichs. This novel certainly doesn't disappoint for fans of mystery thrillers steeped in suspense and science.
Despite all that science and law enforcement can do to solve crimes, there are inevitably those cases and questions which remain unanswered. In her long career, Brennan has dealt with these such cases. Approached by "web-sleuth" (amateur detectives combing the Internet and other venues to tackle unsolved crimes) Hazel 'Luckey' Strike, Brennan learns that Strike believes she has info and the identity of one of our favorite forensic anthropologist's unsolved cases-- a young girl missing for several years named Cora Teague.
At first, Brennan is skeptical; however, soon some rather puzzling and significant discoveries thrust her into a perplexing mystery unlike others she's faced. Filled with suspense, Reichs once again uses past professional experience and strong, emotional writing to weave a compelling story which will have readers breathless from beginning to end.
In addition to the case at hand, Brennan must still wrestle with the events of the previous book Bones Never Lie including her amusing, if not ailing, mother as well as her turbulent relationship with Detective Andy Ryan and his (SPOILER ALERT) surprising marriage proposal.
As a reader, if I had one criticism it would be that very rarely does Temperance Brennan learn her lesson. Book after book, she wanders off to collect evidence, question potentially dangerous suspects or just plain snoop all by herself. While she is usually smart enough to inform others of her whereabouts, it is painful to experience her making the same stupid mistakes. Brennan is a scientist not a cop. Don't got into a shootout with a flashlight and a spray bottle of Luminol. I've lost count how many times she's been whacked it the head, knocked unconscious or worse. Hopefully, one day she'll learn.
I couldn't put this down and read it in a matter of hours. If you are a fan of the series, the genre or forensics, then I wholeheartedly recommend that this be your next read.
Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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