Book Review: “Bones are Forever” by Kathy Reichs (Temperance Brennan #15)



Title:  Books Are Forever

Author:  Kathy Reichs

Series:  Temperance Brennan #15

Synopsis (from

A woman calling herself Amy Roberts checks into a Montreal hospital complaining of uncontrolled bleeding. Doctors see evidence of a recent birth, but before they can act, Roberts disappears. Dispatched to the address she gave at the hospital, police discover bloody towels outside in a dumpster. Fearing the worst, they call Temperance Brennan to investigate.

In a run-down apartment Tempe makes a ghastly discovery: the decomposing bodies of three infants. According to the landlord, a woman named Alma Rogers lives there. Then a man shows up looking for Alva Rodriguez. Are Amy Roberts, Alma Rogers, and Alva Rodriguez the same person? Did she kill her own babies? And where is she now?

Heading up the investigation is Tempe’s old flame, homicide detective Andrew Ryan. His counterpart from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is sergeant Ollie Hasty, who happens to have a little history with Tempe himself, which she regrets. This unlikely trio follows the woman’s trail, first to Edmonton and then to Yellowknife, a remote diamond-mining city deep in the Northwest Territories. What they find in Yellowknife is more sinister than they ever could have imagined…


My summary:  It has been a while since I have read this series so I decided it was time to catch up with the last two books I had to read before the new release a couple weeks ago.  I have always been a huge fan of this series, but I have to say this installment in the series was just ok for me.   It just didn’t feel as intriguing, as grabbing, and frankly as good as the other ones I have read.  I certainly enjoy all of the forensic anthropology and scientific knowledge she brings to the series and to this book.  The who storyline and plot just felt a little draggy to me on this one.

It is one of those books that I certainly didn’t hate, but I didn’t love either which is uncommon for this series.

I do not watch the TV series, Bones, that is based on this series and never have because the main female lead on the series just seems so off base to me based on the book character.  I just never could get passed it.

Well on to #16 to see what happens with that one.

And remember

Books Are Life


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