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Book Review: “Speaking in Bones” by Kathy Reichs (Temperance Brennan #18)



Title:  Speaking in Bones

Author:  Kathy Reichs

Series:  Temperance Brennan #18

Synopsis (from bn.com): No one speaks the language of suspense more brilliantly than Kathy Reichs, author of the acclaimed Temperance Brennan series. In Speaking in Bones, the forensic anthropologist finds herself drawn into a world of dark secrets and dangerous beliefs, where good and evil blur.

Professionally, Temperance Brennan knows exactly what to do—test, analyze, identify. Her personal life is another story. She’s at a loss, wondering how to answer police detective Andrew Ryan’s marriage proposal. But the matter of matrimony takes a backseat when murder rears its head.

Hazel “Lucky” Strike—a strident amateur detective who mines the Internet for cold cases—comes to Brennan with a tape recording of an unknown girl being held prisoner and terrorized. Strike is convinced the voice is that of eighteen-year-old Cora Teague, who went missing more than three years earlier. Strike is also certain that the teenager’s remains are gathering dust in Temperance Brennan’s lab.

Brennan has doubts about working with a self-styled websleuth. But when the evidence seems to add up, Brennan’s next stop is the treacherous backwoods where the chilling recording (and maybe Cora Teague’s bones) were discovered. Her forensic field trip only turns up more disturbing questions—along with gruesome proof of more untimely deaths.

While local legends of eerie nocturnal phenomena and sinister satanic cults abound, it’s a zealous and secretive religious sect that has Brennan spooked and struggling to separate the saints from the sinners. But there’s nothing, including fire and brimstone, that can distract her from digging up the truth and taking down a killer—even as Brennan finds herself in a place where angels fear to tread, devils demand their due, and she may be damned no matter what.


My thoughts:  The latest offering in the Temperance Brennan series!  I must admit that this wasn’t my favorite book in the series, but this series is so good that even a “so so” book is really good!  The overall plot of this novel seemed a bit slower to me than previous books, but oddly I must say one thing I really enjoyed was the setting of the book.  In their search for the answers to the crime they end up searching in a backwoods, mountainous area.  Her writing and description of the scenery, the landscape is so vivid that it truly felt like I was there and added a great deal to the story.

Overall, another good book in the Temperance Brennan series.  Looking forward to the next one!

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