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July 02, 2008

Review: Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs

2008 Finishes: Books , Bookish , What, me? Have an opinion?

Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 388
Rating: 4.6

Kathy Reichs is the inspiration for (and one of the producers of) the show Bones, about a forensic anthropologist who works with the FBI solving crimes. Since I love the show, I picked up the first in the book series last year. It was fine, but I wasn't thrilled with it - possibly just because it was so different from the show. But a few days ago, I was at an airport shop looking for something to read, and the most recent Kathy Reichs seemed like the best among the (very limited) options. And I'm so glad I picked it up, because I loved this one! I liked the main character, Temperance Brennan, much better in this installment, although that is probably partially because I had had some time to get over the fact that the character in the book is completely different from the character on the show. Brennan is working with the police department in Montreal when an officer brings her bones that just might belong to her childhood friend who went missing forty or so years before. At the same time, her sometime lover Ryan (also a detective) enlists her help with a string of murders of teenage girls. A few other cases are involved as well, and there are various subplots involving Brennan's friends and family. The book also provide an interesting glimpse into traditional Acadian culture. The plot is quite complex, and it's definitely a page-turner. I thought the major flaw in the book was that one of the big twists at the end seemed pretty obvious way before the characters realized it, and I got frustrated that they were being so dense. Other than that, though, I loved it, and I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.

Posted by Kat at July 2, 2008 05:00 PM

Thanks for the review! I put Bones on my Netflix queue after you told me you thought I'd like it, and Season 1 finally worked its way up to #1 a few weeks ago. You were right! I do like it! I just started Season 2 Tuesday. I'll have to pick up on the books sometime-- once I'm caught up with my mammoth pile. Yes, it WILL happen!

Posted by: Courtney Guarneiri at July 3, 2008 08:32 AM
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