Review: Speaking in Bones (Kathy Reichs)

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Speaking in Bones (Temperance Brennan series #18)

by Kathy Reichs ISBN 0345544048 (ISBN13: 9780345544049)

Published by Bantam July 21, 2015


Online web sleuths are people who may have watched a lot of crime TV, but they are tenacious and do eventually get things done. One of these strange but tenacious amateur detectives shows up at the office of Temperance Brennan. Brusque and enigmatic, Hazel ‘Lucky’ Strike plays a recording that will send Temperance on the hunt for answers that ends in one of her saddest and strangest cases yet.

The secretive web sleuth insists the voice on a recording of a scared young woman being threatened is that of a person no one has officially reported missing, and that body parts found previously strewn off an overlook are hers.

Alongside the body part puzzle, Brennan also has a choice to make–what will she say to Ryan’s startling proposal?

Religious prejudices, exorcism, and small town mountain politics combine for action that keeps you turning pages late into the night.

With this new installment in the Temperance Brennan series, Reichs delivers another engrossing page turner that doesn’t fail to deliver on surprises and plot twists. Reichs has always been successful with pacing and a nice balance of drama and character development, and it’s a pleasure to see that Speaking in Bones remains consistent with the rest of the series in that regard. This is a strong addition to the series, entertaining and engaging.

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JL JamiesonReview: Speaking in Bones (Kathy Reichs)