A new-born baby is found wedged in a vanity cabinet in a rundown apartment near Montreal. Dr Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist to the province of Quebec, is brought in to investigate. While there, she discovers the mummified remains of two more babies within the same room. Shocked and distressed, Tempe must use all her skills and inner strength to focus on the facts. But when the autopsies reveal that the children died of unnatural causes, the hunt for the mother - a young woman with a seedy past and at least three aliases - is on. The trail leads Tempe to Yellowknife, a cold, desolate diamond-mining town on the edge of the Arctic Circle, where her quest for the truth only throws up more questions, more secrets, and more dead bodies. Taking risks and working alone, Tempe refuses to give up until she has discovered why the babies died. But in such a hostile environment, can she avoid being the next victim?
©2012 Temperance Brennan, LP (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks
“Once again Reichs spins a genuinely gripping tale in an interesting and different environment that’s peppered with authentic forensic science and peopled with well-drawn, rounded characters.” (Myles McWeeney, Irish Independent)
“You’ll want to keep turning the pages long after lights out to find out what happens next…Reichs’ real-life expertise gives her novels an authenticity that most other crime novelists would kill for.” (Michelle Davies, Daily Express)
‘This book is ideal for fans of mystery and intrigue.’ (No. 1 Magazine)
‘This is a fast moving, deftly plotted tale which has the reader on the edge of their seat. Not only is Reichs a top forensic anthropologist herself, but she’s also a top writer. One to savour.’ ***** (Press Association )
"Another tautly plotted thriller." (Readers Digest)
"An engrossing tale of family history set against the broad canvas of 20th-century US history and the civil rights movement." (Financial Times – Summer Reads)
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"Solid addition to long running series"
Bones was dumb enough to get kidnapped yet again. I would like Cathy to explore a different device for the dark moment prior to the finale.
For me the most interesting aspect of this book was the medical condition of the dead childrens' mother. The least interesting was the degree of minutiae about diamond mining.
Bones. She makes the Bone's character warm and real, portraying the sadness of Bone's personal conflicts with warmth, understanding and sincerity.
Yes. There needs to be resolve in the relationship between Bones and Andrew Ryan. I will feel cheated without a happy resolve to their relationship.I wouldn't mind reading continuing entries in this storyline. Is Bones too old to be surprised by a late pregnancy?I love the forensic detail, but Cathy must remember that we don't need to know everything she has researched about such things as diamond mining and in her previous book, racing circuits.
It's almost as if someone else wrote the bits in this book about diamond mining and in the last book (racing cars/circuits) for Kathy.The factoids are dumped in, in indigestable chuncks and I wonder if Kathy even did most of the research herself. This would explain the unevenness of the last couple of books. I'd rather see one book every two years and have it recapture the sparkle of the earlier books in the Bones series.I picked up the first Bones novel I ever read in a slush pile. It was Fatal Voyage and it was not many months after 9/11. I was hooked. I found all the back copies and siphoned them up. I've followed Kathy ever since.Keep on writing "Bones" Kathy, but don't spread yourself too thin.
"One of the best in the series."
Bones are Forever is probably one of the best of the series featuring Tempe Brennan. It tells the story of a young woman who turns up at the hospital. The doctor thinks she has just given birth, but the woman denies it. After the doctor reports this to the police, the bodies of 3 babies are found in her place of residence. A story full of family secrets, greed, prostitution and murder. Well narrated by Linda Emond.
"Something to get your mind working"
This would be in my Top 5 so far this year, and I get through a lot of titles from various sources.
Hard to single out one particular sgement as it held my attention throughout.
A sound and professional delivery, which enables the listener to concentrate on the story.
I had to listen to it without interruption.Too good to put down.
An interesting and absorbing story and, as is usual with Kathy Reichs, highly informative as well. I'll be storing this to listen to again. There is always a long wait between her titles, but they are worth it.
"So Kathy Reichs!!"
I have read a number of Kathy Reichs books and there is a similar format to them all. This is my first audio by her and first narration by Linda Emond. Mmmm, not too sure I'd do an other audio of Reichs, from her books you get a picture of an annoying inidivdual anyway, and with Linda Emond's severly accented narrating the lead character grates on you early on. The storyline is tradtional Temp Brennan stuff, easy to digest, although a little more far fetched than usual.
American, grating, monotonous
"Stealth, intrigue, intelligence."
I thoroughly enjoyed another book from Kathy Reichs. Her usual twists and turns had me guessing each chapter. I didn't see the final twist until very close to the end. Brennan demonstrated her usual brains .v. brawn with another character besides Ryan this time - making for a welcome change from the norm. Well worth a listen!
"An excellent read, or should I say listen!"
Some years ago I bought the first ten of Kathy Reichs Bones books after enjoying the TV series. They were excellent, so good in fact that I now have all her books bar one on audiobook. Guess what my next buy will be? This book is excellently written, like all the ones that came before it and hopefully, like all the ones still to come. The author has an excellent style of writing that is easy to keep up with whether reading or listening to, all the books I've listened to have very good narrators that are easy on the ear making the storyline easy to follow as well. I am now looking forward to my next Tempe Brennan book and hopefully many more to come
"A gripping listen"
At first I struggled with the American accent, but as I'd always wanted to read Kathy Reichs and never found the time, I stuck with it, and I'm so glad I did. Listening to and from my walk to work, I found myself walking slower just so that I could listen more. I've now started to download and listen to Kathy's earlier books. If you like your crime/detective novels, with science thrown in I'd recommend this book and Kathy Reichs whole heartedly.
"A good story"
The overall story was good, though I did think there was too much detail in parts where it didn't affect the story - it made me zone out and I had to rewind when it got back on course.
A LOT of characters too, made it easy to lose track of the major players.
"Bones Are Forever"
Perfect narration - really put a voice to Tempe - and Kathy, as usual, pulled off one hell of a gripping story!
"Another solid contender."
Another solid contender for the stables of Temperance Brennan. You can never really go far wrong with Kathy Reichs.
Somewhat predictable but in a good way - Kathy Reichs doing what she does well.
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