Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs

bonesareforeverGenre: Mystery, Thrillers
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: August 2012

A woman staggers into a hospital, bleeding and showing signs of recent childbearing. The patient, Amy Roberts, adamantly denies the latter before disappearing. Police investigate the address she provided at the hospital. They do not find her, but discover the bodies of three babies in varying stages of decomposition.

Appalled that a mother could murder her own offspring, Temperance Brennan won’t stop until the baby-killer is brought to justice. Propelled by ghosts of her own, the forensic anthropologist follows the missing woman’s trail from Montreal, to Edmonton, to the isolated mining city of Yellowknife. There Brennan will learn that most things aren’t what they appear. Detective Andrew Ryan and Sergeant Ollie Hasty, both her former lovers, will join her on the hunt.

Bones are Forever is the fifteenth installment of the Temperance Brennan series. Kathy Reichs delivers a novel packed with twisted plots, fascinating forensics, and oodles of odd characters. As with every novel, the author finds a new topic to explore. In this case, the reader journeys with Brennan underground to the world of diamond mining.

While I enjoyed the book, Bones are Forever isn’t my favorite Temperance novel. Some areas, especially concerning Amy Roberts, just didn’t compute for me. I struggled reconciling some of her actions with the character the author tried to paint. I’ll refrain from giving specifics though to avoid spoiling any twists.

Nonetheless, it’s an engrossing read and Brennan’s fans will enjoy it. Our dear anthropologist returns more self-centered and superior than ever, but then can we blame her? After all, she’s the one who always pieces together the mystery while everyone else is off blindly chasing down false or incorrect leads.

I’m hoping we are finally en route to seeing Ryan and Brennan sort out their issues and head back in the direction of a relationship. Though knowing those two, it could easily be a false hope. They are experts at finding reasons not to be together

Newcomers to the series should be prepared for some crude language. Apart from that, I heartily recommend this novel to suspense and mystery readers.

Review copy provided by publisher. Thank you!

**Originally posted on Fiction Addict.


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