The opening of Bones of the Lost places Temperance Brennan right where we always seem to find her — smack in the middle of trouble. Readers then travel back in time with the forensic anthropologist to discover the events leading up to that moment.
Everything begins when the police find the body of a teenage Jane Doe lying on the side of an isolated highway. The investigation reveals foul play as well as possible ties to a local businessman who died months earlier, but no one is talking.
As time goes by, the likelihood of identifying the girl and bringing her killer to justice dwindles. Matters are further complicated when Tempe must also examine some Peruvian mummified dogs that probably belong to a smuggling ring, as well as travel to Afghanistan to exhume the remains of some locals to clear or prove the guilt of a Marine. The stakes are raised when Brennan’s hunt for the truth thrusts her into a human-trafficking investigation.
If all of this weren’t enough, life on the home front isn’t a walk in the park for Tempe either. Her husband is pushing to finalize their divorce, her daughter is deployed after impulsively enlisting in the Army, and Ryan (her once lover) is off the grid; oh and let’s not forget, someone is sending her threatening messages.
As usual, Dr. Brennan has her hands full in Kathy Reichs’ latest novel. While Bones of the Lost may not offer anything especially new or original, the story delivers the trademarks that Reichs and Brennan’s fans have come to expect — mystery, suspense, and a glimpse into the world of forensic anthropology. I enjoyed accompanying Tempe on her journey as the clues slowly revealed a much larger scheme with ties to Charlotte, North Carolina; South America; and Afghanistan.
I did find Dr. Brennan’s final confrontation slightly unbelievable. She faced an opponent far superior in strength, size, and training, and yet Tempe managed to bring him down in an uneven match without too much trouble. Aside from that, I considered this a good novel and would recommend it to mystery and suspense fans. Readers should be prepared for some strong language and mature themes (human trafficking, war crimes etc).
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**Originally posted on Fiction Addict.