Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Julie's Review: Bones to Ashes

Photobucket Summary: In bestseller Reichs's entertaining 10th Temperance Brennan forensic thriller (after Break No Bones), Brennan, her relationship with Det. Andrew Ryan on the rocks, welcomes the distraction of an unidentified New Brunswick skeleton from Québec's cold case unit. But when the bones are determined to be that of an adolescent girl, Brennan is convinced they belong to her childhood friend, Évangéline Landry, who disappeared at age 15. Now Brennan must come to terms with Évangéline's possible death, while trying to ignore her feelings for Ryan as they investigate a series of teenage abduction murders that could be tied to the mysterious bones. With her usual blend of cutting-edge forensic science, nail-biting suspense and characters that pop off the page, Reichs, who's vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists and the producer of Fox's Bones, has produced another winner in one of the genre's most satisfying's Weekly

Review: What I liked most about this book was that more was revealed about Tempe's childhood than we've known before and especially how one friendship has affected her throughout her life. What somewhat irked me was how fast Tempe concluded that the bones found in Tracadie were those of her long missing friend. Tempe is a scientist and typically methodical and logical and that it was I found out of character..the jump to conclusion so quickly before she had evidence. I also didn't like the "resolution" on the personal life front either. Poor Tempe got a double whammy regarding Pete and Ryan. I also liked that her sister Harry was in the novel and was key in the investigation.

The secondary characters and the history of the Acadian people was interesting and very thought provoking. I always learn something from one of Ms. Reichs' books. While the case over all was interesting, I pretty much guessed part of the outcome.

I'm anxious to see how Reich's continues on with the Tempe/Ryan relationship and if how she proceeds with it will be satisfying or if I will want to throw the book at the wall.

I didn't think this book was the strongest in the series but I did find it enjoyable even if parts of it ticked me off. Oh and I still have problems with knowing where everything is located. Maybe one of these days I should pull out a map. :)

Final Take: 4.25/5

Related: Jenn's Review: Bones to Ashes


heather (errantdreams) August 26, 2008 at 12:35 PM  

One of these days I need to try out this series!

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