Audiobook Review: Bones Are Forever (Temperance Brennan #15) by Kathy Reichs

Posted September 13, 2012 by Felicia S in 2012 Read, 4.25 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 26 Comments


Audiobook Review: Bones Are Forever (Temperance Brennan #15) by Kathy Reichs
Book: Bones Are Forever (Temperance Brennan #15)
Author:Kathy Reichs
Article Type: Book Review, Audiobook Review

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Kathy Reichs, #1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the FOX televison hit Bones, is at her brilliant best in a riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan—a story of infanticide, murder, and corruption, set in the high-stakes, high-danger world of diamond mining. A woman calling herself Amy Roberts checks into a Montreal hospital complaining of uncontrolled bleeding. Doctors see evidence of a recent birth, but before they can act, Roberts disappears. Dispatched to the address she gave at the hospital, police discover bloody towels outside in a Dumpster. Fearing the worst, they call Temperance Brennan to investigate.

In a run-down apartment Tempe makes a ghastly discovery: the decomposing bodies of three infants. According to the landlord, a woman named Alma Rogers lives there. Then a man shows up looking for Alva Rodriguez. Are Amy Roberts, Alma Rogers, and Alva Rodriguez the same person? Did she kill her own babies? And where is she now?

Heading up the investigation is Tempe’s old flame, homicide detective Andrew Ryan. His counterpart from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is sergeant Ollie Hasty, who happens to have a little history with Tempe himself, which she regrets. This unlikely trio follows the woman’s trail, first to Edmonton and then to Yellowknife, a remote diamond-mining city deep in the Northwest Territories. What they find in Yellowknife is more sinister than they ever could have imagined.

Crackling with sexual tension, whip-smart dialogue, and the startling plot twists Reichs delivers so well, Bones Are Forever is the fifteenth thrilling novel in Reichs’s “cleverly plotted and expertly maintained series” (The New York Times Book Review). With the FOX series Bones in its eighth season and her popularity at its broadest ever, Kathy Reichs has reached new heights in suspenseful storytelling.

Audiobook Review: Bones Are Forever (Temperance Brennan #15) by Kathy Reichs

Listened for Review
Overall Rating 3.75 (Against the Series) 4.25 (Against other Thrillers)
Story Rating 3.50 (Against the Series) 4.00 (Against other Thrillers)
Character Rating 4.00 (Against the Series) 4.50 (Against other Thrillers)

Audio Rating 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: This is one of those series that I am rating it against the rest of the series and against other thrillers. Bones are Forever is an excellent read and should not be skipped by thriller fans!

What I thought of the Characters: Bones are Forever is the 15th book in the Temperance Brennan series. Temperance is a fantastic leading character: complicated, interesting, flawed, and smart. I think my favorite thing about her is that she thinks things through without over-thinking them. She is willing to go out on a limb and she has an incredible sense of right and wrong. Andrew Ryan is there to make her life a little more complicated. They have a strange relationship that is always interesting to watch. I loved that she was dealing with two exes in this one: Ryan and Hasty. I really felt bad for Tempe trying to figure out a case without pissing off one or both of her exes. That was almost as fun to watch as the case itself.

What I thought of the Case: Bones are Forever was really only lacking in one area: not enough forensics. That is just a personal preference though because I love watching Tempe figure out cases in that aspect. However, the case was solid. There was mostly field work and the case shined when Tempe was putting it together in her methodical step-by-step way! The fact that the crew was dealing with tracking down who was murdering babies and it spinned off to something larger was really well done. The best thing about Kathy Reichs is how much research she puts into her stories. The diamond mining aspect and all that entails was fascinating to read. I love how she wove the case into those aspects!

What I thought of the Audio: Narrated by Linda Emond and running 9 hrs and 43 mins Bones are Forever is an excellent audiobook. Linda did a fantastic job with the pacing, articulation, and emotion.

Final Thought: Bones are Forever was an excellent addition to the Temperance Brennan series!

Felicia S
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26 responses to “Audiobook Review: Bones Are Forever (Temperance Brennan #15) by Kathy Reichs

  1. I”ve always enjoyed the Kathy Reichs books–she’s such a good writer and I do love the forensic element. Sad that there’s not a ton of it in this one but I love Temperance so I can move past it.

    • You can pick them up anywhere. I read them out of order (like I just realized I didn’t have book 4 so I am reading that). You will “know” little things if you read them out of order but they don’t distract from the story.

  2. I’ve been considering getting these books for my mom. She loved the series and I think she would love the books. This one in particular really sounds like something she would enjoy. I finally got her to read Rot and Ruin and she is wanting to kill me for it. She hates to cry as much as me and you know that book had a tear or two. Maybe this author would make it up for me? LOL

  3. I just saw the lady behind the books the actual forensic anthropolgist on the local talk show. This does sound very interesting. I know I would love reading about all the forensics even if itnis a bit lacking in this one. Fifteen books, though! I won’t get to this any time soon!

  4. I have a better question than Kimba – How does my MOM not know?!?! Holy cow! I’m finding her the first one this weekend!! She’ll need it – She’s just getting out of the hospital and this’ll be perfect!!! Thanks for reviewing this and letting me/us know about these! I don’t watch tv much, but I do love Bones!!!

    Awesome review!!!

  5. I think I would like this series Felicia! Does the TV show depict the characters pretty well? Because I thoroughly enjoy that show and it would be fun to read the books it’s based on:) Love too when a series, even at book 15, continues to impress and intrigue. Fabulous review Felicia!

  6. How the heck did I not know there was a series about Temperance let alone book #15 had been published. I feel like I just crawled out from under a very large rock! Great review! *scampers off to look for book one*

  7. My husband and I love this television series and I recently started reading the books. I read the first one and listened to the second one – it’s a great series and I am looking forward to working my way through the rest of the books. I think I will be doing a combo of books and audios – it helps get through the series faster!