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.
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!