206 Bones, Kathy Reichs

| 20 February , 2010 | Reply

Kristy McCormick

Once again Kathy Reichs has not disappointed. Once again she has managed to write a thriller with enough angles to keep you guessing, enough science to keep you interested and just a hint of sexual tension to keep things real.

Kathy Reichs is the author who inspired the hit TV series ‘Bones\’ and with her latest novel titled 206 Bones she has come up with yet another terrific story.

The novel begins with Temperance Brennan – forensic anthropologist extraordinaire – waking up trapped in some sort of dungeon. As she struggles to work out why she is here, and if she will be able to get out, the story transports us back to the events leading Tempe to this moment.

For those of you unfamiliar with Kathy Reichs, her novels focus around a central character – Temperance Brennan. Tempe is a highly regarded forensic anthropologist and divides her time between Montreal and North Carolina. She is called upon to assist in the most gruesome of cases – identifying bodies when there is not much left to be guided by.

In 206 Bones Tempe has assisted in identifying the body of an heiress who has been missing for over 2 years. It all seems pretty straightforward until she is accused of mishandling the autopsy – an accusation that she missed or concealed crucial evidence. Determined to get to the bottom of the accusation Tempe attempts to locate the next of kin – but discovers he has turned up dead too. As she struggles to come to terms with this turn of events, Tempe is called back to Montreal to handle gruesome autopsies of three more elderly women. Convinced there is a link between all these deaths Tempe gets to work. And finds the cases more difficult than she could have imagined.

Struggling to find the clues that link these deaths together, Tempe is accused of more shoddy work – missing bones and glaring details seemingly missed from her examinations. Is somebody unknown attempting to sabotage her career? And if so, why?

The story is told from the point of view of Tempe – both in the present while trapped in her dungeon, and from memory as she tries to piece together the events that led her here. The time spent in the dungeon is brief in terms of the whole story, but ultimately disturbing as you will her to get out. And as Tempe pieces together her story, the twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat, while you try and figure out just who is out to get her.

Kathy Reichs is a great writer – she fills her books with technical knowledge that is incredibly interesting (yep, science that is not boring!) and that you can understand, as well as filling it with characters you like and can identify with. Of course, given that, it does mean this book can be a bit gruesome at times – the technical bits are quite descriptive, but certainly not gratuitous. For fans of Kathy Reichs you will not be let down, and for others out there I would say give this book a shot – it\’s a terrific read!

Available now: Random House RRP$32.95


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