Speaking in Bones

Speaking in Bones

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In this latest blockbuster novel from bestselling author Kathy Reichs, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan investigates what looks to be a typical missing person case, only to find herself digging up bones possibly left by a serial killer, a cult, or perhaps something not entirely of this world.

For every case that Temperance Brennan has solved, there remain numerous bodies that remain unidentified in her lab. Information on some of these cold cases is available online, where amateur detectives sometimes take a stab at solving cases.

When Tempe gets a call from Hazel "Lucky" Strike, a web sleuth who believes she's successfully connected a body in Tempe's lab to a missing eighteen-year-old girl, Tempe writes it off as another false alarm. Still reeling from her mother's diagnosis and the shock of Andrew Ryan's potentially life-change proposal, Tempe has little patience for chasing false leads. But when the bones in the lab match the missing girl's medical records, Tempe re-opens the case, returning to the spot where her remains were originally found.

What seems at first to be an isolated tragedy takes on a more sinister cast as Tempe uncovers two more sets of bones nearby. Even more troubling is that the area is known as a viewing point for a famous unexplained light phenomenon, and that a local cult nearby has significant interest in the site. Tempe's suspicions turn to murder by ritual sacrifice--a theory that gains even more urgency when Hazel herself turns up dead. Struggling to follow the tracks of a killer who will do anything not to be discovered, Tempe races to solve the murders and unravel the mysteries surrounding the site before the body count climbs higher.

A suspenseful, modern addition to Temperance Brennan's ongoing story, Speaking in Bones proves that Kathy's pulse-pounding Bones series shows no signs of slowing down.
ISBN: 9781501135996
Branch Call Number: PBK MYS Reic

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L5555
Jul 05, 2017

A pleasant read but lacked excitement.

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reeread
Jan 28, 2017

Kathy Reichs manages to keep her stories fresh and interesting when it comes to the murder investigations. And the changing relationship between Tempe and her mother adds depth but her relationship with Andy and her response to his proposal is plain frustrating. Because she can't or won't decide, looks like he's decided for her.

samdog123 Sep 12, 2016

Kathy Reichs never disappoints. Interesting plot lines dealing with main character Temperance Brennan and her work as a forensic anthropologist. The relationship between Ryan and Tempe heats up and the storyline is as interesting as always.

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heinrij
Nov 09, 2015

If you like Kathy Reichs, you will like this one, but of course there is lots of gore, so I would rate it R.

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Carina_Cakewalk
Oct 23, 2015

I normally love Temperance Brennan stories but I really disliked this one. I realize that Tempe's stance is very logical and scientific yet this book was based on a faith-related conflict. As a result, it came across as though all faith is baseless, meaningless, and damaging to "real" progress. I agree that fanatics and extremists in any religion cause major damage - to relationships, people, and property. But the vast majority of religious people are not extremists. Yet the book conveyed the image that ANY religion (no matter how moderate) was harmful and caused people to behave in inappropriate ways, instead of considering that religious extremists often use "god" to justify dangerous behaviours.

Furthermore, a major plotline in the book is Tempe's reluctance to accept Ryan's marriage proposal. This drove me crazy because she wants to be her own woman without having men come to her rescue. Honestly? If she's going to say that, she's going to have to stop taking idiotic chances that put her in exactly that situation! Besides, when she needs rescuing, anyone could do it. It really has nothing to do with Ryan in particular coming to her rescue. He's just the one keeping tabs on her and following up when she (for instance) doesn't answer her cell phone...

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Blabbermouth
Oct 03, 2015

This was as usual, a good read. Not so much filler in it which is enhancing. This one involved a websleuth & a few members of a church that doesn't allow much room for movement. Ryan is back in Tempes life but she doesn't think he shows her respect for her abilities to take care of herself by rescuing her all the time. Tempe might have to have an honesty session with herself as soon as possible. I've been with her from the beginning & if it wasn't for Ryan & or other men in her life there would only be one book written about her. It's not like Tempe thinks to not put herself into those situations that force people to be put in the position of either rescuing her or letting her die. Let's at least tell it like it is. These are still very good reads & I'm not putting her down- it's just the way it is.

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Zoelexi777
Sep 10, 2015

You always have a good read with Kathy Reichs but I'm wondering how many times Temperance Brennan can go head on into dangerous situations and always come out with minor cuts and bruises.

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caj1222204441801
Aug 03, 2015

A great read!!!!! One of her best works. Make sure you have time for it because you cant put it down.

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Carina_Cakewalk
Oct 23, 2015

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kaijene
Oct 13, 2016

Jesus bouncing Christ, this is too fucked up.

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