Kathy Reichs was my favourite author long before her books became the back drop for the hit TV show Bones. Her new releases are like Christmas for me, I will literally set aside an entire weekend to delve into her latest novel. I actually received her most recent release, Bones Never Lie, as a Christmas present last year and purposely saved it to enjoy while lounging in a hammock. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to crack the cover of Book #18.
Bones Never Lie is her seventeenth installment of the Temperance Brennan series. An anthropologist by trade, Kathy Reichs channels her past cases to develop her literary storylines. Her books are always page turners, with this being no exception. While some people are put off by the scientific notations and gory autopsy references, I find it absolutely intriguing. When I set out to read Bones Never Lie I once again expected the same level of forensic reasoning as have been in most of her books to date. I am sad to say, however, that’s not what I found.
It pains me to say that Bones Never Lie was not Reichs’ best. Its plot line references another book (Monday Mourning I believe) that she wrote ten years earlier. It’s continuation of finding the “one that got away” may get lost on those not familiar with her series, or are devout followers like I am. This book lacked the usual ‘wrist bone is connected to the arm bone’ type of detailed forensic anthropology that I have come to look forward to in Reichs’ stories. In fact, I found it somewhat ironic that the title was Bones Never Lie, given that there was virtually no reference to bones in the entire novel – with the exception of one line, “Bones never lie”, which was a specific testimonial to the book from ten years previous.
Don’t get me wrong, this was still a worthwhile and likeable read if you like good “who done it” type murder mysteries. Kathy Reichs is an excellent writer who knows how to mix well timed humour with serious plot twists. All of her books are worth a read; unfortunately for me this one won’t be a favourite.
Fingers crossed for her newest release due out this September.
Next up on the book shelf: Breathless by Dean Koontz