“I've read a lot of her later ones, but went back to number one, and just loved it. Am looking forward to number 2, Deadly Decisions.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I am not a big mystery reader, but read this for a book club. It was a best seller, and I am confused as to why. The strong points are her detailed and accurate descriptions of the scientific methods for forensic investigation. The fiction writing, however, is over-wrought with needless and...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I've read a lot of her later ones, but went back to number one, and just loved it. Am looking forward to number 2, Deadly Decisions.”Linda S wrote this review 12 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Enjoyed the book as a fan of the show "Bones." Can't wait to read more.”Elizabeth Holmberg wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“excellent covers it all”WILLIAM T wrote this review Tuesday, November 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book moves at a fast pace, and occasionally I had to force myself to put the book down to get some sleep. That happens mostly in the second half.
Forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan puts herself into some tight spots, situations which will have readers shaking their heads at her folly. It's easy to understand her reasoning however when she fails to convince the local authorities that there is much more going on, even being ridiculed by one in particular.
While at times humorous or helpful, the author's heavy use of similes and liberal descriptions of people and places, distract from the story. It seems to become less of a problem later in the book when there is so much tension, it's less noticeable or perhaps the author uses them less.
One thing amusing, she paints every local character as being quite homely.
I wish I knew what the french terms mean and that more of the french was translated for the reader.”
“The television series Bones is loosely based on the Temperance Brennan novels--it's not a show I've ever followed, so I went in with no expectations. Like her narrator and heroine, Tempe Brennan, Reichs is herself a forensic anthropologist and has worked as one for law enforcement in Montreal. There's no question there's an authenticity in how she writes of Tempe's investigations, and that's a great deal of the fascination of the story, as is the setting of Quebec, which is well rendered.
However, I didn't find the style particularly smooth, there were times here and there I wasn't sure even what the author was trying to get across. (I remember for instance, the word "goggle" being used and not sure if Temple was relating an inner state or her observation of another person.) I thought the use of metaphor wasn't particularly skillful, there was far too much use of the rhetorical question and at times I thought the clinical details were...well, too detailed. I was also irked by Tempe withholding information and going off on her own even after she gets detectives to agree several murders are linked.
But the more I read, the more I was sucked into the story--it deserves the term "page-turner" especially in the last dozen pages.”
“Glad to finally get to read the original book of the series. Very long book... but it does a great job of introducing the characters.”Cindi H wrote this review Tuesday, August 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Really enjoyed this story. Intriguing whodunnit with a twist. I am sure I will enjoy more of these stories”Keith Barraclough wrote this review Tuesday, July 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was intense and kept me hooked. It was sad and thrilling, and it had a great balance in it.”~*~♥Riona Gallagher-Odinson~*~I believe that fate has brought us together♥~*~ wrote this review Thursday, June 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was curious about the author and novels that gave birth to the TV series Bones. Not bad, but I like the TV series better.”Tija K wrote this review Wednesday, May 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No