#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs returns with her sixteenth riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, whose examination of a young girl killed in a hit and run in North Carolina triggers an investigation into international human trafficking.
#1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the Fox hit series Bones, Kathy Reichs returns with an unforgettable new novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, whose examination of a mysterious hit-and-run victim triggers an investigation into human trafficking.
When Charlotte police discover the body of a teenage girl along a desolate stretch of two-lane highway, Temperance Brennan fears the worst. The girl’s body shows signs of foul play. Inside her purse, police find an airline club card bearing the name of prominent local businessman John-Henry Story, who died in a horrific fire months earlier. How did Story and the girl know each other? Was she an illegal immigrant turning tricks? Was she murdered? Was he?
Tempe must also examine a bundle of Peruvian dog mummies confiscated by U.S. Customs. A Desert Storm veteran named Dominick Rockett stands accused of smuggling the objects into the country. Could there be some connection between the trafficking of antiquities and the trafficking of humans?
As the complications pile on, Tempe must also grapple with personal turmoil. Her daughter, Katy, grieving the death of her boyfriend in Afghanistan, impulsively enlists in the army. Meanwhile, Katy’s father, Pete, is growing frustrated by Tempe’s reluctance to finalize their divorce. As pressure mounts from all corners, Tempe soon finds herself at the center of a conspiracy that extends all the way from South America to Afghanistan and right to the center of Charlotte.
A tour de force of imagination, Bones of the Lost is a roller coaster of plot twists, punctuated by Tempe’s fierce wit and forensic know-how. “A genius at building suspense” (New York Daily News), Kathy Reichs is at her brilliant best in this sixteenth installment of the Temperance Brennan series. With the Fox series Bones in its ninth season, Kathy Reichs has reached new heights in suspenseful storytelling.
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Writing this review makes me sad. I used to be such a fan of this series and recently started watching a few reruns of Bones - the title character is a mash-up of Brennan as written, Reichs herself and a fictional socially awkward anthropologist. When I saw Bones of the Lost available on Netgalley I thought this might just the kick-start I needed to pick up the series again. Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way.
Both the writing and the story just were not up to par.
Writing - the prologue is written in almost all simple sentences. That can be used to great effect when done properly and sparingly. It went on for way too long which seemed choppy and amateurish (I really do hate saying that). I'm not supposed to quote from an ARC and I won't but it wasn't good. A writer has such a short period at the beginning of the novel to set the tone and draw in the reader. Didn't work. Another section was written primarily with questions. The MC asking herself question...
Temperance Brennan is a forensic anthropologist who becomes curious about the hit-and-run death of an unidentified teenage girl. Although the case does not require the services of a forensic anthropologist, Brennan is certain that she's more capable of solving it than the assigned homicide detective. Remarkably, the detective takes her along as he investigates, even letting her interview a witness while he sits in the car and broods. In the real world, no homicide detective would tolerate Brennan's condescending attitude or her meddling, much less follow her around like a puppy while she does all the work. Nor would he bring her along while executing a search warrant at a potentially dangerous location -- dressing her in Kevlar, no less -- particularly when he has no reason to believe the search will uncover evidence that requires inspection by a forensic anthropologist.
Even more improbable is a subplot that sends Brennan to Afghanistan, where she is tasked with...
I know, I said I wasn't going to read her anymore. But I guess it's similar to people who keep reading the blogs of people they hate.
The storyline starts out better than previous ones. Tempe is at home in North Carolina, and she's been brought in on the case of a young Jane Doe, as well as an ICE case involving Peruvian dog bones. She is also asked by almost-ex-husband, Pete, to consult on a case involving the son of a fellow ex-Marine, who is accused of shooting two Afghan nationals in the back. This requires Tempe to head to Afghanistan to examine the bones.
Going into this, know that I am trying to keep an open mind with Reichs. But I have to question her when she describes a character like this:
*I turned. A pink beluga filled the open doorway....Dew wore a white shirt, blue tie, and a pinstriped navy suit. A very large one. *The high voice sounded wrong emanating from the supersize body. *Dew shifted a lot of poundage in a...
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