Release Date: 16/08/12
A newborn baby is found wedged in a vanity cabinet in a rundown apartment near Montreal. Dr Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist to the province of Quebec, is brought in to investigate. While there, she discovers the mummified remains of two more babies within the same room. Shocked and distressed, Tempe must use all her skills and inner strength to focus on the facts. But when the autopsies reveal that the children died of unnatural causes, the hunt for the mother - a young woman with a seedy past and at least three aliases - is on. The trail leads Tempe to Yellowknife, a cold, desolate diamond-mining town on the edge of the Arctic Circle, where her quest for the truth only throws up more questions, more secrets, and more dead bodies. Taking risks and working alone, Tempe refuses to give up until she has discovered why the babies died. But in such a hostile environment, can she avoid being the next victim?
As a long term fan of the Temperance Brennan series I really couldn’t wait to get my hands on this new title, however upon reading the opening, I noted that this book was going to be darker than a lot of the other titles, not because the crime scene was darker than others but because it will hit the reader on a deeper more personal profound level.
It’s a tale that keeps the reader emotionally charged throughout and as such really has you moving through the title at an unbelievable pace to discover the outcome that effects all involved. In addition to this it’s a tale that has solid crime analysis, a good sense of pace and of course just the right mix of inter-character relationships to keep you going. All in a book that will spark a lot of chatter among the fans and one that I was pleased I read.