Friday, 19 February 2010

CRIME REVIEW: 206 Bones - Kathy Reichs


'You have an enemy, Dr Brennan. It is in your interest to learn who placed that call'. A routine case turns sinister when Dr Temperance Brennan is accused of mishandling the autopsy of a missing heiress. Someone has made an incriminating accusation that she missed or concealed crucial evidence. Before Tempe can get to the one man with information, he turns up dead. The heiress isn't the only elderly female to have appeared on Tempe's gurney recently. Back in Montreal, three more women have died, their bodies brutally discarded. Tempe is convinced there's a link between their deaths and that of the heiress. But what - or who - connects them? Tempe struggles with the clues, but nothing adds up. Has she made grave errors or is some unknown foe sabotaging her? It soon becomes frighteningly clear. It's not simply Tempe's career at risk. Her life is at stake too.


What perhaps has gotten to readers of Reichs’ over the years is Brennan’s unnerving ability to be permanently right and never to suffer from self doubt which has caused a number of readers to fall out with Kathy’s writing. As a fan I was more than happy with this offering, I got what I’ve come to expect from her writing, a cracking story, character growth and above all a mystery that keeps me guessing up to the last few pages. With this offering many of Kathy’s fans will be happier with the way that she’s returned to an earlier writing form and given Tempe a bit of discomfort as she has to learn that she’s not always right.


Michelle said...

I've watched the show, but never read any of the books. Might just have to try one.

Anonymous said...

I liked this one but I knew who was the "bad" element pretty quickly....maybe too much mystery/thriller reading these last few months :p