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Review of Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs

Posted on | October 17, 2007 | 2 Comments

Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs

Run of the mill book in the Dr Temperance Brennan series of crime thriller novels.

I read this novel over a couple of days last week, but to be honest, I’ve forgotten most of it already. As the latest in the Kathy Reich’s Temperance Brennan series, it just didn’t grab me.

Tempe is a forensic anthropologist and this story basically has two threads. Tempe’s missing childhood pal, what happened when she went missing all those years ago? Is she dead? Was she murdered? The second thread deals with missing young girls and unidentified bodies of young women.

The first does give some small insight into her childhood which was interesting, I guess, for those that have been reading this series of books.   

Alas I found it all too incredible. The main character interactions didn’t really ring true. More caricatures than believable people. It kept me interested whilst reading but in the end a pretty forgettable novel.

 I think I’ve had enough of this style of book. Onwards and upwards.

Rated 2/5 on Oct 17 2007 by ManicMammy
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2 Responses to “Review of Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs”

  1. emmayjay
    December 16th, 2007 @ 10:43 pm

    Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs was so disappointing I just skipped over the last 200 pages or more. I found it interesting why it was so disappointing because she does some things very well.
    Her dialog type of prose is smart and witty. She researches her material well and Montreal is well-described. So what i asked myself is the problem. I ended up not caring at all as to what happened to her childhood mates.
    I found the story too scattered. It was very repetitious. I find her relationship with her sister Harry infantile. At times, it was like Kathy Reichs was filling up space. Enough with the eye rolls.
    For my enjoyment I need to care more about the characters and it might be time to take some onus off Tempe. She is a bit too self absorbed.

  2. Manic Mammy
    December 16th, 2007 @ 11:42 pm

    Hi emmajay,
    I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. It was really disappointing and I too, didn’t really give a hoot what happened in the end. I agree the whole sister relationship doesn’t ring true.

    Its a pity, I did enjoy her earlier books.

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