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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly better anthropology triller!, 20 Feb 2008
This review is from: Bones to Ashes (Hardcover)
I think I read Kathy Reichs books because I'm a science nerd who likes whodunits, but I'm getting increasingly irritated with her books I'm afraid.

I finished "Bones to Ashes" by Kathy Reichs today. It's about a bone expert (Temperance Brennan) who studies bones to see if she can work out how someone died. Reich's books alternate between Montreal and North Carolina (her character's an expert for both cities) and this book is set in Montreal.

This book focuses on two cases. One focuses on some possibly old bones with weird markings on them (Brennan almost convinces herself they might be the bones of a friend who disappeared when she was 14), the other focuses on dead bodies that turn up in a frozen lake. The bones by some miraculous coincidence turn out to be related to her former friend's brother-in-law.

It's the tenuous connections that allows Brennan to be inserted into cases she shouldn't really play and part in. It is these tenuous connections that have started to irritate me, however. How many times is she going to find a reason to back herself into a case? She's managed to do it in all of Reich's books so far, and I'm inclined to suspect that she's going to carry on doing it until her readers say 'enough.'

Th other thing that has started to irritate me is the fact that Reichs has a tendency to stop and have temporary reminders about the plot at regular intervals during the book. It's almost as if the expects the reader to walk away from the book for a while and come back, where they left off, some time later. The only good thing about this book is that this book does it slightly less than the other Reichs' books I've read.

If you can over look my grumbles, you might like this book. Sadly, however, I can't and so I've probably decided that I won't read any more of Reichs' books for a while.
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Initial post: 1 Jun 2009 18:35:43 BDT
David says:
I agree completely with your review.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jun 2009 11:44:36 BDT
J. Bowen says:
Thanks!
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