- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd; First Printing edition (4 July 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0434008400
- ISBN-13: 978-0434008407
- Package Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 3.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kathy Reichs publishers' comparisons of her with the mega-selling Patricia Cornwell are based on the fact that more and more people (readers, critics, other writers) are calling her better than Cornwell! On the evidence of Reichs' splendid new novel, Grave Secrets the answer is yes--particularly as several recent Cornwell titles have been misfires.
Reichs' speciality is the powerfully realised female protagonist: Dr Temperance Brennan is the best of the many forensic specialists rubbing shoulders in the genre at present: she's professional (never, of course, fazed by her often grisly work), forceful in everything but her messy private life. This time, Tempe travels to the Guatemalan village of Chupan Ya tracking the bodies of 23 women and children dumped in a mass grave. But while digging in the pit of death, Tempe finds the present contains further horrors: four girls have gone missing from Guatemala city--and one of them is the daughter of an ambassador. Soon Tempe is up against both a recalcitrant district attorney and municipal corruption, grimly aware that there are those who want the deaths in both the past and the present to remain a mystery.
What makes this such a distinguished addition to the Reichs library (in a class with such winners as Death du Jour) is the brilliantly realised Guatemalan locales. Not many thriller writers can evoke comparison with such masters of foreign climes as Graham Greene, but Reichs pulls it off with aplomb. The web of deceit that Dr Brennan encounters is satisfyingly tangled, and the unravelling of the mystery has all the quirky energy of Reichs at her most stylish. Perhaps future Brennan outings will have to bring in new personal elements for the heroine to avoid staleness, but Grave Secrets has everything in place for the most diverting of reading experiences. --Barry Forshaw
'...GRAVE SECRETS is a serious and chilling book that is several cuts above most crime fiction. Reichs has proved that she is now up with the best.' -- The Times, July 13, 2002
'A long way from your standard forensic thriller: all the excitement you crave, indefatigably expert, but conscience-generated and compassionate too.' -- Literary Review, July, 2002
'Chilling, atmospheric thriller' -- Sunday Express, June 30, 2002
'Kathy Reichs is some kind of writer! Deep in Particia Cornwell territory, I think she outdoes the queen of slice 'em and dice 'em fiction... Terrific' -- The Independent
Top Customer Reviews
Its fast paced and quick moving and she definitely keeps you on your toes with storylines!
Dr Tempe Brennan is in Guatemala trying to uncover the bodies of many women and children dumped years ago in a mass grave. As usual something else always crops up and Tempe begins to get entwined in another case. Four girls, one an embassadors daughter, are missing and Tempe has to dig a body out of a septic tank. This scene is so well written!
As well as the trials and tribulations of the cases she is on we begin to see more of Tempes personal issues and thoughts coming through in this book. Another love interest appears and as usual Detective Ryan is still on the scene.
This is defintely worth a read and i will be pre-ordering the next installment!
It would have been nice to catch up with some characters from the previous novels (Tempe somehow has close friends we've never heard of in every book, while she rarely associates with any from the ones that came before), but as the the love interest, Detective Ryan, seems to be getting more annoying each time I see him, maybe that's actually a good thing.
Overall, a good book, and an enjoyable read, but not quite in the same league as Deja Dead or Death Du Jour.
A harrowing read. What happened in the village of Chupan Ya mirrors what occurred in so many other communities - ruthless Civil Patrollers slaughtering all they found - the old, women and children included.
Brennan is asked also to check out current disappearances of four teenaged girls, a sensitive matter as one is the daughter of the Canadian Ambassador. Remains have been found....
Of the five novels so far read, this is by far the most accomplished and involving. Only at its very end is there the lapse into melodramatic contrivance, such a feature of the other books. As ever, there are detailed accounts of forensic procedures, and lengthy explanations some readers may be tempted to skim. (There is a limit to what most need to know about septic tanks, DNA, etc.) Characterization remains a strength, vivid pictures created in just a few words (as with that nose picking reporter). Lively exchanges with Agent Andrew Ryan help lighten the mood - he now with a rival, Bartolome Galiano.
Most chilling of all? Many war criminals still seem to be around, some in high places actively hampering investigations. Fact and fiction are here thus disturbingly and skilfully interwoven as Kathy Reichs strives to alert readers to exactly what happened and still does in Guatemala. How come so many as guilty as hell continue to escape justice?
A powerful, upsetting addition to the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read kept your interest all the way few surprises and twists would highly recommend. Great if you like thrillersPublished 4 months ago by Pamela
Love these books. Keeps your interest all the way through. Tempe is a great heroine. I am reading them through in sequence.Published 6 months ago by mphimi
Another great Tempe Brennan book. I love this series of books. Being the books that launched the Bones series.Published 9 months ago by Angela Bancroft