Temperance Brennan, like her creator Kathy Reichs, is a brilliant, sexy forensic anthropologist called on to solve the toughest cases. But for Tempe, the discovery of a young girl's skeleton in Acadia, Canada, is more than just another assignment. Évangéline, Tempe's childhood best friend, was also from Acadia. Named for the character in the Longfellow poem, Évangéline was the most exotic person in Tempe's eight-year-old world. When Évangéline disappeared, Tempe was warned not to search for her, that the girl was "dangerous."
Thirty years later, flooded with memories, Tempe cannot help wondering if this skeleton could be the friend she lost so many years ago. And what is the meaning of the strange skeletal lesions found on the bones of the young girl?
Meanwhile, Tempe's beau, Ryan, investigates a series of cold cases. Three girls dead. Four missing. Could the New Brunswick skeleton be part of the pattern? As Tempe draws on the latest advances in forensic anthropology to penetrate the past, Ryan hunts down a serial predator.
There are 206 bones in the human body. Forensic anthropologists know them intimately, can read in them stories of brief or long lives and use them to reconstruct every kind of violent end. 206 Bones opens with Tempe regaining consciousness and discovering that she is in some kind of very small, very dark, very cold enclosed space. She is bound, hands to feet. Who wants Tempe dead, or at least out of the way, and why? Tempe begins slowly to reconstruct...
Tempe and Lieutenant Ryan had accompanied the recently discovered remains of a missing heiress from Montreal to the Chicago morgue. Suddenly, Tempe was accused of mishandling the autopsy -- and the case. Someone made an incriminating phone call. Within hours, the one man with information about the call was dead. Back in Montreal, the corpse of a second elderly woman was found in the woods, and then a third.
Seamlessly weaving between Tempe's present-tense terror as she's held captive and her memory of the cases of these murdered women, Reichs conveys the incredible devastation that would occur if a forensic colleague sabotaged work in the lab. The chemistry between Tempe and Ryan intensifies as this complex, riveting tale unfolds. Reichs is writing at the top of her game.
Loved these books, and the series! I've been slowly reading it over about a 3 year period, since I was reading all of those library books, it took a while to get all these books read (and I still need to read Devil Bones (between these 2 books), and Spider Bones)
Tempe is a great character, and I love how she still stays away from alcohol, even though she's going through some tough times!
I really enjoyed the plots, they were detailed, and complex, just like always, and I felt that I really got to know some of the troubles that the scientific community has with people doing more then what they were licensed for, or messing up, that there wasn't professional integrity, but that there were all the titles and groups to make it easier to identify those that were qualified to do the job, that's really good, and it makes it easier to get justice.
All in all, good books, ones that I hope you guys check out if you like murder mysteries!
Author: Kathy Reichs
Series: Temperance Brennan #10, 12
Read: June 4th, 4th, 2011
Reason Why: Really enjoy her writing!
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Published: August 28th 2007, August 25th 2009
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