Barnes and Noble Overview
Following her most successful book to date, Kathy Reichs — international number one bestselling author, forensic anthropologist, and producer of the Fox television hit Bones — returns to Charlotte, North Carolina, where Temperance Brennan encounters a deadly mix of voodoo, Santería, and devil worship in her quest to identify two young victims.
In a house under renovation, a plumber uncovers a cellar no one knew about, and makes a rather grisly discovery — a decapitated chicken, animal bones, and cauldrons containing beads, feathers, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In the center of the shrine, there is the skull of a teenage girl. Meanwhile, on a nearby lakeshore, the headless body of a teenage boy is found by a man walking his dog.
Nothing is clear — neither when the deaths occurred, nor where. Was the skull brought to the cellar or was the girl murdered there? Why is the boy’s body remarkably well-preserved? Led by a preacher turned politician, citizen vigilantes blame devil worshippers and Wiccans. They begin a witch hunt, intent on seeking revenge.
Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan — “five-five, feisty, and forty-plus” — is called in to investigate, and a complex and gripping tale unfolds in this, Kathy Reichs’s eleventh taut, always surprising, scientifically fascinating mystery.
With a popular series on Fox — now in its third season and in full syndication — Kathy Reichs has established herself as the dominant talent in forensic mystery writing. Devil Bones features Reichs’s signature blend of forensic descriptions that “chill to the bone” (Entertainment Weekly) and the surprising plot twists that have made her books phenomenal bestsellers in the United States and around the world.
I am such a HUGE fan of the show Bones. I mean, who isn’t. But there is something different and great about Kathy Reichs version of Tempe. And in a Q&A with Kathy in the back of the book, she talks about how the television show is kind of a prequel to the show because Temperance is younger in the show than how she is in the books. Which it’s kind of nice to have that difference because I didn’t want to read something that I might have watched on tv. And I feel like I can relate more to the older Temperance, which is silly because I’m only twenty-five.
With all of that being said, this was such a page turner of a book. It has been a while since I’ve read a full book in basically two days. lol. I mean it was such a quick and easy read that really, you would have no problem getting through it.
And I have to say, I am such a weirdo because anytime Wiccan was mentioned in the book, all I could think about was the fact that in the show Psych, James Roday says that he is Wiccan and he eats a leaf while interrogating a member of a coven… and I just could not get is image out of my head. But I digress…
I have not read the Temperance Brennan series in order, but I don’t think that you really have to. I mean, if there is something that involves the past, Kathy goes into detail about why it was a past event. So that is always helpful. It had its moments where it talked about my home town and the roads that I take almost daily. It was really weird to read them in a book. It’s like when Nicholas Sparks places his books in North Carolina towns. It’s like WHOA I know where they are talking about. lol.
But back to the book, again… it was just really good. I feel like if I give more than what the overview above talks about I might tell too much. I will say this… I really thought I nailed it on the head as to who the killer was and of course it was spinned into another direction that didn’t make sense until all of the characters figured it out as well. Which is nice because nothing is irritating when you can already tell who the killer is and they don’t spin it on you. Thumbs up Kathy!