A Conspiracy of Bones
By Kathy Reichs
Rated: 5 stars *****
I am very excited to present my review on this brilliant blog tour for A Conspiracy of Bones by Global Bestselling author Kathy Reichs as it is such a terrific thriller, that is full of suspense, intense atmosphere and twists and turns. This is a book that has definitely been worth the wait for. Thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to join the tour. Thanks to Simon & Schuster (the publishing house) and Kathy Reichs for supplying the book to bloggers.
So, take a look and see more about the author, the blurb and the review
About the Author
Kathy Reichs’s first novel Déjà Dead was a number one bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. A Conspiracy of Bones is Kathy’s nineteenth entry in her series featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Kathy was also a producer of the hit Fox TV series, Bones, which is based on her work and her novels.
Dr. Reichs is one of very few forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of both the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and as a member of the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada.
She divides her time between Charlotte, North Carolina, and Montreal, Québec.
Number One New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs returns with her nineteenth riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, who must use all her tradecraft to discover the identity of a faceless corpse, its connection to a decade-old missing child case, and why the dead man had her phone number.
It’s sweltering in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Temperance Brennan, still recovering from neurosurgery following an aneurysm, is battling nightmares, migraines, and what she thinks might be hallucinations when she receives a series of mysterious text messages, each containing a new picture of a corpse that is missing its face and hands. Immediately, she’s anxious to know who the dead man is, and why the images were sent
An identified corpse soon turns up, only partly answering her questions.
To win answers to the others, including the man’s identity, she must go rogue. With help from a number of law enforcement associates including her Montreal beau Andrew Ryan and the always-ready-with-a-smart-quip, ex-homicide investigator Skinny Slidell, and utilizing new cutting-edge forensic methods, Tempe draws closer to the astonishing truth.
But the more she uncovers, the darker and more twisted the picture
I like to look at every single page in a book and I bet most other readers too, but ensure you do in this book as there is a great quote to set the mood, by Virginia Woolf. Check out the clever inner flap with the blurb and the eerie picture just inside the cover too. I love the ingenuity and creativity of how it is all presented, which is why it deserves a mention here.
This is an excellently plotted book, from start to finish. After you have read the last chapter, read the added extra part called “From the Forensic Files of Kathy Reichs” to discover more about her writing of A Conspiracy of Bones and also herself. She is normally a very private person, but here, she divulges some intresting information for her readers.
Readers are in for a thrilling read with these short, sharp and well-constructed chapters. This is an excellent book, but I would like to say, I especially love that opening paragraph about different types of people. That sort of thing does draw me nearer (not that I am a nosey person, just curious) to a book at times. I immediately also want to know what sort of person the narrator of this story is in personality – a stretchy or brittle person. The opening page certainly shows that a person can have a lot to deal with and how the more abnormal life events are affecting her mental health.
Temperence Brennan is a forensic anthropologist who is recovering from neurosurgery after an aneurysm had been found. What follows are strange texts and possible hallucinations. The book is chilling and sinister in atmosphere as it twists and turns.
Things are certainly not easy for Temperence. There is a new head of department – Dr. Heavner and things get heated between them. Working relationships are often interesting, with all sorts of dynamics and personalities and this book still holds interest in that.
There is also a new case, which means tracking down the identification of a dead body that is so indistinguishable and using every skill, even if this is going against her boss, who doesn’t want her on the case. This doesn’t stop her though as she digs deeper to try and find out information, even as it leads her to investigate the darker side of the internet, with its abhorrent of characters trying to lure people in with their dangerous conspiracy theories about many subjects and leaked autopsy pictures and more…
There is an eerie and intense feeling that builds as the book goes on as someone could be onto Temperence as she tries to solve the case. Kathy Reich’s is good at creating such an atmosphere, that makes you want to read on. This is the case throughout the book. It is also very well-written from the forensic side of the case.
The pace of the book is fast, but the intrigue still has time to build, so nothing is lost, there are still the nuances and the setting the scene well. It’s no mean feat in getting that just right and Kathy Reichs is amongst those authors who nails it!
Here is the rest of the tour to follow too.