Series: Temperance Brennan #17
Published by Bantam Source: Netgalley
Genres: Law Enforcement, Mystery, Suspense, Thrillers
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In the acclaimed author’s thrilling new novel, Brennan is at the top of her game in a battle of wits against the most monstrous adversary she has ever encountered.
Unexpectedly called in to the Charlotte PD’s Cold Case Unit, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she’s been asked to meet with a homicide cop who’s a long way from his own jurisdiction. The shocking answer: Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common—the killer. Years ago, Anique Pomerleau kidnapped and murdered a string of girls in Canada, then narrowly eluded capture. It was a devastating defeat for her pursuers, Brennan and police detective Andrew Ryan. Now, as if summoned from their nightmares, Pomerleau has resurfaced in the United States, linked to victims in Vermont and North Carolina. When another child is snatched, the reign of terror promises to continue—unless Brennan can rise to the challenge and make good on her second chance to stop a psychopath.
But Brennan will have to draw her bitter ex-partner out of exile, keep the local police and feds from one another’s throats, and face more than just her own demons as she stalks the deadliest of predators into the darkest depths of madness.
So I picked up this book for one reason and one reason alone, I love the show Bones, I mean I could seriously watch that show for days on end. And the show is based on the books, so I figured why not pick up one of these books and see if my love for the television show translated into my love of the books as well.
I have to say right up front, I didn’t love this book the way I love the show. I can say that part of the problem with this book for me was that I hadn’t read the previous sixteen books. I mean there are a lot of people and relationships in this book that I didn’t get a chance to really appreciate because I was missing out on all the interactions in the past books.
That being said I was interested in the synopsis and the whole mystery/thriller plot line of the book, and honestly that part is what worked the most for me. I normally enjoy books because I like the characters, I like interpersonal relationships more than storyline (although one isn’t much without the other), but in this case I enjoyed the storyline more than I enjoyed the interpersonal relationships. As with most mystery/thrillers I don’t want to talk to much about the plot because I don’t want to give too much away to you guys.
I did appreciate that Tempe is a strong woman who is definitely one of the smarter women I have read. I liked that about her. I liked that Detective Ryan made some clever one liners in the book, and helped to provide some levity to the book. I liked that the book was fast paced, it kept me interested in the book. Overall, I think if you like Kathy Reich’s books then you will probably like this book. But if I had to recommend this book I would say start at the beginning of the series, I know I wish I had done so.