#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs returns with her sixteenth riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, whose examination of a young girl killed in a hit and run in North Carolina triggers an investigation into international human trafficking.When Charlotte police discover the body of a teenage girl along a desolate stretch of two-lane highway, Temperance Brennan fears the worst. The girl’s body shows signs of foul play. Inside her purse police find the ID card of a prominent local businessman, John-Henry Story, who died in a horrific flea market fire months earlier. Was the girl an illegal immigrant turning tricks? Was she murdered?
The medical examiner has also asked Tempe to examine a bundle of Peruvian dog mummies confiscated by U.S. Customs. A Desert Storm veteran named Dominick Rockett stands accused of smuggling the objects into the country. Could there be some connection between the trafficking of antiquities and the trafficking of humans?
As the case deepens, Tempe must also grapple with personal turmoil. Her daughter Katy, grieving the death of her boyfriend in Afghanistan, impulsively enlists in the Army. Meanwhile, Katy’s father Pete is frustrated by Tempe’s reluctance to finalize their divorce. As pressure mounts from all corners, Tempe soon finds herself at the center of a conspiracy that extends all the way from South America, to Afghanistan, and right to the center of Charlotte. “A genius at building suspense” (Daily News, New York), Kathy Reichs is at her brilliant best in this thrilling novel.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The story was interesting but the cat made it worth reading. Yes, I know, sounds silly but among the crime and rather dark material that one finds in a Kathy Reichs novel, the humour Birdie brought was refreshing. I felt really sorry for that poor animal by about the first third of the book when there had still not been a cat food purchase.
As one can count on with any of the Bones novels, this one is filled wry humour. I appreciated this as Tempe’s sense of irony and her personality made the novel a joy to read.
The basic premise of this book becomes much more complicated as the story goes on. I could relate to her worry over her child and that made me feel closer to her character. The interactions between the main character and her ex-husband were funny and I enjoyed her views on his new future-wife in particular.
My favourite character in this book was “Skinny.” I liked his personality right from the start and he had some fabulous one-liners as well, worthy of remembering for future use.
The resolution to the events in this book seemed to be solved with ease, and the overall novel was a smooth journey. I did feel that this story was somewhat similar to other books in this series but not so much that it was like reading a repeat. The characters, as always seemed so much like real people that I forgot I was reading a book, becoming absorbed in the happenings of their lives.
Involving illegally smuggled antiquities gave this book another interesting thread that was worth uncovering as the pages turned.
If you have not had a chance to read this book or the other Bones novels yet, I would recommend that you do. I liked it.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher in cooperation with Netgalley.