Temperance Brennan, Book # 17
August 11, 2018 August 16, 2019
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.
About the book
I bought this book long before I bought and read the five previous books (I think) because as soon as I bought my Kobo, it was discounted and I ended up paying 0.99€ from 9.99€.
This novel by Kathy Reichs, Bones Never Lie, is the 17th book in the book series starring Temperance Brennan and is the sequel, more or less, of “Monday Mourning” in which Anique Pomerleau appears for the first time.
This “episode” begins with a sick Brennan and despite the bad cold she’s called to a meeting with a Vermont detective (which for some reason I thought was in the west of America, near Montana, but apparently it’s under Québec) and the Chief of cold cases section.
During the meeting Brennan immediately understands that the case in Vermont is related to a case she helped in, a few years before, still unsolved. More over from the DNA test, she finds out that Anique Pomerleau, a murderer who escaped capture a few years before in Canada, is still alive and perhaps the killer in these new crimes.
Detective Ryan was the detective of that case but after his daughter Lily’s death, he disappeared. So Brennan’s task is to find him because he’s the only one who can understand what’s going on.
At one point, Tempe tells Ryan (or vice versa, I do not remember very well) “Let’s go back to Montreal” I said “yes, thank you!”, but obviously they stayed in Canada for two pages… I don’t even know why they went there, anyway… as I said in the 16th book review, I want Brennan to go back to Canada to investigate, I like the Canadian characters more. I have to say that I liked the book more than the others, Brennan did not get in trouble too much and finally, maybe, fingers crossed, there is movement in the Ryan-Brennan story.
Honestly, I don’t know why they called Ryan. I like him as a character but in the end he didn’t capture the killer, it’s true that he got the solution, but only after Brennan, who happens to solve cases before the detectives trained to solve crimes, always. This is a point that I don’t like about these books. I mean, I know the books are about Tempe but she should help solve the crimes, not solving them herself.
Who was the killer was easy to pick up, when Brennan understood who s/he was, I literally screamed “About time!” and I have witnesses who can confirm that. Of course I didn’t know about the “trick” about the DNA since I’m not a doctor/biologist/bio-technologist and so on, and so I didn’t know about that disease, but that that particular person was involved, it was obvious.
Of course I like the ending, I’ve always liked Ryan and Brennan even if they took too long in my opinion (as already said in other reviews of the series), but I have already read the 17.5th book and there is no talk of their relationship so I doubt that the push and pull between them is over.