Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Temperance Brennan, Book # 16
August 27th 2013
August 30, 2017 September 10, 2017
The body of a teenage girl is discovered along a desolate highway on the outskirts of Charlotte. Inside her purse is the ID card of a local businessman who died in a fire months earlier.
Who was the girl? And was she murdered?
Dr Temperance Brennan, Forensic Anthropologist, must find the answers. She soon learns that a Gulf War veteran stands accused of smuggling artefacts into the country. Could there be a connection between the two cases?
Convinced that the girl's death was no accident, Tempe soon finds herself at the centre of a conspiracy that extends from South America to Afghanistan. But to find justice for the dead, she must be more courageous - and take more extreme action - than ever before.
About the Book
I find this book in the series a little better than the previous one (at least Brennan is not kidnapped) but not a 5-star-book because once again Tempe looks like a teenager with her first crush with Ryan.
Tempe is in North Carolina and is called for the case of a young unknown woman found on the side of the road, in her purse, a document that belonged to an important local businessman who died some time earlier. Furthermore, she is involved in a case involving the bones of Peruvian dogs. She is also asked by her ex-husband, Pete, to clarify a case involving the son of another former marine, accused of shooting two Afghan citizens in the back so Tempe travels to Afghanistan to examine the bones.
I like how the cases are connected, as I said for once Brennan is not kidnapped but she does behave like a heroin like in every book. Because obviously being the protagonist she has to solve everything right? And as I said above I don’t even want to talk about the relationship between Tempe and Ryan, I have no hope left to see these two characters as adults.
I know that I hate the “French” that Reichs puts in her books (because she never translate it and I don’t know what it’s written – or the translator doesn’t? I don’t know), but please let’s go back to Montreal! The Canadian staff is definitely better. Slidell is illegible, I can not take it any more of his ways even if in the past he had a development, here he regressed. I sincerely hope that the next book is set in Canada.
As I said, I liked the case, how the Afghan case connects to the “main” one, but this book has not reached its potential because of the characters, I understand that they are human and therefore have human feelings and sensations, but it seems a little excessive to me.