It’s been awhile since I last read one of the Temperance Brennan novels by Kathy Reichs. While on holidays this summer, I found myself milling in an airport bookstore and what caught my eye? Bones are Forever — one of Kathy Reichs’ newest novels.
The next thing I knew I had the book in my hand and I found myself starting on an incredibly bizarre adventure!
As the novel opens, Tempe Brennan arrives at a home that is full of squalor. On a tip by a Montreal doctor, the search is on for a newborn baby and that baby’s mother. What Tempe finds, instead of a baby and its mother are three baby corpses and a mother who is nowhere to be found. As Brennan seeks to unravel the mystery and try to discover what has happened, she finds herself with Ryan — a police officer and Brennan’s former lover — on a whirlwind journey that takes them from Montreal to Edmonton and Yellowknife!
This story brought together a lot of things that I found really engaging. I learned about a type of DNA profiling that was new to me (since mystery and suspense novels and shows are my favourite, I thought I’d heard about them all!). I also learned a LOT about mining in Canada. My favourite aspect of the novel was that it was obvious that Reichs did her research because she referenced and explained Canadian events — such as the murder spree by Robert Picton and diamond mining in the Canadian North — with clarity and made it easy to understand.
Overall, I loved this novel! With a dual plot, that includes a lot of twists, Bones are Forever is definitely worth reading! You won’t be disappointed!
And, personally, I can’t wait to read the newest Tempe Brennan book, Bones of the Lost which just came out at the end of August!