Break No Bones
by Kathy Reichs
‘Temperance Brennan’ series Book #9
It’s the second-to-last day of archaeological field school. Dr. Temperance Brennan’s students are working on a site of prehistoric graves on Dewees, a barrier island north of Charleston, South Carolina, when a decomposing body is uncovered in a shallow grave off a lonely beach… The skeleton is articulated, the bone fresh and the vertebrae still connected by soft-tissue; the remains are encased in rotted fabric and topped by wisps of pale, blond hair – a recent burial, and a case Tempe must take. Dental remains and skeletal gender and race indicators suggest that the deceased is a middle-aged white male – but who was he? Why was he buried in a clandestine grave? And what does the unusual vertical hairline fracture of the sixth cervical vertebrae signify? While Tempe is trying to piece together the evidence, her personal life is thrown into turmoil. When a bullet – intended, perhaps, for her – puts Tempe’s estranged husband Pete in hospital, her unexpectedly emotional response complicates her on-off relationship with Detective Andrew Ryan… But before long, another body is discovered – and Tempe finds herself drawn deeper into a shocking and chilling investigation, set to challenge her entire view of humanity…
Review: I finished this novel on Tuesday, July 31st, 2007. Another awesome book in the series!
I adore Tempe. I love her attitude, her personality. She’s not without flaws, just like any human being, and I love reading about her – her feelings, her emotions. The novel is smooth with her thought process, and it wouldn’t be the same without it.
Reading about her troubles between Pete and Ryan, it feels natural and completely real. Anyone in her situation would be questioning herself. I love how Reichs brings Tempe to life, like an everyday person that you could bump into on the street, no matter where you go.
Again, unbelievable details in both crime scenes and crime solving. I can’t get over how much you’re brought right into the story and you’re stuck there until the end. And knowing (or reading her Author’s Note) that she writes from experience is pretty close to both frightening and wonderment at the same time. The way she describes everything, you could swear that you’re working the case step-by-step with Tempe. And I love it!
I can’t wait for the next one!