“Reichs has written her masterpiece—smart, scary, complicated, and engrossing.” —Michael Connelly
“This page-turning series never lets the reader down.” —Harlan Coben
“The crowning achievement of a master storyteller.” —Nelson DeMille
#1 New York Times bestselling thriller writer Kathy Reichs’s twenty-first novel of suspense featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan who uncovers a series of gruesome killings eerily reenacting the most shocking of her prior cases.
Winter has come to North Carolina and, with it, a drop in crime. Freed from a heavy work schedule, Tempe Brennan is content to dote on her daughter Katy, finally returned to civilian life from the army. But when mother and daughter meet at Tempe’s place one night, they find a box on the back porch. Inside: a very fresh human eyeball.
GPS coordinates etched into the eyeball lead to a Benedictine monastery where an equally macabre discovery awaits. Soon after, Tempe examines a mummified corpse in a state park, and her anxiety deepens.
There seems to be no pattern to the subsequent killings uncovered, except that each mimics in some way a homicide that a younger Tempe had been called in to analyze. Who or what is targeting her, and why?
Helping Tempe search for answers is detective Erskine “Skinny” Slidell, retired but still volunteering with the CMPD cold case unit—and still displaying his gallows humor. Also pulled into the mystery: Andrew Ryan, Tempe’s Montreal-based beau, now working as a private detective.
Could this elaborately staged skein of mayhem be the prelude to a twist that is even more shocking? Tempe is at a loss to establish the motive for what is going on…and then her daughter disappears.
At its core, Cold, Cold Bones is a novel of revenge—one in which revisiting the past may prove the only way to unravel the present.
At the start of bestseller Reichs's elaborately plotted 21st Temperance Brennan novel (after 2021's The Bone Code), the forensic anthropologist finds a package on her doorstep in Charlotte, N.C., containing a human eyeball "impaled like a bug on a pin." Her search to discover its provenance leads her to an abandoned outhouse on the campus of Belmont Abbey College, where a body matching the DNA of the eye is found. Other victims turn up, each in macabre circumstances. "Some psycho is imitating my old cases," Brennan observes, and the killer's violence is escalating. Brennan's boyfriend, Andrew Ryan, a former Quebec homicide detective turned PI, shows up to help with the investigation. Meanwhile, Brennan's daughter, Katy, honorably discharged from the Army after two stints in Afghanistan, has returned to Charlotte and is finding her way back into civilian life. Jim-dandy details about autopsies and the significance of bones compensate in part for a plot with too much rehashing of old cases and Brennan too often rushing into dangerous situations without calling for backup. Established fans will enjoy spending time with old friends.
I loved it!
I read it one afternoon basically in one sitting.
Same ol same ol
In all the novels someone she loves gets hurt. Someone is always stalking her. She gets hurt, she has had more blows to her head than a professional boxer. In this book there were too many times it repeats what is happening. Just filling up pages? I was excited to see new books now not so much.
Yes, buy it!
I seldom give reviews, especially 5 stars but this book held my interest and I could not put it down. This is the first I have read by this author but going now to find more.