NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • This ebook edition contains a special preview of Kathy Reichs’s upcoming novel Two Nights and the bonus novella Bones on Ice.
No one speaks the language of suspense more brilliantly than Kathy Reichs, author of the acclaimed Temperance Brennan series. In Speaking in Bones, the forensic anthropologist finds herself drawn into a world of dark secrets and dangerous beliefs, where good and evil blur.
Professionally, Temperance Brennan knows exactly what to do—test, analyze, identify. Her personal life is another story. She’s at a loss, wondering how to answer police detective Andrew Ryan’s marriage proposal. But the matter of matrimony takes a backseat when murder rears its head.
Hazel “Lucky” Strike—a strident amateur detective who mines the Internet for cold cases—comes to Brennan with a tape recording of an unknown girl being held prisoner and terrorized. Strike is convinced the voice is that of eighteen-year-old Cora Teague, who went missing more than three years earlier. Strike is also certain that the teenager’s remains are gathering dust in Temperance Brennan’s lab.
Brennan has doubts about working with a self-styled websleuth. But when the evidence seems to add up, Brennan’s next stop is the treacherous backwoods where the chilling recording (and maybe Cora Teague’s bones) were discovered. Her forensic field trip only turns up more disturbing questions—along with gruesome proof of more untimely deaths.
While local legends of eerie nocturnal phenomena and sinister satanic cults abound, it’s a zealous and secretive religious sect that has Brennan spooked and struggling to separate the saints from the sinners. But there’s nothing, including fire and brimstone, that can distract her from digging up the truth and taking down a killer—even as Brennan finds herself in a place where angels fear to tread, devils demand their due, and she may be damned no matter what.
Praise for Speaking in Bones
“Speaking in Bones keeps the suspense high.”—Associated Press
“Temperance’s forensic sleuthing uncovers many secrets, along with a blockbuster psychological surprise.”—The Huffington Post
Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan doesn't think very highly of Hazel Strike and her fellow "websleuths," amateurs who gather online to try and solve crimes and locate missing persons, in bestseller Reichs's solid 18th novel featuring Brennan (after 2014's Bones Never Lie). Hazel is convinced that bones in Brennan's Mecklenburg County, N.C., lab belong to 18-year-old Cora Teague, who disappeared more than three years earlier. Trouble is, no one officially reported Cora missing. Cora's parents, who belong to a fringe Pentecostal church, claim Cora left town with a boy. Despite little evidence to support Hazel's theory, Brennan investigates Cora's family, as well as the boy Cora supposedly left town with, and uncovers some shocking secrets. With Brennan's beau, Quebec homicide detective Andrew Ryan, in Canada, local deputy Zeb Ramsey lends a hand in the increasingly bizarre and dangerous investigation. Brennan's on-again/off-again relationship with Ryan brings some welcome romantic interest to this multilayered series.
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Speaking in Bones is another winning entry in the Tempe Brennan series. Tempe quickly becomes obsessed with bones found in the nearby mountain area. Partly, it gives her an escape from answering Ryan's marriage proposal. A websleuth, defrocked priests, and extreme churches complicate the case. Tempe leaps to several erroneous conclusions and is shocked when the truth is revealed. Once started, I couldn't put it down
I felt this was my least favorite of her books. I hate it when women are stupid and especially an educated one. The story line was good and she (Temperance) had handled things differently it would have been much better.
This is my third Kathy Reichs novel & I'm afraid I'm detecting a pattern I'm not crazy about. I like the "nuts & bolts" forensic stuff but not so crazy about the way she constantly gets her MC into insane situations from which she barely escapes - usually with major physical damage. Has anyone ever documented the number of ribs she's broken? Anyway, for someone so smart she does a lot of stupid stuff. Not sure I'll spent $9-12 on future purchases.