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Summary

The new Sunday Times best-selling novel in the Temperance Brennan series.

A Richard and Judy Book Club pick.

Every body has secrets....

It all starts with a series of text messages. Each message contains a new picture of a corpse, missing its face and hands. Dr Temperance Brennan needs to find out who the dead man is and why the images were sent to her. The only problem is, she has been kicked off the team.

So she goes rogue, knowing that she is the only one who can solve this case. As she starts her investigation she discovers a connection to a decade-old missing child case. The more she uncovers, the darker and more twisted the picture becomes....

©2020 Kathy Reichs (P)2020 Simon & Schuster UK

Critic reviews

"Read this book." (David Baldacci)

"One of the absolute best thrillers of the year." (Jeffery Deaver)

"You will find it hard to put down." (Mark Bowden)

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One of the best!

Kathy surpassed herself with this book! Adding a part of herself (the aneurism and its effects) really inserted an edge to the text that has been missing a little from the latter few books.

Those books were still great stories and, as usual, contained well researched and intricate plots yet ‘A Conspiracy of Bones’ (for me) drew me in completely.

Maybe the ‘dark web’ holds my interest more than the military and sectarian topics.

Thank you, Kathy, for all your’Tempe’ books - almost all of them have caused me to have later nights than planned!!

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Too much minutiae...plot was ok....first time reading a Reichs book...not for me

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Engaging and entertaining

Typical of Kathy Reichs, this latest instalment does not disappoint. The narration was good. My only gripe was that the book seems sponsored by Apple! So many references to Apple's products it felt like an advert at times. It does nothing to advance the plot - iPad could be replaced with tablet, iPhone with Phone and MacBook Air with laptop.. i know it's petty but it really grated on me!

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Not like before

Not enough of the forensic side of the story, just like any old crime novel

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Disappointing

This just didn’t work for me. I’ve really enjoyed the Brennan series but not this latest addition. I felt the plot was contrived, the steps which led to the solving of the crime were unbelievably far fetched and the characterisation was laboured. The bad guys (particularly the evil ME) were 2d caricatures. I also thought that Tempe’s reaction to the conflagration at her house was unrealistic and her continued doubts about her relationship with Ryan are beginning to wear thin. I hope this is just a temporary loss of form from a writer whose previous works have been of a very high calibre.

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I missed the forensic anthropology

I've read or listened to all the Temperance Brennen books. Linda Emond is the voice of Tempe for me now. A large appeal of the series for me is the forensic anthropology. This barely gets a look in this time. It's more about forensic internet investigation and fake news. I still enjoyed listening to Kathy Reichs' first person, lively writing style, although she uses more than her share of questions, which can become irritating and repetitive.
The postscript on the ideas that lead to the book was an interesting addition.
For readers new to KR, I suggest you start much earlier in the series - the beginning?

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great book as always.

Temperance in an underdog roll this time! great plot. all as you would expect from Kathy Reichs!

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Another great book

I loved it, a great storyline as always. it's been a while since I have had one one these books and fell back into it immediately.

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Struggled to finish this

I felt there was a lot of repetition in this book, the story was very padded out. I didn't enjoy it and that was a big disappointment to me as a long time fan. it's well read but what's being read is not great. sorry.

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Disappointing

Slow & at times boring. A struggle to finish. Not her usual standard. Very disappointing.

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Disappointed

This was not up to her usual writing. Missed the forensics this was more personal .