Synopsis of A Conspiracy of Bones
Kathy Reichs returns with a new riveting novel, A Conspiracy of Bones, featuring her vastly popular character forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, who must use all her tradecraft to discover the identity of a faceless corpse, its connection to a decade-old missing child case, and why the dead man had her cell phone number.
It’s sweltering in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Temperance Brennan, still recovering from neurosurgery following an aneurysm, is battling nightmares, migraines, and what she thinks might be hallucinations when she receives a series of mysterious text messages, each containing a new picture of a corpse that is missing its face and hands. Immediately, she’s anxious to know who the dead man is, and why the images were sent to her.
An identified corpse soon turns up, only partly answering her questions.
To win answers to the others, including the man’s identity, she must go rogue, working mostly outside the system. That’s because Tempe’s new boss holds a fierce grudge against her and is determined to keep her out of the case. Tempe bulls forward anyway, even as she begins questioning her instincts. But the clues she discovers are disturbing and confusing. Was the faceless man a spy? A trafficker? A target for assassination by the government? And why was he carrying the name of a child missing for almost a decade?
With help from a number of law enforcement associates including her Montreal beau Andrew Ryan and the always-ready-with-a-smart-quip, ex-homicide investigator Skinny Slidell, and utilizing new cutting-edge forensic methods, Tempe draws closer to the astonishing truth.
But the more she uncovers, the darker and more twisted the picture becomes…
Synopsis of A Conspiracy of Bones taken from Amazon
Review of A Conspiracy of Bones – Kathy Reichs
A Conspiracy of Bones is a transition book between the last one published in the series and the one she had prepared.
The one that had been announced was thought to be about a wedding after the neurosurgery. Here the wedding and the groom shine by their absence, until it’s revealed that the protagonist has decided her future in the end.
I’ve always liked Kathy Reichs‘s books starring Temperance Brennan since I read the first one in the early 1990s. But, as in everything, there are better ones and there are worse ones. This isn’t one of the best.
It’s very convoluted and a little weak.
I think ninety percent of A Conspiracy of Bones is spent on Brennan obsessing and asking herself questions. And there are few answers and, in most cases, it’s not up to her, but to the police, to find them. But, as always, and even if she’s convalescent, she’s at the forefront of the investigation.
A Conspiracy of Bones is somewhat overwhelming because, as usual, it’s narrated in the first person, and she tells us everything that goes through her mind. And especially, because it’s a novel with very few characters that allow the reader to rest from her thoughts and questions.
It’s a shame she’s such an egocentric character, not always, but most of the time. Also there’s not much importance given to the boyfriend, or the fiancée, as she calls him, because he’s the best character, especially, because of his sense of humor. She’s not without humor, but she’s often obsessed by everything she researches and he’s the perfect counterpoint to balance the scales.
The novels in which the prominence is distributed between the two are much better because she’s not such an exclusive character and enclosed in herself.
I am faithful and I am hooked to these books and recognize that I’m interested in the personal story of the protagonists. I’ve seen how it’s evolved since the first novel and I’ve been intrigued about how it will go on for some time now.
I’ll continue to read them because, despite everything, I like them and, as I say, every author has ups and downs. Though some only have downs. For example, if it reached Patricia Cornwell’s level with Scarpetta, I would do the same thing: stop reading Kathy Reichs altogether.