Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs

Read: 8 August, 2010

I enjoy the show Bones, so I was quite happy to find one of the novels while visiting a friend’s summer cottage.

I was struck by the many and profound differences between the show and the book. For one thing, novel Tempe Brennan has a daughter. She’s also not the asocial, abrasive nerd we see in the TV series.

There isn’t too much to say about Bare Bones. It was a fairly standard detective story, fantastic light reading while sitting out on a lake. The forensic anthropology aspect was interesting, as investigator gimmicks do tend to be. That the stories are written by someone who is actually in the field adds a certain verisimilitude to the story that lifts it above the standard fare.

Overall, I’d say it was an interesting story, solidly written, and perfect for any detective novel enthusiast to take on a plane.

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