Saturday, July 26, 2014

Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs (ARC)

Bones Never Lie (Temperance Brennan #17)
Kathy Reichs
Exp. Pub.: September 23, 2014

Bones Never Lie (Temperance Brennan, #17)In the acclaimed author’s thrilling new novel, Brennan is at the top of her game in a battle of wits against the most monstrous adversary she has ever encountered.

Unexpectedly called in to the Charlotte PD’s Cold Case Unit, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she’s been asked to meet with a homicide cop who’s a long way from his own jurisdiction. The shocking answer: Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common—the killer. Years ago, Anique Pomerleau kidnapped and murdered a string of girls in Canada, then narrowly eluded capture. It was a devastating defeat for her pursuers, Brennan and police detective Andrew Ryan. Now, as if summoned from their nightmares, Pomerleau has resurfaced in the United States, linked to victims in Vermont and North Carolina. When another child is snatched, the reign of terror promises to continue—unless Brennan can rise to the challenge and make good on her second chance to stop a psychopath.

But Brennan will have to draw her bitter ex-partner out of exile, keep the local police and feds from one another’s throats, and face more than just her own demons as she stalks the deadliest of predators into the darkest depths of madness.
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I now remember why I stopped reading these novels. While the murder mysteries are always intricate and well thought out, the facts and science behind them read a little too textbook for me to really sit back and enjoy. Also, Dr. Brennan hardly ever shares her feelings about anything, and the only way I ever know them is if she says them verbally, which let me tell you, is incredibly rare. I was also a little put off about the cliffhanger. Not that there was a cliffy, but how the last scene played out. Really? Who acts like that with such an important decision? Not any adults I know, and most of them are mature and well educated.

Here's the 411. The reason I'm only giving this only two stars is because I didn't feel a connection to the character. Hell, the only character I even liked in this story was Slidell, 'cause quite frankly, at least his speech was amusing. I want to feel an MC's ups and downs, experience her misery and leap for joy for her triumphs. Unfortunately these novels still don't offer an emotional side to Dr. Brennan. She comes off numb, as if everything in life bores her to the point that nothing is significant or worthy of emotion. So, sorry, but I still can't find myself to are about her story when she can't be bothered herself.

If you're a fan of these stories already, nothing's changed, so you'll continue to be happy. But for anyone like me who likes to feel a connection when they're reading a novel, it's still not happening. Which is too bad, because I do like the concept for this series.

 ARC provided by Bantam for honest review.

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