Book Reviews

Deja Dead (Temperance Brennan #1) by Kathy Reichs

For those of you who love the show Bones, well this is the book series it was based on. Now it does not follow or even a little bit familiar with the T.V. show, but it is still awesome!! Now unfortunately about a year ago I read the second book Death Du Jour without knowing it.

Rating 4 stars out of 5

Temperance Brennan aka Tempe is in Montreal at the start of the book. She is a forensic anthropologist. She studies and look over bones for police/coroner. A body was found dumped. It was a female, she was dismembered put into four different garbage bags the disposed of. Another female turns up dead a couple of weeks after they found the first body.

Claudel and Charbonneau are the detectives on the cases. Brennan believes these two women are connected to another case. Claudel thinks she is insane. Brennan and Claudel don’t like each other much. I don’t like Claudel too much either but he is funny at times.

“Nice place,” said Charbooneau

“Yeah. A thing of beauty. I’d rank it up there with herpes and Burt Reynolds’s hairpiece.”

Brennan starts to piece together the cases. She makes molds of the few bones she has of the first case and the first body. She finds that they were dismembered the same way.

Reichs has a way to her writing to show real life. Sometimes she has that comic relief when the turn of events get a little too intense.

I don’t know what to expected to see. A slathering Doberman? Norman Bates and his mother? Hannibal Lecter? A George Burns god in baseball cap? None of them showed up. I was alone with the trees and the creepers and the star-pierced darkness. – Tempe Brennan

I think it is amazing that she is also an anthropologist herself so she knows what she is talking about. Such a wonderful book. Reichs kept me on my toes the entire time. I didn’t get bored at all during this one which happens through most crime/mystery books. Can’t wait to read more in the series.