Review: Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs

Speaking in Bones: A Novel (Temperance Brennan) - Kathy Reichs

Published by: Random House Publishing Group - Bantam Dell (30h July 2015)


ISBN: 9780345544049


Source: Publisher review copy via Netgalley


Rating: 4*



When forensic anthropologist Dr Tempe Brennan is approached by amateur detective Hazel ‘Lucky’ Strike, at first she is inclined to dismiss the woman’s claims that she’s matched a previously unidentified set of remains with a name.

But as the words of a terrified young woman echo round her office from an audio recorder found near where the bones were discovered, something about the story won’t let Tempe go.

As Tempe investigates further she finds herself involved in a case more complicated and horrifying than she could ever have imagined.



I'm a huge fan of Kathy Reichs and the Temperance Brennan series, so I was eagerly anticipating this latest novel.

Tempe's newest case involves a missing person, but it doesn't look to be a typical case of the kind; it could involve a serial killer, a cult or something other-worldly.


As Tempe delves deeper into the case, she puts herself in danger - something that has become a common theme for the character. Although this does add another layer of suspense to the story, I find it a little too predictable. Something similar seems to happen in every book and I'm not the least bit surprised when it happens.


On the plus side, this was an interesting case with lots of detail - i could easily imagine myself on the mountainside. There are some exciting characters, my favourite being deputy Ramsey. Tempe has a lot going on in her private life too, and I enjoyed the scenes with her mother and the telephone conversations with Ryan.


An enjoyable book, but it lacked the element of surprise for me - maybe I've just read so many of Reichs' novels that I can predict where she is going with the story!