BABIES DIE. PEOPLE VANISH. PEOPLE DIE. BABIES VANISH.
The tenth novel of Kathy Reichs BONES TO ASHES gripped me from the beginning,introducing the novel with a warm, happy summer atmosphere, showing the relationships between siblings and youth friends, and providing more depth to Temperance’s childhood and Tempe’s likable sister Harry. However it was the way the author described the summer holidays with a baleful undertone that drew me into the novel, and the mystery of the disappearance of her friend Évangéline over more than forty years ago…
Months, perhaps years pass with no thought of Évangéline Landry. Then, unexpectedly, a synapse will flash. I never know what the trigger will be. A forgotten snapshot curling in the bottom of a box. Words spoken with a certain intonation. A song. A line from a poem. Hippo’s chiac accent. New Brunswick. The skeleton of a girl, dead many years. Neurons fired. Irrationally, my fingers tightened on the receiver.
Unlike most of readers of this book, I haven’t read any of the Temperance Brennan thrillers before I started reading this one. Nor have I watched the FOX television drama BONES . So you may ask me, what then made you and why did you read ‘Bones to ashes’? I then will answer you simply: ‘I just couldn’t stop, once I started. It is fun. It is excited, it is a real thriller.’
Like all Reichs’s novels this novel is about the very clever but sometimes a bit daft lab lady, named Temperance Brennan. ‘Is the main character a lab lady?’ Yea, a lab lady, a forensic anthropologist like her creator Kathy Reichs who is called on to solve the toughest cases. But this time, when the skeleton of a young girl in Acadia, Canada was discovered, it was more than just a decades old skeleton. Because Évangéline, Tempe’s childhood play-mate, was also from Acadia. And to Tempe Évangéline was the most exotic person in Tempe’s eight-years-old world. When Évangéline disappeared, her aunt warned Tempe not to search for her, because:
She is dangerous.
Kathy Reichs, who is in real life also a forensic anthropologist for the Laboratoire de sciences judiciaires et de medicine legale for the province of Quebec and a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte presents the story in factual, clinical but chilling detail. How she did that is skillful, that’s also why her debut first novel ‘Deja death’ became a New York Times Bestseller.
And also because of this reason, Reichs’ books are unlike those you see among the other fiction-thriller books, hers are semi-biographies.And while Tempe is overwhelmed with nostalgic feelings Kathy Reichs wasn’t just focusing on one case. She also bothered Tempe with Ryan’s MP’s & DOA’s (Missing persons and unidentified persons). And doing a good job, she managed to connect all plots to each other.
The issues between Tempe and Ryan and the sisterly bond between Tempe and Harry simmer throughout the novel. That’s smart of the author because it gives the reader a way out from the murders and the not so happy issues. I love how Tempe’s emotions are almost palpable, similarly with the scientific description. Reichs gives the reader details, but not too much nor too less, with more focus being on the storyline. That’s good, so that we as readers don’t drown in the loads of information.
It is strange but chapter after chapter, Kathy Reichs can keep the reader interested in her work, the plot moves along at a good and appropriate pace and the reader doesn’t get bored. If she didn’t get the right pace, the book would have lost her tension.
This book was gripping, full of twists and turns and surprises.
I will strongly recommend those who love to follow crime-scenes to read this book, even if you don’t like to read books. I enjoyed this book very much, and I’m sure the books are at the very least as exciting as the TV show.