I was excited about this book. I liked the first couple of seasons of the tv series Bones, and a big part of what I enjoyed was the character Temperance Brennan. I should have known the books would be different, and not in a way that I enjoyed. This is why I typically stay away from movie or tv versions of books, and I’ve got to say, I think this is the first time I enjoyed the tv version better. Reichs’ Brennan is not socially awkward or unnaturally intelligent. She is just a normal lady who is good at her job. She’s also in middle age… recently divorced, muddling along, all in all kind of blah.
Reichs gets called to a plane crash to identify and catalogue victims. The cause of the plane crash hasn’t been determined and for a few forced tension pages the reader isn’t sure if Brennan’s own daughter is among the wreckage. While that non drama is unfolding, Brennan stumbles into some remains that don’t fit with the wreckage and begins to suspect that something untoward is going on. If that wasn’t crazy enough, we’ve got a couple of murders, and some questionable ethics complaints against Brennan who is forced to continue investigating in order to clear her name.
The book was okay, and for light reading, it wasn’t terrible. It just had nothing that compelled me into caring for either Brennan as a character, or the mystery at large. I felt a lot was forced and the writing wasn’t fabulous. I will read another Reichs’ book if it comes to me the same way this one did, free with no effort on my own part, but the Temperance Brennan books are not a series I will actively seek out.