Déjà Dead (Temperance Brennan, #1)
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Dr. Temperance "Tempe" Brennan spends her days in the autopsy suite, the courtroom, the crime lab, with cops, and at exhumation sites. Often her long days turn into harrowing nights.

It's June in Montreal, and Tempe, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of director of forensic anthropology for the province of Quebec...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 2nd 1997 by Scribner (first published 1997)
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Crystal
Feb 08, 2012 Crystal rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of dry murder mysteries and forensic research
Shelves: mysteries
eh, it was okay. I am a huge fan of the TV series Bones, which is loosely based off Kathy Reichs' series, of which this is the first book. However, I realized exactly how LOOSELY BASED the series is after reading this book. what I love about the show is the romantic tension and sparkling humor and wit. these books are so much dryer and less fun. Even the lead character is less appealing--instead of being a gorgeous unattached doctor, she's an older alcoholic doctor, with a messy divorce and a te...more
Heather
Honestly, I didn't like this book much during the first several chapters. It's obvious she was a novice writer and her over-use of metaphors drove me crazy! Also, not being a French speaker, all the French (slightly excessive in my opinion) annoyed me a bit.
I am a fan of the tv show 'Bones', which is based on this series of books, so I was excited to start. There are some major differences between the tv and the book versions of the main character, which was a transition for me, but I ended up l...more
Samantha
Separate the tv show and this book. You will be very disappointed if you come in thinking it'll be like the tv show. The characters, setting, and story are drastically different. However, I think this book is a lot better than the show and I liked the first seasons of Bones. The lead character is more believable. She has faults like any normal human being and doesn't always make the smart choices. She isn't a superhero on crack (she actually gets pretty banged up). The character seems more human...more
Mireille
May 16, 2009 Mireille rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone who does not own a TV, & has therefore NEVER seen the series
I made it to chapter 4 of this book (pg45) but really had to stop. The book itself was good, don’t get me wrong… HOWEVER, I picked it up specifically because I totally LOVE the TV show “Bones” which is based off of this series of books. And as everyone knows, the book(s) that a TV show, mini-series, or movie is based upon are always better… boy was I wrong.

I love forensics stories with a good plot & this one has that, BUT I just can’t get involved with the book’s “Tempe” because she’s sooooo...more
Tammy
Christ, was it a struggle to get through this book. When I read up on her books on Amazon it said "Better than Patricia Cornwell!!" so I thought DAMN this MUST be good, seeing as I loved many of PC's earlier novels.
It sucked. Not only did it suck... but it sucked hardcore. I was halfway through the book and still couldn't keep track of who half of the characters were. I dreaded anytime a conversation ended because that meant she was about to start one of her endlessly descriptive blurbs.
Don't g...more
Heather
This is the first of the Temeperance Brennan books. If you are looking for the Bones version of Temperance Brenna, this is not it. Think of this as the original and the Bones version as being the modified version designed to be appealing to a wide television audience.

In many ways Kathy Reich's books remind me of Patricia Cornwell's. Or perhaps I should say Patricia Cornwell's remind me of Kathy Reich's, seeing as KR first began writing in the forensic's genre before PC did, add to that a the fac...more
Janice
"i was killed by curiosity like a finely tuned cat."

that was not, actually, one of the many similes this book is drowning in, but it may as well have been. some real examples:

"In my mind’s eye I could see her standing at a pay phone, scanning her surroundings, her eyes never resting, broadcasting fear like Radio Free Europe."

or

"She was thin as soup in a homeless shelter"

or

"For the third time in as many days I saw daybreak, an event I embrace as eagerly as Joe Montana welcomes an all-out blitz."

i...more
Erika
Two things first.

1. I am not a "mystery person." Therefore my review might be biased because of that.

2. This book is nothing like the TV show "Bones" unless you count the main character's name and profession.

Okay, now... This book was an okay read. I felt the only character that was complete was Tempe. I felt like the other people in the story were interesting only if Tempe paid much attention to them in her thoughts, which is how this story is filtered. I liked the plot, overall. I am a little...more
BJ Rose
I wanted to like this a lot more than I did - and that has nothing to do with differences in the Temperance Brennan of this series and the one in TV's Bones. This one, after all, is the original. My problems were twofold; I hit overload (often) on the lengthy and detailed explanations of the mutilated bodies of the victims, and the overly detailed scientific and forensic descriptions. Yes, we know that she's a forensic anthropologist and expect some of that, but it was often too much to wade thr...more
Heidi
I'm happy to report I've found a new series that I really enjoyed-- although not for the faint of heart or sensitive of stomachs. It took me longer than usual to get over the opening chapters because this author is as precise in the physiological details as I've ever read-- I could practically smell the decay. Once I mastered "skimming the grossest of details," I was hooked!

This novel features some interesting characters and I love that it's set in Montreal, Quebec... a city I didn't know much a...more
Elizabeth
This was the first book I have read of Kathy Reichs. I like the forensic science but sometimes I think she gets almost too detailed. I get lost in the science and lose the story. But I have to say that Temperance Brennan is a fun, intersting, likeable character. I am also infatuated with Andrew Ryan the hot detective from Montreal. It moves fast and is interesting. The minuses are that I think Tempe sometimes over-reacts and doesn't use her brain. Plunging herself head first into danger. But hav...more
Hayes
3+ stars, not quite 4.

It suffers from the Don't-Open-That-Door-Because-It's-Friday-the-13th-and-You-Live-on-Elm-Street syndrome (view spoiler), but it's a lot of fun, if you consider autopsies and dead bodies fun ;-)

I will read a few more in the series, but perhaps not right away.


Mikey B.
There is resolution in this story of a serial killer for which I was thankful.

However, like much in this genre, it is way too long. How many murders of women do we need to get the point across – two or three would have been adequate; instead we are given six grisly butchered women with tabloid sensationalist descriptions. The author seems to get a vicarious thrill from these lengthy and repeated murders and the mood became more and more macabre.

The story is plot-driven and the characters and the...more
Kathy Davie
I can't believe I missed this one after having read everything else in the series. It felt odd to read this beginning of the Temperance Brennan series at the end of the series...more like deja vu for me!

And it reminded me why I love reading this series. Intrigue, mystery, history, great characters, beautifully detailed (and involving) details in a well-written story.
paris
الرواية رائعة ..أول رواية تكتبها كاثي ريكس ..
وأولى مغامرات الدكتورة تمبرنس ..
الأحداث سريعة جدا ...
والدكتورة تمب برأيي أنها متهورة .. ..
وكماهي دائما رواياتها صادمة جدا .. فيها الكثير من مساوئ البشر .. القتل وبالتأكيد الكثير من العظام ..

كرواية أولى هي رائعة ..
لا اعرف لم لمْ .. اقرأها قبل الآن ..
رغم أنني قرأت جميع روايات الكاتبةالأخرى ..
Miriam
Aug 18, 2013 Miriam rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Miriam by: Clare
Shelves: mystery

The prose is on the heavy-handed side, but not terrible for a first novel by someone whose background is in science rather than letters. Interesting enough story that I'm willing to pick up the next book in the series.
Troy Blackford
Adequate Yet Strangely Unsatisfying

This book was entertaining, creepy, and engaging. It also struck me as kind of ridiculous in places and grating throughout.

The mystery was decent. The technical perspective (i.e., seeing the crime procedural from the vantage point of the forensic scientist instead of the detectives) was refreshing. The crimes were macabre and disturbing.

The main problem for me was voice. This is a first-person tale, told from the perspective of 'Temperance Brennan.' I just didn...more
Jlaurenmc
We went on a vacation this past weekend to the Smoky Mountains. Among the books I took with me was Kathy Reichs' first novel Deja Dead. Although Reichs has been a bestselling author for more than ten years and has also successfully produced the hit television show Bones (which is loosely based on her books), for some reason I had never read anything by her until now.

Deja Dead, Reichs' first novel and the first book in her Temperance Brennan series, was not one I could put down. It also wasn't a...more
Graham Tapper
I read the anniversary edition of Reichs' first ever Temperance Brennan novel and was shocked to discover that the only real similarity between the hero of the novels and that of the "Bones" TV series is her name! In the novel she is clearly much older and even has a teenage daughter. Her personality defect in the novel is alcoholism whereas the TV character has instead a borderline Aspergers autism personality. You can understand why this was changed for the TV series: alcoholism would undoubte...more
Lauren
This book is not for the faint of heart, but rather for those that love the details of forensic investigation down to the nitty gritty of the fluids released by a decomposed body. If you want to learn how bones can speak about and for their victims than this is the book for you! Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs. The main character Dr. Temperance Brennan is a forensic anthropologist, who after separating from her husband relocates to Quebec to become the bone expert at Laboratoire de Me’decine Le’gale....more
Kathi
This book is exactly as good as you'd expect it to be when you buy it for 7 Euros at the airport out of desperation when you have nothing else to read and you need something to occupy your time on a 9 hour flight from Europe to the US. Which is to say, it was awful.

Where to even start? How about with some of the terrible similes that appear every two pages or so (sometimes even more frequently)?

"I'm as familiar with the ebb and flow of Gabby's moods as I was with my own menstrual cycles."
"The...more
Dianna Richards
I'm a big fan of the Bones TV show, and while watching the rerun of the Valentine Day episode this year, there was a line where Tempe is fielding calls and Booth says something like "He wants you to come up to Montreal this weekend?" That got me thinking about Kathy Reichs books.

Now, I'd already been poking around her website, so I knew that there was a difference between the show and the books. She even says she thinks of them as TV Tempe and Book Tempe. What I was surprised by the was the ext...more
Cynthia
Although Beka didn't much like this book, I did. It should be noted that it is *significantly* different than the t.v. series ("Bones"), even though the author is listed as a producer of the t.v. series. Not only is the location and setting different, which one might well expect, but also the character's background and temperament differs noticeably. Possibly some of the police officers and/or investigators that she works with have been condensed into one FBI officer for the t.v. series as well...more
Dianna
About halfway through the book I forgot I was reading a "Temperance Brennan" book and it got its own life. I love and identify with the logic-based cold-on-the-outside-vulnerable-on-the-inside Temperance Brennan of television. The Temperance Brennan of the book is a recovering 40-something alcoholic, with a college-age child, who embraces her emotions.

I love the author's descriptions of people and things. It's got a detective-like objectivity to it, while still remaining interesting. When she w...more
Gail
I love the TV show Bones, so after reading about Kathy Reichs and her books I had to try one. It was a little hard to get into at first. Can't exactly put my finger on why, but the writing style was just different, along with the fact that all the locations in Canada were unfamiliar to me. I hung in there tho and got hooked on it and have since ordered the second one in the series. The book is definitely grittier than the TV show and lacking any of the humor you find on Bones. The Tempe is a lit...more
Trin
The TV show Bones is probably the best and worst thing to ever happen to this series. The best because it’s no doubt brought a whole slew of new, eager readers to these books—including ones like me, who are really only sporadic watchers of the show. And the worst because all those new readers will inevitably be hauling all their show-based expectations with them. At which point they will discover that this book is—to me, sadly—nothing like the show.

The main character both on TV and in print is c...more
Christina
I love Bones, so I thought that reading the series that launched the show would be a good supplement while the show was on break. I don't think it was the worst idea, but I'm not sure if I want to continue reading the series.

The plot deals with a serial murderer--and having interned with a mystery editor that didn't really like serial murders, I kind of have that distaste for these plots too. That it is more likely that it's someone that the victim knew and has a real motive to kill that person...more
Andrea
I liked this book, but can't help but think it could have been helped by a bit more editing and about 50 less pages. It was interesting to have descriptions of some of the details behind the "CSI"-type magic, but once or twice the descriptions seemed awkward; one scientist explaining a technology to another scientist that they would have already known.

I haven't been to Montreal, but the descriptions seemed nicely atmospheric. Lots of descriptions of the dead bodies and what was done to them, so...more
Mary Ronan Drew
The TV program, Bones, features a heroine who is a forensic anthropologist and is named Temperance Brennan. From there it veers sharply from the series of books by Kathy Reichs on which it is based. The TV Temperance is 20 years younger than the character in the book and she works at the Jeffersonian (wink, wink) in Washington, DC, rather than in Montreal and North Carolina. And at least so far (I've seen about 10 episodes and read one book) she does not find herself going after serial killers b...more
LJ
DEJA DEAD - VG
Reichs, Kathy - 1st Temperance Brennan

When the bones of a woman are discovered in the grounds of an abandoned monastery, Dr Temperance Brennan of the Laboratoire de Medecine Legale in Montreal is convinced that a serial killer is at work. The detective in charge of the case disagrees with her, but he is forced to revise his opinion.

Very good dialogue, good suspense. Better than Cornwell recently. Will read the next.
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