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Bones Are Forever (Temperance Brennan #15)

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A riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan—a story of infanticide, murder, and corruption, set in the high-stakes, high-danger world of diamond mining.

A woman calling herself Amy Roberts checks into a Montreal hospital complaining of uncontrolled bleeding. Doctors see evidence of a recent birth, but before they can act, Roberts disappears. Dispatched
Hardcover, 283 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Scribner (first published 2012)
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Jan 23, 2013 Jim rated it it was amazing
After about three consecutive disappointing books in the Temperance Brennan novels, which gave birth to the hit TV show “Bones,” I was moving toward giving up my avid readership of author Kathy Reichs. Well, I’m thrilled to say Reichs has hit a home run with “Bones are Forever.” This one was a thrill ride from beginning to end.

In “Bones are Forever,” Tempe Brennan is back in Montreal, where she serves as a forensic anthropologist when not doing the same in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is pulle
Tania Wilson
I think I may have reached my use-by-date with the "bones" the last book, this one is just too formulaic and predictable. The characters are all in a personality stalemate and quite frankly need to get new jobs and new friends. Tempe, like her TV avatar, is becoming more annoying by the minute and if I had of been writing the Ryan or the Ollie characters, I would have had them leaving her on the tundra somewhere! The plot had a bit of a twist to it but went off on a tangent far ...more
Jul 02, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs is a 2012 Scribner Publication.

The Temperance Brennan series is another long running series I lost touch with over time. Thankfully, this series still has it's edge and I have already queued up more of these to read later.

This story is difficult, more so than others, due to the discovery of dead infants. The investigation will put Tempe in the awkward position of working with two men she was romantically involved with in the past, Ryan being one of them.

For th
Kathy Davie
Nov 09, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
Fifteenth in the Temperance Brennan forensics suspense series revolving around a forensic anthropologist who switches between Montreal and North Carolina. This story takes place in Canada between Montreal and Edmonton.

My Take
This was an okay read with a bit too much of the non-fictional thrown in from how a CT scan operates to kimberlite pipes to DNAWitness to Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, plus, plus, plus, and a bit of history on Edmonton's growth. Lots of snark between Ollie and Ryan when Ollie
When a young woman presented at the hospital complaining of bleeding, then disappeared before a doctor could see her, alarm bells were sounded. Checking out the woman’s residence, the police were horrified to find a newborn baby who had been pushed into a vanity cupboard and left to die. Forensic anthropologist, Dr Temperance Brennan, or Tempe as she was known, was called to the scene. The horrors continued though when two more babies, these mummified, were found wedged and hidden in the house.

Angela Risner
Sep 04, 2012 Angela Risner rated it did not like it
I loved her first books. I really did. And then after she started working on the TV show, her books started to suck. Yup, I'm saying it. They started to suck. And even though her last book showed a hint of the old novels, this one is probably one of the worst I've read.

This is from my review of her last book, Flash and Bones:

"My only issue is that Tempe always ends up in danger at the end of each book and has to be rescued. After awhile, you would think that the police would insert a tracking de
Aug 09, 2013 Courtney rated it it was ok
Maybe it's just me, but lately it seems that the Tempe Brennan books aren't as good as they've been in the past.

This one felt like the story didn't get fleshed out completely or something, because when it was over, I was still trying to figure out how Brennan connected all the dots. Maybe the author should worry less about the television show and concentrate more on her books, since her writing is what landed her a television deal to begin with.

Then there's the fact that I'm getting sick of Bren
Valerie Jones
Sep 05, 2012 Valerie Jones rated it really liked it
Another exciting Temperance Brennan novel
Reichs again strikes gold, or diamonds, with her latest Temerance Brennan novel. Back again in Montreal, the discovery of three dead babies hidden in secret alcoves of an apartment send Brennan and her partner, Lieutenant-dètective Andrew Ryan on the search for their missing mother. Seeking a prostitute is not as easy as one might think, and their search leads them from Montreal to Edmonton where they pair up with Brennan’s one time ex-lover, Sergeant Oli
May 17, 2013 Tauna rated it did not like it
As a long time Bones watcher but a first time Kathy Reichs reader, I tried to keep my expectations in check for this book. I knew the TV series is very loosely based on these books, but I had hoped at least a few of the characters from the series would be found in this book, but that didn't happen. Even the main character Temperance Brennan felt like a completely different and foreign character.

Despite all that, I tried to read this book as its own thing separate from the TV show. And I didn't
Aug 24, 2012 Misslunarmagick rated it liked it
Well I have to say while I still love Kathy Reichs and her books she seems to be going off track from what we all know and love. Okay maybe no one will agree with me but I used to love the sexy tension side of the books and that seems to be now comepletly lost. I found the plot of this book a bit messy and hard to follow and what started as an interesting concept soon got lost behind other things.I used to love some of Tempes lil quips and her smart arse replies but in this book I felt there ...more
Sep 17, 2012 Lorraine rated it it was ok
I was excited about reading this book after I heard the author interviewed on NPR. I am a fan of the TV series "Bones" and she is the inspiration for the character Brennan. I was sure I was going to love it. WRONG! The book was a big disappointment to me as was her writing style. Since she is a best selling author, I am assuming that some of her other books are better than this one. The thing that bothered me most was her explanation of technical or scientific information. Her explanation of ...more
Aug 30, 2016 Steph rated it liked it
I am joyed the case outlined in this book it was complex and I didn't feel like I knew exactly who was behind everything right away. I wish the love story that is woven throughout the series was a little more in this one but I haven't read all the books in the series this was an accident that I didn't know was the 15th in the series. And wish that they were actually together in this one I liked the tension and romance in the other one of the series that I read. It's not a major part of the story ...more
Oct 06, 2014 Monnie rated it really liked it
Being a fan of Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan book series as well as a fan of the "Bones" TV series that features the same character (and is said to be "inspired" by the Reichs books, although rather loosely, in my opinion), it's always a treat to start a new book. Bones are Forever is the 16th in the series, I believe, and as far as I know I've read every single one.

I got the book only a few days before my husband and I were to be leaving on a four-day vacation, and I put off starting to read
Jan 15, 2014 Eric rated it it was ok
Recommended to Eric by: Maureen Comer
The mystery in this novel was interesting enough, and I learned some tidbits about diamond mining that I hadn't known previously, but this book was ruined for me by one of the most glaring examples of poor character writing I have seen in recent memory.

First, know that there is a huge divergence between the characters in the novels and the ones on the television show Bones, which, in and of itself, did not bother me, but is important as it is made clear tha the book's protagonist, Temperance Bre
Apr 05, 2013 Mary rated it it was ok

Well, at least I can stop torturing myself with this series--I am all caught up. We have the usual completely dysfunctional,and uninteresting "romance" with stud muffin Ryan sputtering weakly in one corner, the added frisson of an old fling showing up to cause much testosterone-laced, childish posturing between the two "men" (over Tempe, who, I'm sorry, but I cannot separate her in my mind from the unfortunately femme-mulleted and awkward-looking Ms Reichs herself, so I have a lot of diffi
Aug 20, 2012 Annette rated it liked it
While I enjoyed Bones are Forever, it wasn't my favorite Tempe Brennan novel for one simple reason. The lack of forensic scenes.

My favorite thing about the Bones series is Tempe's character, and it shines in Bones are Forever. The banter between Tempe and Ryan was as entertaining as ever. Tempe's intelligence, diligence, and bravery (or is it stupidity?) is once again apparent.

This personality is why I like the books so much better than the Bones TV series. Tempe has a totally different personal
Aug 02, 2014 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: kathy-reichs
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Feb 28, 2013 Darlene rated it really liked it
The Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs is a series that I follow faithfully. In this story, Bones Are Forever, forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan becomes caught up in a suspenseful story which begins in Montreal and takes her and her detective 'on again/off again' love interest, Andrew Ryan to Edmonton. The two are on the trail of a woman suspected of giving birth to and then murdering three of her babies and then hiding them in her apartment; however, the infanticide case is just the ...more
Jul 01, 2012 jgyweniverel marked it as to-read
Shelves: wish-list-book
I am a fan of the series 'Bones'. I can't wait to see what is going to happen this next season. I was so frustrated that she didn't let Booth run away with her and their daughter, but then you realize that she wants him to not lose his FBI status, and plus he, of all those who love her, will be the most determined to help clear her name.
I love archeology. The fact that when you discover bones, and then the mystery of why are they here, who were they, what species of animal is it. It is the myste
Oct 07, 2013 Elvan rated it really liked it
Reichs is back with Bones are Forever. She gets into fine forensic form both in Montreal and in the Yukon.
Reichs often comes across as a bit too preachy and her asides can at times slow the progress of her novels and be a real distraction. Who on the planet does not know what a CAT scan is and how it works?
That said, her info on the Butterbox Babies, kimberlite pipes and DIMs (Diamond Indicator Minerals) was fascinating.
The case itself was entertaining and fairly complex. Yes, Tempe once again
Aug 30, 2012 Connie rated it it was ok
I don't know why I keep reading these books. I keep hoping that Tempe will get less neurotic and insecure. I like the supporting characters so much more than the lead. The relationship with Ryan hasn't evolved in any appreciable way and it continues to feel like they are awkward teenagers. The "mystery" storyline in this one was better than the last book, but the macho posturing between Tempe's "romantic" male leads is getting old. I can see why Ryan is tired of her, I'm about there myself. It's ...more
Paula Berinstein
May 22, 2016 Paula Berinstein rated it it was amazing
I have a love/hate relationship with Kathy Reichs's books. While I think she's a great storyteller, her flippant protagonist, constant "verbing" of nouns and adjectives, and heavy use of questions can drive me crazy. But she was light on all those things in this book, and her restraint rendered the extremely moving story all the more powerful.

This is not a book for everyone. The murder of infants is a dreadful subject--so awful that I almost wonder at Reichs tackling such a theme. But this reall
Sep 01, 2012 Sue rated it liked it
A complex plot with leads full of mis-leads and crime which leads Tempe and Ryan across Canada from Montreal to Yellowknife in pursuit of an infant killer. At times I felt a bit lost in the plot, perhaps because I do most of my reading outside this realm now and have grown to prefer literary fiction and even mysteries where character and setting are equal partners with plot.

I continue to find Reich's books enjoyable in large part because of the many aspects of Canadian or U.S. law and life they
Sep 01, 2012 Carol rated it it was amazing
Definitely one of Kathy Reichs' best stories. Couldn't put it down, but then I expect that when I start one of her books. Her tight, rapid fire dialogue, quick pacing and fast moving storyline are just one of the things I love about her writing. The only problem - now I have to wait for her next book!
Story: B-
Narration: B+

Quick Review:

The fifteenth entry in the Temperance Brennan series is an enjoyable listen that focuses on a moderately complex mystery that takes an unexpected turn. Somewhat more action/motion-driven as opposed to a strong focus on further character development and lighter than normal on the depth of forensic medical detail, the story is still engaging, educational, and well-delivered by a narrator who, from her first line, immersed me back into the character of Tempe and t
Bree T
Dec 10, 2012 Bree T rated it liked it
A woman who says her name is Amy Roberts attends a Montreal hospital complaining of vaginal bleeding. When she is examined, it looks as though she has recently given birth but she disappears before the doctor, who is then distracted by another emergency case, can investigate further. When the doctor finally does remember the situation and calls the police, they are sent to the address Roberts gave the hospital and discover bloody towels in the dumpster outside. Fearing the worst for both the ...more
Sep 24, 2012 Papercuts1 rated it it was ok
Shelves: killer-thrillers
I love Tempe. I really do. But I need to be honest, even if it hurts.

BONES ARE FOREVER, while being an entertaining read, is going down the same path as other recent installments of the Tempe Brennan series: Everything is getting a bit old and - worse - the characters are running in circles, getting nowhere.

Yes, we have the forensic stuff. We have, as usual, corpses that need to have a name put to them. And - let's face it right away - the scenes with these little bodies are the best ones of the
For the first time since my review of The Graduate, I'm going to try to write a review in the style of the book I'm reviewing.

Everybody is familiar with Bones. The TV show character, not the books. TV Temperance is smart but socially awkward. More than smart, really. Genius. And then there's Booth. Sensitive but cocky. Irresistible. The chemistry between those two is undeniable.

But these are the books. Over time, the sentences have gotten shorter. Choppier. Fewer subjects and even fewer verbs.
Dotti Elrick
Sep 05, 2012 Dotti Elrick rated it liked it
This is the lastest in Kathy Reichs Temperance Brennan series. I have read the others and to be honest I'm not sure what it is that keeps me coming back to them. I dont really care much for her main character. I do love the secondary characters. I guess I keep buying them hoping she will finally make a descion on her personal life. I find that more intresting that some of the cases she works.

This book started out with a grusome discovery in an apartment, the body of an infant is found and Tempe
Susan Tietjen
Sep 28, 2016 Susan Tietjen rated it really liked it
Reichs is a unique writer and I enjoyed this book, too, her clue hunting and the sad, haunting mystery around dead babies and who would do what they did to them. Temperance Brennan is actually more human to me in Reichs' books than she have ever been on TV.
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Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina, and for the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Quebec. She is one of only fifty forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. A ...more
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