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Déjà Dead (Temperance Brennan #1)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  79,251 ratings  ·  2,329 reviews
The raves are in -- from Edgar-winning authors and internationally acclaimed forensic experts: Kathy Reichs and Déjà Dead are something special.

Rarely has a debut crime novel inspired such widespread excitement. A born storyteller, Dr. Kathy Reichs walks in the steps of her heroine, Dr. Temperance Brennan. She spends her days in the autopsy suite, the courtroom, the crime
ebook, 392 pages
Published 1997 by Simon & Schuster Inc.
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Shannon I have only read the first Tempe Brennan book, but did not find it similar enough to hold my interest beyond that first book. If you like murder…moreI have only read the first Tempe Brennan book, but did not find it similar enough to hold my interest beyond that first book. If you like murder mysteries you will likely enkoy this book, but the best strategy is to just forget about any pre-conceived parallels between the book and the show and take it on its own merit..(less)
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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
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
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
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
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.
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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
"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."


"She was thin as soup in a homeless shelter"


"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."

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
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
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
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
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.
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.

Ana T.
I had a good time reading this book, it's my second read by Reichs and I'm looking forward to more. I like the thriller feel, the fast paced action and even the gory details and suspense parts that keep you on the edge of your seat regarding what's going to happen next.

The plot revolves around the discovery of human remains that Brennan quickly relates to another murder whose victim she has come in contact with in the past. As the police doesn't seem to give credence to her serial murder theory
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
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.
Sarah ( 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 ..
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.
Rachel Lightwood
I finally managed to my hands on a copy of the first book - thanks Aunty Mandy!

Deja Dead was better than 206 Bones but still nothing impressive. Nothing was keeping me entertained so it was a momentous struggled to get through the book - and that is never a good quality. The plot was too just slow, the characters were too unexplainably volatile and I couldn't muster enough enthusiasm to overlook those aspects.

The characters were all such drags but especially Tempe, I couldn't understand her cha
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
I have come to think this is one of my guilty pleasure series.

Let me break this down a bit:

I prefer Temperance from the show.

There is less romance in the books then the tv show, but you get more of a feel for most of her co-workers/friends in the tv show. (At least in the books I've read before). So, I guess it depends on what you are looking for. I know fans of the book who don't like the show, and vice versa.

The show and book are very different.

I LOVE the fact that this book series seems to
aPriL eVoLvEs (ex-Groot)
'Deja Dead' is an exciting thriller, but it takes awhile to gain speed. The first 100 or so pages convinced me of the author's bonafides as a practicing forensic scientist in real life. The rest of the book convinced me that Kathy Reichs is a writer! I will be continuing with the Dr. Temperance Brennan series for sure. I loved this, loved loved loved…

“I looked at the pelvis. Turning it to the side I noted that the notch below the hip blade was broad and shallow. I repositioned it so that I could
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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
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
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
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
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."
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
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
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
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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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