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Grave Secrets (Temperance Brennan #5)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  19,106 ratings  ·  525 reviews
It was a summer morning in 1982 when soldiers ravaged the Guatemalan village of Chupan Ya, raping and killing women and children. Twenty-three victims are said to lie in the well where, twenty years later, Dr. Temperance Brennan and a team from the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation now dig. They are packing up for the day when an urgent satellite call comes in. T ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 367 pages
Published April 2003 by Pocket Star Books (first published January 1st 2002)
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Kathy Reichs's novel Grave Secrets opens with this dedication:

For the innocents:


New York, New York
Arlington, Virginia
Shanksville, Pennsylvania
September 11, 2001

I have touched their bones. I mourn for them.

For those not yet familiar with this ambitious author, Reichs, like the character in her books, Tempe Brennan, is a forensic anthropologist for the North Carolina medical examiner. She also works for the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légals in Quebec, and
Um...what the hell happened? This is most definitely not one of Reichs' better books. I found this one lacking, almost to the extreme. By the end of the book it was like "And I read this because?". It lacked the suspense, action and mystery that I got used to in the four previous novels. Even though the little sub-plots were tied in at the end, there were too many of them and the book became confusing, turning to almost obnoxious. The only thing that had me jumping for the next novel in the seri ...more
Rachel Lightwood

- Ryan. Ryan will always be the highlight of this series for me. He's funny and honest. He cares from Brennan but isn't pushy. His just a good friend and a bloody good detective.
- How the ending tied up everything so neatly but not too coincidently - if that makes sense. It was a plausible ending and I just loved that it made all the little clues finally make sense.
- Galiano. I resented him because of the love triangle angle but I actually really enjoyed his character. It was refreshing t
Book Concierge
Audio book narrated by Katherine Borowitz

Forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan is in Guatemala working to excavate a decades-old mass grave and identify the bodies buried there, when she is asked to help local police with their investigation into the disappearance of four young women. Is there a serial killer on the loose? Why is the DA hampering the investigation? What is the Canadian ambassador’s wife hiding? Is the local detective truly interested in her – in a personal way – or is she imagin
Interesting, but not as solid as first four Tempe stories...

We eagerly dived into this fifth book about forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, having thoroughly enjoyed the earlier four stories about her crime solving from a rather different perspective. From the study of bones, sometimes long buried skeletons, Tempe, as in real life does author Dr. Kathy Reichs, is usually able to determine age, race, and gender of the victim; often the means and manner of death; and sometimes even enough
Red Heaven
Five books into this series, my pet peeve is the astounding coincidences that crop up so implausibly in virtually every book. I suppose the same could be said here where, even though Tempe is in Guatemala, the case just happens to bring in the Canadian ambassador, and therefore Ryan. I am getting a little tired of Ryan and his constant smoking and forced insertion into stories where, if anything, he should be in the background. Also for my money, five books in and still Tempe's acting "will she, ...more
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Matt Schiariti
I found this one to be a little confusing at times. There's many characters involved for one thing and there are several plots running at the same time. Continent skipping really didn't help.

I have noticed that theme in some of the previous Tempe Brennan novels. No matter where mystery or work takes here, somehow it always ties back to Canada. Fatal Voyage bucked that trend, but this one goes right back to it. It's not that I mind her being based primarily in Canada even though she's a Carolina
I had trouble with her novels before this one. I think mainly because I was comparing her to Patricia Cornwell, and she just wasn't measuring up (in my mind). Then, I was desperate for a book to read on the bus, and this one was on the bookshelf, so I grabbed it and am happy to report, enjoyed it immensely. I have read all the books following this one and have enjoyed them all as well. (It might have something to do with the TV series BONES, which isn't anything like the books (except for the ma ...more
Edwina Hall Callan
Not an edge of your seat thriller, more a slow unfolding of many layers.
ซือเรืองนีมาเพราะชอบดูซีรียสเรือง Bone
ทีมีนางเอก คือ ดร.เทมเพอรแรนส เบรนแนน
นักมนุษยวิทยา ทีมารวมสืบคดีจากโครงกระดูก
แถมมีคูหูทีกลายเปนสามีในภายหลัง บูท
แตพอเปิดอานกลับรูสึกเหมือนเปนคนละเรือง นางเอกคนละคนเลยแฮะ
แตนิสัยใจคอ และการทำงานจริงๆ กตางกันนะ
ในเวอรชันนิยายเบรนแนนดูเปนคนปกติ มีหัวใจ มีความรูสึก
แตถามวาสนุกมัย กยังสนุกนะ ในสวนของเนือเรือง
สองเหตุการณ สองคดี โครงกระดูจากหมูบานชูปังยา กับในบอเกระ
Hali Sowle
In a change of venue we see Tempe down in Guatemala helping out for a month to decipher the bones from a mass killing of woman and children by a group of soldiers during 1982. She finds older bones, younger bones and most heartbreakingly bones of infants, all murdered by the soldiers and dumped into a well. Her work will help bring closure to the people of these villages and maybe some peace. But there is trouble - two of her collegues is brutally gunned down on their way to the dig site as Bren ...more
Welcome back readers to another episode of Forensic Science, I mean C.S.I., no, I mean Cold Case Files... Finding myself becoming confused, disoriented, and possibly schitzophrenic, I begin to chant "Oh, it's this kind of book."

The plot is intriguing and intelligently thought out. Oh, if it could have only stopped there, we would of had a grand ole' time. The subplots were so abrupt and interwoven so carelessly, you have to keep checking back to make sure your reading the right book. The subplo
This review applies to the audible version.

A harrowing excavation unearths a chilling tragedy never laid to rest.

They are “the disappeared,” twenty-three massacre victims buried in a well in the Guatemalan village of Chupan Ya two decades ago. Leading a team of experts on a meticulous, heartbreaking dig, Tempe Brennan pieces together the violence of the past. But a fresh wave of terror begins when the horrific sounds of a fatal attack on two colleagues come in on a blood-chilling satellite call.
Corrine Foulger
My Comments

I have always loved the books that have been produced by Kathy Reichs I think she is a very talented writer and her contributions to the television series 'Bones' are quite substantial. This book in particular I found really gripping, it didn't take me long to read at all. The true involvement of Brennan in the Guatemala government through her expertise is highly gripping. The idea that it isn't something that is generally done and all the red tape that she faces to get the evidence s
Kristiana Alex
V pořadí již pátý román od Kathy Reichs s antropoložkou Temperance Brennan. Tentokrát převážně na půdě Guatemaly, kde se účastní vykopávek zmasakrovaných vesničanů a částečně v Kanadě. A nebyla by to Temperance, kdyby někomu pořádně nešlápla na kuří oko.

Tempe je s přáteli v Guatemale, kde se snaží identifikovat a vykopat ostatky vesničanů, kteří byli zmasakrováni během roku 1982. Převážně se jedná o ženy a děti, což je pro Tempe opravdu těžké, protože si dokáže představit tu hrůzu, kterou prožív
Jan 06, 2010 Chana rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chana by: bookcrossing
Pretty good fast-reading mystery/thriller as long as you don't expect too much in the way of it really making sense. Kathy Reichs writes good scenes, it is the motives of the characters, all the "or maybe's" in the extensive explanations at the end of the book that made a good book into one that bordered on mediocrity. She tries to link the story to the massacres that occurred in Guatemala between 1962 and 1996 but what happens is that the murder mystery and the true history run concurrently in ...more
Another good mystery about Forensic Anthropologist, Temperance Brennen. The plot moves from a Guatemalan genocide grave to Montreal, Canada, and back again, with many side tracks and twists. I thoroughly enjoyed it, though I have to admit having a bit of difficulty in keeping characters straight some of the time. Generally I don't care for books that are in a series, and will never read series books back to back. However, this is one series I enjoy enough to read with little time between. The ch ...more
Stacey Gray
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This was the first Temperance Brennan book that I read. It was my introduction to the excellent writing of Kathy Reichs. I found a protagonist who was strong, clever and sharp. She was also more human than the television version. Weaving together seemingly unrelated events - a dig to identify victims of a decades old massacre, a quartet of missing girls, a murderous attack on two colleagues and the death of an irritating reporter - Tempe reveals how they are all connected in time to save her own ...more
This book follows the others in the series as being a very enjoyable read. It managed to lead me down multiple different paths with the characters and left me at a point where I wasn't sure exactly who the murderer/bad guy was until it happened. Which, given the amount of these books that I read, isn't the easiest thing to do.

I liked the background details immensely, and how it went through so many different possibilities before it actually clarified the right path. The threads of the investiga
aPriL does feral sometimes
I am going to take a leap of judgement and say Kathy Reichs is a liberal, as I am, which makes me very happy.

‘Grave Secrets’ is the fifth in the Dr. Temperance Brennan series, and its voice is different from the earlier books. I assume the usual honing from experience, the market and the publishers has taken place, but in any case, the writing has changed. It appears to me that that has meant a dumbing down of language, a simplifying of science terms, as well as a significant lighter tone than t
Tempe is in Guatemala working with a human rights collation on excavating and identifying victims of their civil war. While dealing with the horrific slaughters of Mayan women and children, a body is found in a septic tank and she called to the scene to assist local police in recovery and identification. What comes next is unexpected to Tempe, local government officials infer with her work on the septic tank body. With several young women missing, one of which is a the Canadian ambassador's daug ...more
What's good about this book: I learned about Guatemala and The Disappeared. I learned about many forensic techniques.

What's bad: She's still doing it. She's still using withheld information to generate suspense. I hate that. At least she's giving it up on the next page, but it's still annoying.

And Tempe Brennan is an educated version of Sookie Stackhouse. Sookie with advanced degrees. Sookie desired by everyone, even when she crawls out of a septic tank in full hazmat gear. Sookie running off
Diana Febry
I've struggled to the half way point and have given up. I just don't like it despite enjoying other books by the same author. I feel it is so bogged down with procedure, technical explainations and a multitude of different characters it is going no where. Very disappointing. I haven't given up on a book in a long time.
Definitely my least favourite Kathy Reichs book to date. This one felt muddled, too many names, and as a result, even though I read it in one sitting, I found it confusing at times.
Jen Lynn
This series continues to get better, or at least continues to stay entertaining. I'm not sure if this book is better than the last, but everything I enjoyed about the last book is the same as what I enjoyed in this book. This one takes places outside of Canada and the US, so that added a little twist right off the bat. It begun as more of an archeological case, with new characters in new territory and a new potential romance. Then things turn more forensic and dangerous. And then Tempe's past be ...more
This was not my favorite. In her previous books I did not like the fact that all of the murders were miraculously connected, and I hoped for a book that didn't have that. This book had that, and I ended up hating it. That could be due to the fact that because the murders weren't connected we didn't get too much detail about motive in either murder. I also did not like the fact that unlike in her other books where there seemed to be a lot of anthropological research that created a setting of the ...more
A really great book. Was really involved reading it - horrible things must have happened in Guatemala :(
Otherwise a great book featuring Tempe!
Daniel O'donovan
This is the fifth Temperance Brennan novel. Like its predecessors it has a tangled and confusing plot. Part of this confusion, at least for me, is the setting. Brennan is America, works for Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine in Canada, and, in this novel, is working in Guatemala - a Spanish speaking country. The result of this is dialogue in French and Spanish, and, with this being a crime novel, there are also many characters, and lots of jargon.

Nevertheless it is an interesting story. Brenna
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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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