Déjà Dead (Temperance Brennan #1)
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...more
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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
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
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."
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
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
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."
Most of us has heard or seen the T.V. show Bones. I know I have. I love Tempe Brennan. She is just amazing (not to mention the fact that I want to have her job). Deja Dead is the first book in the Temperance Brennan series which the show is based on. Of course the book isn't the same. The only character that is the same on the show as the book is Tempe.
But this is so much more. Tempe is in Montr ...more
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 ...more
The main character both on TV and in print is c ...more
Update: I had to go back and remove a star because I'm still holding a grudge against Temperance for all of the times she put herself into danger unnecessarily.
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
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
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
It was by no means a great work of literature *said in a fancy English accent* but it was fun, and very engaging.
However, as a long time Bones fan, I was slightly disappointed at how different the main characters are, BUT as I continued to read I was able to separate the fantastic TV show from this equally engaging book, and appreciate them separately.
Lastly, I found parts of the book to be a little predictable.
Brennan was constantly just putti ...more
Reichs' Tempe Brennan is a likeable character, with clear strengths, endearing weaknesses, and is enough of an "every man" for any reader to relate to her.
Reichs also succeeds ...more
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
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.
It suffers from the Don't-Open-That-Door-Because-It's-Friday-the-13th-and-You-Live-on-Elm-Street syndrome (view spoiler)[It's night, there's a thunderstorm, there's a stalker out, not to mention a possible serial killer... what a good time to go dig up dead bodies! (hide 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.
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 ..
If you want to try the series that inspired the show "Bones" today is the day to snag the first in the series. It's different than the show, but good. Recommend to fans of murder mysteries and police procedurals.
“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 ...more
I read through some reviews of this book just now and I realized that my review is going to be very similar to others where the reviewer read the book because they watch the TV show Bones.
I love the show Bones. When I heard the show was based on this series of books, I was excited to read it. Jokes on me! This book is NOTHING like the TV show. If I had read this book b ...more
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