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Bones Are Forever (Temperance Brennan #15)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  15,935 Ratings  ·  1,309 Reviews
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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Nov 24, 2012 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 rem ...more
Jun 24, 2015 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 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
May 06, 2013 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
Angela Risner
Jun 13, 2012 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
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.

Dec 30, 2012 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
Nicole Alycia
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
I really wish these books were less technical at times because it causes me to skim those parts and become bored when it goes on for too long.
But this was still an excellent read!
There was lots of misdirection and Brennan being Brennan. I was able to figure out what was going on pretty easily though, long before Brennan did. I prefer it when you never know until the end but not all mystery books can be like that.
Can’t wait to pick up another one! Maybe I’ll try reading the series in order fro
Valerie Jones
Aug 29, 2012 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
Aug 19, 2012 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 was ...more
Sep 17, 2012 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 dia ...more
Aug 30, 2016 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
Sep 06, 2012 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
Oct 16, 2013 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 03, 2013 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
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Another success from the hand of Reichs! Using her usual formula, she can concoct a great novel that appears to be going in one direction, only to twist and turn in another and leave the reader impressed with the journey. Using her alternating locale storyline, we shift to the Canadian side and deal with a case (quite literally) in the Great White North. Reichs uses her usual ability to infuse great details into the story and her experience as a forensic anthropologist to bring the story to life ...more
Aug 20, 2012 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
Chris L.
Jun 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: kathy-reichs
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Shelves: read-in-2017
Feb 18, 2013 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 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
Sep 30, 2013 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 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
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
The Good: Dead newborn babies are always a attention-getter. But so many infants, to a woman with so many aliases? That makes for a compelling mystery. While I'm not usually a fan of these books when they're set in Quebec, I really enjoyed Tempe and Ryan traversing Canada as a whole.

The Bad: The addition of Ollie was sort of disastrous. I think he was meant as a foil for Ryan, but instead of pushing Ryan into action where Tempe is concerned, it just made both Ollie and Ryan act like 6th grade b
Paula Berinstein
May 20, 2016 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
Aug 31, 2012 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
Aug 31, 2012 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!
Sheila Myers
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
I always enjoy the books in this series and this one is no exception. I do think this one shows how difficult solving crimes can be when you have criminals and victims with intertwining histories and more than one motive for murder.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't think this was a great book, however I do like the forensic side of these books. I do like the Tempe in the book better than the TV one. I also like Ryan in these books, but I don't like be told what someone is doing after they say something, like "eye roll". I have seen this in the books that I have read more recently by Ms. Reichs. I would prefer to put the emotion with the words that were written and not told what they are. Perhaps "eye roll" was a bad example, but she will have some ...more
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