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Bones of the Lost (Temperance Brennan #16)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  12,215 Ratings  ·  1,134 Reviews
The gripping new Temperance Brennan novel from the world-class forensic anthropologist and Number 1 bestselling author Kathy Reichs

The body of a teenage girl is discovered along a desolate highway on the outskirts of Charlotte. Inside her purse is the ID card of a local businessman who died in a fire months earlier.

Who was the girl? And was she murdered?

Dr Temperance Brenn
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 29th 2013 by William Heinemann (first published August 27th 2013)
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Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kathy-reichs
I'm seriously starting to lose interest in the Tempe Brennan books. This last one had hardly a shred of forensics in it. A few bullet holes and a fragment of ivory in a skull (which Brennan didn't even find!)? That's it? And the plot was just OK. Since when did she become a member of the police force? At least that's how it seems to be coming more and more. And what is the deal with Andrew Ryan? I admit I got seriously invested in this series because of the relationship between Brennan and Ryan. ...more
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After "Flash and Bones" i swore that I was done with this series. Too contrived. Plots always the same basic thing (as others here have pointed out.) I find Tempe less and less interesting as a character. She's neurotic and far too insecure and self-centered in her relationships to really come off as "strong." I used to like the relationship between she and Ryan, but that hasn't evolved either. Seriously?! How long does Reich's plan to drag out the ridiculous Tempe - Pete -Ryan thing? Pete is a ...more
Angela Risner
Sep 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I know, I said I wasn't going to read her anymore. But I guess it's similar to people who keep reading the blogs of people they hate.

The storyline starts out better than previous ones. Tempe is at home in North Carolina, and she's been brought in on the case of a young Jane Doe, as well as an ICE case involving Peruvian dog bones. She is also asked by almost-ex-husband, Pete, to consult on a case involving the son of a fellow ex-Marine, who is accused of shooting two Afghan nationals in the bac
Barbara ★
Sorry major rant coming....

I had some major issues with this book. Tempe has turned into a snide, abrasive person. At one point she's "interrogating" the girl who cashiers at the quick mart. The girl is trying to help with what she'd seen/heard about the accident and Tempe (in her head) is calling her stupid, dim witted etc. She did the same thing with the ICE agent, Dew. He's a hugely overweight guy and Tempe comments (again in her head) about how fat he is every single time she sees him or tal
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
How did I fall so far behind in this series? Please Kathy Reichs do not become Patricia Cornwell and fall too far in love with your own characters to write a quality mystery. The main storyline involves a young girl, perhaps undocumented, run down in the street, and Tempe Brennan's trip to Afghanistan to exhume remains of a LN (local national) to see if he was shot by an American soldier threatening him or running away. The problem with this book is three-fold: (1) Tempe is not a detective, (2) ...more
Bryan Higgs
The latest Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan book is something less than her earlier books. This one feels like it was just tacked together rather loosely. The trip to Afghanistan in the middle of the book seems like it might have been added later, to flesh out the book.

While the author's prose and dialog is still pretty good, the story isn't. The final denouement seems a little too pat, and the epilogue a little too long to be satisfying. The detective Slidell is no substitute for the more inter
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first Tempe Brennan novel came out in 1997, and it was hard then to find mystery novels with a connection to Canada. I latched on quickly to these, loving that at least part of the books took place in Montreal.

But years later I am spoiled for choice, and getting picky in my old age. I just don't find this series very interesting any more. The stories are told entirely through the lens of Dr. Brennan's frantic brain, and that is a limiting device. Brennan asks herself countless questions (the
Janet Newport
I'm striking Kathy Reichs from my list of must read authors.

Tempe is not aging well at all. She's becoming annoyingly pedantic, increasingly intolerant of others in her life and nauseatingly self-important. I don't like her much anymore. The plot "twists and turns" of Tempe's life are truly starting to stretch my "bounds of credulity".

Tempe is supposed to be so intelligent and educated, but reacts so emotionally and thoughtlessly to everything and gets herself in trouble over and over
Dec 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Reichs adds to an already stellar Tempe Brennan series with another novel sure to entertain as well as educate all who invest their time. Case files fill Brennan's desk, including a Jane Doe who's been found on a deserted road on the outskirts of Charlotte and a batch of mummified dogs confiscated by US Customs with a possible smuggling angle. She works with authorities to uncover both mysteries, but appears to be getting nowhere. Eventually, Brennan's sleuthing capabilities help determine the b ...more
Luanne Ollivier
3.5/5 There was a time in my reading life where I devoured every 'forensic' novel I could get my hands on - this seemed to coincide with my love of certain television shows of the same ilk. Well, my interest in the TV shows waned and a few of the forensic authors also fell by the wayside. Okay, one of them fell in the ditch.

But not Kathy Reichs. Although I haven't read the last few books, I looked forward to picking up her latest book (#16) to feature forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan
Arybo ✨

Erano ANNI che non leggevo un libro della Reichs. Ho ritrovato una Brennan più "spiritosa" e meno "pedante" nei riferimenti scientifici inerenti al suo mestiere. L'ho supportata nelle sue fatiche e nelle sue convinzioni.
Mi è piaciuto molto l'inserto alla fine del libro in cui l'autrice spiega le sue motivazioni nello scrivere questo romanzo.
La parte centrale del libro è stata, per me, una vera sorpresa.
Patrice Hoffman
I've wanted to read a book by Kathy Reichs for a long time now. Although Bones of the Lost is the 16th novel in the Temperance Brennan series, I did not feel that I'd missed out on too much. Because I can't be bothered with anything on TV that isn't Family Guy of The Big Bang Theory I had no idea the series Bones was based off of this character.

Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist, is called in to investigate on the death of a young girl after being hit by a careless driver. Evidence s
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was interesting but the cat made it worth reading. Yes, I know, sounds silly but among the crime and rather dark material that one finds in a Kathy Reichs novel, the humour Birdie brought was refreshing. I felt really sorry for that poor animal by about the first third of the book when there had still not been a cat food purchase.

As one can count on with any of the Bones novels, this one is filled wry humour. I appreciated this as Tempe's sense of irony and her personality made the nov
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
A decent enough story by Kathy Reichs, but not on par with her earlier books. It follows in the same vein as usual, but there's less pining after the love interests, which was beginning to grate on my nerves in the last couple of books. Her stories are beginning to feel a little bit like CSI though, in that she has 3 distinctly different cases to solve and they all end up being linked to the same people. A stretch of the imagination in what is normally a very fact-driven style of writing. She al ...more
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
This should be 4 and 3/4 stars...What a wild ride this one turned out to be! My first Temperance Brennan book and I enjoyed it so much more than the sappy TV show,with its mish mash of twerky characters that add nothing to the plot.
Back to the book...for those of you who actually read to learn something new,this is definitely the book for you. Technical jargon aside ( of which there is a freeking football stadium full) there's military initials decoded, a scarey as hell trip to the middle east,
 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
Even though this was better than the first book I have read from Reichs, it still fell short of it getting more than 3 stars from me. The story overall was good and it did have action, it just wasn't suspenseful as I had expected. Dr. Brennan is a likable enough character though and I will continue to read more books in this series because forensic fiction is my genre.

**Copy provided by publisher in exchange of an honest review**
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cito ciò che la Reichs riporta nella sua interessante appendice a proposito di questo romanzo e in merito ad alcune "cosette" in esso contenute:
"Sfera personale, sfera professionale... suggestioni in libertà nella mia mente. Fatti, ricordi, impressioni. Elementi slegati fra loro e riconfigurati in un tutto.
Et voilà: un nuovo romanzo di Temperance Brennan."

La prima e la terza parte rientrano nella routine: Tempe Brennan viene chiamata per esaminare il corpo (o meglio le ossa) di una ragaz
Jun 12, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Writing this review makes me sad. I used to be such a fan of this series and recently started watching a few reruns of Bones - the title character is a mash-up of Brennan as written, Reichs herself and a fictional socially awkward anthropologist. When I saw Bones of the Lost available on Netgalley I thought this might just the kick-start I needed to pick up the series again. Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way.

Both the writing and the story just were not up to par.

Writing - the prologue
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one isn't awful by any means, but IMHO it's not the best in the series featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Were it possible, in fact, I'd have given it 3-1/2 stars and not 4 - even though, for the most part, I enjoyed reading it.

So why the lack of enthusiasm on my part? To some extent, it's my own interests (or lack thereof). For openers, I've simply grown weary of books set in war-torn Afghanistan. Although that location doesn't take up a large number of pages here, I jus
Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: myst-thrill
This book was confusing to me. On the one hand it was quite a heart wrenching tale, and yet at the same time the narrative seemed off. In a lot of ways it seemed as even while there were parts that pulled at the heart strings, more of the novel's narrative seemed distant too.

As usual the story started off with a body. In this case it was a young woman, a Jane Doe, found on the side of the road with wicked injuries. Brennan is in North Carolina for this novel, and is paired with the Detective Sli
Alex is The Romance Fox
I have enjoyed this series but what is going on with the last few books??? Is the author getting bored with her characters? Or is someone else writing for her????
Bones of the Lost is the 16th book in the Temperance Brennan Series and the one I have liked the least.

I like Temperance but I just could not engage with her …..Is she a forensic anthropologist or a police detective???? Apart from doing some forensic work on mummified dogs…yes, I kid you not…she spends the entire time solving cases on
Gina Gorny
Aug 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
First I didn't get the whole Afhganistan episode as soon as the stories connected. Though it seemed a little too constructed. I really like the style of Kathy Reichs. Her books are always suspense and a good read. That's why I read every single Dr. Brennan story but what bothers me about this series that the plot is always similar constructed. At 80% of the book Dr. Brennan always finds out the dark spot (for example an empty warehouse) where other victims or the criminals are hidden. She always ...more
Nov 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the early books but this series is really going downhill. The writing is so formulaic that I can predict the one-word cliff hangers at the end of each chapter. I'm sure it's supposed to be punchy, but it's just annoying. Every single call or email can't be heart stopping.
Worse, she's become incredibly rude describing the minor characters. If there's some plot need to say the ICE guy is overweight (and there's not) then say that. Don't call him a "pink beluga" and make snide comments on h
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, mystery
I was going to give this a half-hearted three star rating until I reached the end of the book. Two very separate plot lines converged in an insanely un-foreshadowed and far-too-coincidental way and it pissed me right off. That was simply poor writing.

At this point, the author seems to just be phoning it in. Most of the book was Tempe asking herself strings of questions or thinking in endless sentence fragments. Ryan literately randomly shows up on her doorstop and then disappears 15 minutes late
Jun 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The Good: Full on honest emotion. A turning point, perhaps? While this installation of the Temperance Brennan mysteries did little to impress me investigation-wise, the human aspect of the book carried me through and kept me fully invested in Tempe's personal life.

The Bad: This mystery was sort of ridiculous. I'm sorry. I love Kathy Reichs, but the way the story resolved itself was just beyond improbable. The killer was just ludicrous, seeming like a poor attempt to pull all aspects of the story
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read the Temperance Brennan books after watching the television show Bones. The two are similar but also very different, I enjoy both. Kathy Reichs has a very detailed but still interesting writing style. I do not understand all of the technical jargon but that does not detract from my reading enjoyment. Tempe and Ryan are great characters and my favorite parts of the books are when they are in a scene together especially if it is out in "the field".
Sheila Myers
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
An enjoyable read in the Temperance Brennan series. Kathy Reichs did a masterful job of plotting out what appear to be separate crimes, but end up being all tied together.
Sharon Redfern
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bones of the Lost opens with Tempe Brennan in the middle of rescuing a young girl being brutalized by an unnamed man. The story then switches to Tempe having to examine the remains of presumed to be centuries old dog skeletons from Peru. Before she knows it, Tempe is in the middle of a smuggling ring, a murder and a military court martial in Afghanistan.
One thing long time readers of Kathy Reich’s books learn is that no detail is unimportant. No matter how the story goes from here to there, eve
Aug 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bones of the Lost is the 16th in the series of novels by Kathy Reichs featuring Dr. Temperance Brennan. Known to television audiences as Bones. The novels are a prime example of how the books are always so much better than their celluloid counterparts.

...Suddenly I was exhausted. Revolted by what I'd just done.
I wondered. In my state, could I make good decisions? Carry through? My phone was back at the house.
I wanted to sit, hold my head in my hands, and let the tears flow.
Instead I drew a fe
Shirley Schwartz
As I stated in my review of Kathy Reichs book written before this one ("Bones are Forever"), I have noticed that the quality of these books is going downhill. This one seemed to start strong and it showed promise. The first third of the book was pretty good. It started with a hit and run death of a young unidentified girl. The death didn't look right to Tempe, so she and her somewhat strange sidekick Slidell were on the hunt for a killer. The second thrid of the book was long, unrelated and seem ...more
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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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