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Bare Bones

(Temperance Brennan #6)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  32,593 ratings  ·  913 reviews
It's a summer of sizzling heat in Charlotte where Dr. Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist for the North Carolina medical examiner, looks forward to her first vacation in years. A romantic vacation. She's almost out the door when the bones start appearing.
A newborn's charred remains turn up in a woodstove. A small plane crashes in a North Carolina cornfield on a s
Paperback, 420 pages
Published 2008 by Arrow Books (first published July 2003)
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This is my 6th Temperance Brennan novel--I am reading them in order. The two main themes--Tempe gets some sort of "back off" warning from the killer and promptly puts herself and/or her friends and family in imminent danger, and she gets knocked in the head A LOT--are tediously repeated here and I have faith that they will continue ad infinitum. To be honest, once I get to the part when she is rendered unconscious and awakens to find herself held prisoner but, strangely, left unshackled and ther ...more
An unconvincing, totally forgettable novel. Like many other readers, I miss the elements that make the Bones TV show so appealing. I made the mistake of thinking that this was the first book in Reichs' series, so I was initially surprised at how phoned-in and convoluted it felt. The only part of the book that seemed passionately written was Tempe's environmental speech featured on the last two pages. Reichs writes in sentence fragments that read like sporadic bursts of machine gun fire, as if sh ...more

Like I said in my previous review, for book 5, this book and the previous one.. just weren't for me. Pretty sure I just repeated everything in my first sentence but that's because these two left me so shook. Not in a good way. It's getting tiring to see the same thing constantly happening.

Temperance is ALWAYS in danger.
She misses her kid.
She misses Ryan.
She solves the murder..but it takes FOREVER.

The one thing that kept this a page turner was tr
Mar 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Weavre by: Samantha
With a background in anthropology, I was intrigued by the idea of a book starring a female anthropologist, written by a female anthropologist. Kathy Reichs, of course, does and writes forensic work, which is far afield from the applied cultural material on which I once focused--but she writes a darned good novel! I liked the characters, and was pleasantly surprised to recognize the author's name when my kids turned on the TV show Bones, which I'd not watched before; Kathy Reichs is associated with the ...more
Jul 31, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed first at Brunner's Bookshelf

In the past I have loved Kathy Reichs’s books and I am still a big fan of the show based on her books Bones. My Undergrad degree is Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Forensic Science; with all of that why is it I just didn’t care for this book. This is now two of her books in a row that I was less than thrilled with. I’m starting to worry that I have grown out of Kathy Reichs. I keep wondering if these books have always been this way and when I started rea
Apr 02, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My mother in law gave me this book at the beach because she knows of my interest in forensics, but, also, because Kathy Reichs attended UNCC (and she teaches there.) The story was good, but, I do not enjoy Kathy Reich's writing style. She uses improper grammar, incomplete sentences, seemingly random punctuation at times, overuses metaphor, and is sometimes hard to follow. Clearly, her style has not hindered her popularity. I had forgotten exactly what it was about this book I didn't like, and, I ...more
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
I loved that Tempy was not in a love triangle in this book! And she picked the guy I wanted her to 😏. I was confused at first because I thought she picked the other guy, but I am glad to be wrong. I think Tempy really showed her vulnerable side in this book. It seems like a lot of the crimes she witnesses have taken a toll and the constant danger isn't good for her mental health. I am glad she has a certain someone to lean on.

The ending to this creeped me out because there are certain reptiles
Outlandish as usual, but a really fun ride just the same. Although I'm hoping after book six we'll stop finding Temperance getting knocked unconscious then saved by men just in the nick of time. You'd think by now she would at least take a kick boxing class or tell people where's she's freaking going.

Despite all this and the dark subject matter, I'm addicted because these books are amazing for when I need a break from the heavier stuff I usually read. On to the next Brennan!
Jun 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bex by: Anyone that likes a good Mystery
Shelves: own
"Bare Bones" is the sixth novel in the Tempe Brennan series, and as such builds upon previous characters, past events, and past plots, but hey...if the formula works, don't mess with it. Brennan, like author Kathy Reichs, is a forensic anthropologist who works between North Carolina and the province of Québec identifying causes of death and IDs remains too badly mangled or maimed for local experts (including the occasional animal).
In "Bare Bones" we find Tempe back from her expedition in G
Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A hallmark of the Tempe Brennan series is a plot that seemingly starts as one thing but morphs into something that you couldn't have seen coming as the book progresses. Bare Bones is no exception.

The remains of a dead baby come across the desk of Dr. Brennan as she's working in her native North Carolina. At first glance the book seems like it's going to be a standard who dunnit. Was the baby stillborn? Unwanted? Who would do such a thing? How to identify the murderer if there even is
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've spent some time away from Kathy Reichs, not for any particular reason, but now I've returned to these books I remember exactly why I love the series as much as I do. Temperance Brennan is a wonderful forensic anthropologist, calm and collected in her science, but with strong emotional interests. One of the aspects of her character that I enjoy is that she can be very self contained and happy within her own space. She doesn't need anyone else at her side necessarily.

There's a poi
Denise Clark
Reichs' books are an easy read (probably why I read them). I've read two of hers so far. This one for me was confusing. Because I couldn't read it straight through (or almost straight through), I couldn't keep up with the cast of thousands. Okay, there were not thousands but you know what I mean. I feel there are too many characters to really get a good grip on the story line. And, in order to close off all the various story lines without making this a HUGE book, some easy endings are opted for. ...more
Stephanie Jean
It wasn’t one of my favourite reads, not even close to be honest. I found it rather challenging to not fall asleep while reading the context.
I do have a few other books from this author, I believe in second chances, please don’t let me down this time.
I have read better mystery books compared to this one. I was only curious to know the work of Kathy Reichs. It's enough for me now.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story even though I was very distracted during my read. I had a sick child air lifted to a children's hospital an hour an a half from home (2 yrs old). It was christmas time, and then I found out I'm pregnant.

I used this book to try and distract myself for a few minutes at a time so stress didn't overwhelm me and it worked. Even though things weren't great firm me over the holidays I was still thankful I wasn't one of the characters of the book.
Zoe Radley
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another corker by Kathy love the twists and turns also the characters are so real I can almost see them in front of me. Another 10/10 for the queen of death
Pamela Mclaren
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Our favorite forensic anthropologist is at it again. At a party in the country with her daughter and her estranged husband's dog, Tempe Brennan comes across remains of black bear and in her exploration of the bones, finds some that are human. Tempe is called to the site of a plane crash and all the clues lead to the conclusion that the two men in the plane had been dropping drugs before flying into a mountain. In a nearby farm, more remains are found, including a skull with a bullet hole in the ...more
I have decided to challenge myself to read books which I own. This is frugal. This is a logical plan. The only problem...there are many “series”of books that I own some but not all of. For this reason I made an adjustment to my plan. I chose several owned books from different genres and series and decided to read those series in order until finished filling in the gaps with free library loans.

This book falls into my Mystery Series Category as I work my way through the Temperance Bren
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was mainly frustrating. There was soooo much potential and it was so wasted. The idea of a forensic anthropologist as the main character was great. However, everything about the book became more and more implausible. The good doctor catches three cases during what SHOULD be her vacation (talk about boundary issues!) and shockingly they all turn out to be related. Apparently all of North Carolina crime is committed by about five people. The repeated over-use of foreshadowing is written ...more
Oct 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am enjoying this story, but the reader makes a noise with her mouth between words, something like smacking. It is driving me nuts. Does she read all of this series?

Also, the author seems to do a strange thing where instead of the saying "So and So said...", the reader reads a quote and then does an aside to atribute it to the speaker. It took me a while to figure out why one person constantly said the name of the other after each quote in the conversation. Kind of strange. I would
Nov 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore this series of books and find them very easy going and a pleasure to read. I have enjoyed getting to know the characters over the various different books. I know the books are different to the tv show but i stared reading them before it was released so my view hasnt been tainted by that.
Sometimes I think people tend to take books too seriously of this genre but at the end of the day its a fictional story that gives you an insight into the world of forensics with mystery and intrigue, a
May 15, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trashythrillers
started reading because this is who bones is based off of - the author, not the character in the books, though temperance is the character on tv. (who writes books featuring forensic anthropologist "kathy" - so meta!) but i couldn't get into the writing, i wasn't interested at all in the characters/plot, and basically took it back to the library before finishing.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been following this series of books for many years now and have always enjoyed every reading experience. Recently I have revisited them again as my daughter wanted me to buddy read them with her after discovering the television series and then seeing the books in our bookshelves. Even though I explained that the books and TV show are two different entities, she was still determined to read them. So here I am, many books later and enjoying them just as much as I did the first time. I am gl ...more
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, kindle, 2019
Set entirely within the Queen City orbit -- just what I wanted. Also? It's amazing when you get to finish a book and immediately start the next in a series, knowing you can read to your heart's content. The first day of funemployment is a lovely lazy day for that.


"The heat that had built up in my Mazda didn't help. Nor did the uptown traffic. Or was it downtown? Charlotteans have yet to agree on which way their city is turned." (p. 25)

"Charlotte is ne
This book is part of a series featuring the main character, Dr. Temperance Brennan, an anthropologist who splits her time between two medical examiner depts., one in North Carolina and the other in Canada. The story starts with the investigation of a case where a newborn infant's charred remains are found in the wood stove. Shortly thereafter, a small plane crashes nearby with all aboard burned beyond recognition and then Temperance's dog alerts on buried bones at an abandoned farm. As Temperanc ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was interesting and I liked the plot I just found it to be really similar to Fatal Voyage. I also keep wondering to myself at what point Tempe is going to have permanent brain damage from being hit so hard and so often.
Interesting. Brennan’s sexuality is (for me) somewhat unusual. Reichs plays the ME/forensics gross-out game quite well. And the plot is suitably intricate, with culpability not revealed too early, so suspense/curiosity is maintained. Among the minor triumphs of the novel: the character of the dog, “Hooch” (as Ryan renames him).
Two-haiku review:

Dog finds bones in woods
Mostly bear, but one human
Then they find more bones

Complicated plot
Drug dealers, animal parts
I like Temperance
Sarah Horrigan-fullard
Meh. Average crime thriller, often with irritatingly Famous Five-ish links between chapters. Not feeling it at all.
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Temperance Brennan is back from Guatemala (Grave Secrets Novel) and planning her vacation which has to be put on hold because of a ‘bunch’ of bones turning up at different locations. First the remains of a new-born baby are discovered. Then bones are found in a wood and at a nearby farmhouse. Then when small plane crashes and bursts into flames, mysterious black substance is found on the bodies of the pilot and passenger and the burnt-out interior. Temperance Brennan finds herself working overti ...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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