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Grave Secrets

(Temperance Brennan #5)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  27,601 ratings  ·  844 reviews
In the searing heat of Guatemala, Dr Temperance Brennan must harden herself against the horrors she excavates.

And then four young girls go missing from Guatemala City.

When a skeleton is found at the back of a rundown hotel, only someone with Tempe's expertise can deduce the identity and cause of death.

But as she searches for answers, her
Hardcover, 315 pages
Published July 9th 2002 by Scribner Book Company
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Eddie Owens
May 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Apr 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, thriller
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
This book, and book 6, were not my favorite. It could've been work.. or it could've been Tempy rubbing me the wrong way. I don't really know what it was.. but I do know that this girl really needs to learn how to take care of and protect herself. It's either her or some random family member in trouble - but mostly her.

In Grave Secrets, Temperance is in Guatemala and while there she is constantly worrying about Ryan and her daughter. She's also getting into danger, constantly, and I probably
Dec 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 wor
Jerry B
Jul 04, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
This book is only the 2nd novel I've read by this author. She seems to hover around the 2 - 3 star range for me.

I liked the beginning of this book. It sounded interesting. But then it went up in flames. That was so disappointing because I thought this had some great potential. The story line became so unreal without anything to back it up.

I did like the MC though and I liked that this book didn't delve too much into the ugly details about her job. I loved the way the author linked a
Its been awhile since I've visited with Tempe Brennan. I like her and I like her stories. I had to take a break, though, they were getting repetitive and formulaic.

I missed her, though, after all these years, so I read book 5. I liked it! This one takes place in Guatemala and there's a handsome detective down there that I like - Detective Galiano. He's giving Ryan a run for his money!

I like all the details in Kathy Reich's books. It's always fascinating learning about bones and cada
Matt Schiariti
Nov 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
This book literally started off with a bang since Tempy hears her coworkers being shot over the phone. One thing that was annoying in this book was the slight love triangle. While in Guatemala, Tempy works with Bartolome "Bat" Galiano, and sparks fly between them. Oh, to make matters worse Ryan knows this dude. The little conversations those two had, most likely about Tempy, really irked me.

I was fascinated by the embryonic stem cell angle that came up in this. However, it felt kind of rushed i
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
loved it on to the next
Red Heaven
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Barbara ★
I didn't like this one as much as her other books. I just found it too be too technical and rather confusing with too many characters with similar sounding names (I listened to the audiobook). There were also too many subplots (red herrings I guess) but it just made it all the more difficult to follow. I also found all the Canadian tie-ins to be way too coincidental. Come on Ryan's best college bud now lives in Guatemala and just happens to be the lead on a case that Tempe Brennan is working. I ...more
Dec 24, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  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
Laura LlamaDragon
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This installment in the Temperance Brennan series mixes things up a bit more from the previous books in the series. The story is set in a different country which makes the story stand out from the others which were following similar patterns. Due to the different location there are also different characters that take the lead with Brennan, along with some recurring characters from the previous books. This was again refreshing. However, in some ways the story, while interesting followed many of t ...more
This was another pretty solid read from Kathy Reichs. I am very much in love with Temperance, even if she spends a lot of time telling us about the different fish dishes she's constantly eating.

Grave Secrets was quite interesting in that it let us see a glimpse into her more academic work that goes beyond crime scenes, even if a crime scene inexplicably linked to where she lives/works eventually did show up.

I appreciate the clear respect for other cultures Kathy has. This comes through really
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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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 i
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 subpl
Feb 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Edwina Callan
Jun 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2015
Not an edge of your seat thriller, more a slow unfolding of many layers.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Tracy Fleming-Swehla
I enjoy this series and loved the last paragraph of this book... what a cliffhanger! I really had a hard time with this story, though. I just didn't like it. The harsh banter between Tempe & Ryan was irritating and the really negative commentary and judgmental thoughts from Tempe makes me think K.Reichs was in a bad mood when she wrote this. It just wasn't enjoyable.
Katrine Austin
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I remember years ago this was the last of her series I read, it was an ok read but the recipe for the books was becoming formulaic and I'm not a huge lover of murder mystery. I keep thinking I should pick up her latest, see how she's evolved or not.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable

Another enjoyable and suspenseful Temperance Brennan novel. Easy reading, yet also interesting to learn about different medical/scientific processes at the same time.
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reichs provides strong detail regarding atrocities committed against the Mayan peoples in Guatemala in the 1980's as well as a compelling argument against amnesty for the abusers, this latter by her descriptions of the continuing abuses when those who committed atrocities remain in power. This latter is part of the more contemporary set of murders Brennan is called upon to help solve. We do have Reichs usual strong characters, solid mystery and enough forensic science to satisfy, while not overw ...more
Cristine (cristinethebookqueen) Paquette
Once again, everything was just TOO conveniently connected for this to be a believable story and the unnecessary detailed descriptions drag on. None the less, I enjoyed listening to it on my daily commute.
Zoe Radley
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow wow loved it so real and so intriguing. Love it.
Aug 26, 2018 added it
The story seemed so real...I was captivated.
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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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