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206 Bones by Kathy Reichs
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I love Kathy Reichs, but despite the dramatic beginning (forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan finds herself trapped, bound hand and foot, in what seems to be a crypt), this book was lacking in warmth and emotion.

Reichs hits all the points -- setting up a potentially career-ending threat of mishandling an autopsy -- and there are enemies galore. Ryan and her new beau make appearances, as does daughter Katy and ex Peter (and his extended Latvian clan). But while she might get a "6" from the judges for technical performance, her aristic score is floundering.

But Tempe as narrator merely reports what she's going through. She seems to be sleepwalking, and as a result, the reader feels like she's reading a newspaper report. I was interested in what was happening, but the pulse-racing that usually accompanies these types of books was notably missing. I felt the same way about her previous book, too.

I would suggest Reichs not worry so much on transmittal of facts, and instead work on the emotion, allowing the reader to empathize with her character.
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