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Friday, May 6, 2011
Déjà Dead by Kathy Reichs
Her life is devoted to justice -- for those she never even knew.
In the year since Temperance Brennan left behind a shaky marriage in North Carolina, work has often preempted her weekend plans to explore Quebec. When a female corpse is discovered meticulously dismembered and stashed in trash bags, Tempe detects an alarming pattern -- and she plunges into a harrowing search for a killer. But her investigation is about to place those closest to her -- her best friend and her own daughter -- in mortal danger. . . .
I have wanted to read this book for a while, and the whole series, since Cait is a huge fan, and also because I got to meet the author, Kathy Reichs last summer. Also because I adore the show Bones, which is inspired by the book series.
As it so happens, the show and book are pretty different, save that the main character's name is Temperance Brennan, and she is a forensic anthropologist. So for the first little bit of the novel, I had trouble committing because I didn't know who to picture for Tempe. At first I tried picturing Emily Deschanel, who portrays the television version, but their personalities are quite different, so it didn't satisfy me. But then I was picturing Kathy Reichs, probably just because her picture is on the back of the book, and I know that she does the same job as Tempe, but that wasn't really doing the book Tempe enough justice for me either. Finally I was able to put those aside and come up with my own version, and the book won me over.
I actually kind of like that the book and TV show are so different, because I don't know what to expect plot wise, and in Tempe's personal life. I also find the series attractive because it is mostly set in Montreal, Quebec, which I live close to, and frequent often enough. The incorporation of the city was very interesting and important to me. Of course I enjoyed the meat (or should I say bones) of the book, which of course was the forensic anthropology and mystery murder case, all wrapped up into one.
Overall, I enjoyed pretty much every aspect of the book and I found it really well written. The plot was pretty amazing and the outcomes were realistic and not contrived, which is something that I value immensely in novels, because I read so many, and often see the same things over and over. I am definitely looking forward to seeing more from Temperance Brennan, and seeing her romantic endeavors bloom as well :)