Number One bestselling author Kathy Reichs returns with her twentieth edge-of-your seat
thriller featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan.
A storm has hit South Carolina, dredging up crimes of the past.
En route to Isle of Palms, a barrier island off the South Carolina coast,
forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan receives a call from the
Charleston coroner. During the storm, a medical waste container has
washed up on the beach.
Inside are two decomposed bodies wrapped
in plastic sheeting and bound with electrical wire. Chillingly, Tempe
recognises many details as identical to those of an unsolved case she
handled in Quebec fifteen years earlier. With a growing sense of
foreboding, she flies to Montreal to gather evidence and convince her
boss Pierre LaManch to reopen the cold case. She also seeks the
advice—and comfort—of her longtime beau Andrew Ryan.
Meanwhile, a storm of a different type gathers force in South Carolina.
The citizens of Charleston are struck by capnocytophaga, a bacterium
that, at its worst, can eat human flesh. Thousands panic and test
themselves for a rare genetic mutation that may have rendered them vulnerable.
Shockingly, Tempe eventually deduces not only that the victims in both grisly murder cases are related, but that the murders and the disease outbreak also have a common cause . .
The Bone Code is the twentieth instalment in the long running Temperance Brennan series.
When a storm hits South Carolina, a medical waste container is washed up on the Charleston beach, but what is inside is far from what anyone would have anticipated. Upon opening the container they discover the decomposed remains of two bodies, both of them wrapped in plastic and tied with electrical wire.
Temperance Brennan is called in by the Mayor to investigate, and she quickly realises that many details in this case are almost identical to those of an unsolved case that she had investigated in Qubec fifteen years ago. Brennan manages to convince her boss to reopen the cold case, and seeks the advice of her long time partner Andrew Ryan.
Whilst all of this is taking place, in Charleston a flesh-eating bacterium has broke out, causing mass panic amongst those who live their. As thousands begin to test themselves for the gene that could make them vulnerable to this disease, we are left pondering whether or not these two incidents are in fact connected.
By the time you reach the twentieth novel in a series, you would expect some of the stories to become repetitive and lacking in a unique storyline, but this is far from the case with this book. Kathy Reichs always manages to provide us with an utterly chilling, all consuming page turner that has you holding your breath throughout.
The storyline is perfectly paced, with the suspense levels increasing as the story begins to unfold. The characters are well developed and intriguing, each of them having their own complex life stories and flaws to work through. We have come to know Temperance Brennan very well throughout the novels, yet with each new instalment we learn something new about her, another thing I find remarkable this far in to a series.
Full of suspense, with a truly unique storyline that firmly holds your interest to the very end, this is a fantastic addition to a gripping series that I would highly recommend to others.
About the Author
Kathy Reichs’s first novel Déjà Dead was a number one bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. The Bone Code is Kathy’s
twentieth entry in her series featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Kathy was also a producer of the hit Fox TV series, Bones,
which is based on her work and her novels.
Dr. Reichs is one of very few forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. She served on the Board of
Directors and as Vice President of both the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, and
as a member of the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada.