Thursday 28 July 2022

BLOG TOUR: Cold Cold Bones (Temperance Brennan Book 21) - Kathy Reichs

In a profession like this, you're bound to make enemies . . .

An eye . . .
It all starts when Dr Temperance Brennan finds a box on her porch. Inside is a fresh human eyeball with GPS coordinates etched into it. They lead her to a macabre discovery in a Benedictine Monastery, and soon after she discovers a mummified corpse in a state park.
. . . for an eye
There seems to be no pattern to these killings, except that each mimics a killing connected to something a younger Tempe experienced, or barely escaped. Someone is targeting her, and she needs to figure out why before they strike again.
And then her daughter Katy disappears.
Someone is playing a dangerous game with Tempe.
And they won’t stop until they have taken everything from her . . .

What did I think?

Although I have read a number of the Temperance Brennan books, I am way behind in the series but that didn't stop me enjoying the 21st book, Cold Cold Bones.  So I think you could definitely read it as a standalone if you're new to the series, but of course it will be better if you're already familiar with the characters and their idiosyncrasies.

Dr Temperance Brennan is a no-nonsense character who deals with cold, hard facts (and cold, cold bones) in her role as a forensic pathologist.  Tempe excels at everything she does, apart from perhaps motherhood as her relationship with her daughter Katy is slightly strained.  Katy has her own demons to deal with though, and as she's half Brennan it's in her DNA to be more logical than emotional.

It quickly becomes clear that this new case that Tempe is drawn into is personal and it's a race against time to stop the killer before Tempe loses everything she holds dear.  As the snow starts to fall, it creates an atmospheric and menacing setting that is both chilling and thrilling.

Cold Cold Bones is destined to be an immediate bestseller for the fabulous Kathy Reichs.  It has made me want to read the series from the start again so I can catch up with everything that's happened in Brennan's life since I last read a book in the Temperance Brennan series.  Fans of the series will love this instalment and it's sure to pick up some new fans too.

I received an ARC to read and review for the blog tour; this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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