Published in: 2013
Edition read: E-book
Series: Book 16 in the Temperance Brennan series
When Charlotte police discover the body of a teenage girl along a desolate stretch of two-lane highway, Temperance Brennan fears the worst. The girl’s body shows signs of foul play. Inside her purse police find the ID card of a prominent local businessman, John-Henry Story, who died in a horrific flea market fire months earlier. Was the girl an illegal immigrant turning tricks? Was she murdered?
The medical examiner has also asked Tempe to examine a bundle of Peruvian dog mummies confiscated by U.S. Customs. A Desert Storm veteran named Dominick Rockett stands accused of smuggling the objects into the country. Could there be some connection between the trafficking of antiquities and the trafficking of humans?
As the case deepens, Tempe must also grapple with personal turmoil. Her daughter Katy, grieving the death of her boyfriend in Afghanistan, impulsively enlists in the Army. Meanwhile, Katy’s father Pete is frustrated by Tempe’s reluctance to finalize their divorce. As pressure mounts from all corners, Tempe soon finds herself at the center of a conspiracy that extends all the way from South America, to Afghanistan, and right to the center of Charlotte.
This was a good book, the murderer was not the person I thought it’d be even if the clues were there. Tempe is the only one pushing the investigation into a poor dead teenage girl who looks to be an immigrant and a hooker, which apparently means she is no longer important because she’s not white and rich. Which is infuriating, so I was totally there with Tempe pushing Slidell and co to investigate this murder, and cheering on Tempe as she kept investigating when others would have given up.
Tempe also visits Afghanistan in the book to help clear the name of a soldier who has been accused of shooting unarmed civilians, as well as connecting with Katy who has taken a position in the army, been deployed to Afghanistan, and is currently serving in the war-torn areas. I liked the glimpse into army life over in Afghanistan, that was really fascinating (I wonder how factually accurate it is though?).
The way everything comes together in the end is really good, given how unrelated everything is at the start, and the book kept me really interested throughout, so overall it was a good read.
Bones of the Lost rating: 7/10
Would I re-read it? Yes
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the author, her books and television series, anyone interested in murder mysteries, crime fiction, or forensic anthropology.
Author’s website: http://kathyreichs.com/bones-of-the-lost-uk/
Penguin books: https://penguin.com.au/books/bones-of-the-lost-9780099558057