Published in: 2014
Edition read: E-book
Series: Book 17 in the Temperance Brennan series
Unexpectedly called in to the Charlotte PD’s Cold Case Unit, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she’s been asked to meet with a homicide cop who’s a long way from his own jurisdiction. The shocking answer: Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common—the killer. Years ago, Anique Pomerleau kidnapped and murdered a string of girls in Canada, then narrowly eluded capture. It was a devastating defeat for her pursuers, Brennan and police detective Andrew Ryan. Now, as if summoned from their nightmares, Pomerleau has resurfaced in the United States, linked to victims in Vermont and North Carolina. When another child is snatched, the reign of terror promises to continue—unless Brennan can rise to the challenge and make good on her second chance to stop a psychopath.
But Brennan will have to draw her bitter ex-partner out of exile, keep the local police and feds from one another’s throats, and face more than just her own demons as she stalks the deadliest of predators into the darkest depths of madness.
This was a bloody good book! There were a few meh ones lately, but this book… this was sooo good. The book throws back to an earlier book and case involving Anique Pomerleau, and as Tempe and Ryan (Yes, Ryan is back!) go back over their old case, it was all coming back to me as well- Anique trying to burn down the house, the other women that were killed, Tawny escaping… The murderer was hard to pick, but the clues were quite obvious this time (in retrospect) and I had an inkling that something was off with them.
The best thing is that Ryan is back. After not appearing much in the recent books, having him back for longer than a chapter or two is amazing. He may not be his old self, but having him watching out for Tempe, the way they can bounce ideas off each other, it’s what makes them such a good duo (and so good to read!)
We also finally get to meet Tempe’s mother, who is fascinating. A bipolar woman who was in and out of Tempe’s life, she was not what I expected- although I thought she was dead, even though it was never actually stated. She was integral into finding the murderer, she’s a whiz at the computers, and I think that she could be a really interesting character if she appears in future books and isn’t just killed off, which is where it seems to be heading.
Oh, and the ending. What?! I need to read the next book to find out if… ah!
Bones Never Lie rating: 8.5/10
Would I re-read it? Yes I would
Who would I recommend it to? For fans of the author, anyone interested in crime, mystery, drama. It helps to have read Monday Mourning so you are familiar with the story, but you don’t have to in order to be able to enjoy this book.
Author’s site: http://kathyreichs.com/bones-never-lie/