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Thursday, September 13, 2018

#Book #Review: 3 out of 5 stars for Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs @KathyReichs @Pocket_Books

TITLE: Deja Dead
SERIES: Temperance Brennan, Book #1
AUTHOR: Kathy Reichs
PUBLISHER: Pocket Books
PUBLICATION DATE: October 23, 2007 (first published 1997)
FORMAT: Paperback, 10th Anniversary Edition
LENGTH: 416 pages
GENRE: Mystery
ISBN: 9781416570981
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'm a big fan of the TV series Bones, and I've always wanted to read the books that inspired the series! I've read Reichs before, having really enjoyed Two Nights, but not yet tried the Temperance Brennan series.

Tempe is a forensic anthropologist. When Hydro workers uncover some bones, Tempe is called in to investigate. She finds a dismembered body that has similarities to other cases, but the police won't hear any of it. They think she's grasping at straws, until more bodies appear.

I do have to admit that I struggled to get into this one. Reichs is very detail-oriented, and her writing is very descriptive. For me, this made for slow reading. When it came to her analysis of the corpses and the instruments used, it got very technical. I probably would have enjoyed this one better on audio, as it took me a while to get through.

I also need to add that Tempe in the books is not like Tempe in the TV show! If you are hoping for Emily Deschanel to be in these pages, you are going to be disappointed. I think the only similarities between the Tempes is that they are both career-oriented, driven, fastidious, and very intelligent. However, I think TV Tempe is more quirky than bookish Tempe. 

Towards the end of the book when everything was coming together, I did get caught up in the excitement. I'm planning to continue on with the next book in the series, Death du Jour.


3 stars!! It was good, and I enjoyed it.

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