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    I really liked this book! I liked it even more than the first one. It was thrilling and fast-paced. Once I started I couldn't put it down. I especially appreciated how there was less vulgarity in this novel than the first. The subject matter really touched an interest of mine and I was immediately drawn in. Reichs' writing keeps you guessing the whole time. Some may argue that it is too formulaic. I would have to counter by saying that that is not always a bad thing. Sometimes people want to know what they are getting themselves into. Some read that kind of thing because they liked it before and know they will like it again! Furthermore, although yes, there is a certain amount of predictability in the way the novel is laid out, Reichs has the talent to keep you guessing and surprise you at every turn. Some may also argue that there is too much discussion of the specifics of forensics. And yes, there is a lot of that. However, I think it's pretty interesting and shows you that the author really does know what she's talking about! I wonder how much she had to dumb that down for us average Joes... He he. If you enjoy intense mystery novels, or police drama TV shows, this just might be your cup of tea! However, if mystery novels aren't your thing, or you scare easily, you might want to look elsewhere!
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    Slow to start but riveting by end

    The novel starts off slow. Too many little plot points and seemingly unconnected events make it a bit tough to get into in the beginning but it really picks up and then Reichs beautifully ties it all together. The pace really ratchets up and you can't put it down. Great read!
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    Great story

    Good book keeps you on your toes.
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    Let down from the first one

    PLOT OR PREMISE: Twisting sub-plots make it hard to describe as one common theme, but in essence, Dr. Temperance Brennan is back with a problem -- dead people, including babies, are popping up all over the place as a result of a religious cult. Even her sister gets involved, not to mention a young female relative (sound familiar?). In fact, the majority of this book seems repetitive of other series, rather than the tight stories that launched the female coroner genre. The story starts in Montreal, and then moves to Carolina, and then eventually back again to the Montreal area. Unlike the first book, you never get the same sense of place. . WHAT I LIKED: A difficult question...the story is interesting, just with a lot of holes and loose threads. One really good thing that is missing from this story that was in the previous one is the removal of the francophone / anglophone dynamics, that is not only annoying, but also inaccurate for the timeframe. . WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: The list is growing...First, and most important, I hate the way it mirrors other series. Second, Reichs builds suspense and mystery by an old trick of hiding certain things. At least two major "clues" in the sub-stories are not revealed, instead having Temperance kind of taunt the reader in a I-know-but-the-reader-won't-until-I-feel-like-revealing-it-to-them. None of the "clues" are that big, nor are they worth waiting for, and the reader is just left feeling irritated and cheated by the story. Either the waiting has to be worth it, by making the news so unbelievable that you say "WOW!", or you have to play fair with the reader and share the news as it comes along. Finally, I have to say that not only is this book not particularly great, it is a real let-down from the first one. It reads like Reichs threw it together from two separate stories, and with a lot of extra characters thrown in, none of which are any more than wooden extras. . DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.
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    Top Notch!

    Another great Brennan story!! Kathy Reichs has spun another wonderful mystery with many favorite characters.
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