John Parker is a Graduate-qualified English/Spanish Teacher, owner and director of CHAT ENGLISH, an English Language Centre in Avilés on the north coast of Spain . A voracious reader, he has particularly loved horror fiction for many years.
This is the 18th book in the Temperance Brennan series.
Tempe is approached by an amateur web sleuth who claims that she has matched a previously unidentified set of remains with a name. The problem is that the name that the amateur detective, Hazel “Lucky” Strike has come up with is that of a young woman, Cora Teague, who has never been reported missing. Strike also has a recording of who she claims to be Cora being tortured by two men. Brennan is about to embark on what will turn out to be one of her most horrifying cases.
Meanwhile, Tempe’s lover, Paul Ryan has asked her to marry him which is something she just cannot make up her mind about. Her eccentric Mother, dying of cancer, never fails to surprise Tempe and this time around it is no different. And Tempe is constantly fretting about her soldier daughter away on active duty in Afghanistan.
The book is entertaining enough with some real nail-biting moments where you feel Tempe might come to some serious harm. The scenes with her old “friend”, Erskine Slidell are always excellent. And there are a bunch of new characters that are quite memorable, especially the priest, Father Hoke. The author’s attention to forensic detail is exemplary although it sometimes falls under the heading of “too much information”. Overall, I would say it is worth a read if you are in two minds about it. Kathy Reichs’ loyal fans will devour it without a doubt.