Book review: Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs…

Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs.
This is the first of the Temperance Brennan novels.
Her life is devoted to justice—even for those she never 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, Temperance 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…

WARNING: Do not read this book expecting it to be like the TV series. You will be severely disappointed. I found breaking into this story rather difficult. The first few chapters especially. I can only assume that is because my brain was struggling to adapt from the TV series. The Bones we meet in the book, Tempe, is very different to the Bones we know from the TV series. She is divorced, middle aged and a recovering alcoholic. She also is much more of a loner than the Bones of the TV. Her character is in general much darker and more difficult to get to know.
The story has a misogynist undertone at the start when Brennan clashes with one of the police officers. That difficult relationship persists right through to the end of the book, although her relationship with other officers is much better.
There is an over use (in my opinion) of French words and phrases throughout the book. We know the book is based in Quebec. It’s obvious that there will be French spoken there.
The use of forensic evidence and the crossover between her lab work and actual investigation is really good. I have a medical background and am hugely picky when it comes to reading anything of a medical nature. But this was really well handled.
The story developed well and towards the end really did pick up pace. I’m hopeful that the next book will be better as she finds her feet with the characters.
The book only gets three stars from me as it was so sluggish at the beginning. But still well worth a read as the story as a whole is fascinating and well paced.

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