Book Review: Bones of the Lost

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review via Net Galley.

Bones of the Lost is the sixteenth novel in the Temperance Brennan series, however it can be read as a standalone.

The opening of this book really drew me in. There was suspense and action but most of all there was the mystery right at the end of the prologue that really made me want to keep reading. What exactly had Temperance seen while entering that room?

The story did take a small detour at chapter one. I was expecting it to pick up where the prologue ended or shortly after however the events there were quite different. Even with this shift in the story I had a great desire to keep reading not to only find out about what had happened during the prologue but also to see how the current events played out.

There was really good flow to the story, with growing possible connections to previous cases/cases mentioned in the book it added to the whole appeal of the story. I enjoyed the writing style of this book and while I’m not normally a fan of books written in first person I think it worked very well for this one. The variety of characters introduced, whether they were investigators, police, family, suspects or those who played very minor roles, really brought everything together and even when only a bit was revealed about any of them I felt like the story was growing into something amazing.

I really enjoyed watching them piece together what happened to the murderer girl, though close to the beginning of the book it really made the story appeal to me, how some details were initially overlooked/not noticed until Temperance arrived. There was also a good mix of technical and medical terms being used along with more layman’s terms, though it seemed like it was for the benefit of the investigator in the book it may also have been done for the benefit of readers who don’t have deep medial and forensic knowledge.

There’s a nice amount of action in this book, it’s not just an investigation, there much more to the story which really makes it appealing compared to some mysteries that tend to bog down the story with nothing but information about the murder. The things outside the investigations really added an extra sort of appeal and helped to move things along at a pleasant pace. The threats, the mix of investigations – the bones in Afghanistan, the hit and run victim, the other small cases made it truly feel like the main character was working in a busy lab, with a variety of things happening, each requiring a different amount of time and effort to get the job done, but the connections made along the way also really brought everything full circle. Most of all the interconnecting cases and information helped to spin a tangled web of suspects and cases that kept my attention fully throughout and had me guessing and then changing my guesses quite often.

I found it strange that the events that occurred in the prologue were actually from the end of the book, yet there had been no indication of where they sat in the timeline initially. Normally prologues events start before the main story, though how long before varies. Not saying this was a bad thing and in fact it really brought everything back and let the reader re-examine that scene in a new light with new details being added.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. The interconnecting sections really helped to weave a solid story with many facets and a multitude of characters that played their part in the events and how things worked out. I would definitely recommend this book to those who love mysteries or those who are looking for something to read in this genre. I will definitely be reading the previous books in this series at some part.

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