A hit and run victim was discovered on the side of the road, the teenage girl’s body shows signs of foul play. Tempe struggled gain more attention to the case all the meanwhile dealing with mummified Peruvian dogs which were confiscated by U.S. Customs. As her ex husband comes up to her for help, she must travel to Afghanistan to examine two exterminated bodies involved in a military case. As pressure mounts from all corners, Tempe soon finds herself at the center of a conspiracy that extends all the way from South America, to Afghanistan, and right to the center of Charlotte.
The book is one of my recent purchases. Kathy Reichs is at the top of my favorites list so when I see one of her books on the shelves that I don’t already own I feel compelled to buy it.
Although this is a series and I’m skipping ahead to book number 16, each book has its own story and the general background is always summarised at the beginning so I don’t feel the need to go from number 1 especially since i never even read that one.
At the beginning of the book i found it quite frustrating how obsessed Tempe becomes over a hit and run victim. It got to the stage where the character was bugging everyone to pay attention to it and I almost felt like saying stop shoving it down everyone’s throat. Never a great start when you get frustrated so early on.
One of the things I do enjoy about Kathy Reichs writing is the way she points out character pronunciation, really helps the imagination to picture them and their behavior better. She always paints a clear almost analytical picture of every character even if it is one that’s only in it for a single paragraph.
The book itself seemed to lack actual anthropological story, the main focus seemed on the hit and run victim who was not decomposed in any way and the military. The military jargon was one of the other reasons this book was slightly disappointing. Although every abbreviation is explained, it doesn’t help your mind from swimming due to the sheer amount of them. Chapter 20 is a great example of what I mean. The Military titles…yeah them too.
The ending was great as her work always is. I really didn’t see the surprise twist and absolutely failed to connect the dots throughout the book (partly because I got lost in all the jargon). The book really only redeems itself through its ending.
If you are a fan of the series and Kathy Reichs you might be in for a disappointment. In my opinion this was not one of her better works, unless you love the military. If only for the redeeming finale i give this 2 out of 5 stars. I doubt this would be one of Kathy’s books I’d recommend.