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Bones to Ashes

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Written By: Kathy Reichs

Narrated By: Linda Emond

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: August 2007

Duration: 5 hours 0 minutes


When the skeleton of a young girl, not yet a teenager, is discovered in Acadia, Canada, Tempe Brennan is reminded of Evangelina, her best friend in her preteen years, who was mysteriously taken away when she was twelve. Evangelina was from the strange and faraway place, Acadia. She was named after Evangeline in the Longfellow poem, and loved poetry. Tempe found her exotic and glamorous, and then suddenly she was gone, and Tempe was told not to try to find her, that she was 'dangerous.'

Though Tempe tries to be rational, she is flooded by memories of her best friend, and wonders whether this skeleton, clearly of a girl who's been dead for decades, could possibly be Evangelina's. At the same time, Tempe's love interest, Ryan, is investigating the deaths of two young girls and the disappearance of another three. Are the cases related? Tempe uses the most recent advances in forensic linguistics to identify the old skeleton, while Ryan investigates the possibility of some kind of serial predator at work now. This is a riveting, intensely suspenseful story from the astonishing Kathy Reichs.


  • Dee

    The mystery plot itself was good and kept my interest. It was difficult to maintain that interest, however, when the author kept climbing on her soapbox about social issues past and present. The other major distractions for me were long involved explanations of complex forensic textbook-type information that weren't necessary for the story. I felt clobbered over the head with the author's personal agendas.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    This book was pretty depressing. I thought that I would enjoy it despite the depressing topic, but, in reality, it was just a downer. The writing was great and all. If you want a well-written downer, give it a try.

  • Anonymous

    To Listen to this book is ideal because of the use of accents and French words and phrases. My friend said it is more difficult when reading to get the gist of the French words. I strongly recommend this book. I feel it is one of the better written ones

  • Anonymous

    I enjoyed the narration, very well done. The plot was interesting as were the characters. The ending, however, I found disappointing and too improbable to be satisfying.

  • Anonymous

    A good read - an interesting blend of mystery, history, and forensic science.

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