Grave Secrets

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Written By: Kathy Reichs

Narrated By: Katherine Borowitz

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: July 2002

Duration: 5 hours 36 minutes


"Fans of TV's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation should be in heaven" (People) stepping into the world of forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan, star of Kathy Reichs' electrifyingly authentic bestsellers.

A harrowing excavation unearths a chilling tragedy never laid to rest.

They are "the disappeared," twenty-three massacre victims buried in a well in the Guatemalan village of Chupan Ya two decades ago. Leading a team of experts on a meticulous, heartbreaking dig, Tempe Brennan pieces together the violence of the past. But a fresh wave of terror begins when the horrific sounds of a fatal attack on two colleagues come in on a blood-chilling satellite call. Teaming up with Special Crimes Investigator Bartolom' Galiano and Montreal detective Andrew Ryan, Tempe quickly becomes enmeshed in the cases of four privileged young women who have vanished from Guatemala City -- and finds herself caught in deadly territory where power, money, greed, and science converge.


  • Kathy

    This book is quick paced plot and an interesting read. The author did an excellent job describing more than I needed to know about a septic tank. Reichs is an author that I look for when I want a good read.

  • Howeln

    I liked this book, and the first one I have listened too/read by Reichs, which I only did because of the TV show Bones. The writing is very descriptive but well balanced. I'm not the best person to judge mysteries, but I did think it was well done.

  • June Frost

    A typical entertaining Reichs read/listen. I am a Reichs fan, so my review is biased. Good descriptive writing, with believable dialogue. Temperance, the main character, is a strong, well educated, smart woman who knows what she wants (most of the time) and is unafraid to show her independence, even when her beliefs are different from the crowd. Good woman's book for motivation, and my husband liked it too.

  • Bonnie Enzian

    This was a great story. There were many different plots going on and lots of interesting characters. The explosive civil turbulence that took place in Guatemala for 30 years was fascinating to learn about and of course, disturbing at the same time. The forensic anthropology lessons were also very interesting and made the murder investigations personal-waiting to hear how the cat hairs found on the victim, or the tiny bones wrapped up in a shirt sleeve would help find the killer(s). I thought this book was narrated very well and it definitely kept me interested all the way through. This was the first Kathy Reichs book I've listened to and I will do be renting another one of her titles soon.

  • Summer

    Good Book. Starts out slow but is worth renting. Pretty good mystery.

  • Anonymous

    If you enjoy Kathy Reichs, you will enjoy the story. The narrator is somber given the serious nature of the crimes and I tried to accept this as a creative interpreation. However, it just turned on horrific crime versus, not a dramatic reading for enjoyment/entertainment.

  • Anonymous

    interesting book where reader is educated about anthropological research and a little about stem cell research. However, moved a little too slowly and weak ending

  • Deborah Martinson

    Good listening. Good plot. Interesting background about forensic anthropology and Guatamala's civil war. I recommend it. Fascinating.