Bones To Ashes: A Novel

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Bones To Ashes: A Novel

by Kathy Reichs

August 28, 2007 | Hardcover

Bones To Ashes: A Novel is rated 4.5833 out of 5 by 12.
Temperance Brennan, like her creator Kathy Reichs, is a brilliant, sexy forensic anthropologist called on to solve the toughest cases. But for Tempe, the discovery of a young girl''s skeleton in Acadia, Canada, is more than just another assignment. Évangéline, Tempe''s childhood best friend, was also from Acadia. Named for the character in the Longfellow poem, Évangéline was the most exotic person in Tempe''s eight-year-old world. When Évangéline disappeared, Tempe was warned not to search for her, that the girl was "dangerous."

Thirty years later, flooded with memories, Tempe cannot help wondering if this skeleton could be the friend she lost so many years ago. And what is the meaning of the strange skeletal lesions found on the bones of the young girl?

Meanwhile, Tempe''s beau, Ryan, investigates a series of cold cases. Three girls dead. Four missing. Could the New Brunswick skeleton be part of the pattern? As Tempe draws on the latest advances in forensic anthropology to penetrate the past, Ryan hunts down a serial predator.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.4 × 6.5 × 1.1 in

Published: August 28, 2007

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743294378

ISBN - 13: 9780743294379

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Read this in ONE sitting! Just could not give it up... note: I really do not recommend that one reads this while waiting all by yourself - for a very late train in the tiny toy train station of Bracebridge, Ontario (was a bit 'creeped out') ! Well worth your money and time! Each book gets better - can hardly wait for Devil Bones!
Date published: 2009-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Great Book Reichs has done a great job once agian! This book was filled with suspence with lots of twists you'll never see coming. People who love BONES will lap it up! 4 of 5
Date published: 2009-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Real Plot Twister This is the second Kathy Reichs book I've read and enjoyed it just as much. I loved the story line involving Temperance Brennan's childhood friend that had disappeared many years previous. I found it very gripping and emotional. Since I have not read this series in order so far, it didn't seem to matter in regards to Temperance's ongoing storyline which was great. This book was fast paced and engaging, before I knew it I was done. A side note: since I am a cat lover, loved the name of Temperance's cat "Birdie".
Date published: 2009-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from IT'S GREAT!!!!!!! This is a great story about a female forensic anthropologist in a French Canadian City. If you like CSI's, Bones, and other crime dramas, you will enjoy this book.
Date published: 2008-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great! Always been a great fan of Kathy's and really enjoy all that she does. You can pick up any of her books and understand the characters and that's what I love about it. I find the book reads like a movie and the reader is engaged from the second you read the first line. Her books are perfect for the beach or any other travels. If you like the writing of "Da Vinci Code" you'll enjoy these series of books. Recommended to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.
Date published: 2008-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great story A great story (my first Kathy Reichs novel). I really enjoyed the characters, and the twists and turns in the storyline. I will definitely read her other books.
Date published: 2008-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new mystery excellent solved! Oh, do I ever adore Reichs’s novels. Her novels show proof that there are no limits to one’s imagination - especially when the author knows what she/he is talking about. Reichs sucks you in with the first sentence and doesn’t let go until the very last word. The mystery and forensic descriptions keep you just as glued to the pages as the characters do. Again, Tempe lands herself in trouble when she does something someone asked her not to do. But she can’t let go of the possibility that the remains could be those of a friend that disappeared. Twists and turns and a surprising ending make the entire book worth every single one of its 406 pages. A new twist with her ex-husband Pete could have come at a better time, and a twist with Ryan has you feeling heartbroken for Tempe - I cried right along with her, felt her heartache deeply. But her sister comes to somewhat of a rescue, even if she, yet again, manages to freak Tempe out with yet another disappearing act. Absolutely perfect - except for something unresolved between her and Ryan. I refuse to get into more detail than that - I don’t like writing reviews with spoilers. Suffice it to say that her MMP of her next novel, Devil Bones, can’t come fast enough! If you’re a forensics/csi nut as much as I am, then this series is an absolute must read! I can’t get enough! LOL, but thanks to Reichs, I can fill in the time watching Bones!
Date published: 2008-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! As usual from Kathy! I have been a fan of Kathy Reichs since I first saw her books! I am now really excited that she has a T.V. Show "BONES" now on the air! It's a lot of fun to watch!
Date published: 2008-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down This was the first novel by Kathy Reichs that I read. I'm a fan of the TV series Bones so I had to give it a whirl. I couldn't put it down. I haven't enjoyed a book like this in a while. Now I am reading Break No Bones and will be moving on to another one of her novels very soon.
Date published: 2008-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent as always! I first discovered this author in 2006 and ended up reading all her books in the same year. Like the others, this book is really well written and the intrigue is keeping us hook until the end. I like that she details everything so that we understand better the plot. I can't wait for the next one to come out!
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Winner for Reichs This is the newest book in the Temperance Brennan series and it is right on track. The story starts with missing girls and unidentified bodies and ends in a web of pornography and pedophilia. This is a top-notch entry in the series. We are given a look at Brennan's childhood in this book and her sister Harry is back after an absence of several books. I find Harry incredibly annoying so wasn't too pleased to see her again. Brennan's personal life also takes a nose dive and I really don't like the path her relationship has taken. But now I find myself at the end of this series and in the position of having to wait for the next book to be published. I'll be looking forward to it.
Date published: 2007-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another home run for Kathy Reichs Bones to Ashes has brought Tempe Brenneman back to Canada in this story of an unforgetable childhood friendship. Tempe can't forget the bond she formed with her "summer season" beach friend when she was at the beach in North Carolina, and when Evangeline lived the rest of the year in New Brunswick and they were penpals. Kathy Reichs has captured the value of friendship with lost time over the years and the distance that separates them. Add that to the emotional roller coaster she experiences with Ryan, and it's difficult to put down.
Date published: 2007-10-20

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Bones To Ashes: A Novel

by Kathy Reichs

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.4 × 6.5 × 1.1 in

Published: August 28, 2007

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743294378

ISBN - 13: 9780743294379

About the Book

Reichs--bestselling author, forensic anthropologist, and producer of the television hit "Bones," based on her Temperance Brennan books--delivers more awe-inspiring science and surprising twists in this gripping, sophisticated thriller.

Read from the Book

Chapter One Babies die. People vanish. People die. Babies vanish. I was hammered early by those truths. Sure, I had a kid''s understanding that mortal life ends. At school, the nuns talked of heaven, purgatory, limbo, and hell. I knew my elders would "pass." That''s how my family skirted the subject. People passed. Went to be with God. Rested in peace. So I accepted, in some ill-formed way, that earthly life was temporary. Nevertheless, the deaths of my father and baby brother slammed me hard. And Évangéline Landry''s disappearance simply had no explanation. But I jump ahead. It happened like this. As a little girl, I lived on Chicago''s South Side, in the less fashionable outer spiral of a neighborhood called Beverly. Developed as a country retreat for the city''s elite following the Great Fire of 1871, the hood featured wide lawns and large elms, and Irish Catholic clans whose family trees had more branches than the elms. A bit down-at-the-heels then, Beverly would later be gentrified by boomers seeking greenery within proximity of the Loop. A farmhouse by birth, our home predated all its neighbors. Green-shuttered white frame, it had a wraparound porch, an old pump in back, and a garage that once housed horses and cows. My memories of that time and place are happy. In cold weather, neighborhood kids skated on a rink created with garden hoses on an empty lot. Daddy would steady me on my double blades, clean slush from my snowsuit when I took a header. In summer, w
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Temperance Brennan, like her creator Kathy Reichs, is a brilliant, sexy forensic anthropologist called on to solve the toughest cases. But for Tempe, the discovery of a young girl''s skeleton in Acadia, Canada, is more than just another assignment. Évangéline, Tempe''s childhood best friend, was also from Acadia. Named for the character in the Longfellow poem, Évangéline was the most exotic person in Tempe''s eight-year-old world. When Évangéline disappeared, Tempe was warned not to search for her, that the girl was "dangerous."

Thirty years later, flooded with memories, Tempe cannot help wondering if this skeleton could be the friend she lost so many years ago. And what is the meaning of the strange skeletal lesions found on the bones of the young girl?

Meanwhile, Tempe''s beau, Ryan, investigates a series of cold cases. Three girls dead. Four missing. Could the New Brunswick skeleton be part of the pattern? As Tempe draws on the latest advances in forensic anthropology to penetrate the past, Ryan hunts down a serial predator.

About the Author

Kathleen Joan "Kathy" Reich is native of Chicago and works as a forensic anthropologists for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State of North Carolina and for the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale in Quebec. She has taught at Northern Illinois University, University of Pittsburgh, Concordia University, McGill University and is currently the Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her work as a forensic anthropologists is internationally recognized since she has traveled to Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide, helped in an exhumation in the area of the highlands of southwest Guatemala, done forensic work at Ground Zero in New York, and so forth. To date, she has written nine novels, which have been translated into 30 languages. Her first novel, Déjà Dead, won the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.
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