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Cross Bones

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Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs is a forensic crime novel featuring Temperance Brennan, the character upon which the tv show Bones is based upon.  I have been a fan of this show for a while, and the main reason I decided to read this book.

Cross Bones tries really hard to be like the Da Vinci Code, with more forensic science. The book is based upon the absurd premise that Jesus survived crucifixion and joined Jewish rebels at Masada, where he died. During the excavation of Masada, the bones of Jesus and his family were discovered. A cover up ensued, including a murder.

Reich’s writing style does not do much for me either. Much of the prose is short, choppy sentences that I imagine are supposed to showcase Brennan’s matter of fact attitude, but mostly just grated on my nerves.  Most of the characters are paper-thin. Even references to Tempe’s alcohol problem comes off as shallow, as it is presented randomly and seems like an after thought.  What’s more, so much of the book is spent discussing the Jesus at Masada theory that the murder that started everything is left mostly to the wayside, until the end. This causes the conclusion to feel rushed and unsatisfying.

I will always be a fan of the series that these books helped create, but I can’t say I enjoyed Cross Bones. If you like forensic sciences, you may enjoy this book. However, for me, the forensics and the conspiracy theory encompassed too much of the book, leaving the characters and main plot feeling really thin.

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Written by Matt

June 15, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Posted in Book Review