I’m a huge fan of Kathy Reichs’s forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. A Conspiracy of Bones is the 19th novel in this series and comes with a twist. Tempe, normally so straightforward, sharp, and funny, has become far less sure of herself after brain surgery following an aneurysm. She now suffers migraines, nightmares, and apparent hallucinations: she also has professional issues with a hostile new boss determined to be rid of her.
As our heroine broods, she receives a series of strange text messages and emails, each showing photo of a corpse missing its face and hands. Tempe has no idea who the dead man is, who sent her these disturbing images, or even why.
Working to keep her grudge-filled new boss out of the loop, Tempe goes ahead with her investigation, aided by grumpy ex-homicide investigator Skinny Slidell, and discovers an astonishing truth linked to the dark web, and the terrifyingly mad conspiracy theories it propagates. This story is as addictive as ever.
I’d never read Kathy Reichs’s Temperance Brennan novels before, though I knew Judy was a big fan. After A Conspiracy of Bones, I’m definitely a recruit to the Reichs fan club.
Battling migraines and blackouts, Brennan finds herself involved in a deeply bizarre and unpleasant case. Who is the faceless corpse and what is its connection to a decade-old missing child case? Why did the dead man have Tempe’s phone number? And who was the mysterious figure stalking her garden the night before she is sent the faceless corpse pictures?
The more she uncovers, the darker this twisted case becomes. Tempe finds herself in the sinister shadows of the dark web, and its nightmare alternative world of conspiracy theories, masking sometimes horrible truths.
Edgy, eerie, and a really, really good read.