Published: July 21, 2015
For every case Temperance Brennan has solved, there remain innumerable unidentified bodies in her lab. Information on some of these is available online, where amateur sleuths sometimes take a stab at solving cases.
One day, Tempe gets a call from Hazel “Lucky” Strike, a web sleuth who believes she’s successfully connected a body in Tempe’s lab to a missing persons report on an eighteen-year-old named Cora Teague. Since the bones in her lab do seem to match Cora’s medical records, Tempe looks into the case, returning to the spot where the bones were originally found. What seems at first to be an isolated tragedy takes on a more sinister cast as Tempe uncovers two more sets of bones nearby.
When she then learns that the area is known as a viewing point for a famous unexplained light phenomenon with significance for a local cult, Tempe’s suspicious turn to murder by ritual sacrifice—a theory thrown into question when Hazel herself turns up dead.
Still reeling from her mother’s diagnosis and the shock of Andrew Ryan’s potentially life-changing proposal, Tempe races to solve the murders before the body count climbs further.
Although I enjoyed the book, I was expecting better.
I thought Ryan’s proposal would have more importance in the story than it did. I know Tempe loves him and yes, he has hurt her more than once, but I still believe she wants a life with him. Maybe marriage is not the answer, right now, and that’s exactly what happens at the end of the book. Tempe and Ryan are looking at condos in Quebec and moving in together at Tempe’s suggestion. To see how it goes. I think she’s afraid of giving up her independence by marrying or even moving in with him. She’s not happy about having to sell her condo and I think in future books we’ll find her content to continue status quo.
The hunt for the identity of the bones in the story was good and with the several twists turns made for enjoyable reading, but it wasn’t the kind that you couldn’t put down and sometimes was a bit on the dry side.
But I’m glad I read/listened to it and look forward to the next one.