Friday, April 6, 2012

Spider Bones

Spider Bones is a Temperance Brennan novel by Kathy Reich. I've been reading this series since it first started. I was excited when I found out there was going to be a television series based on the books. I even liked it when it first came out even though it had nothing to do with the books.

If you have seen the TV show and want to try the books be warned. The character may have the same name but they are nothing alike. The literary Brennan is not a socially inept genius. She's just a smart middle aged lady who is good at her job. You won't find Booth in the books at all. Or any of the other quirky characters from the Jeffersonian either. If you want to start the books read the first one, Deja Dead.

Spider Bones is an okay book. I was just expecting more. It just feels a little light weight when compared to some of the other books in this series. Usually Reichs' books are complicated and interesting. This book did not live up to the hype:
One man, two deaths -- four decades apart. A stunning story of deceit and murder can't stayed buried forever.
The first death took place in Vietnam. The second in Quebec. The minute I read that the man in question had a cousin who looked like him, I knew who went to Vietnam and who came to Canada. It gets more complicated but the cousin is the answer to much of what comes later. Nothing stunning or even interesting about it.

One of the plot twists revolves around mother of the dead man being a chimera. Is this disease du jour? I've seen it in a couple of books and TV shows lately. Reichs is also guilty of throwing in the death du jour: erotoasphyxiation.

One thing that bugged me is that Brennan finds a picture in Quebec and says that this picture would lead to her almost losing her life. Trouble is, the picture had nothing to do with her brush with death. That was caused by a subplot involving gangs and drugs (don't they all?) which I felt was tacked on to the story to make the book long enough. I can't help thinking Reichs had something in mind when writing the first chapters but then changed it.

I'm also getting tired of her on again off again relationship with Det. Ryan. The man dumped her to go back to his ex and now that that's in the trash he's sniffing around her door again. Brennan should get a backbone and quit wondering if she should get back together with him.