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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-05-20 23:25
DEJA DEAD by KATHY REICHS
Déjà Dead - Kathy Reichs

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SPOILERS GALORE!!!

Another book with a To Stupid to Live (TSTL) character. Brennan is trying to figure out who the serial killer is so she keeps going to places where he might have been/might be constantly by herself. And although she has the police to work with since SHE'S JUST AN ANTHROLOGIST, if they don't answer the phone she doesn't leave a message, she just gets up and goes. Then when he's targeted on her, it seems the perfect time for a nighttime run and a nighttime tour of a practically abandoned property. She finds a dead body but since it's so late the police will just put someone out to guard it and will look at in the morning. Is this normal police behavior? The killer targets her best friend and when she finds her daughter's picture with her friend's dead body does she stop and say I should try to stay with people or in my home? No, this doesn't stop her at all, she's still going places by herself. And since she's figuring things out quicker than the police, do you think they'd answer the phone most of the time when she calls? Nope, they always put her though voicemail. Then she finds out her daughter is driving up to see her (this is the early 90s so I guess no cell phones to call and warn her). Does she stay home to be there when her daughter arrives? Nope, she goes to work out and finds her daughter's backpack when she gets back. Is she worried? Kind of, but she has work to do. 

If this is what the rest of the books are like, I'm going to give up on this series.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-05-20 22:47
BONES NEVER LIE by KATHY REICHS
Bones Never Lie - Kathy Reichs
Audiobook

I had never read this author so I was surprised to see that the show Bones is based on this series. The main character even sits down to watch Bones at one point in the book. 

I kept guessing stuff ahead of time. So I'm telling my audiobook [ Don't get about Alice. (hide spoiler)] Which of course they did forget. The [ ER was significant for a bunch of the girls. (hide spoiler)] I guessed that [ the girl that got away (hide spoiler)] was significant. [ The cat sitter coming over - when her mom said she forced her to wear braids I was screaming (or was that only in my head?) "Oh no!!!"(hide spoiler)]

I loved the narrator - Katherine Borowitz. She did a wonderful job. I'm planning on starting book book #1 this time. My mystery book club for some reason started with book #17.

 

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review 2017-07-28 19:39
Two Nights: A Novel - Kathy Reichs

Sundey/.Sunnie was once a highly decorated cop but was now a recluse. Sunnie had retired after an altercation with a   suspect and she had shot the suspect and he died and Sunnie also ended up with a permanent disability as she had lost an eye and there was scarring. Sunnie is haunted by what had happened and now has low self esteem. Sunnie was ex military after serving in Afghanistan. Sunnie didn’t want to sit behind a desk and retired instead. Opaline Drucker had lost a daughter and grandson during a terrorist attack. Her granddaughter Stella is missing. Sunnie had a very bad childhood. Sunnie’s only friends are Beau and a squirrel.  Sunnie’s  foster father Beau to look into Opaline’s  family’s  year old cold case. The attack had been a bombing on a Jewish school. Stella was assumed to be kidnapped or dead. Sunnie decides to take the case and is hired to find the girl and the people responsible for the attack. Sunnie was being helped by her twin brother Gus.

I had a lot of mixed feelings concerning this book. It was a quick reads with a fast pace. But I couldn’t seem to connect with Sunnie. I found this frustrated me at times also. The bad guys seemed like amateurs to me and yet the cops couldn’t solve the case. I would have liked more background on Sunnie But I did enjoy the book somewhat and really liked the twists.

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review 2017-07-21 02:24
Two Nights: A Novel - Kathy Reichs

Temperance Brennan, usual protagonist of Kathy Reich's books, has stepped back behind the curtain making way for a new character, Sunny Night, and I like her. She is quite the smarta$$ and her comebacks, whether spoken or thought, are quite humorous. Of course, like all detectives, Sunny has her demons. She also has her weaknesses, coming from a struggle with a suspect, wherein she lost an eye as well as her job for shooting and killing that person while he was weaponless.

She is a very strange sort, living on an island that can only be reached by boat and with very few neighbors. She's not alone living there, however, she has her pet squirrel named Bob who looks after the place for her when she's gone.

This story deals with a cold case of a woman and her son being killed in a bombing right outside a school. The daughter of the woman is missing and has not been heard from for over a year. Sunny is hired by the girl's grandmother to find her and the assailants who were caught on CCTV, although very fuzzily. 

The things that Sunny does while on this chase are somewhat severe in her avoidance of detection, however, that avoidance does not last long. The killers are on to her and after her.

A great read with lots of action and suspense. Kathy Reichs is one of my favorite authors and I love this new character that she has created. I hope to see lots more of her in the future.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-07-18 02:37
Two Nights by Kathy Reichs
Two Nights: A Novel - Kathy Reichs

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

Well, this was disappointing. When I saw that Kathy Reichs had written a stand alone novel, I knew that I wanted to read it. I have really enjoyed her books in the past and was looking forward to this book. This book never clicked for me and I found myself constantly setting the book aside. There were some parts of the book that I did enjoy and I never really considered not finishing it but it wasn't a story that did much for me. 

I think one of my main problems with this book is that I didn't care for the characters. The focus of this book is Sunday Night, or Sunnie. Sunnie is an ex-cop that carries a lot of scars both physical and emotional. She was paranoid but had a lot of skills that were put to the test as she tried to find out what happened to the girl she has been hired to find. There are sections of the book spread throughout the story that talk of Sunnie's past. I thought that learning her backstory was way too drawn out and by the time any real information was given I had lost interest.

The mystery never grabbed me. I just had a really hard time getting into the overall story. Of course, I wanted to know what had happened to the girl but the story seemed to move really slow. Everything was a waiting game wrapped up in Sunnie's paranoia. It just felt like it took really long time for things to get moving. So much so that this turned into a book that I kept checking how much more was left just because I wanted to be done with it.

The writing felt really choppy with lots of short sentences that never really flowed. There was a lot of really traumatic things happening in the story but I never felt like any of the characters had a single emotion. I did think that the book had a good start. I like the idea of Sunnie. I like that she was quirky and a little different but that feeling faded quickly. 

I am not going to be recommending this one. I think that anyone interested in reading Kathy Reichs should start with the Temperance Brennan series which I loved. I haven't read the whole series but have read the first 13 books or so in that series and really enjoyed them and actually plan to re-read the series at some point. This book was a miss for me but I do look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine via NetGalley.

Initial Thoughts
I had a lot of hopes for this book. I have enjoyed all of the previous books that I have read by Kathy Reichs so I was excited to read her new stand alone novel. This was disappointing. I didn't care of any of the characters and found the story to be boring.

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