Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs


Fatal Voyage

Title: Fatal Voyage
Author: Kathy Reichs
Series: Temperance Brennan #4
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves:
Anthropology, Science, CrimeStrong women
Pace: Fast
Format: Novel
Publisher: Arrow Books
Year: 2001
5th sentence, 74th page: The construction was as solid as London’s Newgate prison.

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A plane crashes high in the mountains of North Carolina. But then a severed foot is discovered a good distance from the crash site…

Forensic anthropologist Dr Temperance Brennan is first on the scene. The task that confronts her is a sad and sickening one, and her investigation seems to be throwing up more questions than answers.

But when Tempe makes a discovery that raises dangerous questions, her professional standing is threatened. Convinced that another corpse lies in the woods, Tempe pits herself against a conspiracy of silence, and uncovers a shocking tale of deceit and depravity…


Fatal Voyage helped to ease some of the frustrations of Deadly Decisions; it bought Andy Ryan back to the forefront of the story. I was really enjoying the courting dance of the two main characters throughout the series, and this addition to the series extended on it. Aside from the character connections, I also really enjoyed discovering what happens when there is a plane crash. Logically I knew that there are a lot of people who have to be involved in the retrieval process, but actually learning the intricacies of this, at least for America was really cool.

To keep the plot line interesting (because a massive plane crash and the return of a potential flame isn’t all on its own…) Reichs added in a nice, healthy dose of conspiracies and people in power. Which, of course Brennan finds herself in the middle of. Yes, it was a little predictable, but it was interesting nevertheless. Sometimes predictability in books can still be harnessed to create a fascinating storyline that you can’t help but be enthralled by. And since Reichs is such a phenomenal writer, she managed to maintain the feeling of anticipation right throughout.

For me, Fatal Voyage was special because of Temperance Brennan’s insecurities. Yes, she is interested in Andy Ryan (you’d have to be blind to not get that), but the aspects of her personality that prevented her from taking advantage of her feelings were all too real. We all have hangups, and reading about someone else’s inability to deal with them at times made me feel all the better about my own. It made Brennan ten times more relatable and loveable. At least in my mind.

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