First Bones by Kathy Reichs

The Bone Collection

Title: First Bones
Author: Kathy Reichs
Series: Temperance Brennan #0.5
In: The Bone Collection (Kathy Reichs)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves:
Anthropology, Science, CrimeStrong women
Pace: Fast
Format: Novella
Publisher: Arrow Books
Year: 2016
5th sentence, 74th page: A rattling gurney or cart.

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First Bones gets under Tempe’s skin with the untold story of her first case and her decision to become a forensic anthropologist.


One of the things that I love about the Temperance Brennan series is that the science and emotions are spot on. In this origin story, it’s the emotions that really come to the fore and provide a strong storyline. Actually, this novella made me shed a tear when I finished it.

Brennan’s past is often alluded to throughout the novels that I have read thus far. Not only her past marriage, but her past academic life and the journey that she made into forensics. It was interesting to find out what the driver of this decision was. I imagine that it was a similar experience to the author – a moment or a case that makes you give up the archaeological and delve into the criminal.

I haven’t read a Temperance Brennan story for a while (I can only read them when I’m not spending the night alone). And I kind of forgot how much I love the realism and vividness of the world to which you are introduced. Tempe’s daily life and relationship with Pete is struck into my head with the flickering fire by which they find themselves. Actually, finally reading this origin and being reminded of the beauty of her words has made me pick up the next book in my shelf…

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