This is a review of “Déjà Dead” by Kathy Reichs. It is the first book of the Temperance Brennan Series, and was the inspiration for my one of my favourite TV Shows, Bones.
Dr. Temperance Brennan is a (not quite) middle-aged Forensic Anthropologist. Working in the Province of Quebec at the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale, she is the Director of Forensic Anthropology.
Bodies are turning up, and although at first she cannot quite put her finger on the similarities between the murder cases, Tempe begins to suspect that there is a serial killer at work. Her police colleagues remain quite unconvinced, Claudel in particular makes no secret of his disdain for Tempe’s theories. After all, the victims do not share specific traits or similarities in appearance and the murders do not appear to follow a distinct or ritualistic pattern. But Tempe simply cannot shake the feeling that she is on to something.
Dr. Brennan and her colleagues notice an increase in these killings however, and desperately, they try to uncover a link, a perpetrator, a clue…anything! Tempe finds herself victim to an attack, some stalking and visitations to her house.
Extremely enthralling, and at times a little creepy, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! Although book Tempe is different to TV Tempe, I really like them both. Filled with French to English translations, this book also painted a picture of what it would be like to live in a bilingual province.