Tuesday, March 22

Book Review: Spider Bones

Title: Spider Bones

Author: Kathy Reichs

Pages: 302

Summary: When Temperance Brennan is called to the scene of Quebec drowning, shocking discoveries await: the victim - identified as one John Lowery - was engaged in a bizarre sexual practice when he died; and the same John Lowery was an American soldier declared dead in 1968, after a Huey crash in Vietnam. Who then Tempe sets off to find our, is buried in the vet's North Carolina grave? Exhuming the remains and having them analyzed at military compound in Hawaii gets complicated when Tempe's ex, Detective Andrew Ryan, appears . . . and when a Honolulu M.E. consults with her on who or what lethally attacked a young victim - a shark, or more sinister predator? And when Lowery's dog tags turn up linked to yet another corpse, Tempe must deconstruct a twisting tale of death that spins years, continents, and too many tragic losses.

My Rating: 4.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I’ve never been a big fan of crime fiction, although I admit, I never gave it a good chance, still never been a big fan- and this book is one of the reasons why I generally avoid the genre. The initial idea behind the story was interesting, and originally I enjoyed it, but the story quickly fell apart when the “twists” started happening, to the point the story lost its edge.

The writing style was a problem for me from the start, poorly written. The author spend a significant amount of time explain things like a characters voice was flat, or anger when it was already implied by what was being said, or how the scene was set up. Having a character state something, than have the word “flat” written after it, is just repeating the obvious. This aspect of the book was a major part in my dislike from the start.

As I said from the start, the initial story was interesting, but too much was added into it, to try and make it have twists, and surprises, that it took away from the story. It became forced, trying to make all the subpots and events to connect, and even then, it didn’t seem to be believable.

Overall, it had an interesting plot to start off with, but it really didn’t work out for me. The book wasn’t terrible, but had a lot of little things that took away from the story as a whole.

Would I recommend it to read: I don’t think I would. Perhaps other books in the series, but even for them I can’t be sure. This one just didn’t work for me. So I don’t think I’d recommend it.

What to read next: Honestly, I have no clue, this isn’t really my genre, and the book just didn’t work for me, so don’t know where to point you to.

Challenges: 11 in 11, 100+ Challenge, 2011 Countdown Challenge, A - Z Challenge, New Author Challenge


  1. This is exactly why this genre is not for me. Though I have found a handful of good ones, I am very picky when it comes to crime novels, and just would rather stay away than have to go through the bad writing and the predictability. I also hate the hard-boiled investigators. Oh Jules, I can so relate to your feelings about this book!

  2. Zibilee - In general I'm not the biggest mystery/crime fiction fan (although, I did love CSI - before it started to suck). Looks like we have that in common - picky crime readers.