In a house under renovation, a plumber uncovers a cellar no one knew about, and makes a rather grisly discovery — a decapitated chicken, animal bones, and cauldrons containing beads, feathers, and other relics of religious ceremonies. In the center of the shrine is the skull of a teenage girl. Meanwhile, on a nearby lakeshore, the headless body of a teenage boy is found by a man walking his dog.
Led by a preacher turned politician, citizen vigilantes blame devil worshippers and Wiccans and begin a witch hunt, intent on seeking revenge. Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan — “five-five, feisty, and forty-plus” — is called in to investigate, and a complex and gripping tale unfolds in this deadly mix of voodoo, Santería, and devil worship.
I love crime scenes investigations and forensics. Not sure where interest comes from but it is a pretty strong interest.
My sister had a selection of books for us to choose from that they had already read and I immediately took one that was a Kathy Reichs, as I wanted to read it first. I had absolutely loved the first book I had read from KR – Fatal Voyage and was eagerly anticipating reading more about the forensic pathologist Temperance Brennan. I was disappointed. All the action basically happened in the last chapter of the book. Everything else was drawn out extensively. Maybe it was because this was one of her first in the series. Fatal Voyage was written afterwards but nonetheless I was a bit disappointed and left with some questions about events that didn’t quite tie up in the end. Just me?