The Bone Hacker by Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs’ twenty-second installment in the Temperance Brennan series, The Bone Hacker, is a wild ride from beginning to end. Starting in Canada, during a tumultuous storm while on a boat, we learn quickly of Tempe’s fear and the high tension begins.

“The way Reichs writes this book ensures it doesn’t matter if the reader is picking up The Bone Hacker as the first book or the twenty-second.”

The way Reichs writes this book ensures it doesn’t matter if the reader is picking up The Bone Hacker as the first book or the twenty-second, all characters and their roles are explained without being redundant to the series. Ongoing characters such as Ryan, Harry and her team of detectives, plus Birdie, make an appearance in one way or another, fulfilling the story of relationships and their developments.

With body parts found in Canadian waters, a call is made to the Caribbean in hopes of solving an identity and the story behind his death. Tempe never expected this call to take her on grander adventures filled with death, of course, new friends and a battle for a scope to help her identify a weapon.

From unusual tattoos, slivers of metal with Hebrew lettering, and suspects who are just off. The tension and death count only rose as Tempe tried to fight exhaustion (with her sister’s suggestion of meditation), find a way to piece together three separate puzzles with no guidance, left hands or flat edges and avoid tragedy herself. With boats that mysteriously fail without mechanical issues, sarcasm and a Jewish family refusing to help in an investigation, the pressure is high.

Reichs has a way of throwing suspicion on the most innocent of characters while having you root for the jerks who get in the way. With extra murders and heart-stopping moments mixed it, this story proves how tiny steps and small cases can prove momentous in the grand scheme of things.

From Canadian waters to Caribbean beaches, Simon and Schuster caught a live one with this mystery. One where forensic anthropologist doesn’t even know she’s on a tight deadline and missing hands could be the very key to saving the world.


Kathy Reichs’ first novel Déjà Dead, published in 1997, won the Ellis Award for Best First Novel and was an international bestseller. To date, she has written twenty-two novels featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Kathy was also a producer of Fox Television’s longest-running scripted drama, Bones, which was based on her work and her novels. One of the very few forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, Kathy divides her time between Charlotte, North Carolina, and Montreal, Québec.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Simon & Schuster; Canadian edition (Aug. 1 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1982198702
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1982198701

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