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-Mary Wortley Montagu
The book series that brought us Bones
I loved the tv show Bones and have watched it several times and was excited to learn it was based off a book series. So, first chance I got, I went out and purchased some of the books. I found this book quite enjoyable, though the characters I grew to love in the show were not what I met in the novel and the book was a bit more graphic.
The main character, though having worked in this field for many years, felt the need to insert themself into this investigation, overstepping if you will. There are many areas in the story when I want to throttle this character, either due to her unrealistic expectations from the detectives she’s interacting with or something else she’s doing that she shouldn’t be. I also found the main character to be quite an angry individual, lacking communication skills towards most of the male characters and displaying a rather unprofessional demeanor towards one character in particular, yet able to communicate professionally in a tense situation towards another female counterpart.
The detectives were not like in the show either, though written realistically for individuals in this career field. I found them to be a more likeable bunch of characters than the main character and liked the ‘growth,’ rather the respect gained and acknowledged, that a character displayed towards another at one point. I am hoping the main character shows some growth of her own in future books.
The book is very much police procedural, providing considerable detail of the processes used by the main character, her colleagues, and detectives during investigations. Though this can make the book ‘boring’ or ‘slow’ to some readers the story still moves along at a nice pace. With the knowledge that this book imparts a great amount of detail, there are some graphic portions that some individuals might find difficult to read. Even I struggled with them, and I am not particularly squeamish. There is also strong language used throughout the book that some might find off-putting as well.
Though I found the main character of the book difficult to connect with and annoying versus in the show, I am wanting to see if the character becomes more appealing over time and if a love interest blooms. If this is not the case, then for the first time in history, I’d rather choose the tv show over the books.
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