Grave Secrets (Temperance Brennan, #5) by Kathy Reichs

Grave Secrets (Temperance Brennan, #5)

It was a summer morning in 1982 when soldiers ravaged the village of Chupan Ya, raping and killing women and children. Twenty-three victims are said to lie in the well where, twenty years later, Dr. Temperance Brennan and a team from the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation now dig. No records were kept. To their families, the dead are "the disappeared."Forensic anthropologist for the medical examiners in North Carolina and Montreal, Tempe...

Details Grave Secrets (Temperance Brennan, #5)

TitleGrave Secrets (Temperance Brennan, #5)
Release DateJul 9th, 2002
PublisherScribner Book Company
GenreMystery, Crime, Fiction, Thriller

Reviews Grave Secrets (Temperance Brennan, #5)

  • Eddie Owens
    Really boring.I don't ever want to read about another autopsy. If doctors are going to write books, please can they stop boring us with technical details.
  • Gina
    Um...what the hell happened? This is most definitely not one of Reichs' better books. I found this one lacking, almost to the extreme. By the end of the book it was like "And I read this because?". It lacked the suspense, action and mystery that I got used to in the four previous novels. Even though the little sub-plots were tied in at the end, there were too many of them and the book became confusing, turning to almost obnoxious. The only thing ...
  • Catten
    Kathy Reichs's novel Grave Secrets opens with this dedication:For the innocents:Guatemala1962-1996New York, New YorkArlington, VirginiaShanksville, PennsylvaniaSeptember 11, 2001I have touched their bones. I mourn for them.For those not yet familiar with this ambitious author, Reichs, like the character in her books, Tempe Brennan, is a forensic anthropologist for the North Carolina medical examiner. She also works for the Laboratoire de Sciences...
  • Jerry B
    Interesting, but not as solid as first four Tempe stories...We eagerly dived into this fifth book about forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, having thoroughly enjoyed the earlier four stories about her crime solving from a rather different perspective. From the study of bones, sometimes long buried skeletons, Tempe, as in real life does author Dr. Kathy Reichs, is usually able to determine age, race, and gender of the victim; often the mea...
  • Donna
    This book is only the 2nd novel I've read by this author. She seems to hover around the 2 - 3 star range for me.I liked the beginning of this book. It sounded interesting. But then it went up in flames. That was so disappointing because I thought this had some great potential. The story line became so unreal without anything to back it up. I did like the MC though and I liked that this book didn't delve too much into the ugly details about her jo...
  • Sara
    Its been awhile since I've visited with Tempe Brennan. I like her and I like her stories. I had to take a break, though, they were getting repetitive and formulaic. I missed her, though, after all these years, so I read book 5. I liked it! This one takes place in Guatemala and there's a handsome detective down there that I like - Detective Galiano. He's giving Ryan a run for his money!I like all the details in Kathy Reich's books. It's always fas...
  • Matt Schiariti
    I found this one to be a little confusing at times. There's many characters involved for one thing and there are several plots running at the same time. Continent skipping really didn't help.I have noticed that theme in some of the previous Tempe Brennan novels. No matter where mystery or work takes here, somehow it always ties back to Canada. Fatal Voyage bucked that trend, but this one goes right back to it. It's not that I mind her being based...
  • Red Heaven
    Five books into this series, my pet peeve is the astounding coincidences that crop up so implausibly in virtually every book. I suppose the same could be said here where, even though Tempe is in Guatemala, the case just happens to bring in the Canadian ambassador, and therefore Ryan. I am getting a little tired of Ryan and his constant smoking and forced insertion into stories where, if anything, he should be in the background. Also for my money,...
  • Sebrina
    I've only recently begun reading the Tempe Brennan series. I was a fan of the TV show first, and on a whim decided I should try out the books. My first piece of advice for anyone who hasn't read the books before, and have only seen the TV series, is to think of them as separate entities. Tempe is a vastly different character between the two mediums, and the setting is also completely different. I was not prepared for that at all.That said it is e...
  • Barbara ★
    I didn't like this one as much as her other books. I just found it too be too technical and rather confusing with too many characters with similar sounding names (I listened to the audiobook). There were also too many subplots (red herrings I guess) but it just made it all the more difficult to follow. I also found all the Canadian tie-ins to be way too coincidental. Come on Ryan's best college bud now lives in Guatemala and just happens to be th...
  • Arnis
  • Ra-ra
    My CommentsI have always loved the books that have been produced by Kathy Reichs I think she is a very talented writer and her contributions to the television series 'Bones' are quite substantial. This book in particular I found really gripping, it didn't take me long to read at all. The true involvement of Brennan in the Guatemala government through her expertise is highly gripping. The idea that it isn't something that is generally done and all...
  • Book Concierge
    Audio book narrated by Katherine BorowitzForensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan is in Guatemala working to excavate a decades-old mass grave and identify the bodies buried there, when she is asked to help local police with their investigation into the disappearance of four young women. Is there a serial killer on the loose? Why is the DA hampering the investigation? What is the Canadian ambassador’s wife hiding? Is the local detective truly inte...
  • Kelly
    Welcome back readers to another episode of Forensic Science, I mean C.S.I., no, I mean Cold Case Files... Finding myself becoming confused, disoriented, and possibly schitzophrenic, I begin to chant "Oh, it's this kind of book." The plot is intriguing and intelligently thought out. Oh, if it could have only stopped there, we would of had a grand ole' time. The subplots were so abrupt and interwoven so carelessly, you have to keep checking back to...
  • Chana
    Pretty good fast-reading mystery/thriller as long as you don't expect too much in the way of it really making sense. Kathy Reichs writes good scenes, it is the motives of the characters, all the "or maybe's" in the extensive explanations at the end of the book that made a good book into one that bordered on mediocrity. She tries to link the story to the massacres that occurred in Guatemala between 1962 and 1996 but what happens is that the murder...
  • Lori
    I had trouble with her novels before this one. I think mainly because I was comparing her to Patricia Cornwell, and she just wasn't measuring up (in my mind). Then, I was desperate for a book to read on the bus, and this one was on the bookshelf, so I grabbed it and am happy to report, enjoyed it immensely. I have read all the books following this one and have enjoyed them all as well. (It might have something to do with the TV series BONES, whic...
  • Katherine
    Another good mystery about Forensic Anthropologist, Temperance Brennen. The plot moves from a Guatemalan genocide grave to Montreal, Canada, and back again, with many side tracks and twists. I thoroughly enjoyed it, though I have to admit having a bit of difficulty in keeping characters straight some of the time. Generally I don't care for books that are in a series, and will never read series books back to back. However, this is one series I enj...
  • Edwina Callan
    Not an edge of your seat thriller, more a slow unfolding of many layers.
  • Tracy Fleming-Swehla
    I enjoy this series and loved the last paragraph of this book... what a cliffhanger! I really had a hard time with this story, though. I just didn't like it. The harsh banter between Tempe & Ryan was irritating and the really negative commentary and judgmental thoughts from Tempe makes me think K.Reichs was in a bad mood when she wrote this. It just wasn't enjoyable.
  • L
    Reichs provides strong detail regarding atrocities committed against the Mayan peoples in Guatemala in the 1980's as well as a compelling argument against amnesty for the abusers, this latter by her descriptions of the continuing abuses when those who committed atrocities remain in power. This latter is part of the more contemporary set of murders Brennan is called upon to help solve. We do have Reichs usual strong characters, solid mystery and e...
  • Katrine Austin
    I remember years ago this was the last of her series I read, it was an ok read but the recipe for the books was becoming formulaic and I'm not a huge lover of murder mystery. I keep thinking I should pick up her latest, see how she's evolved or not.
  • Mandee
    Not really where I expected this story to go, but still a good read nonetheless. The narrator was tolerable so that helped. I don't see why they gave her such a low rating on Audible. She did get a little monotone now and again, but I've heard worse
  • Kristie
    V pořadí již pátý román od Kathy Reichs s antropoložkou Temperance Brennan. Tentokrát převážně na půdě Guatemaly, kde se účastní vykopávek zmasakrovaných vesničanů a částečně v Kanadě. A nebyla by to Temperance, kdyby někomu pořádně nešlápla na kuří oko.Tempe je s přáteli v Guatemale, kde se snaží identifikovat a vykopat ostatky vesničanů, kteří byli zmasakrováni během roku 1982. Převážně se jedná ...
  • Annette
    This review applies to the audible version.A harrowing excavation unearths a chilling tragedy never laid to rest.They are “the disappeared,” twenty-three massacre victims buried in a well in the Guatemalan village of Chupan Ya two decades ago. Leading a team of experts on a meticulous, heartbreaking dig, Tempe Brennan pieces together the violence of the past. But a fresh wave of terror begins when the horrific sounds of a fatal attack on two ...
  • LookPla
    ซือเรืองนีมาเพราะชอบดูซีรียสเรือง Boneทีมีนางเอก คือ ดร.เทมเพอรแรนส เบรนแนนนักมนุษยวิทยา ทีมารวมสืบคดีจากโครงกระดูกแถมมีคูหูทีกลายเปนสามีในภายหลัง บูทแตพอเปิ...
  • Hali Sowle
    In a change of venue we see Tempe down in Guatemala helping out for a month to decipher the bones from a mass killing of woman and children by a group of soldiers during 1982. She finds older bones, younger bones and most heartbreakingly bones of infants, all murdered by the soldiers and dumped into a well. Her work will help bring closure to the people of these villages and maybe some peace. But there is trouble - two of her collegues is brutall...
  • Mystereity Reviews
    Having read the first 4 books in this series, I've already consigned myself of two things; 1 - Brennen will become involved in a case that outside of her purview and 2 - she will have a TSTL moment at the end and that a handsome guy will trot in to save the day. So, putting those 2 things aside, this plot was interesting but somewhat convoluted.  I admit that I had no idea how all the plot lines were going to come together, but they did mesh we...
  • Emily
    Grave Secrets takes place in Guatemala, and it seems that Reichs has gotten the hang of translating foreign phrases in her text, and although I understand Spanish, it’s certainly welcome.While not as fast paced and compelling as her last novel, this is still a solid mystery with several red herrings that were not too poorly utilized. Reichs really wants to highlight the struggles and victimization of indigenous Guatemalans and pay tribute to th...
  • Eleni Konstantine
    I realized why I wasn't enjoying this installment of the series as much as i usually do - I had the abridged cd. I have read books with 5 CDs before so didn't think about it. Sigh. Now to track down the unabridged version.Update (7 April) - listened to the unabridged version and it was definitely was better. It didn't feel as choppy. I did find the dry sense of humour really dry in this book. There's a love triangle in this one but Galeano is so ...
  • Miriam Smith
    Kathy Reichs is a very talented author who uses a vast abundance of her forensic knowledge in her books. Unfortunately I don't always follow the intricate details and thus find the story difficult to understand. I also don't like the odd use of French and French/Canadian place names in the story, I like my books to flow and although the stories are professionally written and very knowledgable I do struggle. The plot line in this book was a little...