However, the stories are just as intriguing, moreso this latest one from Reichs.
The forensic anthropologist finds herself drawn into a world of dark secrets and dangerous beliefs, where good and evil blur. Professionally, Temperance Brennan knows exactly what to do--test, analyze, identify. Hazel "Lucky" Strike--a strident amateur detective who mines the Internet for cold cases--comes to Brennan with a tape recording of an unknown girl being held prisoner and terrorized. Strike is convinced the voice is that of eighteen-year-old Cora Teague, who went missing more than three years earlier. Strike is also certain that the teenager's remains are gathering dust in Temperance Brennan's lab. Brennan has doubts about working with a self-styled web sleuth. But when the evidence seems to add up, Brennan's next stop is the treacherous backwoods where the chilling recording (and maybe Cora Teague's bones) were discovered. Her forensic field trip only turns up more disturbing questions--along with gruesome proof of more untimely deaths. While local legends of eerie nocturnal phenomena and sinister satanic cults abound, it's a zealous and secretive religious sect that has Brennan spooked and struggling to separate the saints from the sinners. But there's nothing, including fire and brimstone, that can distract her from digging up the truth and taking down a killer--even as Brennan finds herself in a place where angels fear to tread, devils demand their due, and she may be damned no matter what.
There is so much happening in this story, but not so much that you lose track! Web sleuths, multiple missing persons, unidentified bodies, a religious cult with its mysterious leader, new discoveries, all complicated by Brennan's personal life. Working closely with a local sheriff's deputy on this case starts her thinking about her long term relationship. Will she accept the marriage proposal that has her 'at sixes and sevens'?
As always, the forensic side is detailed, yet understandable and full of clues so you can see where they lead before Reichs takes you there. I was quite happy to just follow her lead and enjoy the ride.
The plot line was intriguing, taking turns when you aren't expecting it, but ending in a most satisfactory way on multiple levels.
If you're a Kathy Reich's fan or just enjoy forensic stories, you'll love this one.