Deadly Decisions is the third book in the Temperance Brennan novel series by Kathy Reichs. I have read both the first and second novels, and now today, completed the third.
I started this book sometime in August 2010. I finished it on January 25, 2011. This does not mean that it was a 2,000 page tome. I have the ability to read a number of books at the same time. Its like watching TV shows, most people do not watch an entire series of one show and then begin the next. Easily, they watch their favorite shows and manage to keep track of all the storylines and characters. Nevertheless, I admit that I was not actively reading this book during all these months. I started it, made good progress (perhaps as far as page 120), and then just failed to pick it back up again. I got too absorbed in any number of things. Last night, I was all set to start yet another novel and I admonished myself: finish up the old ones first!! So I did.
From the back of the book: A North Carolina teenager disappears from her home, and parts of her skeleton are found hundreds of miles away. The shocking deaths propel forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan from north to south, and deep into a shattering investigation inside the bizarre culture of outlaw motorcycle gangs — where one misstep could bring disaster for herself or someone she loves.
Of the three books by Kathy Reichs that I have read, this was my least favorite. I think the topic of biker gangs and motorcycles and such just really holds no interest for me. And, if the book had been really gripping, it would never have taken six months to read the whole thing. Still, I am not saying that this is a bad book. I am used to Reichs’ writing style, I like the majority of the recurring characters in her books, and I like the tone and setting of the books. I understand both the Montreal and Dixie aspects of the stories, and its fun to read about stories that take place in areas that I am familiar with.
In chapter five, we are introduced to a new ongoing plotline involving Andrew Ryan (Brennan’s partner in the previous novels). I, frankly, do not like Ryan whatsoever, so I just did not give a rip about this storyline. By the end of this book, I was disappointed in how this plotline is working out.
I am quite fond of Brennan’s cat, Birdie. I also am starting to become amused by the interactions between Brennan and Claudel. I feel these interactions could really develop and be quite good in future novels. Claudel is an intriguing character. Once again, the story included some of Brennan’s family, Kit and Harry. This was okay, but Kit is nineteen years old and as a major figure in this novel I was annoyed by him. I am not thrilled with the antics of teenagers.
Overall, I have to give this book 2 stars. It really is on the cusp of 3 stars, but it did take me 6 months to read it. I will be continuing on in the series.