Book Review: Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs

Deja Dead

By Kathy Reichs

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Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

In the year since Temperance Brennan left behind a shaky marriage in North Carolina, work has often preempted her weekend plans to explore Quebec. When a female corpse is discovered meticulously dismembered and stashed in trash bags, Tempe detects an alarming pattern — and she plunges into a harrowing search for a killer. But her investigation is about to place those closest to her — her best friend and her own daughter — in mortal danger…

Review:

It took me a long time to get into this book, and several months to read. The story takes several chapters to really start, with a fair amount of vague background into Tempe Brennan’s life. However, the final few chapters took off and were excellent with plenty of action and intrigue.

The story follows Tempe Brennan seeking out a suspected serial killer, but met with a brick wall when it comes to convincing her colleagues.

There is some tension with regards to her friendships and concerns, but I wasn’t surprised by the outcome.

Overall I did enjoy the book, the story wasn’t all that unique but it was well written and I will read other Kathy Reichs books. I was only disappointed in how long it took for the story to become interesting.

For Bones fans, please do not read this expecting to see Emily Deschanel and David Boreanez – you will be sorely disappointed. The characters are nothing alike.

Paid reviews

I’m pretty sure I’ve had a rant about paid reviews before, but considering the email I received today, I felt the need to have another one. Then I re-read the email, and changed my mind. I’m not going to rant about people who get paid to read a book and then leave fake 5-star reviews, I’ve decided to join them.

The email I got today told me that for $150 + a print and Kindle copy of my book, this person would read and review my book. For $250, they would give me a guaranteed 5-star review. Now I can easily read 10 books a month given the time. (Okay, so I’ve been stuck on Haunted by Kelley Armstrong for weeks now, and I’ve only managed 4 chapters of Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs since I started reading it a couple of weeks ago, but I blame kids and having them at home. Holidays are over, I have time to read again! Yay!!) But say I do read 10 books a month – at $150 a pop (I can’t bring myself to guaranteeing 5-stars, especially if it’s utter rubbish), that’s $1,500 a month for reading and typing a few words on Amazon, then copying and pasting it on Kobo, B&N, GR, and wherever else. Sounds like a dream job to me.

Seriously though, I do understand why writers pay for reviews, but would you really pay $250 for ONE 5-star review that you know is fake?!?!  I couldn’t do that. I like the reviews Seven Dirty Words has had, even the less complimentary ones, because they are honest and help me as a writer to improve and connect with my readers. Plus, from a reader’s perspective, if I knew that someone had paid for a 5-star review, it would put me off buying their books.

I’m not going to say that I’m not in this for the money, fame, and glory because it’s certainly nice. Well, the money is. Fame and glory seem to have skipped me by. But, I don’t write because I want to be paid to sit on my backside in front of a computer. If that was the case, I’d work in telesales. I write because it’s in my blood, and I honestly get withdrawal if I don’t do it. (No, really, I do. I didn’t write anything over the summer holidays and felt sick and shaky – or that could have been 6 weeks with the kids and no break!) Fake reviews would ruin that for me. I’d feel like a sell-out.

Still, saying that… If anyone does want me to pay $X to read their book, email me!!