Mortal Remains by Kathy Reichs

After working on it for several months now, I am finally done with it, and the ending was quite complicated and unpredictable to me, which is a good thing, and it was a satisfying answer to the puzzle. Even my friend who was so sure of himself got it wrong.

It was quite an intriguing case, and for the most part good story if you can keep up with the science and the evidence revealed bit by bit. Most of it went over my head, and it did not help that I didn’t consistently read through the book. I’d read a couple chapters, and then not pick it up again for weeks.

However, the personal stories of the characters seemed to be shoved in here and there. And the main character’s narration of her own life was like that of a teenage girl. Normal for most people I believe, relatable. She’s an intelligent woman and is good at her job but gets involved with men and has mixed feelings about her history with them; good character, but I didn’t like the way she went about narrating her personal story.

It’s tough to explain. When I can relate to a character, I react to what I’m reading. Mentally, I tell the character I love them or tell them that I get it, but I didn’t get that in this book. I think with Mortal Remains, the case/the mystery/the whole story and character development were not very well balanced. It was the case, a lot of science, and then every so often, it seemed to go, “Oh yeah, another character, let me tell you about my opinion of this character and my back story and their back story.”

It also bugs me that it’s a series of books involving the same main character, but the books don’t have an order. Is that what mystery series are? I’ve always read series that are meant to be read in order, so you get character development. In Mortal Remains, I felt like I was just jumping into the middle of her life, so she had to fill me in via tangents between the science and the introduction of new characters.

A good policy for me seems to be, if I’m in love with the TV show [that involves solving crimes], I should just forego the book unless I know I’m going to sit down and read the book every day to retain all of the details.

Next up, I am working on a memoir on the Literary Disco list and a book called, “Soldier Dogs.”