I always enjoy J.A Jance’s books. They are sort of like adult Nancy Drew mysteries, lots of blood and creepy stuff but you know everything will be okay in the end. It also gave me a perspective into the border immigration issue and how it impacts states facing the crisis.
If you like J.A. Jance , then you will enjoy this novel. New Joanna Brady novels are rare, so it is always good to catch up with her and her family. This time, as a mother with a new baby, she is hardly involved in the pursuit of the killer, but does what she can from home, and the office when she can get there.
The tale is serviceable and recommended for the faithful.
I am a huge fan of J. A. Jance and I enjoy the stories of the Joanna Brady series, but Joanna Brady is my least favorite main character created by Jance. She is just so emotionless. She tries so hard to be professional, to live up to her late father and her late husband she has lost all sense of emotion. Even in regard to her young son and newborn daughter, she seems to think of them and love them from a great distance, which is rather ironic because since Joanna Brady novel #1 that's EXACTLY of what Joanna thought about her mother toward her. That said, 'Field of Bones' brought me to or near tears several times. Of course, not by Joanna Brady and the way she equally handles all aspect of her life distressingly clinically, but by a compelling victim who drew us in and allowed us to feel every moment of her emotions.
4 stars, but hey, Joanna, lighten up ... or at least have some kind of breakdown to become interesting rather than clinically detached and aloof.
I looked forward to reading Field of Bones and the opportunity to catch up with long-time friends Sheriff Brady, her family, and deputies. I was not disappointed.
This was a fantastic read. It was a great thriller and I couldn’t put it down. J.A. Jance has done it again.
The prologue provides the perfect synapses of the life of Joanna Brady. For those new to the series, the background presented catches you up. For those who are long-time fans (this is book # 18) it highlights the ups and downs of Joanna's life both personally & professionally leaving you cheering her on as Eleanor Sage Dixon arrives on election night.
Joanna is on maternity leave and Butch is on a book tour when a dump site of bones and a recently deceased body is found. Being home with her children gives Joanna a chance to read old journals and keep up with the laundry. Deputy Chief Tom Hadlock needs Joanna's help.
The plot is darker than previous crimes when "the Boss" is keeping women captive in his basement dungeon.
This book even includes a recipe for Sunday Meatloaf.
You can read this as a stand alone but plan to go back and read the previous books to get the most pleasure our of the characters.
As with other comments, this was a fast-paced and exciting story - trying to apprehend a serial killer for his horrific deeds. Suspenseful and a true page-turner
Borrowed from my daughter and couldn't put it down. It now goes on my completed list. Jean G. Smith
I enjoyed this book very much. The series is well written and this is one of the best in the series. It is extremely well developed and I also enjoy the details about the sheriff's family side as well as her professional side. There are also "extras" thrown in, including information on her father, a previous sheriff, and his diaries.
I love and enjoy all of JA Jance books. This book was by far my most favourite! It was gripping right from the first page. I generally enjoy a novel over a 2 week period, I couldn’t put this book down. I read it twice in less than a week.
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