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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,498 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathy Reichs Narrator: Katherine Borowitz Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Temperance Brennan Series Release Date: July 2002 ISBN: 9780743550840
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It was a summer morning in 1982 when soldiers ravaged the village of Chupan Ya, raping and killing women and children. Twenty-three victims are said to lie in the well when Dr. Temperance Brennan and the team from the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation now dig. No records were kept. To their families, the dead are "the disappeared."
The team is packing up for the day when an urgent satellite call comes in. Two colleagues are under attack. Shots ring out, and Tempe listens in horror to a woman's sreams. Then there is silence. Dead silence.
With this new violence, Tempe is asked by the Guatemalan police for her expertise on another case. Four privlidged young women have vanished from Guatemala City in recent months. One is the Canadian's ambassador's daughter. Some remains have turned up in the septic tank. Unfortunately, Tempe knows septic tanks.
Teaming with Special Crimes Investigator Bartolomé Galiano, and with Montreal detective Andrew Ryan, Tempe soon finds herself in a dangerous web that streches far beyond Guatemala's borders. As power, money, greed, and science converge, Tempe must make life-altering choices.
Grave Secrets is powerful entertainment from a crime fiction superstar who combines riveting authenticity with witty, elegant prose. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tempe is a standout in crime fiction’s crowded field of forensics experts—she’s one of its more complex and interesting protagonists, dealing with intriguing cases that often cross national borders and a personal life that’s rich in possibilities... Tempe—and Reichs—just keep getting better.” 

    Amazon.com editorial review

  • “Another realistic and thoroughly chilling Kathy Reichs novel.” 

    Barnes & Noble editorial review

  • “Fans of the Temperance Brennan series will be pleased by [Grave Secrets]...The author keeps the twists coming, and by the novel’s climax, she has skillfully interwoven her many subplots and red herrings into a satisfying puddle of sex, sleaze, greed, and gore.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The secrets uncovered by anthropologist Tempe Brennan have the chilling reality of true crime, and Reichs’ ability to set scenes with careful detail makes this medical thriller particularly unsettling...Narrator Katherine Borowitz’s facility with the various accents places each of the characters as she moves the story through its intriguing twists of human rights issues, forensic science, and government corruption. Borowitz is masterful with the banter between the detectives, Canadian and Guatemalan, and Brennan. She switches easily between the accents without a miss. Listeners will have a hard time turning this off before the final clues are revealed.”

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  • “Best are the medical details, which spring from Reichs’ own forensics background. Both vivid and fascinating, these particulars shore up the sprawling story, which is also greatly helped by the inquisitive, tough-but-still-vulnerable character of Tempe Brennan herself.”

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Guthrie | 2/3/2014

    " The Guatemalan backdrop was fascinating. One of my favorite books in the series so far. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daisyaday | 1/28/2014

    " This is a good story, but not great. I don't like the main character's saying that she found x amount of "souls." She is indicating skeletons, not spirits. The soul are long gone. I am impressed at her level of knowledge of her subject, the identification of bones or skeletons. It is her day job, after all. She could do better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 1/28/2014

    " Really interesting to read. Tempe is in Guatemala helping to identify the remains of massacre victims who were killed during the countries 1962 to 1966 civil war. She also finds herself wrapped up in murder investigation in Guatemala City. Tempe finds a new man to make her heart skip a beat and he is friends with Andrew Ryan. Will she choose the soft brown eyes or piercing blue eyes? Enjoy... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/26/2014

    " Ol' Dr. Temperance "call me Tempe" Brennan does it again: examining grisly human remains, helping police solve murders, and putting herself in ridiculously dangerous situations. This one's plot hung together better than the first four books, I thought. In addition to the Guatemalan history angle, this book is notable for Tempe having to retrieve a skeleton from a hotel sceptic tank--niiiiiiiiice! As with the others in this series, do not read while eating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 dawn | 1/21/2014

    " This was my favorite of the Temperance Brennan books. Perhaps it is because I studied the Latin American Dirty Wars in college. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/15/2014

    " Picked this up for cheap as part of work's United Way fundraising. Took it on a cruise in 2012 and read it during the wildest night of my life (thanks, after-effects of Hurricane Sandy!). Left it on the ship for someone else to enjoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kath | 12/25/2013

    " I generally love her books, but this one was a bit busy, and full of clunky exposition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma | 12/20/2013

    " This is the fourth in the series, and I had a bit of a break before I read this one as there is a certain similarity in the tone of the books. With the break behind me I really enjoyed reading this one. Tempe is in Guatemala this time around helping to indentify victims of past autrocities committed by the army in the 1980s. I like this historical context and seeing another side to the character's skills that is not contemporary crime solving. I also knew some of the locations, which was an added element. Of course, Tempe is then dragged into a current investigation when a body is found in a septic tank with 4 young women missing. The book inevitably ends with Tempe's life being in danger but Ryan comes to the resuce at the last minute. All in all, an enjoyable read which I whizzed through in less than a week. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 12/16/2013

    " The book series is excellent once you get beyond how different the books and the television show, "Bones", are from each other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tatiana | 12/10/2013

    " quick, entertaining, and gripping page-turner. what more can you ask for? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tere | 9/29/2013

    " More like a 3.5 than a 4. Pretty interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Beth | 8/25/2013

    " Dr.Temperance Brennan goes to a Guatemalan village to help identify remains of victims killed twenty years ago in a bloody civil war. While there she manages to get involved in cases of four young women who have disappeared from Guatemala City. Excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Davie | 8/24/2013

    " Tension swirls through Grave Secrets as Tempe copes with international politics and romance in Guatemala while uncovering the truth behind several mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 7/1/2013

    " My second attempt at Mystery and was very much gratified by my choice. I love how the author brings social injustices into a format in which a person feels for the people and yet at the end feels like something has been accomplished about it. I plan on reading more of her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Knox Bodenstein | 5/17/2013

    " Very good and gripping. The ending was maybe a bit too typically Kathy Reichs "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 3/15/2013

    " I guess I'm getting into Kathy Reichs. This one takes place in Guatemala. The love interest thickens and the story line remains suspenseful.Having been to all the places she speaks of helpsthe imagination.Still no poutine mention. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helena | 2/12/2013

    " It was a good book. It was entertaining but not one of those books that you can not put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 1/24/2013

    " Good story. Not my favorite style, but a very quick read. I like all the details about forensic science. Overall very entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanie | 10/23/2012

    " Typical Kathy Reichs, which means quick-moving story, witty dialogue, and lots of scientific details which I forget pretty much as soon as I finish the book. Good fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 5/29/2012

    " This book "Grave Secrets" was by far the best and my favorite. I have really enjoyed all of Kathy Reichs books to date. I am sure I will continue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma Katherine Williams | 3/26/2012

    " My first Tempe novel which not only made me fall in love with the characters, but also with the science. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zoe Jean | 2/7/2012

    " I got hooked, read every freaking one of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 9/20/2011

    " Loved the book, as I do with any of Kathy Reichs books. Always fast moving and enthralling. The forensics are fascinating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 5/2/2011

    " This one wasn't my favorite. You would think that I would connect with it, but somehow I just didn't... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 4/10/2011

    " I really enjoyed this installment of the Temperence Brennan series. I've enjoyed all of Kathy Reichs books I've read so far! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 4/7/2011

    " This book was okay but recommend this month's New Yorker article about the same time period in Guatelmala. Great investigative piece. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 4/6/2011

    " Enjoy is not quite the word I would use to describe the Temperance Brennan mysteries but they are fascinating. Gritty with hard science involved in the crimes the good guys win--more or less. Interesting revisit of the horrors of Guatamala. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 3/28/2011

    " It was an entertaining story line, but I think I already forgot what it was. In other words, it was entertaining while reading, but it didn't keep me thinking about it once I was done. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 3/23/2011

    " I just kept hoping for a bit more from this series. The forensic science is there, the mysteries are usually fairly interesting but the characters just leave me flat. I will probably not be going much further with this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 3/10/2011

    " Much better plots, more interesting suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 3/10/2011

    " Iam a Kathy Reichs fan. Her books move right along and leave you on the edge of your seat.
    clear consise and informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neti | 2/16/2011

    " I read this because a friend got me started watching the series Bones. This book series is what the series is based on. It was a good thriller, but I've read better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lily | 2/9/2011

    " not as good as the previous kathy reichs books that ive read, but still very enticing book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JayLando | 1/1/2011

    " Fast, fun and thrilling read. Less about "Bones" and more about the story. It does not push the over arcing tale of Brennan, but it does tell an interesting tale using South American graves and gangsters to tell a tale. "

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