I am a big fan of books by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, so I eagerly dove into my review copy of Old Bones.
The story centers around Nora Kelly, a young curator at the Santa Fe Institute of Archaeology, who receives a once-in-a-lifetime proposal to lead a team in search of the so-called “Lost Camp” of the tragic Donner Party.
Nora agrees to lead an expedition to locate the camp and excavate it, in hopes of revealing its long-buried secrets.
But once they uncover some old bones from the camp, they expose the real truth of what happened, one that is far more shocking and bizarre than mere cannibalism.
A truth that someone will murder to keep.
Enter rookie FBI agent Corrie Swanson, who has been following up leads of a grave robber who is found murdered on top of a grave he just dug up.
The clues lead her smack-dab in the middle of Kelly’s archaeological dig, and the two team up to solve both cases, before they end up next on the hit list.
And yes, Preston & Child’s popular Special Agent Aloysius Pendergast character even manages makes a brief appearance.
Old Bones is a thrilling read, and I loved the way the authors took two seemingly separate stories and blended them so perfectly. I also enjoyed the way authentic history was fleshed out for this story.
I found both Kelly and Corrie were strong, intelligent women, and I enjoyed reading a thriller with well-written female leads.
I would give Old Bones a 4.5 out of 5, because it was a fun read but I’m not totally sold on the ending.
NOTE: This book came out in 2019, but I didn’t get a chance to review it right away. My apologies to the publisher.
Disclaimer: I received a e-book copy for review purposes from NetGalley. I was not compensated in any other way. My opinion is honest, and as always, my own.
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