The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver {Book Review}

If you’ve watched the movie adaptation of The Bone Collector and found it to be a waste of time; forget about the movie and just read the book.

It’s 100 times better than the movie because there aren’t any removed scenes from the book. It has all the emotion, all the details, all the more suspense.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Lincoln Rhyme, a quadriplegic and ex-forensic criminalist, is known to his peers as the world’s foremost criminalist.

He’s called on to assist in tracking a serial killer, called The Bone Collector, with a method to his madness. At first he’s reluctant to help, but soon finds himself engrossed in the clues the killer leaves about his next kill.

NYPD Patrol Officer Amelia Sachs finds the initial homicide scene, and Rhyme agrees to the case on the terms that Sachs is his legs and arms in the field.

Together they work to solve the clues left behind and stop the killer before he claims another victim, while working on the rocky relationship between each other.


The plot is complex with many threads reaching out to different avenues of the story. The book has a fast pace and intriguing enough to want to keep reading.

Even though the thriller was focused on the killer’s actions and catching him before he took his next victim, the main characters were given their own sub-plots.

Lincoln Rhyme is insanely brilliant, and somewhat condescending. Understanding his predicament is important to understanding his character’s views and choices, even if some aren’t up for agreement terms.

His ability to piece together the case (with surprising help from Sachs) and get into the mind of the killer is equally terrifying and fascinating.

Amelia Sachs is pulled into the story during the worst timing of her life and is asked to assist on the case. She’s driven and bright, and surprised me in some scenes with her quick thinking and ability to look beyond what’s in front of them.

Rhyme and Sachs make a great team and their working together is what ultimately brings the killer down.

There is high level of detail in the killer’s scenes and might be an uncomfortable read for some. I believe it’s strategically done to show the intensity of the horror and fear that the victims are subjected to. The killer is twisted and merciless, and each time he’s planning and executing, it sends a chill down your spine. Also, the killer’s identity reveal was mind-blowing (thankfully I watched the movie many years ago so I still had the opportunity to gasp at the revelation).

The details from the victim’s point of views add to the horror element, knowing exactly what they are thinking and feeling during their last moments.


This is a complex and tangled plotted thriller book that is worth every page. Chilling scenes and descriptions to keep you on the edge of your seat as the hunt for the killer evolves.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 4.19 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.

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