I picked up The Sacred Bones by Michael Byrnes at the library just by chance. I was just browsing, and ventures to the new books shelves and picked this one...hmm, thriller with a conspiracy theme to it. I tend to enjoy them so it came home with me and I'm glad that it did.
Here's the blurb:
Across the Mediterranean in Italy, American forensic scientist Charlotte Hennesey has been hired by the Vatican to examine the contents of a newly discovered archeological treasure: a two-thousand-year-old ossuary containing the bones of an unidentified, crucified man--the first complete skeleton of a crucifixion victim ever found. Together with Italian anthropologist Giovanni Bersei, Charlotte makes startling forensic and genetic discoveries that lead her to wonder--could these be the bones of Jesus Christ?
With the situation in Jerusalem veering out of control and the malevolent eye of Vatican security expert Salvatore Conte watching her every step, Charlotte puts two and two together. She knows that if the mortal remains of Christ are indeed in the burial box, the implications--for history and science, for religion and the Church--are frighteningly vast. And even more immediate is the question of whether the Vatican will allow the information--and Charlotte--to see the light of day.
The book deals with a very controversial subject. What would happen if the bones of Jesus were found? Can you imagine? This book gives us a little bit of that. It brings up questions: Are people ready for such an extraordinary discovery? What about other religions?
Questions aside. The book was wonderful. I loved the way that the author just grabbed from the beginning and didn't let me go until the very end. It was fast paced, the whole story takes place in seven days. The characters were interesting, and their own private stories blended into the book.
I highly recommend it!
Rate: 4.5/5, Library book and also added to my shopping list