Review: Written in Bone: Hidden Stories in What We Leave Behind by Sue Black

Title: Written in Bone: Hidden Stories in What We Leave Behind

Author: Sue Black

Narrator: Sue Black

Length: 11 hours and 41 mins

4 stars out of five
4 stars – It was really good

Trigger Warnings: Discussions of pedophilia, murder, serial killers, prostitution, child death and abuse, rape, molestation, survivors guilt, torture, and executions. Graphic descriptions of dead bodies. 

Forensic anthropologist Sue Black takes on a journey to show how pieces of our remains can be used to solve crimes. She draws on her own experiences and case work to show us how even the smallest piece of remains can be used in forensics. 

This was a fascinating book. I have always been interested in forensic anthropology so hearing about Sue’s experiences in the field was very fascinating. Each chapter covers a different part of the body and how that part can be utilized in the forensic field to identify the body or uncover the potential cause of death. I loved that she discusses her actual cases and how the steps she took to reach her conclusions. 

I was also pleasantly surprised by her frequent cases that involved archaeological sites and the stories she told about them. I considered a job in this field in college because of the potential to work in archeological sites, so I really enjoyed those stories. My only real complaint was that at times it did get very technical in terminology and body parts that I would get a bit confused as to what was being discussed. 

Overall, this was a fascinating look at forensic anthropology. I am definitely going to pick up her other book now as well because she is a great writer and makes learning about these topics fun. Also, I think she did an amazing job at narrating this audiobook and I loved how she pronounced some words.

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