It's not worth buying. I've read all of the series and by far thought this was the worst. It was disjointed, hard to follow, and even the mystery was very predictable and not filled with any suspense. I hope it gets better from here.
I am a big fan of Scarpetta, but this book did not have the interest or coherence of the earlier novels. The perspective here has changed from first person to third person, and along with that change there is an odd penchant to repeat certain words and phrases over and over. I wondered if the author was paid by the word. The end is abrupt -- I had to check and make sure that I had not missed the end of the audio file. Overall, a big disappointment.
Patricia Cornwell is running out of gas. This book is her worst. Had it been her first it would never have been published.
The main storyline, Scarpetta's return as a consultant on a complicated case in the Virginia state medical examiner's office, is pure great Cornwell. The secondary story line, of political deterioration of that office, is left unresolved. Add the inclusion of Lucy (wonderwoman saves the day for auntie Kay, and is then crushed by a new homosexual partner) and Benton (reincarnated, a la Bobby Ewing, for a cameo role in Kay's emotions) and the result is a chowder with too much potato for this reader's taste... Yes, I will read her next book too.
There was a lot of repeat phrases and sentences like the author was trying to stretch the book into more pages and did this by repeating herself instead of filing in with worthy dilogue .
Better story line.
Not too sure, but I know it's not part of this series for a while.
I felt that this book was choppy and boring. It never really grabbed me at all. When it ended, I felt like "wait a minute....is that it???? I'm from Richmond, VA originally and now live in Florida so both areas make for very vivid pictures in my mind. However, this story was altogether boring and felt incomplete to me.