Let's get this bit out of the way: The recording itself is uneven. The narrator recorded the book in many sessions, which is entirely understandable given the book's length. Recording sessions, however, must have been done on different equipment or using different settings because some sections sounded completely different -- something I found very annoying and a wee bit unprofessional.
Now onto the book itself. The storyline was OK, maybe even interesting in parts. I'm a fan of Cornwell's books -- her early books. Of late she has gotten more and more sensational, and her main characters have gotten more annoying. (Except for Pete Marino, who is still gruffly loveable.) The main problem with the book, though, is that Cornwell must have said to herself, "Well, this book is long enough," and wrapped it up too quickly. The ending was so abrupt that I found myself sitting with my headphones listening to "We hope you have enjoyed...," not realizing that the book had actually ended.
Not one of her better works. Good thing I was listening to it when I was doing housework, otherwise it would have been a waste of 12 hours and a few sawbucks.
I have read or listened to all of Patricia Cornwell's books and enjoyed most of them. Isle of Dogs took awhile to get into the humor of it but I even enjoyed it. This one was a bomb. I was listening while on a long car trip. I had saved this for a special trip where I could listen to the whole story uninterrupted. Unfortunately, I had no other stories with me so I listened to the whole thing. It was such a disappointment. I wished that I had heeded the advice of the other reviewers.
I have always enjoyed Patricia Cornwell's writing until now. This book was horrible from the unlikely happenings (everbody is just so rich now)she flopped back and forth so much it was hard to follow. The ending was a total wash out I think she looked at the calendar and realized the book was due so she finished it in two minutes. Her worst book. Hope she gets it back together.
I have always enjoyed Patricia Cornwall's characters, especially Kay Scarpetta and Pete Marino. The novel builds to a disappointing conclusion. It felt like she just got sick of writing and stopped, without tying up alot of loose ends...what about "Sweetie"? How did the killer connect with the Paulson girl? Why the rush to the conclusion? A REAL disappointment to a fine beginning.
I am a true Cornwell/Scarpetta fan, but I must admit - I was not terribly thrilled with this book. I agree with a previous reviewer -the whole thing involving Benton and Henri was stretching things a bit, and I can't imagine Scarpetta allowing things like what happened with Dr. Marcus to continue. She didn't seem nearly as strong and forceful to me in this book. Also, I felt that in Blow Fly, things were starting to cook between Lucy and Nic, which in my opinion would have been infintely more intriguing a pairing. I'm glad Marino is finally taking care of himself, though! All in all, I have to give this book only 2 stars - it's interesting, but not nearly what I was eagerly anticipating after reading Blow Fly.