I was shocked to see average reviews for this book. I went ahead and ordered it because I have really enjoyed Patricia Cornwell books in the past. I didn't like this book. It was slow and uninteresting.
I not sure what to say other than it was darn right awful. The story was hard to follow, the author jumped from one subject to the next leaving the reader trying to catch up. If this would not been on audio version so i could do something else while i listen, I never would have got past the first chapter.
So disappointed in all of her books over the past few years and I used to anticipate each of her books and could hardly wait to read them. This book was dull and boring and I didn't like any of the characters. Maybe because of the narration? I could hardly struggle through it and couldn't tell you what the end result was.
I have never written a review before and I like most of what I read or listen to. But I have to say something. I hope her editor reads this and speaks to her.
It was a frustrating listen. I kept thinking that I had somehow purchased an abridged version. I never understood what was going on. I would rewind and try again. I am still wondering what happened. This is a big stylistic change from the beginning of the series. I really don't like it at all. I LOVED the early books.
I don't think PC even wrote this one. Even the medical details were wrong. What doctor starts CPR only to stop a minute later? What did the story have to do with the title? There was no mystery to slove, no clues left laying around, all details of the murders were wraped up in a couple of paragraphs. It was all subplots and didn't have a plot.
I have loved PC's books. They have fueled my interest in forensics, but this one was a waste of my time. I've never given another book a rating this low before.
This author is excellent, her written voice and ability to tell a great story put her at the top of my list. If I were rating the book alone it would receive a 10!
Sadly, the choice of narrator is confusing. Her voices don't follow her characters and leave you wondering just where and what she is thinking. Dr. Scarpetta and crew deserve better!
In the future I will be more aware of who is reading my favorite authors. This book would be far better on paper.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
I love Dr. Kay Scarpetta and the other characters who have been a part of the Cornwell stories for years. But this book was not enjoyable.
(A minor spoiler alert:) First of all, Pete Marino turned into someone stupid and almost unrecognizable. Second of all, Kay and Benton were ridiculous, immature and rigid. I was actually so annoyed by the ways the characters were portrayed, the choices they made, that I was rooting for the book to end.
The villain in the story was somewhat interesting, so I gave the story 4 stars. But "average" is the best I can do for my rating of this book. Patricia Cornwell slipped with this one.
What happened to the brilliant plot, suspense and charaterization of books like Post Mortem. After Cornwell's last book I vowed not to bother with reading anymore, however, I then heard that the latest "Scarpetta" was getting some good reviews. I decided to listen to this one, in preparation for Scarpetta. I stuck with it, but only just. These characters are beyond cliche, they are tired and ridiculous - you cant help but wish a serial killer might come and get them all!
The characters were poorly developed, the story was missing a direction (no flow), dialog was confusing (by who was saying what) and seemed to be disconnected. The largest problem was that the narrator didn't seem to know what's going on or portray the dialog with any fashion of coherence.