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.
I have loved all of the early novels by this author, and grew to really like the characters and what was going on in their lives. This effort, however, left me frustrated at the entire book- the author makes everyone angry and rude and tiresome (except for Rose as another reader said) - - and the book rambles and seems to include events just to get enough pages in. The dialogue was extremely monotonous.
I have read or listened to everyone of Patricia Cornwells books. While this one was not the best it was very typical of her writing and material she has done in the past. I hate to see a couple of bad reviews stop people from listening to this book. I downloaded it the day it came out and finished it in a few days. That is the definition of a good audio book. If you have enjoyed her past books you will enjoy this book.
By the time I listened to the first half of this book, I didn't care what happened to anybody in it. I went on to something else. It was really a waste of time.