Rambling dialog left me wondering why I bothered listening till the end. The villain is so poorly developed that the plot does not hold together. Waste of time.
I could hardly finish her last book, and got this one because reviews said it was going back to her original style. However, this one too, is one I am having to force myself to finish. In the beginning I always liked the Scarpetta character, I find now, I really dislike this person. I do NOT like person Cromwell has turned her into. This might well be my last book. The narrator does NOT do the book any service. Just the way she reads it makes it painful to listen to at times.
I was very disappointed in both the narration (too dramatic) and the book. Kay is now angry, self analyzing and melodramatic. I've read all the Kay Scarpetta books, and didn't like this book at all.
While the story line is a continuation of the previous plots, it really added nothing to character development. The reader was also inconsistent; overly dramatic at times and too bland at others.
Overall this book had a decent "plot" but as with many recent novels by Cornwell this one lacked the ability to finish what it started. Within 10 minutes you go from the beginning of the "tip" point to credits. Everything wrapped up with no real conclusion. Very disappointing.
I've read all of Patricia Cornwell's books and been a fan of Kay Scarpetta for years. But this - between the narrator's unyielding whispery monotone (like nails on a chalkboard) to Kay seemingly losing her backbone while allowing all of her "loved" ones to treat her like the senile great aunt who came to dinner....A hugely disappointing purchase and sad to see/hear a favorite character turn into a neurotic, hyper paranoid, one-dimensional shadow of her former self. Utterly depressing storyline and thoroughly unlikable characters.
I used to love Patricia Cornwell. But the last few books have gotten worse and worse - her main character, Scarpetta,needs to be in Benton's hospital! She has too many issues to be believable in the role she "plays". and there's WAY to much digression and rabbit trails. I've read or listened to all her books up to now - don't think I'll be getting any more.
Finally, Cornwell got us back to the magic of the beginning of the series where the science and the characters were the center ... not weird, unbelievable plots. I did occasionally struggle with hearing the change in voices, but overall a really true-to-the-written-word naration.
This was one of those times. I was two-thirds of the way through and I just did not see the point of going on. I was no longer interested. The main thing wrong was the main character - Scarpetta. Cromwell has turned her into one of the most self-centered egotistical paranoids I have ever seen. The story is lost as the mental ramblings of Scarpetta as she goes on and on about how this person slighted her, lied to her, or is out to get her. Even her closest family and friends (Benton, Lucy, and Marino) are lying or undercutting her. It just kept going on and on. It was just too painful to listen anymore. Usually, even with a bad book, after I have this much time invested in the story, I want to see it through to see the resolution. But in this case, there was not even a significant story to keep my interest,
The narrator was OK. I actually began to feel sorry for her.
Yes, I did, I skipped the first half of the book! I started listening on my MP3 player and accidentally selected Part 2 instead of Part 1, and you know what - I never noticed!!! I never caught on that I had started in the middle, until the last hour, when things started wrapping up, and I began to wonder what was going to happen in "Part 2"!
I tried to go back and listen to the first part, but since I already know the end, I couldn't get into it.
I am a Scarpetta fan, but this wasn't really all that thrilling - seemed more about moving the characters along.