I read the book when it was new and loved it. They story is good, but the time reference is abundantly clear. WOW! How things have changed from the early 90s!!!
Many have posted a poor review of C.J. Critt however I find her voice to be very reminiscent of early Hollywood actresses like Lauren Bacall.
Once recognizing that style I found her performance to be very nice.
Fake southern accents impeded enjoyment of content. Would enjoy the reader if characters were read "straight" with Standard American accents and interpretation was minimized. Wesley, Moreno, Wingo are beloved characters who need the listener to interpret them.
I was disappointed at who the killer was... not an OMG moment but this is the first one in the series so it will be nice to see how she evolves as a writer.
blind Kindle TTS user
I discovered the Kay Scarpetta series back in the '90s, and have enjoyed it ever since. I will admit, though, that I am most fond of the early novels, for a wide variety of reasons, most of which involve my own personal preferences. This is vintage Scarpetta, and it's wonderful! I really like strong female characters who show excellence in their professions of choice, but who are also deeply human, and try as hard as they can to manage their work and personal lives with grace, enthusiasm and compassion. They don't dither much, and they accept themselves, understanding that all people have strengths and weaknesses, and it is how we work with those things that is important, in the long run. Kay Scarpetta has always been a kind of role model for me, because she demonstrates so many traits that I admire. I really enjoy the other characters, too, and always find visits to their world engrossing, challenging and exciting. Like all of Ms. Cornwell's novels, this one has hair raising suspense, hold your breath action scenes, and lots and lots of twists. One thing I love about this series is the way this author can drop some subtle hints, knowing her readers will catch them, and, even though experienced mystery fans will *know* that they are being presented with a primrose path, the author is so good the reader will be drawn in, and meander down the path she is pointing at, while, with slight of word, the author works quietly behind the reader's back to slip in clues the reader completely misses ...until the very end. After finishing one of these books, I find myself laughing, and thinking, "You did it AGAIN!", and then laughing at myself, thinking, "yes, and I fell for it AGAIN, quite happily".
I especially like this narrator, and she is a perfect match for this series. Her interpretations of the characters sound just as they do in my mind, which is rare enough to be noticeable.
characters, plot, forensic detail
I had actually read this book years ago. My sister introduced me to this author and I've been a fan ever since! I wanted to purchased it on Audible to add a voice to the characters... To see if what I heard matched what I pictured in my mind's eye. The narrator did a great job. I didn't want to stop listening.
The story was weak and the character of Lucy served little purpose, but overall the book was enjoyable. I understand this was the first in the Scarpetta series so I look forward to the author's development of the character of Kay Scarpetta.