The first half of the book was like a beach without water. I repeatedly threatened to stop listening, but stayed with it because of all the rave reviews I'd read before I purchased it. I kept thinking it's got to "get good" sooner or later. The characters, including the heroine, seemed entirely self obsessed with needlessly long dialogue that didn't help much in the telling of the story. This is the first Scarpetta story I've encountered and it will be the last.
If I had encountered these characters in "real life" I would have walked away. Make me like at least some of the people I'm learning about. I thought the court grilling Scarpetta received was totally unrealistic. The lawyers behaviors were over the top, and I never did understand what their behavior had to do with the story.
The four plus stars this book rated when I first chose it make me wonder about the judgement of those writing the reviews. It has a lower rating now, so I guess I'm not alone in my reaction to it.
After reading the first page of reviews, I figure I am again in the minority. I thought the story line was predictable. It was nice to see all the characters together again 2 books in a row. If it were still summer, I'd say it's a good weekend beach read. Where I'm really in the minority is my opinion of Kate Reading. I love listening to her. If it weren't for her, I probably wouldn't have made it to the end.
My first Cornwall audio book, bought because of interesting TV interview, but it was just so badly narrated and so full of meaningless detail that it was a turn-off.
Yes, I won't waste my time on this kind of mind anesthesia again.
I don't even think she is a very good cook...
I have read or listened to every book Patricia Cornwell has ever written. I will never listen to Kate Reading again. This is the worst narration I have ever heard. Ruins a very good book.
Usual Scarpetta excitement.
Boring monotone. Poor characterization.
With a better narrator telling the story.
I have read all the Kay Scarpetta novels and have enjoyed most of them. However, this last novel, Kay seems to be a complaining, somewhat souless character. Her attitude to Marino, who used to be a good friend is always angry, her relationship with Lucy seems somewhat disconnected, as wtih Bently. And when the villain is finally identified, it is almost as if Ms Cornwall had no idea who should be in this role, and quickly selected a character we had not met before in the story. So all in all this novel seems discordant and disconnected.
I usually don't read reviews on books. I find out for myself. How ever I will only read Cornwell books/listen if I see and excellent review. I don't ever have a problem with Kate Reading.
It was more about disfunction with the characters than the store of a crime.
She is a good reader.
They all are having break up type issues. This book is more about relationship problems than the story line of crime.
Very sad that Cornwell has lost the focus of her books which are the crimes.
Like the first few Scarpetta but they keep getting worse and this was dreadful - so many sub--'plots' - (it's hard to even consider them plots) - none came together and then the end just happened!!!!! Not a 'surprise ending" , just a "I've used up enough words and now time to publish" end).
A sensible plot just never developed.
She made the best of what she had to read.
Initially good characters to draw from but absolutely no resemblance of a story plot.
It was entertaining albeit a bit too long and detailed on nonessential details. Informative and very creative in concept. Good
And Buffalo George
I liked the book. It was interesting and kept me in it as I listened while driving I-10. Scarpetta is becoming more human with attendant foibles. The technical expertise throughout the book is amazing and indicated much author research. Sometimes, the detail is excruciating. Also, I think it's a bit unbelievable that Scarpetta and hubby don't share case secrets, even after sex...that complicated solving the crime. The bad guy wasn't even introduced until about an hour to go. This is not the first time Cornwell has done this to me, so next time I'll just float around for the first 7/8 of the book and not try to guess whodunit.