I am an avid eclectic reader.
The story starts with Dr Kay Scarpetta freeing a leatherback turtle that is tangled in fishing lines and hung up on a buoy line, then she goes about bringing up a dead women. Then she is late for court and the judge and defence attorney rack her over the coals. Kay Scarpetta, of the earlier part of the series, would have not taken the question by the defense attorney. The Kay of this book has lost herself confidence and is questioning all her action and the people around her. Pete Marino is framed in a murder but it is Lucy who defends him not Kay. She is jealous of Benton Wesley new co-worker. The plot is interesting and suspenseful with enough twists to keep the reader on their toes. Lucy is the only person in the book that seems to be growing into a confident person. Wonder what the next book will bring, hopefully Kay will return to her old confident self.
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.
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.
I did not enjoy the performance at all. I listened to it because I paid for it, and I like following my characters once I have invested years following them. But the narrator sounds like a robot. It was really distracting.
No. Did not like the narrator.
Yes and no. I think the book could have been less wordy. At times it was a little boring but that could also be due to the often monotone voice of the narrator.
Kate Reading was good as some of the male characters but very unemotional as Scarpetta, Benton and Lucy. The interaction between Kay and Benton was not believable because it was more like two strangers speaking.
The concern for the animals.
The pre-Kate Reading Scarpetta novels had great narrators.