Although I have read or listened to almost every Scarpetta novel, there has been disappointment in her last few. I keep hoping the writing will return to the kind of relationships and story lines in the early years--but no.
I had high expectations for this one based on the summary from the publisher- it sounded really good. It held my interest up through the first half of part one, but after that, the continual obnoxious behavior the characters all have for one another began to grate. No one, and I mean NO ONE, is a likeable person. Even Kay and Benton seem to have contempt for each other. There is just no connection between any of the the characters that makes me say "yes--I'd like to see what happens down the road" with these people.
Now I must comment on the narration, which is mentioned by several other people. At the beginning, Lucy sounded a bit like an aging valley girl. As the book went on, her voice smoothed out, but always sounds like she is agitated. Kate Reading is not very good with male voices either. It sounds like she is trying too hard. I really wish they would at least try another narrator--maybe Anna Fields.
The story line did come together at the end, but I didn't like the way it got there. If you can get past the narration, and you are a real Scarpetta fan, you probably will like this book ok.
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