I have listened to all of the books in Cornwell's Scarpetta series and have been gradually disappointed as the story goes along. I do believe #21 has done it for me... I am vigilantly trying to get through this book but I'm ready to give up. Most notably, my increased irritation comes from the grandiose description of the characters while trying to depict them as humble. Cornwell doesn't succeed and I get no sense of humility in her characters-- only how each of them are the very best at what they do-- have a lot of money and everyone else in their lives are pretty much beneath them. Her excessive description of the undying "thing" Marino has for Scarpetta as well as his "obvious jealousy" of her husband is just annoying. Don't get me started on Lucy... I'm thinking we are supposed to get the idea that she is this scary, dangerous element-- ummm... no--- again just really annoying.
It's possible that the narration is exaggerating the details I find so irritating but I think Cornwell has began focusing way too much on the inter-workings of the relationships between these characters rather than on the story itself. That works in a lot of books-- but not this one and not in the past 3 or 4 books she has written. I listen to crime novels for the elements of the crime-- not to hear the main character go on and on...and on about how wonderful she is. So, it's goodbye for now, Kay...
I just discovered Gillian Flynn last week and have gone through the 3 books she has on audible since. It has been a long time since I have found an author that holds my attention the way Flynn does. The writing is focused on the story and doesn't veer off the way so many of these mystery thrillers do. I also like the fact that all three of her books are stand alone novels. So many of the books I find on audible are installments of series that a lot of times are missing some of those books, generally the first book of the series. I am only disappointed I have come to the end of this 3rd book and look forward to her next novel.
Another author would have made this book better!
I have never written an audible review but had to for this book. This was the most horrible
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