©2003 Patricia Cornwell; (P)BBC Audiobooks LTD
Patricia Cornwell is a bestseller writer but this book is very hard to read. The story doesn't flow, it does not keep you attention at all. The narrator is average but the book is very weak.
First download from audible, loved the book and have already downloaded the next book in the Scarpetta series. Twists and turns right to the end. Enjoyed the narration. Listening to a few chapters a day, the book lasted a month. Good value I would say.
"One of the weaker Scarpetta novels."
As the title says, this is one of the weaker Scarpetta novels. For some reason Cornwell decided to switch from first to third person, and it jars a bit. It also highlights the weakness of some of the character development. The plot is also fairly ludicrous. I don't want to spoil it for anyone too much, but there are too many things going on, too many coincidences and a lot of unbelievable, contrived happenings, as well as one big surprise that feels like a very undisguised attempt to breathe some life and interest back into a flagging series.
It is also too repetitive, constantly reminding you of what has happened in previous books in a way which feels less like a helpful reminder than a patronising way of padding the word count.
It has not put me off other books in the genre because I already know that crime thrillers are not often literary classics, they are a bit of easy entertainment.
I have only listened to Lorelei King reading Patricia Cornwell books but she is very consistent and easy to listen to. Her range of voices is perhaps not the greatest but she conveys tone fairly well.
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