Number-one New York Times best-selling author Patricia Cornwell delivers the 23rd engrossing thriller in her high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.
Dr. Kay Scarpetta is working a suspicious death scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when an emergency alert sounds on her phone. A video link lands in her text messages and seems to be from her computer-genius niece, Lucy. But how can it be? It's clearly a surveillance film of Lucy taken almost twenty years ago.
As Scarpetta watches, she begins to learn frightening secrets about her niece, whom she has loved and raised like a daughter. That film clip and then others sent soon after raise dangerous legal implications that increasingly isolate Scarpetta and leave her confused, worried, and not knowing where to turn.
She doesn't know whom she can tell - not her FBI husband, Benton Wesley, or her investigative partner, Pete Marino. Not even Lucy.
In this new novel, Cornwell launches these unforgettable characters on an intensely psychological odyssey that includes the mysterious death of a Hollywood mogul's daughter, aircraft wreckage on the bottom of the sea in the Bermuda Triangle, a grisly gift left in the back of a crime scene truck, and videos from the past that threaten to destroy Scarpetta's entire world and everyone she loves.
The diabolical presence behind what unfolds seems obvious - but, strangely, not to the FBI. Certainly that's the message they send when they raid Lucy's estate and begin building a case that could send her to prison for the rest of her life.
©2015 Patricia Cornwell (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Cornwell's books run on high octane fuel, a cocktail of adrenalin and fear." (The Times)
"Forget the pretenders. Cornwell reigns." (Mirror)
"When it comes to the forensic sciences, nobody can touch Cornwell." (New York Times Book Review)
"Cornwell has created a character so real, so compelling, so driven that this reader has to remind herself regularly that Scarpetta is just a product of an author's imagination." (USA Today)
"Cornwell remains a master of the genre, instilling in readers an appetite that only she can satisfy." (Publishers Weekly)
"Another Scarpetta Triumph"
Great story as an old nemesis continues to dog Scarpettas steps. Performance was if not always well read from an English perspective. cant wait til the netxt one.
"Enjoyable performance by the narrator"
I thought the narrator was very good. She created the right amount of tension at the appropriate moments. I liked how she created each character through her voice & way of talking. Story flowed well & it wasn't an expected ending! I recommend to listen to it.
"Not much of the usual forensics but good story"
I prefer more of the forensic pathology in the Scarpetta books however despite there being less of this in the book the story was gripping a good read.
"Good but different"
Stick with this book, when I started it I felt it was very 'all about poor me' as in Kay Scarpetta. It took a while for me to really get into it but it was worth the wait.
Not in the usual style and feels quite bleak at times compared to the others in this series.
"Scarpertta at her best."
The tension of this fast paced book is Scarpetta at her best. The story runs fluidly leaving you begging for more in the next chapter. The story keeps you so enthralled that you can't stop listening.
It has to be a close call between Scarpetta and Marino who is still bitter , hurt and ashamed of his feelings for Kay. Marino 's feelings for Scarpetta run deep and he doesn't know how to deal with them other than striking out at Benton. As brusque as he is, he is actually a complex character who's feelings run deep and confused.
Susan Ericsson played Scarpetta extremely well and convincing and sounds like how I feel Scarpetta sounds. Even reading the male characters she still gets the subtle nuances of them
It is very difficult to pick one particular moment in the book as it is so complex and surprising, it is almost impossible to pick one moment. The whole book is one of Patricia Cornwell best books.
"Still Scarpetta, but not much changes..."
I probably won't listen to this book again. The Scarpetta stories are always good, but this one isn't quite as great as the others.
I was a little worried that Lorelei King wasn't reading this, as usual, but Susan Ericksen is actually really good and after a few minutes, i didn't really notice it was a different reader.
The Scarpetta stories are getting a little samey these days. they're still great, but I don't find myself being as excited by them as much as I used to
"Not as good as previous books"
This booked had a lot of personal story for Kay and less of the criminal and forensics which I why I have enjoyed previous books.
It skimmed over the crimes at the ending and was short about telling what had happened outright instead or piecing bit by bit as in previous books.
The story is painfully slow, any interest or suspence is replaced by frustration at the over description of everything. I've read all of the Scarpetta novels and this is the most disappointing.
I finished this so maybe! I won't pre-order again I'll wait for reviews
The reading is flat however the narrator can only do so much to jazz up a long winded story
New characters would make the next novel more interesting
I love Patricia Cornwell Scarpetta book and I have read them all. This book I found the storyline confusing and not all questions surrounding the plot regarding Lucy and Janet and videos were answered. I feel left up in the air with this book and the whole storyline concerning the FBI and Lucy was disjointed and not explained. It was a big chunk of the book but it wasn't fully explained at the end. Also, if my husband kept such important information from me like Benton did with Kay, I would have divorced him. I hope the next book, which I am about to start is a lot better plot-wise than this one. I am left disappointed and confused.
I've read loads of the Kay Scarpeta series and was so looking forward to this audible version, it's just that I kept waiting for the twists and turns that I have become accustomed to begin and they didn't disappointed so refunded
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