©2005 Cornwell Enterprises, Inc.; (P)2005 Penguin Audiobooks
the Gadget Queen
I used to look forward to every new Scarpetta novel. They were intelligent, tight and gripping, and the author's knowledge of forensic detail added an extra edge. But they have been getting very dark and very bizarre -- a serial killer who appears to be half man, half beast, presumed-dead characters showing up alive, Lucy the diehard lesbian having a torrid relationship with a man, ridiculous plots that get resolved in the last two pages, to name a few examples from recent books. And yet I keep punishing myself! What's so frustrating about this one, besides another far-fetched plot, is that it feels so out of context. I actually had to check back to see if I had missed a novel in the series. When did Marino become a muscle-bound biker? Why is he so mad at Scarpetta? Where does the aforementioned formerly dead, now alive, character fit into the picture? Why is Lucy trolling gay singles bars and (gasp) putting on weight? Time to retire the character or go back to a more classic formula with this series.
Definetly a Scarpetta fan, but this one was a big disappointment! The story just dragged by, and I went back several times thinking I must have missed something - but alas not! Our beloved characters were almost unrecognizable. I am not even sure how it ended.
I'm not sure why I keep reading Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta novels; each new novel I read is more disappointing than the last. This one is no exception. The novel starts off with a decent plot with several sub-plots thrown in that kept me wondering if I missed something. The buildup took up most of the book and the climax, when it came, was rushed and unsatisfactory. If you've liked her previous books then, by all means, listen to this one. Scarpetta whines and her nose is put out of joint by some perceived wrong doing by Benton, Marino still carries his torch for Kay and is angry throughout, Benton is long suffering and patient with Kay and for no apparent reason, Lucy appears to question her sexuality. If you listen to this book hoping the author has mellowed the characters with age, then you will be disappointed.
I can't hear the story because the narrator is so caustic and cynical in her presentation of everything that I am fighting my reaction to her throughout.
I've read all the "Kay Scarpetta" books from Patricia Cornwell and this one was a disappointment at best. I place most of the blame on the narrator who was extremely ineffective in bringing the charactors to life, and if anything, made most of them very unlikable.It was a 10 hour "grind your teeth experience"........save your money. If you need to read it get it from the local Library at no charge.
The various segments of this piece of work could have perhaps been assembled into a mediocre story, but this didn't happen. The narrative ends so abruptly, it is as if Patricia’s printer had run out of paper and she didn't know how to open the cassette door. (For this, her readers should be thankful.)
The novel is made even worse by terrible research into the many technical areas which keep being brought into focus. Anyone who would have the slightest interest in the high-performance Harley Davidson description would know that 139,000 RPM is about 130,000 RPM higher than any motorcycle will rev.
With Patricia’s help, Kate Reading’s rendition of male voices is not only ludicrous, the anger and irrationality expressed reaches the point of being sexist.
Kate also has a lot of trouble with words having French origins. A furrier transform is where a mink coat is converted into a stole, not the mathematical operation named after Fourier. The word fuselage does not rhyme with mucilage.
The many goofs and gaffes only add further to the impression that both author and narrator are greatly out of their depth.
This one is a stinker, all the usual characters show up and all suffer from some sort of neurosis. The bad guy is not worth bothering with and there seems to be no final resolution. Too bad, I liked several of the earlier Scarpetta books.
I used to be a fan of the Scarpetta books, but when Cornwell became a celebrity author she decided she no longer had to be socially acceptable in her books. This book had a horrible beginning, middle, and end. Otherwise, it was only very bad. Cornwell has totally lost any ability to write realistic human interaction that shows men to be anything other than vile creatures, and those are the "good" guys. Add a great deal of unnecessarily foul language and a rather stupid ending, and I would say don't waste your time with this book. I won't do it with any future books in this series.
I AGREE WITH THE OTHER REVIEWS. KAY IS SUCH A BITCHY CHARACTER. I USED TO READ HER BOOKS AND ENJOYED THEM. NOW ALL THERE IS ARE THE CHARACTERS WITH A BAD ATTITUDE. I KEEP SAYING(AFTER THE LAST 3) THAT I'M NOT GOING TO LISTEN TO ANYMORE,BUT I KEEP HOPING THAT THE WRITING WILL RETURN TO THE STYLE OF HER FIRST NOVELS.
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