Definitely not up to the her best work. In a word, Boring. Too long. Appears author was venting. Perhaps she is paid by the page? Solution an anticlimax. By the time I made it through 440 pages, I really didn't care who did it. Kay get some backbone or therapy. Quirky characters are one thing but these are àlso bland and one dimensional. I suppose you might come to the conclusion that I didn't like this book. Writer is usually top rate. Maybe next time.
Cornwell's novels used to be exciting & fast paced, however, the past couple Scarpetta novels have been more about her feelings about her 'familly, and how she is constantly parinoid about some thing or another. I wish she would go back to writing like she used to when she first started
I checked this book out twice and just could not finish it. I see nothing in it's content but the ramblings of a bored author who needs to fill enough pages to justify her monetary advance and honor here contract. Stephen King wrote in People Magazine that Cornwell hasn't written anything worth reading this century. Spot on, Stephen!
I haven`t read this latest novel and after reading the reviews I`m wondering if I should bother. I agree with the other comments. I`ve also gotten really bored with her mention of very expensive homes, clothing, watches, food, etc; etc. What`s the reason for this and what at all has her mentioning these things have to do with the story
Cornwell used to write interesting stories. But about 10 novels ago, she decided to expand her character's personalities. Which would be fine, except she can't seem to shut up about it. I get it that Scarpetta's partner (Marino) is a unreliable slob who's in love with her. I also understand her husband (Benton) is an unreliable narcissistic jerk. And I know her daughter (Lucy) is unreliable, gay and has a death wish. How do I know these things? Because Cornwell won't shut up about it. Every novel lately, you'll get those messages in the first 10 pages. And then throughout the book, again and again. No unreliability there, I assure you. Waste of paper.
Cornwell used to be so good. But, her last 8 books or so are very disjointed, not congruent with earlier stores with the same characters and really, just bad fiction.
The worst part of these is an ersatz suspence. She writes as if all the developments are DIRE, but then usually the loose ends are just forgotten and none of the details mean anything.
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