I've felt like being fooled again by the author. Almost all the actions happened within a few hours in a day, even though Kay Scarpetta's mind has been wondering as far back as in 1997. The readers were made to think that everybody might be cheating on Kay or even betraying her. In the end, the confusion was mainly due to the fact that Benton and Janet (or even Lucy) haven't told her what they were doing. All the plots were made to render the story thrillerlike and to scare us. Eg. Marino was feeling that he was risking his life to save his colleague (Park Hyde) but he had found nothing and nothing had happened. Towards the end of novel, I just felt very disappointed as there was seemingly nothing new and it's just another stir-fry of all the old people and stories.
It's not clear to me why Kay was shown those video clips. This was not well explained or at least not very unconvincingly. Just to alert Kay to make her worry so much that she'd go to check on Lucy ? Saying that those videos would "clear Lucy's name while showing that Erin Loria is a compromised agent" (p.441, lines 12-13) or they "will derail what Erin Loria is trying to do to Lucy" (p.443, lines 2-3) doesn't seem to be an explanation to me. To me, those videos were used in this novel to misguide the readers, make us wonder and want us to think that something big might happen at the end. But at the end, of course, I've felt fooled or mocked.
And Chanel Gilbert was the one who saved Kay in South Florida about 2 months ago ?! Somehow, Chanel (of "special ops", p.463/14th line) was at the right time at the right place to rescue Kay but she's not close enough (in time and distance) to catch or stop Carrie Grethen from hurting Kay or killing the other ?! Is that possible ?! Of course, we had to discard the impression that Kay thought previously that Benton had saved her life ?! The author just needs Chanel to do that so that Carrie hated her enough to kill her later ?! Just to make up something (even for a not very good reason) in spite of the impossibility.
Another aspect is that Lucy's computer/cyber powerfulness could be changed whenever it's needed for the story of the novel. When necessary, Lucy was so good that she could hack into any system. But then when necessary, the CFC (Cambridge Forensic Center) under Lucy's protection, could be hacked by Carrie. We should have a face-to-face competition between Lucy and Carrie in the cyber security business --- probably the only thing that I may look forward to reading !
All the characters have their usual personalities and they're also the best in what they do. How incredible ! I feel that in most occasions, Marino is more like a working partner with Kay than Benton when Kay was working on cases. Benton is always aloof and secretive and one that you can't see through. At the end, the author has to write for Kay: "I can feel his love for me" (p.457, 2nd line). But I just don't feel so and think so. Benton's existence is like a function to create an invisible tension between his bureau / him ---- a FBI agent and a husband, and the Chief Medical Examiner (etc.) / Kay, to make the readers feel uncomfortable and intrigued. But after so many times, it's much worse than cliché and it's becoming so boring and unbearable that I've just felt fed up.
All in all, I wonder whether I should have the "determination" not to read any of the future Scarpetta series or any of the author's books ?!!!
p.348 (15th-16th lines): in the sentence "... the potpourri definitely hasn't been it in very long", "it in" should be "in it", I think....Continua