My first book by Patricia Cornwell. I'd heard a lot of good things about her novels (had not read any of the reviews here, though) and thought I'd give this one a try. I'm not sure "enjoy" is the right word for a thriller, but I did think it was well-plotted and liked reading it. I also liked the different story lines and the two or three unexpected twists.
I did not like how miserable the characters were all the time: Marino, Lucy, even Scarpetta is gloomy most of the time. I also did not like how brutal the descriptions of the crimes were. They were terrifying. Too close to reality. Not good for escapism, which is what I look for in a book of this kind.
I will probably wait a long while before picking up another Cornwell book and when I do, I think I'll go for an early Kay Scarpetta story, following the advice of those who say in their reviews that the first Scarpetta books were better.
Not the best Kate Scarpetta novel.