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.