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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as impressive as its predessors, 31 July 2002
This review is from: Grave Secrets (Hardcover)
I had anticipated this book for quite a while. After borrowing the first books and reading them one after the other I immediately loved them. I then went on to read all of the Scarpetta (Cornwell) books.
I pre-ordered this book and before receiving read several articles about the author. I am not sure if this in some way 'ruined' my reading.
When the book arrived I found that rather than read it as a book of fiction - I was reading it as more of an autobiography. Rather that make is more interesting - it dulled it in a way. It made it all too real and depressing.
I don't feel that Kathy Reichs developed the characters in this book, there was too much of a history lesson, too much medical detail (I appreciate the need to make it authentic but not to make it a medical text book) and the story line got lost between the pages.
I did like the story - but I don't think it lived up to the hype. Kathy Riches may beat Cornwell on the facts of the trade (so to speak) but Cornwell certainly develops her characters better in the Scarpetta novels (ignore her Isle of Dogs offering!)
Do read it, but don't set high expectations.
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