At Risk (Unabridged)
by Patricia Cornwell
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For decades, Patricia Cornwell has demonstrated her extraordinary ability not only to entertain and enthrall but to surprise as well. Beginning in January 2006, The New York Times Magazine serialized a brand-new Cornwell thriller, a book filled with all the chilling suspense, rich characters, and trademark forensics that have made her an international phenomenon. But what she does with those ingredients is a revelation. A Massachusetts state investigator is called home from Knoxville, Tennessee, where he is completing a course at the National Forensic Academy. His boss, the district attorney, attractive but hard-charging, is planning to run for governor, and as a showcase she's planning to use a new crime initiative called At Risk; its motto: "Any crime, any time." In particular, she's been looking for a way to employ cutting-edge DNA technology, and she thinks she's found the perfect subject in an unsolved 20-year-old murder-in Tennessee. If her office solves the case, it ought to make them all look pretty good, right? Her investigator is not so sure, not sure about anything to do with this woman, really, but before he can open his mouth, a shocking piece of violence intervenes, an act that shakes up not only both their lives but the lives of everyone around them. It's not a random event. Is it personal? Is it professional? Whatever it is, the implications are very, very bad indeed...and they're about to get much worse. Sparks fly, traps spring, twists abound. This is the master working at the top of her game.
Poor story, unlikable characters, no suspense. AVOID!!
Unless you have read or listened to another of her books and you like her style I would strongly discourage anyone from this buying this novel. There is little flow to her writing which makes it very hard to get into, in parts you feel like you are listening to a trashy romance novel that uses overly flowery language that does not fit in with the story line or mood that is trying to be created. The characters are inherently unlikable and I found myself wishing them harm. The "suspenseful twists" are predictable and could be seen a mile away by a blindfolded fourth grader. If there was a zero star rating this would get it.
Worst book on Itunes!!!!!
The reader is awful. She tries different voices and they all sound like crap. The characters are awful! I found myself wishing them all to die. Ms. Cornwell has lost her touch. Her book before this was not great so why am I surprised? I do not hate men and find her personal preference is creating stereo types of women stupid petty vain. Do not waste your money!!!!! Sorry I did. I even hated Miss Dog! I love dogs...it is that bad. You have to give a star in order to publish this ..otherwise I would not have given it a star....it is bad.
Though I was happy that this book wasn't another chapter in her tired Kay Scarpetta saga, I am disappointed in Patricia Cornwell's latest installment. I typically love this genre but found the story line a little convoluted and dull. Not Cornwell's best work.