Flesh and Blood (Kay Scarpetta #22)
by Patricia Cornwell
Publisher: William Morrow
Release: June 30th 2015
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Mystery, thriller
How I got it: Received a copy from the publisher
Dr. Kay Scarpetta is about to head to Miami for a vacation when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their home. Is this a kids' game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be newly minted? Then she learns there's been a homicide five minutes away. A high school teacher was shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. Yet no one heard or saw a thing.
Soon more victims surface. The shots seem impossible to achieve, yet they are so perfect they cause death in an instant. There is no pattern to indicate where the killer will strike next. First it was New Jersey, then Massachusetts, and then the murky depths off the coast. There she comes face to face with shocking news that implicates her niece, Lucy—Scarpetta's own flesh and blood.
Review: I have to admit I've only read like one other of Ms Cornwell's books and it was quite a while ago. I was a little disappointed with it, at that, given Ms Cornwell's reputation.
The beginning was a bit slow to start, I had a hard time staying interested through the first few chapters. It did pick up but I still wasn't able to get into the story. I found the characters flat and I wasn't able to connect with them. I wanted to like Kay, yet just couldn't. Actually the only character I liked was Marino, because he didn't feel one dimensional.
I felt the story had potential and I did like Ms Cornwell writing style. I think if I had picked another book to start the series on I may have been hooked, but this one just didn't tickle my fancy.