Dr. Annabelle Schwartzman has finally found a place to belong. As the medical examiner for the San Francisco Police Department, working alongside homicide detective Hal Harris, she uncovers the tales the dead can't tell about their final moments. It is a job that gives her purpose - and a safe haven from her former life at the hands of an abusive husband. Although it's been seven years since she escaped that ordeal, she still checks over her shoulder to make sure no one is behind her.
Schwartzman's latest case is deeply troubling: the victim bears an eerie resemblance to herself. What's more, a shocking piece of evidence suggests that the killer's business is far from over - and that Schwartzman may be in danger. In this pulse-pounding thriller from award-winning writer Danielle Girard, a woman must face her worst nightmare to catch a killer.
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3 Stars Mixed Feelings
Did I actually PAY to hear this train wreck?
Forensic and police procedural errors too numerous to count. I actually finished the book just to see how bad it could really get. Answer: Very.
The main character, who vacillated from cringing, hand-wringing incompetence to foolhardy acts of "bravery." sometimes within the same scene. Also, the overlong internal dialogues. And seriously, Bella, get a grip! Grow a set! A medical examiner can't think of a more effective anatomical spot to drive a pen into on an attacker than his upper arm? Really?
The narrator did about as well as she could with such material. Given that the main character is such a wimp, I guess we cannot fault the narrator for a whimpering delivery.
I would cut about 90% of the scenes where Bella thinks, "On the one hand I could do this and...no...no...something bad could happen. But on the other hand I could do a different thing and something even worse could happen. However, on the third hand....oh, screw it...I'm just gonna DO something here, even if it's ridiculous and gets me killed."
Although I made myself finish the book, it is definitely not a keeper. Takes more than throwing around some jargon to produce a good legal/medical/psychological thriller. And what did the title Exhume have to do with the actual plot?