Kathy Reichs used to be my favorite author, and I don't know if she's gotten into a rut, or if I'm just no longer enamored with her style, but either way, this book didn't do it for me. It was too self-aware, too precious, too bogged down in details. I used to enjoy the technical/medical details that Reichs includes, but this time I found myself skimming entire paragraphs. I was also annoyed w/ the excessively complicated plot line - as in past books, many seemingly unrelated deaths turn out to have a connection - it's clever, but confusing. I start to forget which case is which. I've also become tired of the protagonist finding herself in harm's way, kidnapped, beaten, left for dead - at least in this book, it was accidental, she was not knowingly doing something risky when she was abducted. (However, I found it HIGHLY annoying that the book starts with the good doctor already trapped, and then backtracks to the story as she remembers.) In the end, the criminals and the motive were believable, which was nice.