My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Kay Scarpetta is back, consulting forensic pathologist for the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit, in her grittiest and most compelling case yet. In rural North Carolina, the brutal murder of eleven-year-old Emily Steiner has shaken a small town. But more disturbing are the details of the crime, chillingly reminiscent of the handiwork of a serial killer who has eluded the unit for years. Into this volatile atmosphere comes Scarpetta's ingenious, rebellious niece Lucy, an FBI intern with a promising future in Quantico's computer engineering facility --- until she is accused of a shocking security violation. While coming to terms with Lucy, Kay must conduct a grisly forensic investigation at a clandestine research facility in Tennessee known as The Body Farm. There she will find more answers to Emily Steiner's murder --- and evidence that paints a picture of a crime more horrifying than she imagined ..
I was a little worried after the end of book 4 as the feel of the books had become very oppressive with all the politicking going on in Kay's office, but the new FBI consulting job has injected a much needed breathe of fresh air. This book has a totally different feel and I can see a the series going on further. I will say that this is a transitional book so it is not so much about the case they are working as the people Kay has in her life. We learn a lot about all of them and most of them are going through life changing events. I have to say I am looking forward to seeing what happens with everyone next.