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At Risk (Win Garano Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

A good quick read

In the few pages of this book, I felt Ms. Cornwell gave real insight into the characters. The only disappointment here was the similarity of her Win Garano character to James Patterson's Alex Cross in the grandmother character. I think Ms. Cornwell could have been a t...
In the few pages of this book, I felt Ms. Cornwell gave real insight into the characters. The only disappointment here was the similarity of her Win Garano character to James Patterson's Alex Cross in the grandmother character. I think Ms. Cornwell could have been a tad more original there. Overall, though, I found the characters fresh and interesting. The plot also had originality and enough twists to keep the reader guessing.
Because of the brevity of the book, there was not a lot of the redundancy found in some of the longer volumes today. It was a good book for travel as it could be finished in a few hours. Without getting graphic, there was still sexual friction between several of the characters leading one to wonder where these relationships might go in a future novel with the same characters. (And I do see that this is #1 in the Win Garano Series.)
This book also skimmed over all the forensics which I found refreshing after so many books and television series getting overly (in my opinion) graphic in this area and concentrating on this aspect so much that there isn't much plot development.
I found this a welcome departure from so many of the books of this genre.

posted by LouiseJH on April 20, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

At Risk -- What happened to Ms. Cornwell?

I have been a true Patricia Cornwell fan for years looking forward to every release. Not only was "At Risk" disappointing for it's lack of content it was disappointing to see Cornwell wrote it as a vehicle for an angry political agenda. As a fan I look forward to her we...
I have been a true Patricia Cornwell fan for years looking forward to every release. Not only was "At Risk" disappointing for it's lack of content it was disappointing to see Cornwell wrote it as a vehicle for an angry political agenda. As a fan I look forward to her well developed characters and plots and lately both have seemed tired. I will wait to see reviews before I buy her next novel.

posted by read4funAZ on July 9, 2009

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

    Patricia Cornwell's new protagonist was disappointing

    I felt the plot was uninteresting and did not feel it was developed the way the Scarpetta novels were.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2007

    Disappointed by Cornwell

    I was very diappointed in this Cornwell book. I found it very dull to read. Not an edge of your seat thriller here !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

    Very disappointing read

    I am a huge fan of this author and have read all her works, but I am so disappointed in this one! The story line seemed very fast-paced and too hard to follow - I expected much, much more from this author and could not believe the ending - I kept thinking there had to be something I missed somewhere! I almost returned to the store and asked for my money back!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2006

    at risk all right...

    I've been an avid reader of Patricia Cornwell who usually can't put down one of her books. This is an aweful read. Very stale, undeveloped characters. A far cry from the Scarpetta novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2006

    very disappointed

    I've read all of Patrica Cornwell's, Kay Scarpetta novels. This was nothing like them. A waste of time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2006

    Didn't she learn from the Andy Brazil series?

    Cornwell has introduced us to a new character which, for those of us who have followed Kay Scarpetta for years, welcome the idea. The idea is welcome but it appears that Cornwell had a dream about a new character and then wrote it all down when she woke up. Just like a dream, there are big holes in the plot, character development and focus. It wanders from one character to another without warning and, upon completion of the book, the reader has a feeling of having interrupted a conversation in the middle of it. A complete disappointment reminiscent of the Andy Brazil series where the reader ended the book thinking, 'What was that about?'. Patricia Cornwell should refund my money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2006

    Disappointing!

    Unlike many Patricia Cornwell books, this was easy to put down. It was also short, and involved characters about whom it was difficult to feel much. I look forward to another Scarpetta novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2006

    Not her best effort

    I was truly disappointed in this one. It felt like it only covered the surface and didn't delve any deeper. Finished the book but still had a lot of unanswered questions about each character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2006

    Choppy Read

    Not her best but also not the worst Cornwell that I've read either. Story is very choppy from the start and never gets into a smooth flow at all. Scarpetta books are much better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2006

    nothing original

    The book's jacket alludes to this thriller being new and original however, I found nothing that a 1 hour television episode has not already done. The characters fit stereotypes, and the plot is predictable. Very disappointing novel for a big Patricia Cornwell fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2006

    Not her best by far!

    I have read all of Cornwell's and by far this is not her best work. I was hoping for a book like her early ones. Big disappointment for Cornwell fans!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2006

    200 pages too short!

    I didn't get the same thrill when reading this book as I usually do with Cornwell novels. The plot was really thin - the whole thing was diluted and did not pull you in. The characters were not developed and Cornwell could really have expanded on every aspect of the book. It just sort of began and then ended, it had no middle. It was not Cornwell's best work, I expect more from her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2006

    Where's the suspense?

    Has she used up all her incredible experiences? You can see the climax, or should I say anticlimax, coming a mile away. I never felt a connection or concern for any of the characters.

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