I couldn't put this book down - especially the parts that took place 33 centuries ago in ancient Egypt.
I gave this book three hours and finally gave up after 150 pages (of 408) as I found it too boring to continue. Well I guess it's not really boring per se, but I just didn't care about any of the characters and couldn't force myself to read any further.
There are two cojoined storylines: one is Kate and Max trying to identify a mummy and how she mysteriously died. The science of this is fascinating as is the budding romance between them. The other is the life and times of the mummy (in life, of course). This part is interesting too but too drawn out and tedious. I got to the point where I just didn't care enough to continue. The incest and female mutilation in the Egyptian society was just too disturbing to read about.
I expected a mystery thriller and this is more the life and times of an Egyptian princess not wanted by her mother (the queen) and her physician who is also her best friend which is kinda creepy considering she is 6 and he is over 30. Yuk.
I've been fascinated by Ancient Egypt for years, and I like a good thriller/mystery; so in essence, this book was almost custom made for me. While it had a great premise, it fell short. I had trouble getting into the characters, both the present set and the ancient set. They had detail, but werent relatable and seemed distant. Halfway through I found myself wondering when the suspense was going to start. Thurston does know her Egyptology, I will give her that. I very much enjoyed all the historical details, but they were so heavy and flooded the text that they detracted from the actual story.
Two/two and a half stars out of five.
If you like CSI and Ancient Egpyt, plus a little romance, this is a fun, fast read.