Friday, April 4, 2014

Predator by Patricia Cornwell

Title: Predator

Author: Patricia Cornwell

Published: Sphere, 2005

Pages: 432

Series: Book 14, Kay Scarpetta

Summary: May contain spoilers! Scarpetta, now freelancing with the National Forensic Academy in Florida, digs into a case more bizarre than any she has ever faced, one that has produced not only unusual physical evidence, but also tantalizing clues about the inner workings of an extremely cunning and criminal mind.

She and her team --- Pete Marino, Benton Wesley, and her niece, Lucy --- track the odd connections between several horrific crimes and the people who are the likely suspects. As one psychopath, safely behind bars and the subject of a classified scientific study at a Harvard-affiliated psychiatric hospital, teases Scarpetta with tips that could be fact --- or fantasy --- the number of killers on the loose seems to multiply. Are these events related or merely random? And what can the study of one man's brain tell them about the methods of a psychopath still lurking in the shadows? (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:  So this is the 14th book in the series and as I was reading it, I found some of the storylines a little hard to follow within the book.  For most of the book I just couldn't really figure out what was happening and which story was affecting which character. 

Some of the characters had also gone through drastic personality changes which just seemed so crazy. There are also not really any mysteries any more.  Scarpetta doesn't go through evidence and talk about the technology and processes behind her investigations anymore.  None of the 'team' seem to actually like each other and so don't like to work together.

I feel like my thoughts on this book have been really negative so far and while trying to think of what I liked about the story, I found it really hard to actually find a good point.  What I will say is that some parts of the book were really intriguing but I felt like they were briefly touched upon and then quickly forgotten about.

It's like the more I read through this series the less exciting it gets.  I remember reading the first book and thinking that it was such a great book and I loved it so much, I kind of got caught up in how amazing the first few books were that I went out and purchased all of the books that were out.  I'm slowly making my way through the series and at this point I'm carrying on in the hopes that one of the next few books will suddenly pick up and become more amazing.  I think that I'll read the rest of the books in the series that I own but if they continue down their awkward slope I won't be picking any more books up in the series.  However, if it does pick up then I'll definitely continue on the series.  I believe I have another 4 or 5 books left in my pile so I may as well continue with them.

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