Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell

Title: Scarpetta

Author: Patricia Cornwell

Published: Sphere, 2009

Pages: 500

Series: Book 16, Kay Scarpetta

Summary: May Contain Spoilers! Leaving behind her forensic pathology practice in South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta takes up an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured patient in a psychiatric ward. The handcuffed and chained patient eventually begins to talk - and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard. He says his injuries were sustained in the course of a murder ... that he did not commit. Is Bane a criminally insane stalker who has fixed on Scarpetta? Or is his paranoid tale true, and it is he who is being spied on, followed and stalked by the actual killer? The only thing Scarpetta knows for certain is that a woman has been tortured and murdered - and that more violent deaths will follow ...  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:  I actually thought this book was an improvement on the last few books in the series.  The mystery was a little different and I was actually really intrigued by who did it, how and why they did it.

I have to say that I did think it took a little while to get into the story as it was a little odd to begin with.  In fact, I was a little confused about how much it seemed to be similar to Gossip Girl in some ways which just seemed crazy.

I hate how the characters are all so unhappy and have so much drama in their lives that every time they aren't looking into the mystery of what is happening they're either fighting with each other or dwelling on how awful things in their lives seem.

That being said, I do think this book was a big improvement on the last few as I was actually really intrigued by the mystery aspect and there was more focus on it than there had been in previous books.  I just hope that the next book continues in this way.

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