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Cruel And Unusual: Scarpetta 4 Paperback – September 2, 2010
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- Publisher : Sphere (September 2, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0751544531
- ISBN-13 : 978-0751544534
- Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.98 x 1.14 x 7.83 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,668,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One thing that puzzles me, though...how did Lucy go from being a ten year old girl to a seventeen year old young woman between book one and book four???
I first began reading Cornwell's Novels about 15+ years ago. For about ten years she attempted to begin a couple of new series with completely different characters. I suppose that most readers, much like myself, just wanted more of the Dr. Kay Scarpetta series and she did, finally, pick up her pen and resume this series. Her new novels are even better than ever! I am a huge fan!
By aimee on June 29, 2021
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In this book Scarpetta is dealing with the execution of a prisoner, whose records seem mysteriously incomplete, at which point all sorts of questions are of her, and the sort of lab she's running. As the bodies mount , so do the questions, because most of the bodies seem to be linked in some way to her lab in general, and her in particular. She then has to defend her reputation, while Pete Marino, and Benton Wesley try to solve the case.
It isn't, a bad read. It's just... midway through the book, Marino gives her a dressing down about her "Ice Queen" persona in the lab. This could be the point where Cornwell realises the error of her ways (she's admitting to the reader that she knows Scarpetta is cold), and tries to make her more likeable. Sadly, this doesn't happen. In fact Cornwell doubles down, reminding us how clever Scarpetta is, and how difficult it is for the intelligent to relate to ordinary people.
In short, she actually had the chance to change Scarpetta, and actively chose not to. It's that that irritated me about the book. Cornwell was setting herself up to change our lead character, had she wanted to, but no, she ended up steering her in a direction that ended up with me giving up on the series.
At least now I know when the rot set in.
To balance that Patricia Cornwell’s writing style has now improved considerably. Not that there was anything wrong with it in the beginning. But this book does contain some fine descriptive passages.
I’m really hooked on these books and can’t wait to read the next in the series
Housework had to wait as I was totally engrossed in Dr Scarpetta and her friends and, her enemies, of course
I understand that all you seasoned readers of Kay Scarpetta, understand exactly what type of person she encounters and I agree that some might find this particular installment to be "normal" but I've only recently come across this novel and I'm hooked
For anyone who has just started reading Patricia Cornwell, you're in for a Big Treat
This would of easily got 5 stars except for one thing, the ending. I read this book literally shaking with nerves at certain points (this may also have to do with the fact I was reading it the night before a big interview but heh, blame the book) and I was expecting a hugely exciting ending.. but it just didn't happen.
It felt insanely anti-climatic and even though the book had some amazing twists and turns, it failed to see them through to the end.
One particular twist was brilliant half way through the book but then the twist got un-twisted at the end and I was severely disappointed. The original twist would of made the book so much more interesting. (If you have read this, you definitely know what I'm talking about)!
All in all, all the characters were as enjoyable to read about as the first couple of books and I will continue reading, but I just really wished Cornwell could of actually finished this book properly!
I found it a good read, full of suspense, a good dollop of gore and then with this one we're left with a cliff-hanger which is always good. I'm hoping that some book down the line she picks up on it again.
My only criticism with her books is that endings tend to get wrapped up really quickly like she's running out of steam and wants to end it as quick as she can.
Worthwhile read though and some excellent throwbacks to a time before Windows 95.