This was a second read for me as I had originally read this a few years back, before I started the whole series. I am now a steadfast Kay Scarpetta fan and have gone back to the very first book and have been reading my way through the series. So I reread Predator to have the correct chronology with recurring characters. Not necessary though, as a stand alone book it is a wonderful mystery that grabs your attention and keeps you guessing. Patricia Cornwell always gives your mind quite a ride as you try to put the pieces together and figure out the case before Kay does. That's the challenge.
As old as the book is, I still enjoyed it tremendously! Scarpetta is always at the top of her game!
Cornwell's Scarpetta series seems to be descending into dysfunctional relationship analyses and departing from forensic analyses. This is the 14th and probably my last in her series
Patricia Cornwell sparked my interest in serial crime/forensic science drama, so I have a soft spot for her. However, I spend most of this book feeling like I was missing something.
It wasn't up to par with her previous adventures with Scarpetta. I found myself struggling to finish the book.
The story seemed to jump around from character to character and never really settled in one spot. There were too many characters with big stories that weren't given any real depth or focus.
This wasn't Cornwell's best.
I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did her earlier novels... In my opionin, she seems to be focusing too much on the characters and not enough on the case. Her older books had a much better balance between the two.
I love this author. This book was very good but there seemed to be things missing from between her last book and this book.
Cornwell's earlier books were much better written. This one was very hard to read; there did not seem to be any continuity throughout. Some of the victims were never explained and some loose ends never 'tied up'. Overall a very disappointing book by an author I used to enjoy.
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