I have to agree, whilst it didnt take me three weeks to finish, i was very disappointed when i turned the last page-not because it had ended as usual but because it was all so confusing! The story was far-fetched and unbelievable and the characters including Marino and Kay are unrecognisable. Give Marino some self respect back and tell Kay to get back to Virginia where she was someone! I will buy the next if only to see what depths Patricia can go to.
Just finished Book of the Dead after a pause of a few years. Last book I read was Black Notice.
I started reading these comments (and the other thread re: past her best) out of curiosity, and thoroughly agree with all the critique.
I was very disappointed in the Book of the Dead and at one point I thought that I was reading Cornwell's notes rather than a story. The characters have degenerated rather than mellowed/matured.
I felt short-changed.
I was on the Amazon site thinking I would pick up a few of the books I had missed in-between. I'm so glad I looked into this forum first. It has saved me from further disappointment.
My recollections of avidly reading her books, and anticipating her next, has been replaced by a feeling that a good character (Scarpetta) and the twisted and exciting plots were now a shadow of what they were.
I am saddened that others also think this (I thought I had perhaps moved away from her work due to other committments and had forgotten her style of writing) and, although I would like to think that any new work Cornwell publishes in the Scarpetta series will be back to the gloriously gripping style of her earlier works - if the Book of the Dead is representative of her new style, then I will echo the call for the dispatch of Scarpetta to the waste paper bin. Sue