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Initial post: 7 Dec 2007 21:05:15 GMT
D. A. Shaw says:
this is by far the most awfull book I have ever read.I can as a rule finish her books in 3 days ,this one took almost 3 weeks.very poor

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2008 14:39:18 BDT
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.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Sep 2008 17:14:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Sep 2008 17:18:00 BDT
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My recollections of avidly reading her books, and anticipating her next, has been replaced by a feeling that a good character (Scarpetta) and the twisted and exciting plots were now a shadow of what they were.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.
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