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This review is from: Red Mist (Kindle Edition)
I've been reading Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta books for years. The first 8 or 9 novels in the series are some of the finest forensic crime fiction ever written and many writers before and since have yet to beat the high quality of these books - Cornwell included. The last couple of years her books have gone rapidly downhill in regard to quality.
I very rarely give up on reading a book before the end (I've only done this perhaps 5 times in the past 10 years) but Red Mist is so incredibly boring that I got to the 50% mark and then deleted it from my Kindle in frustration of my wasted time. The content in that 50% (roughly 250 pages) consists of just 2 (yes, you read that correctly) long conversations and not a lot else. As well as treading over the same subject again and again (and again) in these conversations, boring me to tears, the story itself is very uninteresting anyway. Scarpetta is more arrogant and unlikeable than ever (which is saying something!) and her opinions of Marino and Lucy (how could Jamie possibly not love her!?) are sickeningly getting worse in each book.
It's fair to say I didn't like this book. And as a fan of the series generally - especially the earlier books - I am genuinely disappointed with Cornwell and her deteriorating and (now) unlikeable writing style. When her next book comes out I am going to wait to see if it has mainly favourable reviews before I buy it and if it doesn't then Cornwell has lost a longtime fan.
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Initial post: 21 Mar 2012 15:47:36 GMT
Amazon Customer says:
I agree completely, wished I hadnt bothered reading to the end
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2012 16:50:19 BDT
Me too. Lucy, Lucy, Lucy. I don't care about Lucy any more!!!! Boring ending, rubbish plot, just wish I could get a refund!
Posted on 2 May 2012 19:54:38 BDT
I was going to buy this book, but having read feedback have changed my mind.I have read her books from the beginning and would say they were the best, and agree that her books have gone downhill,the last one I never finished as I found it so boring
Posted on 5 Dec 2012 09:49:38 GMT
P. Whatley says:
Sadly, I agree. Cornwall has completely lost it, her last few books have been boring, full of tedious dialogues that last for pages, streams of consciousness and worst of all, she is turning the main characters into strangers, I just don't recognise them. I'm sure Scarpetta wasn't such an introspective, unlikeable person in the earlier books.
Posted on 27 Dec 2012 09:21:15 GMT
Amazon Customer says:
have to agree with the reviewer, her books have become long and boring. i loved her early books too.
Posted on 30 Jan 2013 14:23:25 GMT
I completely agree, her early novels were riveting, I bought everyone of them but now i would not go near a book of hers. I had to leave one of her books down half way through and I was so disapointed. I wont even bother to read a book of hers now even when i get them free....what a pity because she was great.
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