Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell

April 9, 2010 at 1:41 PM (Patricia Cornwell's) (, , , )


Leaving behind her forensic pathology practice in South Caroline, Kay Scarpetta takes up an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured patient in a psychiatric ward.

The handcuffed and chained patient eventually begins to talk – and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

He says his injuries were sustained in the course of a murder…that he did not commit. Is Bane a criminally insane stalker who has fixed on Scarpetta? Or is his paranoid tale true, and it is he who is being spied on, followed and stalked by the actual killer? The only thing Scarpetta knows for certain is that a woman has been tortured and murdered – and that more violent deaths will follow…


Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell is the first book among the Kay Scarpetta’s series that I read. Ever since then, I was prompted to start watching out for her other books as well. As the main heroine and also ex-Chief Medical Examiner, Kay Scarpetta is equipped with a large amount of knowledge in relation to forensic and with her husband, niece and colleague; they work together to find out the mystery behind the killings.

The plot is more than enough to captivate my attention as I went through pages after pages. With an intriguing beginning, the plot thickens and ultimately, finds myself caught in its web. Even with the large amount of suspense, Patricia Cornwell still described every situation with the utmost details that occurs and did not leave majority of them hanging in the air. The author clearly illustrates the thinking of paranoid people and what length people would go when being put down. Patricia Cornwell had certainly done well in exploring the vast human mind.

Aside from that, Patricia Cornwell still took time focusing on the aspect of technology and I was amazed at some of the machinery and devices that were involved in Scarpetta. The author brilliantly shows what technology is capable of and how it helps in several of the investigations that were carried out. By combining traditional forensics study and modern technology, it had certainly boost the reading-worth of the book.

However, due to the fact of Kay Scarpetta being an expert in forensics, there were some medical terms that I couldn’t understand but fortunately, did not hinder me much in finishing the book. This also applied to when some technical procedures were carried out and sometimes I had trouble understanding what had really happened.

Overall, Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell is a fantastic read and if you’re a forensic buff, then it’s even better. As I had said before, I would definitely be looking out for her other books.

Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell

Rating : 5


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