I, too, used to like the Scarpetta series. However, in the last couple of novels, Cornwell seems to be straining for plots. The previous one had a reliable friend going off the rails in an unlikely way. In The Scarpetta Factor, everyone is angry. I got very tired of listening to the rants of the various characters, which seemed immature and unfocussed. Also, no real plot developed until the second half, and then it wasn't very compelling. Maybe Cornwell needs to take a rest--or retire Scarpetta and come up with some other character. I could barely get to the end of this audiobook--almost gave up several times. Had I known the ending, I wouldn't have bothered, despite the price.
This is such a depressing book made even more so by Kate Reading's joyless reading. It's time for the Scarpetta crowd to grow up and start behaving like the loving, competent people they used to be. What I enjoyed less than the depressing story was Cornwell's show off acronyms in and out of the lab. I know she flies copters and uses computers, but I don't want every technical term explained to me.
On the whole, the book is well worth the time. The pace is fast and the different threads are woven together well. The ending wraps ups with some important things that are skipped over, but other than that... a generally good 'read'!
I read the negative reviews, and I agree at some times there was too much description...but I believe that all that is important as it sets up the next book/chapter in the Scarpetta players lives. I couldn't stop listening. I liked the way it jumped back and forth, it's like I was watching this great movie in my mind. and the narrator, Kate Reading, one word awesome! I honestly believed she was Kay and Lucy--it's just what I thought they would sound like. BTW this was the first time I have "listened" to a Scarpetta novel...I loved it and I loved the plot, etc.
I enjoyed this book. She still focuses too much on the personal lives of the charcters and the murder plot is not tight enough. But pretty good.
I think Cornwell was trying to tie the characters back together again. However, the mystery and excitement she used to have is gone. Benton's way too frequent use of the F word was uncalled for. I'll probably buy her next book just to see if she can still actually write an exciting novel like she used too and tie them all together. If she gets away from all the physco babble and back to the lab and crime solving she might have a chance.
I loved the first 6 books in this series. They got wierd after that. However, I still went back time and time hoping to rediscover the writer I loved and the suspense I craved. I was sadly disappointed again with The Scarpetta Factor. I absolutely without any doubt HATED THIS BOOK! Someone else said on these reviews "if I wanted this much drama I would watch 90210". I couldn't say it any better. This is the last time I purchase one of her books. Cornwall has managed to morph all of the characters into twisted, damaged, unintelligent ghosts of themselves. They are all either in therapy or should be. I think I should be therapy after listening to this book. The characters are all at odds with one another and keeping deep dark secrets. The series is now centered on their dysfunctional relationships verses a real plot. The dialogue is horrid. Cornwell couldn't even create a new evil she recylced an old one. The narrator is just plain BAD!!!!! She only makes this book worse. Bottom line.... Don't purchase this book it wil be a waste of money.