The story meandered quite a bit. Character development was imbalanced and the ending was not tidy enough. This is not the best in the series but definitely not the worst for this genre of books.
Even for loyal Scarpetta fans, this book was a disappointment. More of a review and psychological analysis of all the characters and all that's gone before than a story that moves forward. If you've never read Scarpetta, this is not the book to start with.
I think this new book the Scarpetta Factor, is in fact one of the better Scarpetta books in recent years.
It is much more intimate. The characters again have interesting interactions, and are not overblown as in the previous book.
This book might be more character driven rather than plot driven.
I am not thrilled with the reader and interpretation of the characters. It seems that the characterizations in the former books were more delineated. That is my major complaint about this book.
I have read the Kay Scarpetta series since the beginning and have been a huge fan. This one is better than the previous two but still, something seems to be missing. I loved Benton coming unglued - he is human after all. Liked it but didn't love it.
This book ties many past disconnects, but I have a hard time reconciling the voice and the characters. Perhaps a better read.
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'!