Patricia Cornwell Message Board
Patty Oi posts on 6/25/2007 4:41:32 PM
I read all the Kay Scarpetta books and did not like the 3rd person style, it made the story and the characters feel less personal. By the time I finished Predator I feel cheated because following the story and characters became very difficult to follow. The characters and their personalities changed and no longer worked together. Out of curiosity I will read another KS book if it is written, however. I absolutely loved all of the earlier books.
Emma posts on 6/19/2007 3:47:23 PM
I was just wanting to know what everyone thought when they started reading Blow fly and it was written in the third person. I love the Scarpetta stories and somehow become her when I am reading. Now in the third person I don't find it as easy to get into her head and understand her.
What does everyone else think?
Elisabeth posts on 5/26/2007 5:04:49 PM
I think PC should write a prequel to the Scarpetta novels. It would be interesting to read about how she came to be the Cheif ME of VA.Or maybe she could write about Kay's law school or med school experience. Either on would be enjoyable.
Amy posts on 4/23/2007 11:02:04 PM
Thanks for the information on At Risk. I will not be reading that book sense it isn't a Kay Scarpetta book. There are about a million books I would like to read and generally try not to waste my time reading things I don't think I would like. I wasted enough time with Andy Brazil. Also, Denise, I did like Predator. I just didn't like that I didn't know what happened to Rudy and why Pete was acting so crazy all of a sudden. So I am going to leave At Risk to other readers that have time for it and will read other books as I await a new Scarpetta novel!
Denise posts on 4/23/2007 5:08:42 PM
I think I'm the only person in the world that liked Predator. I enjoyed the story line and the murders that she wrote about. However, I do not like how she is driving her characters into the ground. I absolutely love the early books. I think Kay and the gang all went sour when she thought Benton was dead.
Julie posts on 4/20/2007 12:32:59 PM
Hello Amy and Denise,
I too have visited this site over the past 6 or so months wanting some answers to questions but was put off by the on-going argument. (Of which I know nothing, I admit and care even less) Amy, At-Risk isn't part of the Kay Scarpetta series. I have not read it. I have read and/or listened to the entire Kay Scarpetta series and at times it was a love/hate experience. Patricia Cornwell's writing style can be frustrating to me. Blatant questions left gapping open. For example, I previously ask about Janet, who like Rudy seemed to disappear without an explaination. One minute they are front and center and then gone (without a "TRACE"). I did not like Predator at all. It didn't even feel like PC's writing. Storyline so difficult to follow and sick. I can't believe how Lucy seems to have deteriorated as a character but I appreciate the reasoning for her unraveling. The whole series seems to be going through a major shift. (Pete and Kay, Kay and Benton, Lucy and Kay). I really loved this series early on, as I said I really didn't like Predator, too much of the insanity of the killer. I hope the next Kay Scarpetta focuses more on the characters of the series. I also enjoy Tess Gerritsen Series of Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles, Lisa Gardner Series of Pierce Quincy and Rainie Conner, and my VERY FAVORITE Series by Faye Kellerman of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. Happy Reading, Julie
Amy posts on 4/17/2007 10:40:14 PM
Thanks Denise! Right now I am reading Conspiracy in Death by: J.D. Robb. So maybe I will try At Risk after this one or maybe I will wait awhile to see who else has something to say about it on this forum.
Denise posts on 4/17/2007 5:44:39 PM
At Risk is something completely different. Good luck following it, I love PC and have all of the Scarpetta series and most of the Andy Brazil. I could not finish the book. Maybe I'll pick it up later, but I don't suggest you start reading it right after reading a Scarpetta series book. To me it just threw me off.-Denise
Amy posts on 4/13/2007 11:53:38 PM
Well, thank God! I have been looking on the internet for the last hour for a PC discussion group. I just finished reading Predator today and felt like I have missed a book because Rudy was such a big part of Trace & Blow Fly and apparently, fell off the face of the Earth in Predator. At least now I know it wasn't just me. I intend to read At Risk next but, I so many other books from the library I need to finish it will be awhile. I hope it is good but, sounds like it might be a little convuluted. Man, I had almost given up on PC after reading the Andy Brazil books, but I didn't I certainly hope I don't have to give her up after At Risk.
Also, earlier someone asked about books like the Scarpetta novels that would be good. I was given a J.D. Robb book for Christmas (not the most recent) but, it was great and I have started reading the "In Death" series. I didn't think I would like it at first because, it takes place in the future but, it is really good and you don't have to read them in order (at least I'm not). I am just reading whatever I can get my hands on.
Is Rudy in At Risk? Is anything explained in it about what happened to him? Don't give anything away these are yes or no questions so a simple yes or no will suffice.
Daphni posts on 4/4/2007 9:34:01 PM
I am with you all the way , Jen. If we can't be positive then kindly refrain.
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