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The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell
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Dec 31, 2011

did not like it
Read in December, 2011

I read all her early books, I still have them on my shelves and then I read one that made me think - no more. So I stopped. Saw The Scarpetta Factor on sale and thought I'd give her another try. Oh dear. Wished I hadn't. What on earth has happened to the writer she once was? POV changes all over the place - including the same paragraph - that left me confused. I liked reading just from Scarpetta's POV. I liked her as a ballsy character and what I read in this book was a stupid woman who should have known better than to wander around in the dark, should have known better than to take that parcel to her apartment.It's not good enough to say afterwards that she knew she'd made a mistake, she's not supposed to be like that. She's careful and methodical and I wanted to love her again and I couldn't. I had no idea what the issue was between her and Marino - missed that book. Benton - who I used to love - is a weak shadow of his former self. The notion of his protecting Kay by playing dead for sooo long - seems off to me. There was just so much wrong with this story. I was really disappointed.
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Tammy Adams I totally agree!

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Maria Meagher Completely agree. Marino tried to rape her in an earlier book. Yes, we've moved that far away from the original characters. That's when I stopped reading until unfortunately finding this one on a plane. I don't expect writers to take reades' wishes into account when characters evolve. I had no issue with Karin Slaughter or Gerald Seymour killing off favourite characters or Stephen King condemning Roland to a Third Policeman-like doom of hell on earth, but I expect it to be at least believable.

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