Reviews - What do customers think about Predator (Kay Scarpetta)?
Dear oh Dear.... Oct 27, 2008
First off I've got to say: I didn't *hate* Blowfly or Trace -- even though the part about Benton's 'death' was pretty riduculous. I mean, if your loved-one kicked the bucket, and then you later found out (after months of excruciating grieving) that he was still alive, and everyone in your life knew about it EXCEPT for you... Well, let's just say Scarpetta really has an amazing capacity to 'forgive and forget'!
Anyway, Predator. I repeat: dear oh dear. I'm really not a fan of Patricia Cornwell's weird present-tense writing style. Her later books read kind of like scripts... and not very good ones at that. It was a struggle to get through this book. I don't want to give away the ending, but Gees Louise! It'll just leave you scratching your head and saying 'WTF??? Are these people blind or something?!'
There are so many things wrong here. One of the things that especially struck me, however, is when this woman --whom the killer has captured-- commits suicide by hanging herself. She's supposed to be a very religious Christian woman... so, forgive me if I'm mistaken, but wouldn't suicide send her to Damnation? There's no way such an evangelistical-type person would do such a thing! That's writing 101.
Usually, I really like Patricia Cornwell's characters... but what is with this Dr. Self? I mean, sure, there's plenty of narcissistic people out there - but come on! She is sooo over-the-top it's bordering on ridiculous. I don't understand how anybody could take her seriously.
'Predator' is very sloppily written, much more so than either Blowfly or Trace. Sorry to rant and rave, but one just expects a certain level of professionalism when purchasing a book, but 'Predator' seems never to have come under the eyes of an editor. Sadly, I cannot recommend this book. I mean, just look at the reviews on here: by giving it two stars, I'm actually RAISING its overall rating. Tisk, tisk.
My last Scarpetta book Oct 11, 2008
For years, since I first discovered Patricia Cornwell, her books were on my "buy in hardback" list. I began to be disillusioned with her when she brought Benton back to life, and this book didn't give me any reason to change my mind. I waited for the paperback, read it, and decided that I don't need to waste my time reading Cornwell any longer. I don't enjoy all of the angst - I kept wishing that Kay & Benton would just TALK to each other, for goodness sake! I used to like these people, but not any longer. The mystery itself was okay, but for me all the sturm and drang outweighed that part of the book. If you want a good forensic mystery, read the Tempe Brennan books by Kathy Reichs.
What's wrong with this book? Aug 24, 2008
This might not be Cornwell's best Scarpetta book, but I enjoyed it. The characters are growing and evolving as they should. I thought the end of this book was a real shocker and very creative. What really amuses me about these books, however, is the timeframe of the stories: in 20 years, Lucy has aged 20 years while Scarpetta and Pete have aged about 5 years. Don't you find that interesting?
PREDATOR IS A FANTASTIC READ! Jul 29, 2008
I just reread Predator to compare it to the more recent Book of the Dead by Cornwell. I absolutely loved Predator and have a feeling that the one star reviews from people on this board either 1) didn't get the point of the book, as it was a bit complex, or 2) are simply looking for some tired old regurgitated prepackaged crime story that follows a recipe to a predictable end. This is never the case with Cornwell, who constantly amazes me with her originality, and timeliness of her original research. Yes, one had to pay attention while reading this book but for those of us who actually enjoy the unfolding of a story, that's the fun of it. For those of you who want something simpler or more predictable, try another author-keep it up Cornwell-we love it!
Predator Jun 30, 2008
I have always found Patricia Cornwell novels excellent. I enjoy the ones with Kay Scarpetta in them... have not enjoyed the others as much. I have read every book with Kay Scarpetta in them and am anxiously awaiting the next one.