Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review: Chaos: A Scarpetta Novel

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Book Review: Chaos: A Scarpetta Novel

Chaos: A Scarpetta Novel

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About the Book
About CHAOS: During the twilight hours on an unusually hot autumn evening in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her investigative partner Pete Marino respond to a call about a dead bicyclist. It appears that twenty-six-year-old Elisa Vandersteel has been killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River, seemingly attacked with almost super human force. As the investigation unfolds, Scarpetta will quickly learn that seemingly random events leading up to the girl’s mysterious death are connected and her world as she knows it, will be plunged into CHAOS.

Even before Scarpetta’s headquarters, the Cambridge Forensic Center, has been officially notified about the case, Marino and Scarpetta’s FBI agent husband Benton Wesley receive suspicious calls, allegedly from someone at Interpol. But it makes no sense. Why would the elite international police agency know about the case or be interested? With breathtaking speed it becomes apparently that an onslaught of interference and harassment might be the work of an anonymous cyberbully named Tailend Charlie, who has been sending cryptic communications to Scarpetta for over a week.

Stunningly, even her brilliant techy niece Lucy can’t trace whoever it is or how this person could have access to intimate information few outside the family would have.

When a second death hundreds of miles south, shocking Scarpetta to her core, it becomes apparent she and those close her are confronted with something far bigger and more dangerous than they’d ever imagined. Then analysis of a mysterious residue recovered from a wound is identified as a material that doesn’t exist on earth.

CHAOS will once again prove why Cornwell has stayed at the top of the bestseller list for more than 25 years and continues to earn fans with her complex plots and stunning and realistic scientific details. With a unique cause of death and cunning suspect, CHAOS will keep readers guessing until the end. And when readers think it’s over, Cornwell delivers the sharpest blow of all.

My Take on the Book
I have been reading the Kay Scarpetta novels by Patricia Cornwell for years and each book seems to get better. This book picks up where the last one lets off and you get to get drawn in by the serial killer that continues to plague Scarpetta. What I love about these novels is not only the rich description throughout the book, but also the characters and the family dynamics and "chaos" that ensues. While Scarpetta's character has flaws, she is still a powerful female protagonist and she offers the reader an amazing calculating approach to investigation. I am always amazed at the passion that she has for her position and for being the voice for the dead even to the detriment to the relationships with the people around her. The book has many twists and turns and keeps you guessing, but is a fast engaging read that any past fan of the series will enjoy. Even as a new reader, there is enough context to pick this up and read this without having the backstory of the past novels as well!

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