Chaos

Chaos New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns with the remarkable twenty fourth thriller in her popular high stakes series starring medical examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta In the quiet of tw

  • Title: Chaos
  • Author: Patricia Cornwell
  • ISBN: 9780062436726
  • Page: 174
  • Format: ebook
  • 1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns with the remarkable twenty fourth thriller in her popular high stakes series starring medical examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta.In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, twenty six year old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River It appears she was struck by lightning exce 1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns with the remarkable twenty fourth thriller in her popular high stakes series starring medical examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta.In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, twenty six year old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River It appears she was struck by lightning except the weather is perfectly clear with not a cloud in sight Dr Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center s director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental Act of God.Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie Though subsequent lab results support Scarpetta s conclusions, the threatening messages don t stop When the tenth poem arrives exactly twenty four hours after Elisa s death, Scarpetta begins to suspect the harasser is involved, and sounds the alarm to her investigative partner Pete Marino and her husband, FBI analyst Benton Wesley.She also enlists the help of her niece, Lucy But to Scarpetta s surprise, tracking the slippery Tailend Charlie is nearly impossible, even for someone as brilliant as her niece Also, Lucy can t explain how this anonymous nemesis could have access to private information To make matters worse, a venomous media is whipping the public into a frenzy, questioning the seasoned forensics chief s judgment and a quack cause of death on a par with spontaneous combustion.

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    1. Ok I've marked it as read but I've only read about 15% not even quite that. I don't know what this is but its nothing like a story. Garbled nonsense. It took me ages to work out what was actually HAPPENING in the first bit. Scarpetta walking to a thing, Marino yelling at her on the phone about a thing, or something. I'm still not clear on where she was walking TOO even though there was some rubbish about a lecture. I just don't get it. Then frankly I skipped forward a bit and still garbled there [...]

    2. Call it a strong 3.5 stars!Having reached the impressive milestone of twenty-four Kay Scarpetta novels, Cornwell takes readers on another journey into the fast-paced life of this popular medical examiner. While attending a seminar in Cambridge, Scarpetta is told of a complaint called into the police for disturbing the peace, apparently involving an argument she had with her assistant. Detailed information knowable only to someone who was close at hand, Scarpetta is baffled as to who might be lur [...]

    3. I do not understand the folks who say this is fast-paced, suspenseful, engrossingArgh. Seriously I may not even be able to finish it. Chapters and chapters of filler, of back story, of internal monologueI don't need to hear about Benton's rich family, wonder if he was driving the Porsche or the Audi, and have his and Kay's relationship explained to me over and over. I'm really getting tired of the Kay-is-so-well-known-everyone-is-out-to-get-her crap. She's a medical examiner, for crissakes. Peop [...]

    4. This is chaotic, indeed, and needs some serious work to turn it into anything near an exciting read. There’s very little plot and lots of rambling so that we don’t have a dead body till 20% through the book, Scarpetta and Marino don’t arrive at the site of the body till 30% and the forensic examination is only at 60% - in between we have massive padding, lots of rehashing of past storylines and just pointless meandering.I haven’t read a Scarpetta book for years and my heart sank to find [...]

    5. Patricia Cornwell's entire Kay Scarpetta oeuvre deserves reading, including this book. No one else writes with such verve and authority about the tales the dead tell in the autopsy suite.That said, this book started very slowly and with an annoyingly constrained style. Too much repetition of "I can't say this, she/he can't tell me that," and much too long a scene at the Harvard Faculty Club. (yes, really)The pace picks up once Scarpetta is on the scene of an odd electrocution and then rockets to [...]

    6. Bizarre messages from a cyberstalker that are meant to confuse and create fear…Phone calls purportedly from Interpol…a body found in a Cambridge, Massachusetts, park that appears to have been struck by lightning – on a storm-free night. These are just some of the peculiar occurrences in Patricia Cornwell’s Chaos. The book begins strangely, with Pete Marino, long-time police associate and friend of medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta pulling up to her near the Harvard campus to insist on d [...]

    7. I keep asking myself why do I bother to continue to read this series. Cornwell has gotten into a typical pattern and the ending is easy to figure out. On the other hand, the forensic detail is most interesting and new developments in the fields are also included in the story.Kay Scarpetta is head of the Cambridge Forensic Center in Massachusetts. Kay is called to a scene after a 23-year-old cyclist, Elisa Vandersteel, is found dead. Also on scene is detective Pet Marino. On the personal side, Ka [...]

    8. This is the most disappointing, tedious, nothing-happening book I have ever read by a seasoned mystery author. If I could give it zero stars, I would.I will not belabor this review with a plot summary, as there is practically no plot to speak of, and others have recapped well what little there is. Suffice it to say that an inordinate amount of attention is given to Kay Scarpetta's incessant heatwave discomforts and unhappy, often smug mental musings. These are given full play during the endless [...]

    9. I think it's time for Patricia Cornwell to hang up her pen. This story is excruciatingly slow and the title describes the author's mindset while she was writing it. Cornwell has always loved describing things but in this book, she's outdone herself. If she describes once how her bare feet in fancy shoes feel slimy, she tells us half a dozen times. She describes her husband's clothes almost down to the colour of his socks. She describes his cars while wondering which one of his many rich man's to [...]

    10. There is too much time in Scarpetta's head and none of it good. When did Marino get hot? I feel like he's a whole new character from where he started and that's not a compliment. I feel like the author has lost a hold of the characters she created. And I also learned I don't like Kay all that much. Once with Benton shame on her. But to find out about Briggs, whom I thought was a father figure to her. Now we learn gross. And she thought about other men and how good looking they were or weren't th [...]

    11. This one was just as disappointing as the last couple of books featuring Kay Scarpetta. It takes a long time for anything significant to really happen, and by then, you just don't really give a crap. We have more of Scarpetta's inner ramblings to herself, everyone being so secretive's really getting old.At least in this one, we get to know more about her sister, Dorothy- now she's a piece of work. Otherwise, the plot is weak and there were no real surprises. Can't say I really recommend this one [...]

    12. Perusing other reviews of this book, the 24th in the author's series featuring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, I was a bit surprised to see a few naysayers. Yes, I agree the story moves along slowly (sometimes almost excruciatingly so) until the very end, where I, at least, got a jolt. Yes, the esteemed doctor remains what I'd call paranoid egotistical - everybody's out to get her but since she's so good at what she does, she somehow never quite understands why. But that said, in many ways t [...]

    13. What saves this book for me is the forensic investigation and the science. What makes me roll my eyes (yet again) is the on-going conspiracy plots against Scarpetta and her extended family. Tiresome and unconvincing. Who in the world fixates on a forensic scientist and then plots for decades to destroy them. And now, not unsurprising, fans will face the nature vs nurture argument in future installments.

    14. Interestingly, to me at least, I finished Book #24 for the Alex Cross and Kay Scarpetta series within a matter of days of each other. While I am forced to reiterate my ongoing diatribe about Cornwell's love affair with her own characters, most especially the evil and vindictive Carrie Grethen, and for spending WAY TOO MUCH TIME rehashing the backstories of all the series' characters, I liked this book much better than her last one. Unfortunately, the murder mystery does not even start until 20% [...]

    15. Not the least bit satisfyingI rated this book a 2 because for me at least it is not the good follow-up to the last book it could have been and that when I finished it I felt like I had wasted my time in reading it. Cornwell's books are generally captivating and advance the bigger story much further than this one did. I kept waiting for this book to start but all it seemed to have was a big beginning, a short ending and nothing much in between. The book is mostly about one day and goes into a lot [...]

    16. Chaos is Patricia Cornwell's twenty-fourth engrossing thriller and the very best of Patricia Cornwell. I highly recommend Chaos. This hardback would make a lovely present specially with Christmas in a few months time. Chaos is ideal for a fan of Patricia Cornwell or a newcomer to Patricia Cornwell's books. In the quite of twilight, on an early autumn day, twenty-six year old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning excep [...]

    17. I hate to do it but this book was pretty bad. I've read every single book by Cornwall and liked them, some were better than others, but all were up there with best authors. This book was boring and I had to force myself to finish it because I kept thinking it was bound to get better. She spent most of the book inside Scarpetta's head and suffering from heat, the worst heat in Cambridge, Massachusetts, history and on and on. Moreno was big and bald and sweaty and mean as usual. Benton was distant [...]

    18. I read a bunch of Patricia Cornwell's early Scarpetta novels when I was in high school and college. I identified with her main character, forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta, for multiple superficial reasons: Scarpetta attended medical school where I'd gone to college; Scarpetta attended law school where my mom did; Dr. Marcella Fierro, the former Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia, upon whom Scarpetta's character is based, gave a lecture in one of my classes in medical school. I liked Scarpetta' [...]

    19. I'm still amazed that Scarpetta can hold my attention when the book is basically set within a 24 hour period, but hold my attention she did.This book is called Chaos and I feel as the reader you experience this right from the word go where Marino is talking to Scarpetta on the phone and nothing is making sense to anyone. It sets the scene for the continued Chaos and the return of a much-hated enemy.The relationships between the characters is so well defined. I love that Kay is still not 100% abo [...]

    20. I've read all the books in this series and this book may be the one that makes me stop. The amount of time spent on details that do nothing to move the story along is an annoying habit PC has gotten into with her last couple of books.e is way too fascinated by fancy cars, watches, helicopters, food, technology, etc, etc.d she goes into excruciating detail about all of it!It's time to get rid of certain characters in this seriesMarino being the first.llowed by Carrie and Bryce. I remember a time [...]

    21. I found this a disappointing read and nowhere near the quality of previous books. It felt very laboured, the plot development was slow and the characters' reactions to circumstances I felt were contrived. It's hard to put a finger on it but the central protagonist, Kay Scarpetta, failed to engender any empathy and was unnecessarily abrasive with anyone other than those who worked for her. It wore a bit thin after a while.The plot centering around the evil adversary, Carrie Grethen, takes a bit o [...]

    22. Not sure exactly how to rate this. The beginning was too slow and too repetitive and filled with a lot of unnecessary description.However, the story and pacing picked up toward the end.It's been years since I read one of these books. It was sort of fun to revisit this series, and the ending was sufficiently intriguing to make me consider reading the next one.Grade: C+

    23. The Scarpetta series has been getting more unreal, and paranoid for the last few years. The details used to be fascinating in their realism, not tiresome. It's become like a superhero comic, peopled by 2 dimensional cut-outs. Scarpetta is an ME, but she increasingly comes off like a head of state in the Cold War, targeted by evil powers the world over (who ALWAYS come back to life, like a 1930s children's adventure serial.) Lucy is a stunningly beautiful genius, a child prodigy, inventor, multim [...]

    24. I've recently jumped back into Patricia Cornwell's famed Kay Scarpetta series. My love/hate relationship with the main character caused me to shelf the series for some time, but I couldn't stay away for long. For my money, no one writes with the thrilling reality that Cornwell does. Given my enjoyment of the past couple novels, I came into this latest one with high expectations. This 24th installment begins with Scarpetta and her FBI agent husband Benton attempting to have dinner at the exclusiv [...]

    25. This is the 25th book from Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series.This book crawled at a glacial pace for 2/3 of the book. It always amazes me that Cornwell will go into such painful detail about things that are completely meaningless to the story. She will then finish the story in proper fashion when she has met her page limit called for by her editor. She will even throw in a twist here and there at the end to make you think to yourself. I really enjoyed this book. She almost makes you forget the sna [...]

    26. Patricia Cornwell has a publisher that doesn’t love bloggers, but her books kick ass. For this reason, this white-knuckle thriller was one of perhaps half a dozen books on my Christmas wish list for 2016. So here, in this spot where I traditionally thank the publisher and the site that facilitates them, I will instead thank Benjamin, his lovely wife Amie, and their baby boy. Between them, they gave me three delicious books, but this is the one I had to flip open as soon as the Christmas celebr [...]

    27. I was first introduced to Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta novels when I was 16 and working a cleaning job while doing my A levels. One of my colleagues lent me the first few books and ten years later I'm still an avid fan. I give Chaos a 3* rating. This is because although it's slightly better than the last few in the series it's still not what it used to be. The story opens with Scarpetta on her way to meet Benton for dinner. It's red hot weather and she's walking against her better judgement [...]

    28. I have been a fan of Patricia Cornwell for several years now and I have all her books. When I was offered the chance to not only read and review her new book ‘Chaos’, but to kick off the blog tour, naturally I jumped at it.I love the character of Dr. Kay Scarpetta and I suppose that I am more than a wee bit envious of her job. I have two ‘fantasy’ jobs, one of which is a medical examiner and the other is as a criminal/ forensic psychologist.No matter what is thrown at her, Kay Scarpetta [...]

    29. There is certainly a heightened sense of suspense with Chaos, as we wait for something chaotic to happen. Scarpetta is hot and bothered (and not in that way, thanks! ) as she storms out of her assistants car in Harvard, sets off a 'disturbing the peace' 911 call, and interacts with a young woman moments before she's found dead in a park nearby. Overall Kay is quite pissed off in Chaos. She's annoyed her sister is coming to town (and trying not to show it). She's annoyed with Benton when it hits [...]

    30. Kay Scarpetta, in questo romanzo, è una donna che ha raggiunto l’apice del successo: ha un marito facoltoso, Benton Wesley, che la ama ed è uno dei profiler più rispettati dell’FBI; una nipote piena di talento e assolutamente eccentrica che è sempre al suo fianco, ricca sfondata perché genio dell’informatica, Lucy; l’amico detective Pete Marino, che nonostante alcuni problemi risolti nei romanzi che precedono “Caos” la ama, la protegge, ed è sempre al suo fianco; ha una posizio [...]

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