Cruel and Unusual (Kay Scarpetta Series #4)

Cruel and Unusual (Kay Scarpetta Series #4)

by Patricia Cornwell
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Cruel and Unusual (Kay Scarpetta Series #4) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 124 reviews.
AirForceWife810 More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** I am currently reading the entire Scarpetta series in order, and I have to say that this is my favorite so far. There were so many twists and turns in this book that really kept me thinking. I really enjoyed that part of it. There were a couple disappointments in this book. First, I hate that Dr. Scarpetta's lover, Mark, had been killed somewhere in between the last book and this one. Although this is a crime/murder book, I enjoyed the brief moments of romance. Second, although they knew who the killer was in the end and the case was basically solved, the killer was not actually found and is still at large in the end. With all the twists and turns and things that transpired in the book (corruption within the justice system, specifically in the ME's office), the ending did complete the story for me. They got to the bottom of who was involved and why things happened. I suppose that to chase the killer at that point would just be extra pages of writing that was not really suspenseful anymore. After reading the first three books in this series, I was just surprised that the killer was not found or killed in the end. Cornwell took a different path than in her first three books. Overall, this is an excellent book. I really enjoy Patricia Cornwell. I love how scientifically accurate she is. With an understanding of anatomy, physiology, and chemistry, Patricial Cornwell writes at a higher level that keeps me interested. Her books don't just appeal to an elementary level. Yet, I think that she explains things well enough that a person without a scientific background would understand the tests and findings presented in the book.
J_Lewis_Summers More than 1 year ago
I love Patricia Cornwell because I am never able to figure out "who dun-it" before the end of the book! This book in particular had enough twists and turns to keep me from putting the book down!
flyinlion More than 1 year ago
Great book and great characters, as all Patricia Cornwell's books are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patricia Cornwell has an amazing talent for bringing Dr. Kay Scarpetta into life. I have read almost all of her books and have loved all of them. She ties characters together in such a fashion that we remember and love them. It is exciting to watch the relationships change and grow in each story. I recommend this and all her other books to be read. BEWARE...you may become determined to read all of her books no matter how early you have to get up the next morning.
Samantha1020 More than 1 year ago
How does she do it?!? How does Patricia Cornwell take me on breathless and heart pounding rides with each of her books? I read her books at a frantic pace trying my best to figure out what is going to happen next. Even when I think that I have figured it out...usually I am completely wrong and am left blown away by the ending. I pulled this own off of my own shelves as I was craving some Scarpetta adventures and this book didn't disappoint. Last year I managed to read three books in this series (out of order on two of them) and I'm hoping on reading many more this year. How could I not want to after enjoying each of the books in this series so much? In this book Scarpetta does the autopsy for Ronnie Joe Waddell who was a death row inmate and recently executed. From the very beginning things seem off with both Scarpetta's findings and everything relating to Ronnie's recent demise. Before long Scarpetta is drawn deep into an investigation where there are more secrets than answers. Sigh! This book just about threw me into a bookish hangover. If every book was as good as this one I would get nothing done ever and my house would be in shambles. That is the plain and simple truth! I did nothing while reading this book other than read it. I had a three day weekend and while usually I would have worked around the house....you know, accomplished stuff but instead I sat curled up with this book all day long. It was completely worth it though! If you want fast-paced intense read then you should really give this series a try! One of the things that I liked most about this book was how this author took what seemed to be an impossible scenario and really made me believe it. I spent the majority of my time trying to figure out what the heck was going on while reading this one. It was so crazy and every time that I thought maybe I had some of it figured out, the author managed to turn the tables around on me so that I was lost once again. Kay gets wrapped up in these cases and especially with this book it felt like there was a target on her head. It added another layer of tension that made me want to read even faster. I love how we are getting to know these characters more and more in each book. What surprised me was how much Lucy had changed and grown from the earlier three books. I also really found it interesting as I have read the most recent two books in this series to see how elements in regards to her character were now coming to play in this one. I love how authors do things like that! The ending of this book was the only thing that made me slightly frustrated. I guess I just expected more (trying not to spoil anything here) and didn't quite get what I was looking for. Overall though I found this to be yet another amazing addition to this series! Final thoughts are basically this in a nutshell: read this series! Patricia Cornwell has basically cemented herself and this series on to my favorite must read list. I will read all of the books in this series and the sooner the better in my opinion. I have nothing but good things to say about this series and this book. A very intense ride but so completely worth it! I would recommend these books (I do think you should read them in order if I'm being honest to enjoy the characters and their relationships more) to mystery and thriller fans alike. Highly, highly recommend! Bottom Line: Yet another amazing addition to this mystery series! I need more! Disclosure:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I posted that before I was done. I just saw your post and that was really nice of you. I'm okay, I can't really think about it right now or else I won't get anything done. Not to say I have to move on, but for now I have to keep moving or else I don't do well. Anyways, thank you for that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the book after reading the free preview chapter on my nook color. The preview chapter you have on the nook is not the same book. Crule and Unusal was good read though.
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By far my favorite!!! Amazing and readable in just days because it is so good!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Continues part of story line from book 3 which now continues in book 5. You would benefit from reading them in order.
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