Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (January 3, 2017)
Dr. Kay Scarpetta is working a highly suspicious death scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when an emergency alert sounds on her phone. A video link seems to be from her niece Lucy. But how can it be? It’s clearly a surveillance film of Lucy taken almost twenty years ago.
As Scarpetta watches she comes to grips with frightening secrets about her niece. That first clip and others sent soon after raise dangerous implications that increasingly isolate Scarpetta and leave her confused, alarmed, and not knowing where to turn. The diabolical presence and singularly “depraved heart” behind what unfolds seems obvious—but strangely, not to the FBI. Certainly that’s the message they send when they start harassing Lucy and begin building a case that could send her to prison for the rest of her life.
In the latest novel in her bestselling series featuring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell captivates readers again with the jolting twists, high-wire tension, and cutting-edge forensic detail for which she is renowned, proving yet again why she is the world’s number one bestselling crime writer.
About Patricia CornwellPatricia Cornwell is recognized as one of the world’s top bestselling crime authors with novels translated into thirty-six languages in more than 120 countries. Her novels have won numerous prestigious awards including the Edgar, the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, the Anthony, the Macavity and the Prix du Roman d’Aventures. Beyond the Scarpetta series, Patricia has written a definitive book about Jack the Ripper, a biography and two more fiction series among others. Cornwell, a licensed helicopter pilot and scuba diver, actively researches the cutting-edge forensic technologies that inform her work. She was born in Miami, grew up in Montreat, North Carolina, and now lives and works in Boston.
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The first time I heard about Patricia Cornwell, was actually from my sister in law who is a HUGE mystery and suspense book genre lover.
I've never been much into this genre, not until a few months ago when I decided to give it a go and surprisingly enjoyed it.
Depraved Heart is the latest in the Kay Scarpetta series, and though I haven't read any of the previous books, I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything or left in the dark or out of the loop. I'm pretty certain this can be a stand alone novel.
I'm certain though that if you've followed along the whole Scarpetta series, you will have a better understanding of the plot or the woman that is Kay etc. Nonetheless, like I said above, it still made for a good read for me who had no clue and was going in completely blind.
Scarpetta and Marino are at the scene of a crime, a crime which to all intents and purposes seems to point to an accidental death, but it's while at this scene that Kay receives a message on her phone with a video of her niece Lucy, twenty years prior, and involving her and her then partner, who actually tried to kill Kay. She sees this as a threat towards her niece Lucy and is therefore determined to keep her safe.
Between the current case she's working and this old enemy resurfacing, Kay has her hands full.
I found it interesting to be turning the pages and slowly piecing the puzzle together. I'm no expert on this kind of genre, but I do love a good edge of the seat, who dunnit, what is going to happen mystery and I think that Depraved Heart more than delivered that for me.
I'm pretty sure I'll go back and try to read the rest of the Scarpetta series.
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