Is is the same person? When it turns out there is potential of a lethal virus being released, Scarpetta goes into over-drive and pushes everyone further and further. It also seems someone's out to take her down, as well as anyone she's close to. I liked the medical aspect of this book and the foray into virtual reality, but I like reading thriller books for the mystery, not the ultra technical aspects.
They've always been technical, slightly ahead of their time A good read, but fell middle of the pack for me. About Me For those new to me or my reviews I read A LOT. I write A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https: Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them.
Many thanks to their original creators. Jan 16, Michael rated it really liked it Shelves: You get an irascible, brilliant hero pushed to her limits, the thrills of a dangerous chess match with a serial killer, infighting with jealous competitors, and supportive teamwork from her cool lover Benson, a whiz with the FBI profiling squad, her irreverent blue-collar detective liaison Marino, and her tough techie niece Lucy.
This is the 8th of 20 in the series, and, hav This mystery featuring Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta reminds me of why I was so addicted them a decade ago. This is the 8th of 20 in the series, and, having read 13, I feel this was the last one that was really satisfying to me. To me it was a pleasure because the story stayed focused on her perspectives on the case and her skills in medical forensics and public health.
Others may object for the opposite reason, i. There is a major public health and infectious disease aspect to the story that appealed to me, although others may be bored with the technical detail or jaded from more thrilling medico-techno thrillers from the likes of Crichton and others. Yet credit is due to Cornwell for helping spawn the current popularity of technically oriented CSI procedurals. View all 4 comments. Jun 23, Surreysmum rated it liked it Shelves: It's odd reading this in , fourteen years after its publication; it must have seemed absolutely up to the minute in '98, with its online goings-on on AOL!
But one is constantly just slightly jolted by the careful explanations of technological thin It's odd reading this in , fourteen years after its publication; it must have seemed absolutely up to the minute in '98, with its online goings-on on AOL! But one is constantly just slightly jolted by the careful explanations of technological things that are every kid's playground this scant decade later; and also by the deep, deep sadness surrounding an HIV positive status, which is still treated in Cornwell's text as an automatic death sentence.
Anyway, I won't spoil the ending. It's a classic old-sins-come-back-to-haunt-us one, and a not terribly obvious villain. Really I wasn't reading it for the solution of the mystery anyway; more for that strange sense of culture shock. Cornwell isn't in my top tier, mostly because her autopsy scenes are a bit too graphic for me she no doubt appeals greatly to the CSI crowd , but this one didn't lose my attention for a minute.
And that despite the fact that I am less than enthralled by a protagonist who can't seem to make up her mind amongst several highly presentable suitors. Jan 23, Bridget rated it it was ok Shelves: I don't think I would be nearly as hard on this book if it weren't in my "must-reads" list. It's a perfectly fine mystery book, where instead of a cop or a reporter, it's a medical examiner who leads the way.
It's possible that this book was somehow groundbreaking when it first came out, but somehow I don't feel that it was. There were also a lot of open-ended story lines that didn't get resolved. I'm giving Cornwell the benefit of the doubt that thes I don't think I would be nearly as hard on this book if it weren't in my "must-reads" list.
I'm giving Cornwell the benefit of the doubt that these story lines are resolved in the next book in the series, and not just left out to die. Overall, the mystery just wasn't really a mystery though. It was one of those "serial killer on the loose" books except that you aren't given the opportunity to try to solve the case.
There are no red herrings. No real clues or suspects and practically no final showdown. It all wraps up extremely neatly in the last chapter with some random character you met in an early chapter and never heard from again. Each mystery should at least be able to stand on its own. If I had just picked this up randomly, it would probably have been a 3 because it was entertaining and a quick read. But because I was told it was a "must-read", I must judge it more harshly and I find nothing particularly amazing about it - therefore, it only gets a 2.
Jul 16, Kaethe rated it it was ok Shelves: By this point I found Scarpetta unbearable. She's stopped resembling any human, and become some sort of paranoid superhero. Due to a conspiracy of postal workers, I'm still stuck with Cornwell. As usual, the relationship between KS and BW happened between this book and the last and now she's sick of him.
She even adds a bloody recipy at one point. The true disappointment though is that Val McDermid's praise is on the cover - Cornwell not only doesn't marry cutting edge science with old fashioned horror, she makes what is genuinely Due to a conspiracy of postal workers, I'm still stuck with Cornwell. The true disappointment though is that Val McDermid's praise is on the cover - Cornwell not only doesn't marry cutting edge science with old fashioned horror, she makes what is genuinely tragic seem boring.
Of course McDermid must have genuinely admire d her, but characters standing up to abusive fathers or getting AIDS in crime novels is not that extraordinary to say Wilson copied it, and the review still grates. Despite all that, perhaps due to not expecting anything anymore, the first half was a fast read, but then her thin excuse of a "plot" again fades behind pointless chapters on wonderful military achievements - the worst of that was of course Potter's Field and Body Farm especially, two fascinating RL areas she ab used for titles and at a flimsy, illogical pretext for her "plots".
Not only would I prefer to read the textbooks than what she filters through from her research, she also keeps explaining how one can "mail" photos after "scanning" them in a book published in , adding to the weird mix of condescencion and Crichtonesque info dump. Worst of course is the good Doctor, who goes in unprotected to a body she was told had surely smallpox, and when other people are shot for violating quarantine, she's travelling blithly around, angry that Marino is scared of getting a lethal disease from her - I'm actually too angry to point out all the idiocies about when and how who and what is protected or not.
Least of all I care about her second ultra-sensationalist plot though - atom bomb last time, plague this time, she'll run out of James Bond threats soon - this writer is so beyond the pale I'm only glad there's nothing to like. Oh, I liked that KS went and for once helped the wrongfully arrested gay guy - except it was utter overcompensation for the times she did nothing, esp. After the - never shown, seen or described - time she spent with BW, she couldn't stand him and he wanted to marry her.
Somehow the death of the ever absent Mark that also happened somewhere between books and cropped up as an aside is now the big stumbling block she never got over. He was the love of her life? So she has to fly back to the UK again - she might one day well fly to the bloody moon to get a better look at the outline of the USA, if she keeps that up, but anyway - there she makes a scene until the smart FBI guy caves in and confesses Mark had had a woman with him, so she tells BW that she loves him, the end.
The only love here is of course for Lucy, who isn't only the smartest, strongest, most beautiful young goddess alive, but in this book there is actually a scene where they nearly land in bed together and KS thinks that she's not Lucy's girlfriend. View all 3 comments. Jan 10, Audrey rated it liked it Shelves: This was the one I stopped at when I originally read this series, and I very much remember why: Wingo is a welcome and poignant reappearance, as are the events of the very last chapter, which hint that Scarpetta may be able to finally move forward with her This was the one I stopped at when I originally read this series, and I very much remember why: Wingo is a welcome and poignant reappearance, as are the events of the very last chapter, which hint that Scarpetta may be able to finally move forward with her life and quit being so self-centered and snappish with everyone.
In related news, view spoiler [did anyone wind up giving a fuck about the 9 random torsos in Ireland and Virginia? Because the end of the book kind of points to "Nope! I'm giving this series one more book to get its act together. Dec 20, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: Cornwell returns with a powerful mystery that pits Scarpetta against her most cunning adversary to date.
When bodies begin showing up, dismembered, both in Virginia and Ireland, Scarpetta cannot help but investigate to determine what sort of brutal psychopath might be on the loose. When the killer begins to contact her with clues and intimate knowledge from her life, the mystery gets personal.
Engaged in an ongoing dialogue in chat rooms, Scarpetta comes cursor to cursor with the killer on numer Cornwell returns with a powerful mystery that pits Scarpetta against her most cunning adversary to date. Engaged in an ongoing dialogue in chat rooms, Scarpetta comes cursor to cursor with the killer on numerous occasions. When the murders escalate and a deadly virus is added to the mix, the case moves from urgent to cataclysmic. Cornwell pulls out all the stops and brings closure in stunning fashion to this exquisite Scarpetta novel, sure to impress fans and newbies alike.
The powerful character development for which Cornwell is well known in the series is not lost within this powerful story line and plot. While the detail and attention to nuances is stellar, the reader is not lost in the technical jargon. Cornwell does well to introduce new and exciting ideas into her stories, while keeping her beloved characters and developing their back stories to the point of sucking the reader in. This novel has great development and a whopper of an epilogue to tie up some loose ends left dangling for a few novels.
Kudos Madam Cornwell on an excellent novel and a highly entertaining story. Jul 02, Joey Woolfardis rated it it was ok Shelves: Kay Scarpetta is starting to get on my nerves. Mar 10, Tara rated it did not like it Shelves: I liked him in the first book. Then he seemed to disappear from books and now he's back and she's going to kill him off. This is one of my pet peeves. My biggest pet peeves actually. Author's create this likable side character and then kill them off to let us know that no one is safe Like I could lose Lucy and be ok or Be view spoiler [I'm not quite finished but I have a feeling that I know where the WIngo storyline is going and I'm not happy about it.
Like I could lose Lucy and be ok or Benton, seriously get rid of Benton. Kill off major characters if you want to shock me, but I just don't understand why authors create these little golden nugget side characters and then kill them off. Not to mention Wingo is everything I like and he's a nice counter to Kay. He is big hearted and sweet and smart and earnest. He's her gay morgue assistant that has gotten HIV.
Imagine what a great side storyline that would be. And here is my biggest problem with the whole situation Kay is so freaking irresponsible. I know there is confidentiality and all, but why not take a second from your bitching and moaning about being quarantined and call Wingo?
Unnatural Exposure (Kay Scarpetta, #8) by Patricia Cornwell
Encourage him to come in to the CDC. You know overall just help save his life But whatever, please spend more time trying to keep Benton from sending Lucy into danger. Not that she is a grown women, very healthy and an FBI agent. Please continue treating her like a 10 year old, and screw everyone else Ok, I'm a little further along, and she finally thought to call Wingo, but 2 days later and he's surely a goner, maybe his mom too. Right now I'm reading a lot of detail about riding in helicopters and putting on biohazard suits I really wanted to be wrong The mystery that starts this book never gets solved.
Lucy and Kay- still not likable. Still don't like Benton. Please give Marino someone who loves him and cares for him, because Kay is pretty awful to him. I just started the next book and Kay actual says to someone- I don't know why you put up with me, and to that I say, I don't know why either Sep 29, Johnsergeant marked it as to-read Shelves: Recorded Books, Length: The body of an elderly woman is found dismembered in a Virginia landfill.
Scarpetta initially believes the clues mirror that of a serial killer she's tracked Downloaded from Audible. Scarpetta initially believes the clues mirror that of a serial killer she's tracked before. But upon further investigation, she discovers puzzling pox-like erruptions on the woman's body that, perhaps, point in another direction. When the killer contacts her via e-mail, Scarpetta enlists the aid of her computer-savvy niece, Lucy, to help track this monster through cyberspace.
Learning that the Virginia victim was exposed to a high-tech virus that might unleash an epidemic, Scarpetta realizes she's dealing with a sophisticated mind. Her investigation leads her from the government's biological defense facility in Utah, to Atlanta's Center for Disease Control, and eventually to quarrantine, when it is discovered that Scarpetta has been exposed to this fatal virus. Along the way, she's forced to deal with the unscrupulous ambitions of a slick FBI agent, Lucy's problems, and her own turbulent feelings for Agent Wesley Benton.
Unnatural Exposure is the 8th book in the Kay Scarpetta series. Aug 27, Normalyn Espejo rated it liked it. Don't let jealousy bite you because it can destroy you. This is the first Patricia Cornwell book I've read and I somewhat like it. I love the main character's attitude, namely Dr. I like that she's firm with a lot of gentleness and kindness to people who needs it.
I hate Ring, too bad the book doesn't say if he's been punished. Maybe that will be in the next Cornwell book. I just don't like how the book ended. It's like it's cut short and I had no inkling whodunit becau Don't let jealousy bite you because it can destroy you. It's like it's cut short and I had no inkling whodunit because if memory serves me right there was no mention of Dr. Maybe I'm used to other books like this where they give clues as to whodunit and you have to make a choice only to be proved wrong in the end.
No matter, I am still going to read other Cornwell books. I just couldn't put myself through this book anymore, which is disappointing because I did really enjoy the first 5 books in the Dr Kay Scarpetta series. But from book 6 I've been disappointed and I won't be continuing on with the series. This book put me into a reading slump, and I didn't think that this book would be worth me reading it until the end. So the plot of this book is that a 10th dismembered body is found in a landfill in Richmond, but it's the work of a copy cat killer.
That it is not needed if you already have the set up for an international serial killer. I had an idea of who the killer was going to be, so I turned to the back to find out the killer was. I was underwhelmed, so I decided that the revelation of the mystery and the motives was not worth me reading the entirety of the book.
I would have had to force myself to finish this book and I would not have enjoyed it. In terms of the characters, nothing had changed in this book from the previous books to be honest. The same points are being used over and over again in each of the books, with no real development or change. It's almost gotten to the point where I no longer really care about the characters that I have read and finished 7 whole books about Overall, I would really recommend the first book in the series.
I really loved it, and I have reread it.
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But I wouldn't recommend continuing past book 5 in the series. The plots have gotten worse, to the point of nonsensical. I can no longer believe that these mysteries could be happening on the streets of Richmond.
Maybe in a Hollywood TV show but not in real life, and that's whats really put me off this series. Aug 30, Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it. This is Cornwell's 8th Kay Scarpetta book and it is an improvement over her past In fact, so far, this is the best ending Cornwell has put together. I was worried she would have her typical yawner of an ending but she has shown me she can put some twists in play. As I was reading the book I was thinking to myself, "Whatever happened to just your typical serial killer?
This is the second book in a row that Cornwell had used Kay to save the world from disaster. Dismembered bodies were being found in land dumps. The most recent one found had a rash that was later traced to small pox. The killer was then using aroma therapy spray to transmit the virus directly to people including people in Kay's office. Despite Cornwell trying to make Scarpetta the savior of the world again, this is a good story with a twist at the end that saves the day. Another good thing is that Wesley is now divorced so Kay is no longer the skank ruining his marriage.
There is probably some psychological issue there. Lucy is still in her homosexual relationship with Janet and Marino is still needy. Kay is also not a very nice person at times.
She tends to look down on people. Yet, despite all of this, this story is really better then her last few. Feb 20, Emily rated it liked it Shelves: Would have rated it four stars, but the ending was a little weird. May 27, Martin Vallance rated it did not like it. I'm finding the lead character very annoying, maybe she's supposed to be, but I'm almost tempted to stop reading, I won't, but probably won't read another book in the series An annoying OCD main character, and the abrupt conclusion, the series story line was the only reason I kept reading.
Cornwell's styles is always engaging and does not disappoint with "Unnatural Exposure". That being said she does get a little technical when it comes to the forensic side of the descriptions. This is part of what makes her writing so great as it paints such detailed pictures. I am working my way through the whole Scarpetta series and have not read one yet i would not highly recommend.
Nov 04, Tom rated it it was amazing Shelves: When I went to work recently, a fellow book-lover had left me a large bag of books, and "Unnatural Exposure" was among them. I'm glad it was. We start off in Dublin, where Dr. Scarpetta is giving a series of lectures.
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Conveniently, she's also investigating a series of gruesome serial killings identical to some back in Virginia. Besides the sale price, what attracted me was the viral danger that she and others were in. That's a terrific premise for a suspense writer whose main character is a forensic doctor. But somehow, it never got as tense as I expected.
Too technical and too drawn out, it ended with a solution that seemed pulled out of a hat. Not like the Cornwell Kay Scarpetta books I remember. One person found this helpful. My favorite author of all time! Great suspense in this particular book, keeps you hooked till the end. The book begins with a dead body found in a landfill who has particular spots that look like smallpox. But Kay , in the end found that a college and friend had produced this pox but it did not continue to pass as this college had hoped and Scarpetta found this person and solved the situation.
This is the first Cornwell novel I have read. Very well executed and a very quick read. Obviously this being book 8 of the series there were references to characters and situations I didn't fully comprehend but it was still self contained enough to enjoy. I definitely read her more. If you like Scarpetta you will enjoy this. If you like medical mysteries you will find this easy to follow. I enjoy them both, but I must say that this one dragged a bit at the beginning, but towards the end it picked up nicely and ended with justice served. I like the personal stories that run alongside the criminal investigations and this book is among her best.
A skilled writer, Cornwell is a page turning writer. I liked the entire book. She shows her care for the victims brought to her morgue and always finds clues to who they are and, most importantly, "who did it. The fastest read I have enjoyed in a long time even with its many complications. See all reviews.
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