Depraved Heart - A Scarpetta Novel

Depraved Heart
Written by Patricia Cornwell
 Hardcover, 480 Pages
 Fiction, October 27, 2015

Publisher's Synopsis:
Depraved Heart: “Void of social duty and fatally bent on mischief.”

-Mayes v. People, 806 III. 306 (1883)

Dr. Kay Scarpetta is working a suspicious death scene in Cambridge, Massachusetts when an emergency alert sounds on her phone. A video link lands in her text messages and seems to be from her computer genius niece Lucy. But how can it be? It’s clearly a surveillance film of Lucy taken almost twenty years ago.

As Scarpetta watches, she begins to learn frightening secrets about her niece, whom she has loved and raised like a daughter. That film clip and then others sent soon after raise dangerous legal implications that increasingly isolate Scarpetta and leave her confused, worried, and not knowing where to turn. She doesn’t know whom she can tell - not her FBI husband Benton Wesley or her investigative partner Pete Marino. Not even Lucy.

In this new novel, Cornwell launches these unforgettable characters on an intensely psychological odyssey that includes the mysterious death of a Hollywood mogul’s daughter, aircraft wreckage on the bottom of the sea in the Bermuda Triangle, a grisly gift left in the back of a crime scene truck, and videos from the past that threaten to destroy Scarpetta’s entire world and everyone she loves. The diabolical presence behind what unfolds seems obvious, but strangely, not to the FBI. Certainly that’s the message they send when they raid Lucy’s estate and begin building a case that could send her to prison for the rest of her life.

Patricia Cornwell sold her first novel in 1990, Postmortem, while working at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia.  She was born in Miami, grew up in Montreat, North Carolina, and now lives and works in Boston.  You can find her online at

My Thoughts
I have read several of Ms. Cornwell's books over the years and really liked them, especially the Scarpetta novels.  This latest book was a disappointment to me.  It seemed like two people were writing this book instead of one.  Some parts were like the Scarpetta novels I like and then others were so boring and weird.  I had to push through those parts to get back to the interesting storyline.  I hated the ending, which seemed to be rushed.  I Rated This Book:  3/5 Stars ***

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