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09 August 2017

2017 Book Review #23: CHAOS

So happy that the latest book from one of my fave authors was on my town library book shelf last week.  I read her Kay Scarpetta series, although I have read 3 of her other fiction books and the biography she did of Billy Graham's wife.  I enjoy her Scarpetta series immensely and this latest twist, did not disappoint.


It is a hot, humid summer evening in Cambridge (Boston), MA. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, chief medical examiner and forensic psychologist and her investigative partner and friend Pete Marino get a call about a dead, young female bicyclist found near the Kennedy School of Government where the next day, Kay and her long time friend and expert in forensics, Briggs are supposed to give a talk. The weird thing is, this young lady crossed paths with Kay just a couple of hours earlier over near Harvard Square!!

The young lady seems to have been electrocuted somehow!!  In fact, it is beginning to look like it wasn't an accident, but a homicide.  The strange thing is, before Kay even gets the call from her headquarters, the Cambridge Forensics Center, her FBI agent husband Benton Wesley, gets some suspicious phone calls on his private mobile number and the person calling pretends to be someone from Interpol!!

It soon becomes obvious that these string of murders (2 other people are found dead from similar causes and one will shake Kay to her very core!!) are related and the result of harassment from an anonymous cyberbully named Tailend Charlie.

Lucy, her genius tech-savvy niece, can't even figure out or trace just who this person is or how he/she comes to find out personal and intimate information about Kay, her sister Dorothy, Lucy and her partner Janet and their adopted son, Desi.

This is something much bigger than Benton, Kay, Pete and Lucy could ever imagine.  It is also extremely dangerous and will rock their world before they solve this problem.  And then.......they discover that something used in the crimes, is actually something that isn't even found on planet Earth.

What will happen when Kay gets to her house later the next day only to discover Janet, Dorothy and Desi in a hostage type situation.  Kay will get the shock of her life when she discovers just who it is behind these gruesome murders.


This was probably one of the author's most brilliant books in the series to date.  It totally surprised me at the end and it was something I was NOT expecting at all.

I did guess as to who was brought back into this latest book from previous Scarpetta novels.  That part really was no surprise and I was actually glad because a couple of her books prior to this current one were just downright boring in my opinion.

I do not want to reveal who this character is, because some of you might still need to read it if you are a Kay Scrapetta follower.  All I can say is.....be wowed....and although the confrontation between the "bad guy" and Kay was not as exciting as I was hoping, the twist at the end was well done and quite creative.

In my opinion, this book is appropriate for ages 17 and older.

On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, I rate this a 9.


Susanne said...

Can this book be a stand alone? Sounds interesting but don't know if I want to start another series

Susan said...

Just when I am committed to adding no more books to my to-read pile, I read a review like yours and I am hooked. Yep, I placed a hold on a copy (large print) from my library.