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Point of Origin – Patricia Cornwell

5 Jan

Once again, Dr Kay Scarpetta, chief medical examiner finds herself at the centre of brutal murders. This time, involving fires starting in a bathroom with an unidentified accelerant.

Swiftly it soon becomes apparent that these murders are linked to Kay’s niece Lucy, and her crazy ex-girlfriend. As a result, Lucy, Kay, Marino and Benton are all at risk.

As with all Cornwell’s novels this is gripping and hooks your attention. Yes it becomes cliché when you are familiar with the work, but it can be forgiven because of the clever writing and plotting. The characterization also leaves you with a sense that these are your friends. You don’t want them to come to harm so to read on is a must.

My only negative is I find the technical details of post modern procedures a drag. They are an integral part of the plot. They are Kay Scarpetta. However, a little less wouldn’t do any harm in my opinion.

As with all of Cornwell’s work, read it.

Warner 1999


Charlie – Lesley Pearse

23 Aug

Charlie is sixteen when her father mysteriously disappears and she is left with her Mum, an apparently selfish, yet party loving woman. Yet there is more, Mum is suffering from depression. With their privileged life style it is unclear what is making her so unhappy.

Shortly after Charlies fathers disappearance, her mother is brutally attacked. Although alive, her Mum has lost all will to fight back, and wallows in her misery. At the same time, Charlie discovers that the family are bankrupt, before too long, a dark family secret begins to leak.

As the story follows Charlie fight for survival, along with her need to find out the truth, the reader follows Charlie as she learns who to trust. Unexpected twists, you want to scream at the book in the hope that Charlie won’t walk into the traps that are inevitably there.

A good page turner, ideal for a lazy day.

Penguin Books 2003

First published 1998


Post-Mortem – Patricia Cornwell

20 Aug

Hanging on every word, this had me turning pages like no other book in some time.

Dr Kay Scarpetta, chief medical examiner is awoken by a call on friday evening; a woman has been brutally murdered. The fourth victim with more to follow, the hunt is on to track down the killer. As we are taken on a trip of suspicion, we are subjected to details of these murders, both at the murder scene, and on the table in the morgue.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable, suspense hugging thriller. Graphic details, mingled with tight emotions; at times i found myself unable to read fast enough.

Yes, at times, it slipped. Did we need the relationship of the medical examiner with her niece? Yes, I wanted more in the hope that a unlikley relationship may blossom….but maybe it was so close to perfection that it just needed some tweaks.

Read this book, really, you’ll love it!

Warner bros 1992

First published 1990


The Library of Shadows – Mikkel Birkegaard

19 Jul

I hate the way people feel the need to analyse literature. Oh the author was thinking this, the symbolic meaning….whatever!

Sorry that may offend many people. Actually I don’t care. Can the idea that it’s just a good story not be enough?

Right, it could be. Well what about the idea that each book gains strength when its read, each copy, not each story. The more thumbed the pages, the better. Extreme yes, but Birkegaard explores this with such intense strength that you can believe it.

What about the potential of the power that a reader, or those that listen can empower the text further?

No, I have not lost it. I am aware that this is fiction. Fantastic fiction at that. The idea that somehow a book has more to it many of us can identify with, why else do some texts stop you from being able to put them down?

To say more about this bestseller would be to ruin it for all. I know you want a breakdown of the story. To be honest, the blurb on the back does not justify the need to read this, and I am happy to say I couldn’t do it justice. However, if you don’t have a passion for books, don’t bother, I doubt you’d get it.

My suggestion: Make sure you have plenty of free time.

First Published 2007
Published by Random House Group 2009