Depraved Heart - Patricia Cornwell

Depraved Heart

By Patricia Cornwell

  • Release Date: 2015-10-27
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4 (From 390 Ratings)
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Patricia Cornwell delivers the newest engrossing thriller in her high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.

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.

In the latest novel in her bestselling series featuring chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell will captivate readers with the shocking twists, high-wire tension, and cutting-edge forensic detail that she is famous for, proving yet again why she’s the world’s #1 bestselling crime writer.


  • Depraved Heart

    By Bob-par
    Really a lousy read. Couldn't get into it.
  • Interesting!

    By Mjp1952
    Some new twists and turns. Hope this is a series as this left me feeling there is more.
  • Depraved Heart

    By Peg1gy
    Somebody, please stop me from ever trying to read a book by this author. Sooooo much talking and the same thing over and over. And after you wade thru that it has no firm ending. Stop me.
  • Depraved Heart

    By Buttons0517
    Excellent, sit on the edge of your seat page turner! Patricia Cornwell is in rare fashion.... I cannot wait for the next sequel. Please, don't make me wIt too long.
  • Very disappointing

    By Underdog is here
    Like others have said, I've read the entire series. And, until this book, I've thoroughly enjoyed them. This book was hard to stay interested in. Seemed like it was written in the same time frame it took place in- 1 day.
  • Depraved Heart

    By Knightsbane
    Well written with a "need" to keep reading. Would like to have those characters around Kay have their back stories written more fully. The reader is only able to see/ follow Kay. There's interaction but not really depth of other characters.
  • I did not like it

    By Mike78685
    Patricia Cornwell is an excellent writer. However, I did not like this story which is too bad since I love her earlier works.
  • Depraved Heart

    By Buffy71
    Excellent book. One of her best works !!!
  • Not up to Scarpeta par

    By WLC/WLC
    Not as good as her other novels. Seem like she is writing just to be writing. Not really a good read at all.
  • Save your money

    By D. Tilindis
    Ms Cornwell is an excellent writer and in the past was a good story teller but not with this book. I slogged through the book just to see how it would end and it did not disappoint in being a terrible Scarpetta story. Dr. Scarpetta has been reduced to a frightened specimen. If she were a man, we would call her emasculated. No longer, the heroine who is strong. No longer a good mystery. Only pain and in the end lots of tears. I will read the reviews for the next ebook before purchasing. If I had purchased a hard copy, I could at least have sold it. Bad me for being so trusting of Patricia Cornwell.