This week, I read two James Patterson novels. I had forgotten how wonderful his stories are! He writes short chapters that are focused on the story. The characters are well thought out and at times humorous.
His stories are “like stories you would tell a friend” - to use James Patterson’s words.
To me, his novel are a quick read because of the short chapters. His language is clear and concise
with out a lot of extra verbage. I find myself reading faster as the book moves on, because I have to know what will happen next. Sometimes, I think I have them figured it out and other times, I am clueless. I like that in a thriller, after
all it is supposed to make you feel like you are holding on to the edge of your seat.
Private: London was the first novel I finished. The plot consists of a
private firm, named Private that deals with security and investigations outside the law. A victim, Hannah Shapiro was kidnapped for a second time and Dan Carter, the lead person in the London office of Private is leaving no stone unturned in his quest
to find her. A couple of nice twists and a short time period make the story seem to rush along until you get closure.
Mistress was the second. Here
a woman, Diana seemingly jumped from her balcony just minutes after she had a friend come into her apartment to install some security cameras. The friend, Ben is a reporter and is suspicious from the beginning. His favorite quote - “Murders
can be made to look like suicide and suicide can can be made to look like murder”. Ben also struggles to control his thoughts and is obsessed with many things including Diana. OH – and he feels people are trying to kill him – with good
In the last two years, I also read Second Honeymoon and Guilty Wives. Both kept me enthralled
right up to the end! Guilty Wives was a favorite of his books, because of the twists and turns of the story.
James Patterson has published 72 novels (according to
his website) and each year he publishes about another 10. He has sold over 275 million books to adults and children. His children’s books are a wide range of genres between thriller and humor and everyday life issues, while his adult novels are
How does he write so many books? James Patterson actually works with other authors. He comes up with a clear plot and set of characters. Another author writes the first draft, which
James Patterson then edits and gives suggestions. He does all the subsequent drafts and the book is formed. Some people feel this is almost ”cheating”, but James Patterson feels that it is a more realistic as other people collaborate
like that all the time (screen writers and musicians).
James Patterson is also a big time philanthropist with his scholarships and foundations for reading. He thinks that every parent should give their children
two items – their health and a love of reading!
So you want to read a thriller? James Patterson is your go to author!
Others to try in the Thriller/Mystery
Dan Brown: Inferno
Clive Cussler: Zero Hour
Harlan Coben: Six Years
Jo Nesbo: Police
Stephen King: Joyland
Robert Galbraith: The Cuckoo’s Calling
Brad Thor: Hidden Order