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Subject: Kiss the Girls by James Patterson
Date Posted: 11/13/2007 5:23 PM ET
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I recently read some of James Patterson's books and thoroughly enjoyed them, so I bought a "lot" of Patterson's books on eBay.  Much to my dismay, I received a shock while reading Kiss the Girls in one of the scenes with a kidnapped girl.  If you've read the book, you no doubt remember the scenerio involving...milk.  

Anyway, I can't bring myself to read the rest of the book or any more of his books for fear of running across another such sick scene.  Anybody else manage to make it through the whole book?  Is there another sick offensive scene in it?  In any other of his books? 

Thanks

 

Date Posted: 11/13/2007 11:58 PM ET
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I've pretty much read all of James Patterson's books and never found any of them to be offensive. When it comes to mysteries they are a little more hardcore than the cozies but I never found them offensive. Have you read any of his women's murder club series (1st to Die, etc) or the Alex Cross series?

Kiss the Girls was disturbing - I saw the movie as well. But offensive isn't a word i would use. He was telling a story and that was part of the story. I've never heard anyone else describe his writing as offensive either.

I'm not sure what to advise - The Beach House and The Lake House was good. So was Lifeguard. I don't remember any particurly bad scenes in them. I guess I would tell you to read some of his women's murder club series if you havent . Again, not what I would call cozies but not really harcore either.

Date Posted: 11/14/2007 2:44 AM ET
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Yes, I've read the Murder Club series and that's when I became a fan.  I just couldn't handle the thing with the snake in Kiss the Girls.  It was way over the top.  I read a lot of books and it's hard to offend me in a book, but that was just too twisted.

 

Date Posted: 11/16/2007 4:05 AM ET
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We all have our limits! :) lol

I would suggest then trying The Beach House and The Lake House (not related, just similar titles). They were very good and like I said, I found Kiss the Girls disturbing and I wouldn't call either of those disturbing.  Lifeguard was good. I think you'd like Alex Cross too. I do. Not as well as the women's murder  club, but it's still good.

Have you read Harlan Coben? He's really good too. Nothing too over the top but the tells a great story.

Date Posted: 11/16/2007 6:42 AM ET
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I also was shocked by that scene in Kiss The Girls.I read the book years ago but remember being uncomfortable about it for a long time.I didn't read him again for awhile but have been doing so again and do not remember being so disturbed.There may be some rough places in some of his other bokks but they didn't bother me as much as that one.

Date Posted: 12/7/2007 11:32 AM ET
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i read a lot of his books & that was a little weird. But it fit what was going on in the book. i have enjoyed his work, most of them. You need to finish the book actually. it is great story & was made into a film as was several other of his books. I have enjoyed his Women's Murder Club books the best, & his newest the Quickie is along the same track as those. Got it from friends of the Library & didn't expect to enjoy it but did.

Date Posted: 12/11/2007 3:24 PM ET
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First off, if you're going to follow the recommendations about The Lake House, you should know that it is the sequel to When the Wind Blows.  That was actually the book that got me hooked on him (Wind). 

Second, yes, that part was a little weird but I don't know that I would call it offensive (to me, obviously we're all different).  I still finished the book and thought it was a good story.  I've continued to read his books since then and have liked almost all of them.   I don't remember any other similar parts in other books.