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Subject: Private by James Patterson
Date Posted: 8/14/2010 9:37 PM ET
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Maybe I was having a bad day, or week--I don't know.  All I can say is I thought this book was TERRIBLE.  I really like James Patterson's Alex Cross series.  I also like the Women's Murder Club series.  He has some other novels that I don't really care for, but for the most part, I like his books.  He definitely has a different writing style, but I love it for a quick, easy read.

The book PRIVATE was just awful.  It felt like I was reading a book that was written by a teenager.  Certainly not a bestselling author.  It was boring, didn't flow, hopped, skipped, and jumped from one thing to another. 

I don't want to ruin it for anyone else, but I'd love to hear others' opinions.  Is it just me, or was this book particularly bad??

Date Posted: 8/14/2010 10:00 PM ET
Member Since: 3/4/2008
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No, it wasn't just you.  While I didn't think it was awful, it wasn't all that good, either.  I love the Cross books, but I gave up on the Women's Murder Club books a few books ago.  This book was written with the same woman that does the Women's Murder Club, so I just assumed that it was because of that.  But, after saying all that, I will probably read the next in the series - if they keep it going....I like to give a series a good chance.

Amy N. (nanaamy) - ,
Date Posted: 8/14/2010 10:56 PM ET
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I loved this book. I enjoyed the new introduction of characters.  I read it in one sitting.

Date Posted: 8/16/2010 2:06 AM ET
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Carol, Maxine Paetro actually just wrote the last few Women's Murder Club books. If you read the first five or so they were written by Andrew Gross. I'm a big fan of Gross (his own series too) but not so much of Paetro.

I haven't read Private yet. I'm sure I will at one point or another but it won't be something I need to read in HC.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 8/16/2010 12:43 PM ET
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I also had a hard time with this book. I do like the Patterson/Paetro books in the Women's Murder Club series, so I thought maybe it was just because I read "Private" in short intervals while I was traveling and distracted.

But now that I think about it again, the problem was really that there were three big plots that weren't connecting up: NFL games being rigged; schoolgirl murders; murder of the friend's wife. Plus there were other subplots like the brother, the assistant, and just introducing the agency and all the characters. This is not that long a book and off the top of my head I've just listed six different storylines. No wonder the whole thing felt disjointed and jumpy.

Date Posted: 8/16/2010 4:06 PM ET
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Well, I'm getting ready to start The Postcard Killers that he wrote with Liza Marklund.  I have never read anything by her, she has a very popular series (Annida Bengtzon) and is called the #1 bestselling author in Europe.  So, if this is a good one, I suppose I will have to start collecting her series........where does it end?!  Anyone read her books?