Hmmm ... well, I normally love every single thing that Patterson has written but I had mixed feelings on this book ... the first 3/4 was really very good and written in classic Patterson prose ... but it seemed as if all of a sudden, he was tired of the book and so he just quit and wrapped all the loose endings up in the Epilogue. I didn't like that.
This book was very graphic, more so than his others have been, or so I thought. Although, it was a good story line, I am just glad I didn't pay full price for it ... if you are a Patterson fan, you have to read it ... I honestly think you'll just be a wee bit disappointed at the ending ...
This was a book about an extermely horrific serial killer who is being pursued by a crime writer. It dose have some spellbinding moments when you really want to know what is going to happen next. It is a cat and mouse game with some horrific scenes sprinkled into the story that didn't actually help the story line at all - it was very nearly gratuitous at times. If you have a delicate stomach, you may want to skip this book.
This story was written in partnership with Maxine Paetro. It didn't rise to the standards I have seen in Patterson books in the past. It was written in short staccato chapers - 122 chapters in just 383 pages. The short chapters didn't enhance the story. In fact, many chapters didn't occur at natural breaks in action or shifts in point of view. They would actually break into the middle of some scenes.
On the whole, I could have lived quite happily without ever reading this book. I don't recommend it.
The first chapter is very gripping. The story is fast-paced, and intriguing. Henri is very skillful at what he does, and is smooth, manipulative and clever. While I enjoyed the book, I think the ending is unfinished. I closed the book feeling very disappointed. I like all loose ends tied up, which was not done here. So one is left wondering, "Where is Henri, and will he ever reappear?"
This book was a total disappointment. The first 1/4 of the book was EXCELLENT....After that, it was a stuggle to stay interrested. I am really disappointed with this Patterson book. I hope his others (future releases) are going to be better......
Typical James Patterson. Fast, easy read with interesting twists and turns. In this one a beautiful swimsuit model disappears. Her parents get a mysterious cll that send them to Hawaii to try and find the girl when the local police are at best inept. Reporter and former cop Ben Hawkins is assigned the case and soon finds himself tracking a brutal and very cunning serial killer. The killer continues to stage his killings and Ben finds himself in danger when the killer makes contact with him and wants Ben to write his horrific story.