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Bloody Valentine - James Patterson

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      05.02.2015 09:10
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      • "Can Read It Quickly"


      • "Low Quality Writing"

      Not Worth Reading

      This is a disappointing short novel by the very popular thriller writer James Patterson. It's packaged as a Galaxy sponsored 'Quick Read' and can be worked through in a matter of hours. It would pass the time on a long journey although I personally could not recommend it due to the quality of the writing and story.

      The story is based around a man called Jack who experiences a bereavement in his family. A person is murdered along with another victim who witnesses the killer fleeing the scene. The story is supposed to be set in London but the scene and characters are written as though they are American. I think the actual setting and British lifestyle has never been researched. A handful of cardboard cutout personality-less police officers attend the scene and set about trying to solve the case. There are a number of suspects including Jack's own sisters, brother and their partners as well as a host of characters who share the same living space as millionaire Jack.

      I thought it was fairly obvious who the killer was within a couple of pages of being introduced to the whole cast of characters. There aren't any clever clues to lead us to this conclusion throughout the book. Instead we arrive at the unveiling of the killer by having a random confession. It feels like a really weak ending to an uninspired 'mystery'.

      There is some gore in the book, if you like that sort of thing, although I felt the description of murder was rushed and cliched. It didn't make me feel afraid or sickened as all I could think about was the low quality of the writing.

      I thought this might be a decent short novel that I could pass some time reading and I did manage to get to the end despite the fact that I think everything about the novel is terrible. It really surprises me that a writer of such fame could publish something this lousy. I would not recommend to anyone who enjoys the crime thriller genre.


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