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This is the second book I have read by James Patterson, and I really enjoyed it. The book was finished in no time!
I would like to start by saying that this isn't a long review like most of my reviews, as I can only tell you a teensy bit of information to give you the basic storyline, but if I give any more info then the book would be completely ruined if you wanted to read it. As the saying goes: short but sweet!
We find out very early on that there is something really wrong with Nora Sinclair. We keep getting introduced to different men through Nora which made me very wary of her. Nora is a young, beautiful and successful woman (shes an interior designer), which obviously attracts a lot of men. But these men's lives are numbered and sooner than anyone thinks they die of cardiac arrest. But why is this happening?
An FBI agent called John O'Hara is put on the case of finding out if Nora is an innocent victim in these deaths or if she is killing off her husbands to gain their fortunes which amounts to millions and millions. O'Hara disguises himself as an insurance salesman and informs Nora that she is about to inherit over a million dollars from her last (and now dead) husband. But O'Hara soon starts falling for her beauty and charm, and we are left hoping that shes either innocent, or that O'Hara will get away without being hurt.
As well as this storyline, there is another storyline put into the mix about someone nicknamed The Tourist and it is only towards the end of the book that we realise how this is all connected together.
Within 24hours I had started and finished this book! I sat on the sofa with the book and before I knew it I was already halfway through the book. After finishing work, I went straight to bed (I finished at 9pm before you start thinking I'm lazy!) thinking that I would read a few chapters. An hour later I was still reading, and refused to put the book down until I finished the last word on the last page!
Even though I love reading, I hardly ever come across a book where I literally can't put the book down, but this was definately one of them! I think the short chapters help with this. If a book has very long chapters, you tend to read until the end of the chapter and then put the book down to go to sleep. But with short chapters, it seems that little bit easier to say 'one more chapter', and then another, and another, until you come to the end of the story!
This is a very well-written book and you don't really have to use too much of your imagination as the writing style is very simple yet pleasing. From what I've heard about James Patterson's books, I think it would be best to read some of his earlier books, before reading his more recent ones. This should definately be the book to start with!
James Patterson takes a bit of a change of tack in this thriller, as the best selling author of the Alex Cross novels and the Wome'ns Murder Club tries his hand at one of his stand alone novels, this time with the collaboration of Howard Roughan. The combination brings out a slightly different feel to the usual Patterson thriller, and I wouldn't say this is my favourite Patterson book, but if you are reading his books in order, it is a nice break from the intense syle of the more recent Alex Cross books.
In a plot which has drawn many comparisons to Paul Verhoeven's film Basic Instinct, we follow a murder inquiry as Nora Sinclair struggles to prove her innocence to FBI agent John O'Hara. As the men in her life begin to drop, the finger starts to point at her, and it takes all of O'Hara's professional skill and all of his willpower to maintain subjectviity and solve the case. As he digs deeper, he soon realises that all is not quite what it seems.
Patterson ensures we are kept interested by his intense style of writing. Unlike most authors, he dispenses with pleasantries and heads straight for the jugular, giving us action and fast flowing script as opposed to hanging around for long and descriptive passages. This is a trait in his books in general, and part of what makes him easily readable.
The characterisation often suffers in Patterson's books as he tends to push events on very quickly, and the same could be said here of Honeymoon. The characters do seem rather simple and clear in what they do, but there is little or no depth in the work, and the story does plod along at times without the usual intensity that a Patterson novel exudes.
I do recommend reading this, as it is different enough for the most part in comparison to a lot of Patterson's other work. The author does a good job once more of giving us some top level work, and overall, I found it to be a highly enjoyable read. Honeymoon is available from amazon.co.uk for £5.99.
Honeymoon is a very satisfying thriller from the normal "I write a million books a month" pen of Jame Patterson. While some people find his writing style to be very uninteresting and uninspiring, I do love to pick up his latest book and give it a go just to see what's what. And I am rarely disappointed. He's not going to be winning the Booker Prize or anything but the books do exactly what they say on the tin. This is another of his co written books, this time with Howard Roughan rather than his usual partner in crime Andrew Gross. The story basically tells the tale of a female killer who is nice enough to marry her victims first. Told from numerous perspectives, including the killer herself, we get an adrenaline thrill ride from start to finish with the usual, "I'll just read another chapter" fare that usually means you can get through the book in an afternoon if you put your mind to it. Just as well James Patterson can churn these books out so quickly.
I have long been a fan of the work of James Patterson especially the Alex Cross series of books and while this particular stand alone book is not quite in that class it is not a bad read overall.
The plot did remind me a bit of the film Basic Instinct as the story is about the investigation of a woman Nora Sinclair who is suspected of marrying and then killing off a number of men for their money. She comes to the attention of the FBI and is investigated by John O'Hara however as in Basic Instinct he soon falls for her charms.
This is a fast paced thriller which I did find really hard to put down. The plot is a bit predictable and to be honest the characters involved are quite basic but I did find myself constantly turning te pages wanting to read more. The fact that Patterson uses quite short chapters helps encourage this.
This is not his best book by a long stretch of the imagination however as a stand alone read it is not bad without having to worry about the need to read a series of books from the start.
I have long been a fan of James Patterson and in particular his early work featuring Alex Cross however in recent times Patterson has joined the growing trend of established writers who produce work which is delivered in conjunction with another writer and this usually signifies deterioration in the quality of the writing.
I would like to say that this book is one that bucks this trend but sadly I cannot, written in conjunction with Howard Roughan it certainly does not live up to the claims on the front cover of having elements of Hitchcocks Vertigo unless of course Vertigo suffered from a weak plot and disjointed storylines and a predictable ending that a ten year old could have seen coming.
In fact keeping the movie theme going the plot did remind me pretty much of Basic Instinct as it features a femme fatale (Nora Sinclair) suspected of bumping off husbands and lovers for their money who is being investigated by an FBI agent (John OHara) who ends up investigating more than her crimes if you get my meaning nudge, nudge, wink, wink say no more, suits you sir. That is all I will say about the plot because to be honest if is paper thin and anymore would make it pointless reading the book.
It is not all bad news about this book though, if you need to be able to switch off your brain and just want to be pretty much led by the nose and entertained by a fast paced thriller then this is not a bad choice. It certainly is quite an addictive read and whilst it lacks the suspense that I like to have in my thriller reading matter it does manage to keep the pages turning at a fast pace and I found that I had raced through it in a day and a half, to be honest it would be perfect for a trans-Atlantic flight as you would be offering it to your neighbour just as you are about to land at JFK.
Patterson style is to write short punchy chapters which I find tends to have me thinking that I will just squeeze one more in before bedtime and before you know it I have read another three. The story telling flips in the book by developing the plot from either the perspective of OHara or Sinclair and just to add a bit of confusion there is a third identity known as the Tourist which as a separate plot line which merges with the main story in the end in a very unsatisfactory way. To be honest this other storyline seemed totally unnecessary and it left me with the feeling that it was almost a separate mini story squeezed uncomfortably into the main one as a way of padding out the story and in the end it left a lot of loose ends that were never resolved satisfactorily.
The character development within this book was rather light and even the femme fatale Sinclair lacked any real depth of personality and in the case of OHara his character is straight out of the Hollywood version of maverick FBI agent who produces the goods with witty one liners and an understanding boss who tolerates his behaviour. Outside of these two main characters everyone else plays a peripheral role and are not central to the main storyline.
If you are a fan of Patterson then I think, like me, you will be slightly disappointed with this book, at best it is an average thriller and only because it is quite a good page turner does it warrant this grading, if you are new to Patterson and like edgy thrillers then read the early Cross novels like Cat and Mouse and Pop Goes the Weasel as they are much better reads.
Published by Headline the rrp is £6.99 however it is available on Amazon for £5.13 new or from a penny in the new and used section. The ISBN is 0-7553-0577-9. My paperback runs to 404 pages in total.
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Anyone who has missed good suspense novels should put Honeymoon on their list straight away. James Patterson has tended in the past to stick with the boys; in Nora Sinclair, he and Howard Roughan create a classic Black Widow, who kills her suitors and husbands for their wealth. John O'Hara knows most of the truth about Nora, but until his investigations get close to her, he has no idea of just how much charisma and appeal she brings to the job of murder. And Nora, thinking him just an insurance agent, is surprised by how much she thinks about him, and not necessarily as a future victim. There is a quirky romance here, full of lies and deceit and also genuine feeling and a sense of menacing jeopardy for both viewpoint characters. The story-telling is Patterson's usual fast-paced staccato narration - but there are things in both Nora and John's pasts and presents which only gradually come to our attention.