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The Quickie - James Patterson

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Author: James Patterson / Genre: Crime / Thriller

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      02.04.2009 13:16
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      really worth the read

      James Patterson mainly writes thriller novels and this is the first I have read from him. He was not
      always a writer and started off working at Toys R US it was only after her retired that he began his career as a writer and he has done quiet well in fact some of his books have become movies here are some.

      Along came a spider
      1st to die

      and finally womans murder club has been turned into a tv series

      Other books from him that have not been turned into movies are:
      The Thomas Berryman Number
      Season of the Machete
      Virgin
      Hide & Seek

      There are quite a few others but I thought I Just mention a few.

      Character's

      Lauren
      one of the main character's is quiet loyal in the beginning and has know her husband since high school and would do anything for her husband. Unfortunately both she and her husband quickly start to seperate withouut realising. She also is a police officer and has been asked by her boss to investigate her lovers murder. She is quiet good at her job and always make sure she gets the criminals. She will have to decide how she is going to go about this investigation.

      Scott
      Has recently joined the Police force and is known by very few. No-one knows about the affair between him and Lauren. He is described as a almost playboy in looks but is a kind gentle person. He orginally objects to the affair but he finally falls in love with Lauren.

      Paul
      Is the husband of Lauren and is Scott's killer. He also has cheated on his wife with an unkown blonde woman where the story actually begins. His character kind of bugs me what sort of person cheats on his wife then kills his wife lover. Two wrongs don't make a right. Personally I don't know if I could have done what his character has done but then it would not have been a great story.

      Story

      The Quikie

      The book starts off when a wife wants to surprise her husband Paul. She goes to his work place and takes him out to lunch to a local steak house. It is meant to be a surprise but she is instead the one who receives the surprise when she discovers that her husband is cheating on her.

      Both she and her husband then each go to the airport and go in an airplane to there work destinations but she decides to cancel her flight last minute she then tries to cheat on her husband with a work colleague but he make her realize that would be a big mistake so she does not go ahead with it. Before this happens the plot thickens when she gets a call from her doctor that she may be pregnant but they are still awaiting the results.

      Just when I thought the story could not get anymore exciting Lauren the wife of the cheating husband named Paul Her lover gets killed when Paul her husband kills her lover Scott.

      Conclusion

      Storyline although have enjoyed the book I kind of feel has been done before in some movie I have watched before so from that point of view book is not exactly groundbreaking.

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        19.12.2008 11:48
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        Fast and furious from the get go

        In terms of suspense, there are many authors who can dish out a slow flowing and suspenseful novel, popular due to the ever increasing tension that builds throughout the story. What James Patterson tends to do with a lot of his books is give us that building suspense, but do away with the slow part. The Quickie is one such book, which hits the ground running and sprints fo the line almost before you've finished reading the first page.

        Lauren Stilwell is just a regular woman. When she sees her husband with another woman, revenge is first and foremost on her mind, and she vows to have her own affair: a quickie. However, thinks don't go according to plan, and she witnesses something terrible. As she debates what to do next, the suspense mounts faster and more furious than before as she realises that no matter what she decides to do, the consequences could be disastrous, for her marriage or even for her life!

        Patterson gripped me from the start with this one. I admit to being a huge fan of his anyway, and by and large I love his books, but this one had something special about it for me. The characterisation didn't have any room to slot in amongst the frenetic speed that the plot unfolded, yet somehow I found myself completely able to visualise and get a feel for the main characters in the story.

        The writing style of Patterson usually dispenses with background and description, as he chooses to go straight for the action and give us the basics. As a result, many consider his literature to be good for holiday reading as you can just read bits at a time and don't have to concentrate much. This is very true, and the chapters are short, making it easier to find a stopping place. However, because the suspense keeps mounting and he ends each chapter right in the middle of something, there is almost a feeling of obligation to carry on reading, and this made it very hard for me to put The Quickie down.

        I highly recommend reading this book. It is one of Patterson's better 'one-off' books that don't feature any of his main characters who are usually the subjects of his work. The Quickie is currently available from amazon.co.uk for £5.99

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