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James Patterson - Worst Case
This book is the third instalment of the Michael Bennett series of books by James Patterson, Bennett has 10 adopted kids all from when he was with his now deceased wife, part of the background story is continuing how he manages to juggle his family life along with being a cop that for this case at least his working with an attractive FBI agent that he quickly develops feelings for.
This book starts off at a fast pace and has you hooked in pretty quick with chapter 1 starting off by giving the description of things from a point of view of a missing "child" and his experience with a sick and twisted person. You soon find out more details about the missing which I can't go into too much detail about here for fear of spoiling this book for the masses (but see spoiler below) but I will go as far as to say that the parents of the child make this more than an ordinary case. The captive is heard being questioned (unusual questions) by his captive and then the main characters are led to the
***** spoiler alert***** body of the dead student. Soon more students from the same privileged background start to go missing. It is clear from what we see that the killer has an agenda with people with money that aren't helping those that need help but his way of dealing with it is extreme to say the least. One child is always found before the next appears with directions from the perp who asks for ransom for the third victim and the fourth is set free. Bennett is quickly confused and things quickly escalate when explosives are detected. I am not going to give any more details as that would completely spoil the book for those reading the spoiler. ***** Spoiler end******
There is plenty of action and sexual tension throughout the book and as you expect from James Patterson nothing that I would call too graphic so it probably ok for those just getting into crime thriller books. I thought this was a great read however as with almost all James Patterson books it is a very easy read with what, at least for a paperback, large text and chapters every four pages to make sure the books looks long enough to be big enough to look good to buy. I am sure that if this were published in the same format as the last book I read before it (Death Trap by Lee Weaks which is also very good but is very graphic) it would be about half the size and I would pick it up knowing to would take me a few hours to read and wonder if it was really worth the money asked for it. I actually started this book Saturday morning and finished it Monday night and it was quite a busy weekend, luckily I received this as a present and know several people that would like to buy it off of me, please look for it second hand as I wouldn't say it is worth the RRP.
This book is a great read for those who are not avid readers like me. It is exciting and hard to put down and the storyline is simple, fast-paced and gripping. The language used is easy to understand. As a result it is a book which probably suits readers who aren't avid readers and a younger audience, despite the deaths. I would suggest the readers who would enjoy this book most would be teenagers.
James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge who also wrote together Step on a Crack and Run for Your Life in the Detective Michael Bennett series, these books to naturally appeal to a similar audience. In Worst Case, the plot is simple. An ideologically driven man is kidnapping rich students from across New York. Detective Bennett and his new FBI Abduction Specialist Agent Emily Parker have to try and stop him. The story spirals towards potential catastrophe on Ash Wednesday.
The story is told from two different perspectives, that of Detective Bennett and also that of a narrator. The change between the two perspectives in the novel changes the pace and perspectives of the story which I found to be an interesting feature of the book. Similarly, the language used made the book easy to read which made the book's pace feel even faster. Lastly, the characters I feel are developed to some extent and an effort is made to steer the reader's opinion of the characters, however I feel that the characters lacked some depth. I only warmed slightly to them as characters.
This is definitely an easy read, despite some descriptions of gore. Overall it is definitely something I would recommend to a teenager, especially a boy.