Monday, July 27, 2009

The Bottom Line, #3 James Patterson Edition

The Bottom Line is a feature to designed to give quick and dirty reviews of books I've read, but I either don't have the time or the inspiration to write full reviews on them.

Run for Your Life by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (February 2, 2009)
ISBN-13: 9780316018746
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Rating: 3/5

This is the second book in the Michael Bennett series, and I'm not sure I'll continue reading them. It wasn't awful, the mystery was decent, if forgettable, but I really don't feel any connection to Bennett. If you don't want to know more about the main character in a series, maybe it's time to quit reading.

Lifeguard by James Patterson
Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (August 1, 2006)
ISBN-13: 9780446617611
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Rating: 2.5/5

Lifeguard is a typical Patterson book. Short chapters, a fast read, but nothing memorable. I finished this one a couple of weeks ago and honestly cannot tell you a single thing about the book. It's books like these that really make me wonder why I keep reading Patterson...

Beach Road by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Vision (June 1, 2007)
ISBN-13: 978-0446619141
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Rating: 3.5/5

Most Patterson books are very predictable. Beach Road had a lot of predictable moments in it, but the ending was one I didn't see coming. I don't usually analyze a book too much while I'm reading it. I prefer to let it unfold and let what happens surprise me. Others may have seen the ending coming, but for a quick summer read, I enjoyed Beach Road.


Sandy Nawrot said...

I have read many Patterson books in my life, but I honestly couldn't tell you about more than one or two. He's not the only one that is like this, but doesn't buy alot of loyalty with me!

Sheila DeChantal said...

Holy Patterson Batman! LOL

I have not read many Patterson. What I have read I have enjoyed but I guess just not to the point of being an avid follower of his work.

Anna said...

Sometimes I wonder why I haven't quit the Women's Murder Club series already and why I keep picking up Patterson books when I find them mediocre at best. I guess I look to his books when I want a quick mindless read. And I feel like after 8 Women's Murder Club books I've invested too much time to start now. Though if the the next installment was like the last, I might give up.

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Anna said...

I really should proofread. I meant to say I've invested too much time to stop now. Oops.

Diary of an Eccentric