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Book Reviews: Author James Patterson

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I love a good author, almost just as much as I love a good book.  When I love an author I will try to read as many books as I can by them.  Sometimes I hit a bad book because let’s be honest not every single novel can be a best seller, but if I know the author and like them I’ll always give another one of their books a try.

The author is one of the main reasons why I read a book review or buy a new book, the synopsis is the second and the price is the third.  I refuse to pay $30 for a new book that I’m only going to read once and therefore I usually only buy paperbacks.  $12 is normally the maximum price I’ll ever pay for a book.

James Patterson is one of my favorite authors.  I first discovered him four years ago when a co-worker suggested I read his novel Sunday at Tiffany’s and since then I’ve read five of his books.  I gave my co-worker’s recommendation a try because I love any story that’s set in New York City.  To say that I really liked the book would be an understatement, but we’ll get into that in just a moment.

When I went on the Barnes and Noble website to find my next book by James Patterson I quickly discovered that self-finding, love stories are not the only genre of book he writes.  Patterson is also a crime fiction author and at that moment my James Patterson obsession began.

These are some of my favorite books by James Patterson:

Postcard Killers

This book takes the reader through a tour of Europe as an American detective tries to catch a pair of ruthless killers who mail postcards to local press with clues as to where they’ve left a crime scene.  As I was reading I could just picture myself roaming the streets in Italy or driving through the Swedish country side.

The twist to this who-dun-it and where-are-they-novel is the love story that blossoms between the American detective and a local reporter covering the case.  There are a few twists and turns along the way but it’s basically a classic catch-the-killer kind of story.

Sunday at Tiffany’s

Readers rarely forget their first read by a favorite author.  I will always remember reading Sunday at Tiffany’s by James Patterson because as I mentioned it was the first book I ever read by him and it’s the story that sparked my obsession.

This is a classic novel about finding yourself, falling in love and creating your happily ever after.  There is also some tragedy mixed into the story and at the time I was not at a good place personally so the book was a bit too emotional for me at the time, however it was a really good read.

Tick Tock

This was the second book I ever read by James Patterson and the first of the crime fiction genre as well as the first in the Detective Michael Bennett series.  I really liked it and now it’s one of my favorite novels, not just by Patterson, but of all time.  I wouldn’t read it a second time because I don’t like to do that, but it is definitely a book worth reading.

The suspense will keep you turning pages and the mixture of both family and professional drama will have you wanting to know what’s going to happen next; actually I should say it will have you wondering what this serial killer terrorizing NYC will do next.  Sometimes the suspense in a book is what keeps me reading, even more than the storyline.

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