THE RED BOOK

THE RED BOOK
JAMES PATTERSON
with DAVID ELLIS

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I gave up on James Patterson books a few years ago, finding them a bit ‘quick and slick’ with the short chapters and pared down writing. The Red Book, written with the collaboration of David Ellis, was a pleasurable surprise and has re-affirmed me as a fan of Patterson. Although the main character, Detective Billy Harney, has the conventional troubled past, it doesn’t dominate the story but is interwoven skilfully and completely believably. His sidekick has her own secrets and the twisty reveal is excellently done. I had not realised that this was the second in the series but will now search out its predecessor, The Black Book. Highly recommended.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

FIND YOU FIRST

In this fast-moving, quite complicated thriller, Barclay comes roaring back on form after a couple of lacklustre efforts. I really empathised with Mike, one of the main characters. His frustration at his illness and his determination to 'do the right thing' were portrayed consistently and empathetically. In fact, all the characters were well-rounded, even those with a smaller part to play in the story. It was a quick and easy read and left me longing for just a little more story, but there was still room for a couple of decent twists and a satisfactory ending.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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