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31 Jan 2005

Hotter than THE BEACH HOUSE and scarier than KISS THE GIRLS, James Patterson's explosive new thriller introduces a bride who is beautiful, talented, devoted - and deadly.

When a young investment banker dies of baffling causes FBI agent John O'Hara immediately suspects the only witness, the banker's alluring and mysterious fiancée. Nora Sinclair is a beautiful decorator who expects the best, and will do anything to get it.

Agent O'Hara keeps closing in, but the stronger his case, the less he knows whether he's pursuing justice or his own fatal obsession. In a novel so compelling it reads like a collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock, James Patterson unveils surprise after surprise that will keep readers guessing until the last deadly kiss.


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Headline (31 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755324811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755324811
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 12.6 x 14.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 598,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone who has missed good suspense novels should put Honeymoon on their list straight away. James Patterson has always been fascinated by serial killers, yet he has tended in the past to stick with the boys; in Nora Sinclair, he and Howard Roughan create a classic Black Widow, who kills her suitors and husbands for their wealth. John O'Hara knows most of the truth about Nora, but until his investigations get close to her, he has no idea of just how much charisma and appeal she brings to the job of murder. And Nora, thinking him just an insurance agent, is surprised by how much she thinks about him, and not necessarily as a future victim. There is a quirky romance here, full of lies and deceit and also genuine feeling and a sense of menacing jeopardy for both viewpoint characters. The story-telling is Patterson's usual fast-paced staccato narration, but it has time for some interesting side-bar issues--there are things in both Nora and John's pasts and presents which only gradually come to our attention. --Roz Kaveney. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'This author knows precisely how to manipulate his readers' Independent, 12/2/05 (Independent)

'This story has elements of Hitchcock's Vertigo, and its page-turning quality is in a class of its own' Independent, 12/2/05 (Independent)

'Honeymoon is all pacy, sexy, high-octane stuff, refreshingly free of the cruelty that often dominates his plots' Guardian, 19 February 2005 (Guardian)

'O'Hara and particularly Nora stand as two of Patterson's most complex characters yet... This is one canny thriller and Patterson's millions of fans will be most pleased' Publishers Weekly, 31/1/05 (Publishers Weekly)

'HONEYMOON...has all the familiar traits: satisfyingly tortuous plotting, and a narrative trajectory that never pauses for breath. Agent O'Hara is drawn with economical skill, as is his sexual obsession with the bewitching Nora Sinclair. This story has elements of Hitchcock's Vertigo, and its page-turning quality is in a class of its own' Independent, 12/2/05 (Independent)

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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, surprising and accessible to all. 5 Feb 2006
Format:Paperback
Maybe at times the plot is not 100% credible, but one thing is sure: this book is full of unexpected twists and a degree of mystery and suspense that will make you not want to put it down until you finished it. If you love detective stories, this is one you must read.
One thing I find annoying in some novels is the overwhelming amount of characters and the confusing way they are introduced into the story.
Often I had to slide a sheet of paper in the book and write down who is who, in order to keep track of the characters as the story evolved.
Not with this one here…with a limited amount of characters, the author manages to keep it exciting, surprising and accessible to all. A must!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Honeymoon 7 Mar 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I am a huge fan of JP and love almost all of his books.
This one is no exception, there were good and bad points to it as with all books however overall i enjoyed this book from the start.
It begins with the death of a man whom we know nothing about except that he knows his killer.
The story then follows Nora Sinclair - the main character and detective 'Craig Reynolds'.
Its a story of intrigue that keeps niggleing at you to pick it up again until it is finished!
Character developement is excellent, the characters are vivid and real in your mind as you read the book.
An excellent story of a Black Widow with a thirst she cannot cure!
My only critisism of this book is the shortness of it!
Excellent must read for all thriller fans!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars literary junk food 19 Mar 2006
By noeloh
Format:Paperback
This book is undeniably compelling: an intriguing enough plot delivered in simple prose chopped up into short chapters (2 or 3 pages apiece). You can't help wanting to know what happens next, & there's no gainsaying that being able to entice readers along in this way takes talent. Buy another book to accompany it if you're taking it on a long-haul flight, though: you'll have finished this one some time before you arrive. Can't have taken a hell of a lot longer than that to write, either. There's a thinness about it, a lack of substance. Some of it -- the author's or authors' depictions of stylish living & the accoutrements of good taste, for instance -- is unintentionally amusing, & some of it -- such as the endless references to the 2 central characters' charm & wit, without either of the characters actually being called on to exhibit these qualities -- is just inept. AND: do not buy this book if you want everything to end neatly, as most of us do. The denouement is incoherent, with questions remaining unanswered & plot strands left hanging.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really disappointing 27 May 2006
Format:Paperback
Every time I buy a James Patterson book I do so hoping that he's gotten some of that old flair back and I'll love it. This didn't happen with Honeymoon and I've decided that I've given him the benefit of the doubt one too many times now and Honeymoon will be my last James Patterson purchase.

The story centers around a woman named Nora Sinclair who's being investigated by the FBI (although she doesn't know that) because her husband/fiancés keep dying in the same way. In an effort to see if she's the quintessential `Black Widow' or just really unlucky with men the FBI send in John O'Hara to pose as Craig Reynolds, Insurance guy with a life-insurance policy from Nora's latest dead fiancé leaving her $1.9m better off.

While the story itself wasn't a bad idea the execution just didn't live up. The characters weren't developed enough to have a real insight into them and the only one we really got to know was the baddy and you come away liking her. The good-looking guy falling for the beautiful woman was just such a cliché! And the ending......that was seriously the worst ending ever. As somebody else mentioned the letter from Nora's Mum was never explained and I was left wondering if I'd missed a chapter! I also felt that the whole deal about the Tourist was pointless and unnecessary. All in all this was a seriously below par book and has signed my `adios' to James Patterson.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read 17 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I am a huge fan of the Alex Cross books so decided to try something a little different from Mr Patterson and this was no let down. When I started reading the book I thought it was going to be very predictable but I was proved wrong there are many twists and turns in this book that keep you on your toes. I could have read it in one day!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not one of the best 22 May 2006
Format:Paperback
As a huge James Patterson fan I just know when his books are written by someone else. Although his name appears on the cover the writing was left to his co-author. There was no meat on the bones of this story. Usage of short chapters and wide-spaced typeset meant there was a lot of empty space in the book and in the story. In future I won't be buying any James Patterson 'co-authored' books.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile read 14 Feb 2005
By Tony
Format:Hardcover
I must say I enjoyed HONEYMOON. I found it to be an easy read, with just enough to keep me wondering. A nice angle on the characters and their presentation also keeps the pages turning, with one or two more subtle twists than expected.
It was rather nice that HONEYMOON actualy had an ending - a "conclusion" so to speak - especially as some of his recent offerings had left me feeling like I had been watching a Monday night TV drama, getting right to the end, then discovering that this was only the first part of three!
Having read every James Patterson book (except SantaKid), I found him getting back-on-track with this one. It actualy felt as though he had written it (although other reviewers might argue that point, and yes, maybe I could be swayed) - unlike his previous titles The Big Bad Wolf (which I don't feel he had a hand in until about page 297, when I guess he must have decided it was about time he switched his laptop back on) - and London Bridges which, in my own humble oppinion, I would be amazed if he even saw more than two days before its release (it may have been Alex Cross - but it didn't seem like "his" Alex Cross - if you get my meaning)
All-in-all I believe you will find HONEYMOON a worthwhile read.
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