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3.0 out of 5 stars A not-very-thrilling thriller., 2 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Postcard Killers (Paperback)
It always amuses me how quickly JP churns out his books and just how short his chapters are actually getting! As a consequence of such short chapters I whizzed through this book in under 2 hours and it was a fairly decent thriller and a good way to spend time commuting to work- though not a fantastic read by any means and what I refer to as a `switch your brain off' book without much depth. I prefer JP's earlier stuff to this- especially his earlier Alex Cross novels which were fantastic.

This book which was co-written with Liza Marklund (who I'm afraid I'd never heard of up until now) has some seriously glamorous Scandinavian settings which have sadly been tainted by murder- namely that of young tourist couples. NYPD Detective Jacob Kanon thinks he has a full MO for the killers, having lost his own young daughter to the same murderers in Rome. When a Swedish journalist receives a creepy postcard from the killers in Stockholm, Jacob teams up with her, determined to end their killing spree once and for all...

The premise for this book was actually pretty good, though as the chapters are so short it's hard to become absorbed in the writing or really engage with any of the characters on more than a superficial level so it remains a pretty quick read. Generally I have been a bit disappointed by Patterson lately- his books just do not contain the energy of his earlier novels any more and this was no different, though it was a reasonably entertaining way to pass the time. The ending was a little bit cheesy though and I did find this book to be a bit full of stereotypical characters and riddled with cliches.

All in all, I have read better thrillers and better JP thrillers at that, but if you're looking for a quick serial killer read to pass the time then there's no harm in giving this one a go- just don't expect anything fantastic.
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