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Swimsuit - James Patterson

This is the scariest and most satisfying James Patterson novel since "Kiss the Girls". The beach...A breathtakingly beautiful supermodel disappears fr...

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published 27/04/2010 | dkm1981
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Pro Well written characters, easy to read story
Cons Stroy may be getting a little too familiar by now to Patterson regulars
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"Patterson At His Shocking and Seductive Best?"

Tagged as his ‘most shocking and seductive story yet’ Swimsuit is the latest stand alone book from the ‘world’s best thriller writer’ James Patterson. Co-written by Maxine Paetro (who also co-wrote many of the books in Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series) Swimsuit is a story that combines breathtaking beauty with untold horrors.

Kim McDaniels is one of the world’s most beautiful supermodels and she as the top of her game, that is until a psychopathic killer abducts her from her latest shoot at the most glamorous hotel in Hawaii. A terrifying phone call to her parents begins the hunt her and cop turned reporter Ben Hawkins is assigned the story. Unable to let his past go and faced with severe ineptitude on the part of the local police force, Ben begins his own investigation into what quickly turns from a missing person case to a murder inquiry. Ben soon becomes completely and utterly involved in the case and is confronted by a psychopathic killer who has no morals and takes great pride in setting the stage for his next killing.

Swimsuit bears all of the unmistakable characteristics of a typical James Patterson thriller – it is a high octane, page turner that is easy to read but that will keep you hooked until the end. The layout of the book is Patterson’s usual style, with large print and short chapters that make it easy to read the whole book in, more or less, one sitting.

The protagonist Ben Hawkins is again similar to Patterson’s previous heroes – a former good cop who hit a brick wall and got tired of the force. He’s a strong character and makes a good lead character for this kind of story. It is easy to warm to Ben, who is not quite squeaky clean, but has high morals and good instincts none the less. The only criticism, and this is one that I often have with Patterson’s leading men, is that he is supposed to be rough and ready but he just isn’t quite gritty enough for the role. You get the impression that he does have a somewhat darker side to him, but it doesn’t quite come over in the story.

The serial killer is portrayed as a ruthless and swarthy man who takes a lot of pride in his work. He is a completely believable character and I think that is what makes him so scary – he could be a real person.

Anyone who is familiar with Patterson’s work will not be surprised by the storyline in Swimsuit. The premise is that the good guy finds himself in the middle of a murder case without the support of his peers but his great instincts see him through, in a someone unorthodox fashion, to the end. The fact that this is so similar to other Patterson stories (the Alex Cross novels and the Women’s Murder Club series, for example) is not a negative point for me. I know exactly what I’m getting when I pick up one of his books and that is exactly why I pick them up in the first place. The familiarity is what makes me come back to Patterson time and time again.

Patterson’s own slogan is that ‘the pages turn themselves’ and that couldn’t be a more accurate description in my opinion. It is true with Swimsuit as well, I literally read it in one go and I enjoyed every page of it. As stereotypical as it sounds, I couldn’t put Swimsuit down. Even despite the somewhat cheesy nature of Patterson’s style that Swimsuit has in bucket loads – the characters are sometimes a little too good, the setting is a little too perfect and the turn of events a little too convenient – it still makes a really good read.

The ending of the book is typically climatic and does the story justice, although I do think that it is begging for a sequel. The loose ends aren’t quite tied up. Again this wasn’t a negative for me. I think that there will be a sequel somewhere along the line, but if there isn’t I didn’t feel short changed.

Overall, I think Swimsuit is typical Patterson; some might say that he is just writing to a set pattern now and that all of his books (this one included) are very similar, but I say that this is what keeps him at the top of his game.

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  • lillamarta published 03/05/2010
    Probably not one I'd read from the author then! x
  • runningman77 published 30/04/2010
    Pattersons stuff is a bit predictable sometimes but really entertaining. Good stuff! Alex
  • supersonic75 published 29/04/2010
    Nicely reviewed x
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This is the scariest and most satisfying James Patterson novel since "Kiss the Girls". The beach...A breathtakingly beautiful supermodel disappears from a swimsuit photo shoot at the most glamorous hotel in Hawaii. Only hours after she goes missing, Kim McDaniels' parents receive a terrifying phone call. Fearing the worst, they board the first flight to Maui and begin the hunt for their daughter...will never be...Ex-cop Ben Hawkins, now a reporter for the "LA Times", gets the McDaniels assignment. The ineptitude of the local police force defies belief - Ben has to start his own investigation for Kim McDaniels to have a prayer. And for Ben to have the story of his life...the same for you again. All the while, the killer sets the stage for his next production. His audience expects the best - and they won't be disappointed. "Swimsuit" is a heart-pounding story of fear and desire, transporting you to a place where beauty and murder collide and unspeakable horrors are hidden within paradise. About the AuthorJames Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade: the Women's Murder Club, the Alex Cross novels and Maximum Ride, and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He has won an Edgar award, the mystery world's highest honour. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

Product Details

EAN: 9781846052620

Type: Fiction

Genre: Modern Fiction

Title: Swimsuit

Author: James Patterson

Release Date: 04-16-13, 06-05-13

ISBN: 1846052629


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