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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition first Printing edition (June 23, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316405345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316405348
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.8 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,253 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR JAMES PATTERSON

"The prolific Patterson seems unstoppable."--USA Today

"James Patterson knows how to sell thrills and suspense in clean, unwavering prose."--People

"Patterson's novels are sleek entertainment machines, the Porsches of commercial fiction, expertly engineered and lightning fast."--Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 280 million copies worldwide. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

More About the Author

It is no surprise that in January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having "transformed book publishing," and that Time magazine hailed him as "The Man Who Can't Miss." Recently, NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams profiled Patterson's prolific career, AARP named him one of the "50 Most Influential People Who Make Our Days a Little Brighter," and Variety featured him in a cover story highlighting his adventures in Hollywood.

In 2013, it was estimated that one-in-five of all hardcover suspense/thriller novels sold was written by James Patterson, his books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide, and he holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. And his success isn't based solely on thrillers like the perennially popular Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Michael Bennett series. Patterson is now also the current bestselling author in the young adult and middle grade categories.

He's been called the busiest man in publishing, and that's not just because of his own books. For the past decade, James has been devoting more and more of his time to championing books and reading. From the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, to his website ReadKiddoRead.com, to his College Book Bucks scholarships and his regular donations of hundreds of thousands of books to schools here in the states and troops overseas (see interviews on Fox & Friends, The Dennis Miller Radio Show and CNN.com), Patterson has passed on his passion of books and reading and supported those who do the same. Jim personally funded a major ad campaign re-printing a recent opinion piece on CNN.com about how it is our responsibility to get our kids reading. The ad has run in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and USA Today. Those ads are a call to action to parents to make their kids reading a top priority; and were featured by USA Today here. Patterson believes that we cannot rely on schools, teachers or the government to get our kids reading; only parents can make this crucial change in the reading habits of our kids. Here are links to some interviews on his first-ever dual lay down (two books, one for parents and one for kids, in one day): AOL's You've Got, NBC's "Today Show" with Hoda and Kathie Lee, USA Today and Family Circle, NBC's "Today Show" with Al Roker, as well as an interview with AARP.

Customer Reviews

Once again Fantastic kept me going that I couldn't put the book down, I read it one day.
Gerri
It was very refreshing to read a book in which you think you can predict the ending, then find out you were totally wrong.
runninggirl
There are always twists and turns that make it more suspenseful and keeps you guessing until the end.
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191 of 209 people found the following review helpful By Jeannine on June 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I've been a James Patterson fan since I was in college (over 15 years ago), so I'd like to think I'm well versed with all things James Patterson, from the Alex Cross series, Michael Bennett & Woman's Murder Club to his stand alone books. I've probably read 90% of everything he's ever written in the thriller genre. Although I have to say the last 3 years (in my opinion) his novels have seriously fell off. They've become too predictable, a little boring and just not what I'm used to reading when it comes to James Patterson. I feel that with his introduction into the children's arena for writing, his adult thrillers have suffered. Or maybe it's the co-authors he's been collaborating with I don't know. You can't tell that from his continued best sellers, but for those who truly cherish the original writings of James Patterson like The Quickie, Kiss the Girls, You've Been Warned, Honeymoon, Don't Blink, Sail, etc., his latest novels are no comparison in suspense, intrigue or originality. I was very disappointed...yet again.
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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Bruce from LA on June 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
All these reviews that attempt to compare past and current James Patterson novels are a bit misguided. Patterson does NOT write more than a dozen major novels a year with only some minimal assistance from numerous journeymen co-authors. If anything it is the other way around. Patterson, as described by some of his co-authors, acts primarily as a mentor and editor to help shape the works which they bring to him and then help promote them in exchange for co-credit. That's fine....that's good business apparently....but the basic book is not Patterson's so trying to compare it to his previous solo works is largely irrelevant. Yes, he does have some input and he makes sure the basics are all there as well some of the key elements he knows are important from experience but he is not the primary writer on these co-op novels.

That said, each co-authored novel should best be reviewed on it's own merits with little or no regard for Patterson's previous work. In this case I found the story and characters to be compelling and worth the ride, albeit a bit over the top when it comes to plot twists. My recommendation is to read it and enjoy it but only if your willingness to suspend your disbelief is nearly unlimited and you don't feel the need to exercise much critical judgement or common sense. But, hey it's just a novel so why get too picky, right?
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 2, 2014
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I read a lot and love a well written mystery. Invisible, was not a well written mystery. In
my opinion, the main character, Emmy, was never really developed. Neither was her relationship was Books. It's as if Patterson threw a vague past relationship in there to fill space, certainly not to engage the reader. As the story progressed, I I feel the part of Graham was much better written than the detective side of the story. (Sad when you are pulling for the killer.), And, don't get me started on ending. No spoiler alert here because there isn't much to spoil. It is as if Mr. Patterson had to rush off to dinner so he slapped some crap down and called the story "done". I know James Patterson's novels are no great works of fiction, but I would think, he expected more from himself and his readers. This wasn't even what I would call a good "summer read" or a "beach book". I like a book that makes me feel even a slight bit different when I'm finished. One that makes me "think". Invisible just made me think I had wasted my time and money.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By patricia coy on May 10, 2014
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I usually like any of Patterson's books that he writes with David Ellis (I have read all of David Ellis' books and enjoyed them), but this one just didn't grab me, so I don't plan on ordering the entire book. It wasn't bad, but just didn't perk my interest.
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Petrillo on June 16, 2014
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Not as good as earlier books. Seems like since he's writing with another author his books have changed and not for the good.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 7, 2014
Format: Audible Audio Edition
I enjoy most books by James Patterson and his stable of authors, but INVISIBLE is so far my least favorite. While it was fast paced and riveting, it was also extremely annoying and frustrating.

The protagonist Emmy was incredibly unlikable: childish, histrionic, and irrational. Thankfully, I personally don't know many women like her. Not one's idea of a professional and logically-thinking FBI analyst.

Emmy's characterization also seems inconsistent. She's intuitive enough to figure out how a serial killer is hiding his crimes so skillfully that a well-seasons FBI medical examiner almost misses it. And yet she's not intuitive enough to see what's literally right in front of her face.

The author(s?) seems to take what comprises a strong woman too literally. Taking unnecessary risks that could be costly to an entire team, alienating coworkers through jealousy or intolerance (getting in their faces), and refusing to learn from her mistakes does not a strong woman make. That just makes her willfully mean-spirited, self-destructive, and self-centered. Emmy knows her flaws well enough to recite them in her head, yet she never aspires to overcome them.

Emmy is not someone this reader wants to spend time with, no matter how compassionate she was with the victim. I did love the scene with the boss and the cell phone though.
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