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1.0 out of 5 stars Another Lousy Thriller From Patterson or Ledwidge or Both, February 8, 2011
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It is sort of impossible to tell what James Patterson writes anymore. With his "co-author" mill, Patterson is more of a brand than an author at this point from what I can tell. But the Patterson trademarks are there, tiny chapters, low word count and stilted prose.

Every time I swear off Patterson forever, one of his books is offered free. So it is with Tick Tock which had a free preorder several months ago. The setup is fairly typical, with a serial killer recreating the murders of famous NYC serial killers. You may remember this plot line from the film "Copycat" which was made nearly two decades ago.

Our hero is Michael Bennett, a single father with 10 adopted children. The children are of all races and genders, however none of them are real characters. Often they are just a list of names on a page. They may as well be called "older boy number 3" for as much as they are developed.

Running parallel to the serial killer portion of the book is a family drama which is painful to read. The only reason it is included is to pad the book out to novel length instead of a novella. It involves the vacationing Bennett family fighting with bullies. These young teenagers apparently are well versed in wordplay and racial slurs, not to mention the Rainbow Coalition, a group that hasn't been particularly relevant in their lifetime.

As usual, there is a speckling of awkwardly shoehorned in pop culture references that distract from the proceedings as well.

As for the thriller itself, it is fairly standard, featuring the predictable Patterson switch where a new character is introduced to throw you off. There is also the almost sadistic pleasure taken in describing the murders. Also a fairly lame love triangle between Bennett, a FBI agent and his live in nanny.

As a final insult, the final scene between Bennett and the serial killer ends in a truly silly manner. Overall it is just not a satisfying effort.
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Initial post: Feb 13, 2011 8:22:18 AM PST
Patricia says:
I agree one hundred percent with your review of Patterson's latest novel. I used to enjoy reading his books, but since he began colaboration with other authors, I have stopped reading them. I suspect that he has a story line, a chapter or two and then the other author writes the rest of the books. If I wanted to read the other authors books, I would check them out of the Library, but since I don't, why read Patterson's novels when he isn't writing them himself?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2011 4:00:17 AM PST
To be fair, I think he helps young unknown authors. I just think in some cases they are unknown for a reason.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 4:19:51 AM PST
Ricky N. says:
A good review. You are so correct about Patterson. I think he writes the Alex Cross novels and gives some ideas to these "co-authors". I read "Step on a Crack" and that was enough of this character for me. I have not, nor will I read, this series again because I am sure Patterson is not writing it.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 6:45:10 PM PST
Ramesh Swamy says:
I completely agree with you.. the book is pathetic.. do know why he introduces so many characters in the book with little to no role to play in the main story at all...

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 9:10:08 PM PDT
Dude, I prefer reading your writing. James Patterson has undone himself over and over again now. A complete piece of junk that deserves no more than a trash can. And Michael Bennett is a horny son of a bitch that isn't doing anything to stop the crimes. Maybe James Patterson is.

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 7:00:11 AM PDT
You are completely right, I was caught completely off guard by this shared author trick. It is by far the worst book I've ever read.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 7:39:35 PM PDT
Minnie Read says:
Ditto! This book was hard for me to even finish..
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