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- Publisher: Little, Brown & Company; Unabridged edition (August 16, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607883821
- ISBN-13: 978-1607883821
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 422 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,294,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But, this book has so many twists and turns. Just when you think you know what's going to happen, BAM, it changes and throws you for a complete loop. I highly recommend all of James Patterson's writings!
Like the previous reviewer stated, this is like a book of two halves - the first being extremely tense and fast-paced whereas the second was dragged out, slow and felt a bit like the story was continuing for the sake of it. This is a shame as it was a fantastic first 200 pages or so and I read them in just one sitting. The next 200 pages however took me 3 days as I found it hard to get back into the story and it really failed to grip me.
The characters are actually ok. Jacob is heartbroken by the death of his daughter and struggles with working with the Swedish police and their different ways of following the law and Dessie is thrown out of her comfort zone, being normally a reporter on bulglaries but now stuck in the middle of one of Europe's biggest murder cases. The killers are quite annoying, being a little too unrealistic for my liking. Knowing who they are from the opening chapter also takes away the surprise element of revealing them at the end as you already know who they are.
I think this book is ok - it's not great but it's not bad either. I'd maybe wait and pick this up from the library or borrow it from a friend rather than purchase it as I can't imagine it would be one you'd ever have any desire to read again but is worth a read once if there's nothing better for you to read on your shelf.
Although it is true that the story's characters and the nature of the crimes are not believable, I find that a good thing.
Because the crimes are so graphic and disturbing, I rather not be impressed with utterly realistic scenarios or beliavable characters to the point where I would start thinking that any of it could actually really happen.
For the sake of intretaintment but without the discomfort of a possible link to reality, this book strikes the perfect balance between probability and fiction.
The chapters are short and open ended, making you want to know what happends next.
Couldn't put it down.
It took me forever to read this book. I would start and lose interest and then come back to it. I am glad I did come back because it does get better. The first several chapters could not even hold my attention, but after a while the plot starts coming together and it gets better. The middle of the book was pretty good, but I thought the ending was never going to come. The last several chapters had a lot that could have been left out. Information that really had nothing to do with the plot or the outcome of the book.
All and all it was an ok book, probably one of the most expensive ones I have purchased for my kindle and one of the worst! I am glad I finished it, but I would never read it again.