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Deadman Running – James Patterson with Christopher Farnsworth

Murder mystery, thriller, fiction.

Rating 10/10

Randall Beck is an ordinary psychiatrist who works with patients that have extreme cases of post-traumatic stress disorder. What his patients don’t know is that Beck has a brain tumor that is slowly but surely killing him. After a session with his patient, he walks with his patient outside. A van comes and someone assassinates his patient in front of his eyes. The very same van comes, and these men claim they are with the secret service, but they aren’t. They temporarily kidnap Beck, but Beck manages to get away. He calls help from an associate, Susan. After finding out that the patient’s wife is dead and there was a woman claiming to be his wife, it is a fight to escape. Now all the police are after Beck and Susan for a crime they didn’t commit. Beck races the clock to rescue as many lives as he can before his own clock ends. The senator holds Beck and Susan hostage and proposes the idea of Beck being the bomber man. If Beck cooperates, Susan will be freed and sent home alive. Now Beck has no choice but to cooperate and be a kamikaze solider for this senator. Both Beck and Susan simultaneously make plans to save themselves.

I extremely loved this thriller mystery novel. It was so fast paced and intense that I finished it in one day. It is rare for me to really love the novel to finish it in one day like this one. It was a page turner for sure and I loved the race against time. James Patterson’s collaboration with Christopher Farnsworth was the best. It wasn’t expected for the plot twist, however. I would recommend this for anyone who wants to read an excellent mystery thriller. This book satisfied what I wanted as a thriller novel. There was no cliché bullshit either, so I was happy with this novel.

A High School Reunion Gone WRONG

Dying for Devil’s Food – Jenn McKinlay

Murder mystery, school reunions, fiction.

Rating 9/10

Melanie was happy with her life, her engagement, and her success at becoming a bakery with her best friend Angie. Angie tells her about the fifteenth high school reunion and how they must go. Melanie disagrees and wishes to not go; however, some convincing later Melanie agrees to go. When they arrive at the high school reunion, they get complements of the great cupcakes. Melanie confronts her long-time bully, Cassidy, and puts her in her place as Melanie goes to enjoy the rest of the reunion together. Just as when Melanie leaves, they see a very dead Cassidy. Melanie and her best friend Angie discus who might’ve killed Cassidy. Everyone assumes that it was Melanie who killed Cassidy due to their troubled pasts together, but Melanie is innocent. Both girls are invested in finding out who killed Cassidy. It was Dwight who wanted originally Megan to die so that the truth of the affair came to light but the poison went to Cassidy instead.

I wanted to read something different and quirky, so I found this novel. At first, I thought this was going to be a cliché murder mystery novel, but it wasn’t. I really enjoyed this little murder mystery novel a lot. I wished it was longer to enjoy and wanted to see more murders. Sadly, murder mysteries are varied of what the genre has to offer. In the future I will want to read more of this author, Jenn McKinlay. McKinlay had written this small novel in such a way that is humorful but serious and thrilling. I would say to give this book a read.

Meh Didn’t Really Care For This Novel…

Friction – Sandra Brown

Thriller, mystery, detective, fiction.

Rating 0/10

Crawford Hunt is a widowed man who only wants his baby girl, Georgia back. However, his parent in-laws don’t want Georgia with Crawford due to certain actions he committed in the past. Crawford had worked in cleaned up his act and is awaiting his fate with Judge Holly Spencer. During his court hearing is occurring, a shooter breaks into the courthouse, shooting at people, and escaping. Crawford saved Holly, but this is the only beginning of what sinister acts to follow. Crawford is on the hunt to discover the truth as well as regaining custody of his baby girl. He succeeds in both discovering the truth of the court hearing shooting and getting his daughter back.

Didn’t really like this novel at all. It wasn’t really intriguing enough for me. It was a light read and too mediocre. It was predictable from the first few chapters and I prefer something more challenging and more page turning suspense. This lacked a lot of suspense. Too quick paced to the point where I couldn’t and didn’t understand what on earth was going on with the novel. It went back and forth between Crawford and Holly in a manner that I couldn’t keep track of the plot line.

Patterson Could’ve Done Better

The Injustice – James Patterson

Social media, documentary films, high school, family problems, grief, mystery, detective, young adult.

Rating 1/10

Theo Foster is being charged and expelled from high school because of a photo he never had posted. Determined, he seeks out who would frame him, and ruin other’s lives. Theo comes across some disturbing secrets and uncovers ugly truths that put him and the other lives who was ruined back in good graces. Theo does the right thing and is happy for doing the right thing.

I hated how this book started off and ended. I can tell this novel was poorly written and wasn’t well thought into. This novel was sad and pathetic in the end. James Patterson should stick with adult fiction rather than attempting to make young adult fiction. No offense for James Patterson fans. This one just wasn’t his best work.

Good Plot But Sad

 Dark Places – Gillian Flynn  

Horror, thriller, investigative, homicide, children of murder victims, crimes against family, juvenile crimes, cults, mystery, fiction

Rating 6/10

 Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places is about this young girl, Libby Day” who survived and escaped when her family got murdered in “The Satan’s Sacrifice” in Kansas. Thinking because of her brother, Ben’s, mysterious behaviors and obsession with the Devil, she wrongfully points the finger at him for killing the entire family. As an adult, Libby is contacted by this group that swears that Ben is innocent and that the killer is on the loose. This group helps aid Libby in seeking out the true killer and set free Ben. At the end, Ben is freed from prison and Libby feels better in some ways. Both worried about how they are going to go on with life with the new information that freed Ben as well as how they will cope together.

This book starts off sad and really depressing. The plot is excellent and its thoroughly detailed. However, not my cup of tea of the type of genre. I don’t like to read sad and depressing literature because I seek literature to make me feel happier not depressed.

FLYNN, GILLIAN. GILLIAN FLYNN COLLECTION: Sharp Objects, Dark Places, Gone Girl. WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON, 2015.