Looked forward to reading this and sampling this series but simply could not get engrossed in story or characters.
The original wasn't great literature, but it was fun and lively. If you're expecting more of the same, stop before you buy. This was phoned in. A ridiculous story, poorly written, vapid characters. Save your money.
Simply a great compelling story with well drawn, interesting characters. Engrossing and thoroughly enjoyable read.
I like this series but this was a disappointment. Very violent and ghoulish series of crimes, and the plot was repetitive. Narrator's presentation of one of the main characters was affected and annoying.
I was about 1/3 through and finding this book pretty uninteresting. So I checked the reviews and they were generally positive. So I stuck it through to the end. What a mistake! The underlying premise of the story and rationale for the kidnapping is strong. But the prison scenes are dull, repetitive and tedious and they are a majority of the story. Very slow pace. Then the author needs to make the big reveal and wrap it all up and that happens quickly and with some flat out unbelievable plot turns. The characters are flat and I found myself not caring about any of them. The surprising twist wasn't a surprise at all--who else could have hatched the kidnap plan? I have enjoyed Gardner's other books but will think twice before ordering again.
Silly plot, flat dialogue, ridiculous dialogue. This was a great series, but it sure isn't now.
I know Patterson is not great literature, but the books generally are enjoyable, perfect for the gym and have at least one little plot twist. This story line was ridiculous, predictable and incredibly--gratuitously--violent. I stuck with it to the end hoping for a surprise--in vain. Don't waste your time or a credit.
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