If I ever needed another reason to stay away from Patterson's co-authored books, this novel would be it. Tick Tock has more product placement (eg. Tyvek pants; Pixar film) than I noticed in the others; the characterizations are shallow; the plot thin. The end of the novel is rushed and very unsatisfactory not to mention unbelievable. I mean, why would a character who has been painted as black suddenly change colours and be a part of a heroic rescue at the end? Nothing led up to that. We're just expected to believe it with no preparation. These latest books can't hold a candle to vintage Patterson and they never fail to disappoint. Save your money. (Have to add that the reason I kept listening was the excellent narration by Cannavale and Sowers. Top-notch.)
This was my first experience with this author and the novel is toward the end of the series. However, this didn't diminish my overall enjoyment of the plot, the characters and the pictures the author paints of a demented pair of killers in a cold and desolate landscape. A child is found buried in a slab of ice and from there, a grisly tale of madness and obsession unfolds. I'd be happy if Audible carried more of this series.
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