James Patterson's scariest, sexiest stand-alone thriller since The Quickie.
Ben isn't like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he's a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential trivia - and Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have.
When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, Ben's infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life.
Ben soon discovers that the woman he pined for was hiding a shocking double life. And now someone is out to stop Ben from uncovering the truth about Diana's illicit affairs.
In his most heart-pumping thriller yet, James Patterson plunges us into the depths of a mind tortured by paranoia and obsession, on an action-packed chase through a world of danger and deceit.
©2013 James Patterson (P)2013 Hachette Audio
I have been getting into Patterson's novels in recent weeks, and gave this one a try. A few chapters in, and I am not happy. The first person narrative by "Ben" is tedious and annoying. I keep hoping it will get better, or maybe move on to another character, but probably not. I am not an expert on psychology, but whatever Ben's psychoses might be, they do not make for a pleasant narrative. Manic depressive, bipolar, paranoid schizophrenic, OCD... He seems to have many psychological problems. And perhaps that is an interesting study. But it is very difficult to listen to the audio narrative while sitting in traffic.
And then...he rides his motorcycle to Potomac Airfield, hops into HIS Cessna, taxis out while holding his internal mental debate, nearly hits another plane on the runway, before finally taking off and happily flying off to Wisconsin. I'm a pilot and have some expertise in this regard. There's at least one major problem here. Back to the psychoses, combined with whatever cocktail of medications he talks about needing to get through the day. No way on earth this guy would ever pass a medical and get his FAA ticket. I hate when novels present situations that are just plain wrong. From the way its written, the authors seem to understand aviation ("just fly the plane..."). I don't know why they would have the main character be a pilot when he clearly can't qualify. He could just as easily have hopped on a commercial flight, chartered a plane with some of his trust fund dollars, or just ridden his motorcycle worst case.
Just can't recommend this one at all.
better story, fewer twists and turns (too many coincidences makes it unbelievable).
Was this really a Patterson story -- had to remind myself that this isn't Brad Metzler.
Collins handled the principle character (Ben Casper) very well. He does a good job with the Russian characters. Sometimes in conversations, it becomes difficult to follow who is saying what.
This character (Ben) could easily lead to a series -- stories need to be stronger, less convoluted.
I stayed with this book just to hear the ending. It was as bizarre as the rest of the book.
Too many unbelievable plot twists to keep track of.
Keep it simple takes on new meaning!
I usually enjoy John Patterson novels. I can usually count on them being entertaining at least. I feel bad saying this but, this book was not only not entertaining it was just bad. The constant mentioning of movie scenes by the main character was distracting and while I guess it was supposed to show the character's OCD tendencies, it was dull and interrupted the story too much.
To make matters worse, the narration was terrible. The voice did not match the character in any way. It was very distracting. Its hard for me to put it into words but when dialogue was read every sentence came out as if the character was unsure of what he was saying.
I never got far enough to find out why the book is titled Mistress, I just know it is just not what I expected.
This is the most God-awful book I have ever bought. I am actually requesting a refund. Do yourself a favor and pass this one by.
Loved the reader. He was amazing.
I have not listened to any other books performed by him, but i just purchased another book by an author i do not know to listen to him again.
I've read better Patterson and the story was kind of boring and predictable
made a more suspenseful plot
In my opinion I could not recommend this book to anyone.
The book is long and slow moving. Narration is whiny and annoying. Too many references to the Presidents (over and over), movie characters and other non relevant topics. Waterboarding at Gitmo would be less painful.
Awful narration. What’s with the sound effects, even if I could put up with the squeaking door but police sirens, car horns, and squealing brakes? I listen to audiobooks while driving. Is anyone thinking?
Frustration and hope that it would end. If I had another book I would have never finished it.
I did not read the print version and listened to the audio version only. I thought that the performance was really good and kept my interest.
I thought that Kevin T. Colllin's did an excellent job in performing the character's viewpoint. He was very funny and kept the book moving at a lively pace. He was able to pull off the rambling thought of the book's main character very well.
I found myself laughing several times throughout the performance by the crazy, rambling thought's of the main character at the most inopportune moments.
The book will definitely not win any awards for writing but I enjoyed the fast paced style and story.
No I would not only reason is because I already know what happens
None come to mind
I loved his voice and how he showed the characters true emotion through his voice
I liked when we found out the true story
If you don't mind random facts being thrown in you will like the book. Starts slow but really picks up
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