Friday, June 10, 2011

Book Review: Tick Tock by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

Published: January 2011, Little, Brown and Company
Hardcover, 416 pages
Genre: Suspense Thriller/Crime
Borrowed from New York Public Library - Midtown Manhattan
Challenges: Mystery and Suspense Challenge

Tick--a killer's countdown begins

A rash of horrifying crimes tears through the city, throwing it into complete chaos and terrorizing everyone living there. Immediately, it becomes clear that they are not the work of an amateur, but of a calculating, efficient, and deadly mastermind.

Tick--Michael Bennett is on the chase

The city calls on Detective Michael Bennett, pulling him away from a seaside retreat with his ten adopted children, his grandfather, and their beloved nanny, Mary Catherine. Not only does it tear apart their vacation, it leaves the entire family open to attack.

In true Michael Bennett series fashion, this book pin-pointed exact locations and characteristics of NYC to the absolute letter. It made a Brooklyn girl like me proud! In other news, this was possibly my least favorite in the Michael Bennett series.

Had I have written this review 3/4 of the way into reading it, I would've said all these terrible things about how he failed to flesh out the killer and that the most interesting plot line had to do with his kids. I also would've said that the love triangle thing was yawn-tastic at best. But the ending was so exciting that I can overlook those things.

One thing that Patterson & Ledwidge can do with this series and really make you feel like you're on a high speed chase. The action scenes are cinematic in a way that I haven't seen with other suspense books I've read. While I really disliked the killer (because there was no vulnerability to him, I wasn't sure what he looked like, he seemed unrealistically asexual and other such reasons), I thought his last scene was explosive. I also enjoyed the up in the air ending of the book that will bring us a better (hopefully) book 5 of this series.

All in all, I give Tick-Tock a 2.5 out of 4 stars! Recommended for suspense thriller fans, James Patterson lovers and Michael Bennett series devotees.

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