The Thomas Berryman Number
And then I started reading. From the start, I struggled to und ...more
The book starts with a bang. Three murders – one after another has the officials in a frenzy… Everyone seems to be running in circles or in the wrong direction, except for a reporter called Ochs Jones. Jimmie Horn is a big name around town and even though his ...more
Ochs Jones, the narrator, is a reporter for a Nashville paper who is hoping to make it big by investigating the secretive history of Berryman. All of this is in response to the assassination of Jimmie Horne, the first African American mayor of Nashville. The assassination is followed by the killing ...more
DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME. It was boring and it would never end. I can usually read his stuff in a day but this was not the case. It took forever to finish and I wanted to throw it away half way through the book. It never got better.
Despite featuring a fairly atmospheric and true-to-life setting (the Southern-ness of the various settings, including Texas, Tennessee, and Kentucky felt very genuine), this book had no discernible point, gaping plot holes, inconsistent characterization, and a time line that was practically impossible to follow. I'm not all that impressed with James Patterson as a reader, generally, nor as a professional (it's hard not to notice the ...more
3 murders and now it boils down to unravel one of the greatest murder mysteries of all times. Thomas Berryman is a man wanted and his last job an epic conclusion or a disaster.
The story starts on a clean note, building up the characters, hyping up the momentum, gathering nuances and moving it along. The strenuous strain on the life of Berryman creates ...more
If you love Pattersons' books skip this one it is a disappointment IMO
For one, this book is not as fast-paced as his later books. He spends tons of time describing the setting and the time period (sometime in the 70s). Coming from James Patterson, ...more
Having said all that, it was an interesting story - not your typical murder, but more like a Stephen King one, where it's about the ...more
However none of those small nuisances prepared me for this train wreck of a novel.
A friend let me borrow 'The Thomas Berryman Number' and i have to say ...more
It's so funny to see that this book was on goodreads worst liked list because It was the second Patterson book I ever picked up.. To me it was gripping and the characters were so detailed that each scene felt alive. I don't know if i would have liked it if it was in paperback as I got it on audio. The point of view kept switching from the current, past and present and from the detective to the killer and the audio version helped to distinguish which ch ...more
I was hoping for something…more. I am a huge Patterson fan, and I had been beyond overjoyed to find a copy of his very first book at the used bookshop. But then I read it. It was not up to par with what I now see as a Patterson novel. You can defiantly tell that it was first timer. It was disjointed, and the parts he wanted to make complex came out sloppy. He diction was poor and didn’t fit in when we wanted it to. It still held his classic murder mystery sort of vibe. I was just hoping for more...more
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