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Lors d'une séance photo à Hawaï, une top-modèle à la beauté renversante disparaît. Alarmés par un étrange coup de fil nocturne, ses parents prennent le premier avion, sans imaginer une seule seconde le spectacle effroyable qui les attend. Ben Hawkins, reporter au Los Angeles Times, chargé de couvrir l'affaire, leur propose de mener l'enquête avec eux. Très vite, le décor p ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published June 3rd 2009 by JC Lattès
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Amy I agree with you David. I am halfway through the audio and it is god-awful. If the graphic raping and killing of women isn't enough, the women being…moreI agree with you David. I am halfway through the audio and it is god-awful. If the graphic raping and killing of women isn't enough, the women being doormats is even worse. ("What are you doing with that big butcher knife?") Is this the same guy who writes the Women's Murder Club with four strong heroines? All these women are coddled and protected by men. (less)
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Aug 17, 2009 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No spoilers. :)

Swimsuit is the latest book James Patterson has written. I wish I could say that I've read all of his books like many other faithful reviewers, but truthfully, I've only read about ten. But from my experience with Patterson and his slew of coauthors, I know that his books tend to grab on to you from the beginning, lead you through a suspenseful and twisty storyline, and let you off safely at the end. They aren't very thought-provoking or seen as classics, but they are fun reads, i
Good enough that I was able to finish it, but bad enough that I had to get myself half drunk in order to do so. SWIMSUIT is a typical Patterson novel. It's somewhat less predictable than I expected, but the storyline is a whole lot clunkier. SWIMSUIT is a novel that seems to reinvent itself every fifty pages. Just when you think you've gotten the hang of it, it switches gears and becomes something different: It's torture porn! Oh wait, it's a daughter-in-peril kidnap story! No, it's private dete ...more
I HATE James Patterson. I only picked this book up because I felt the need to look at one more piece of evidence before I wrote him off indefinitely. It took less than 100 pages for me to stand by my original impression.

Here is an example of WHY I hate James Patterson: "He looked like the actor from the latest James Bond movie, Daniel Craig"

And another, albeit this one is paraphrased: "They slept heel to heel in their Sleep Number bed."

And that's just the way he writes. It's like freakin' produc
Manfred Leong
Sep 12, 2012 Manfred Leong rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First off, what can you expect from a writer who churns out books faster than any artist or singer? badly written ones. Swimsuit is no exception. Frankly, if i can give negative stars I would.

Characters lack depth. Plot lacks twists. Storytelling lack excitment. Structure of the whole story is imbalanced. Climax is no where to be found. Ending was rushed. Makes you feel that the author just stopped caring and just want to end it so he can make his money.And worse of all, you won't know who is th
Joe Wisniewski
I generally like pretty much anything I read. It is hard to tell how much of this book was really Patterson and how much was Paetro.

So, the general underlying theme of this whodunit is pretty gruesome ... which was actually not a huge turnoff. However, the plot development just seemed to lose steam. Almost like the authors ran out of time and couldn't pull it all together in any way that was, at best, anti-climactic. It kind of reminded me of the ending of the movie remake of "War of the Worlds"
May 19, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
WOW! I know I say this about alot of James Patterson books but this one takes the cake for sure. I had my nose in the book for hours. I got the book out from the library and I had 7 days to read it. I read it in 5 days. It was outstanding. The book just kept you on your seat. You could visualize everything going on. I don't want to wreck anything for you by reading my review but this is a must read. I thought the ending was perfect and that the book was complete. Extremely well written. I would ...more
Michael Shore
Jul 06, 2009 Michael Shore rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The fact that it took me so long to read a Patterson book was the first clue.

Swimsuit really has nothing to do with this book. And this book has nothing to do with anything it tries to do. It wants to be something, and it almost starts to become something, but then it drags, and it ends suddenly and who gives a dang at the end? Not ME.

Words, words, words, and more words. Promises of a book that never showed up. Enough with the dual authors Jimbo. Time to write your books by yourself and make a
Wayne Wilson
Nov 02, 2009 Wayne Wilson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I could give this book negatives stars I would. This is the worst book I have ever finished. The violent pornographic killing of a young woman left me sick to my stomach and left an image in my mind I wish terribly was not stuck. I should have put the book down (stopped listening) right then but I felt compelled to bring the evil doer to justice.

Do not read or listen to this book. Although I have never seen any of the movies it is probably a Saw like vehicle to shock and awe the reader. I was
SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted*
Since I felt that the chance of this book improving was slim to none,I cried "Uncle" at 46%.
This was dull read for me. There was no suspense,the characters were lackluster,the writing was....meh.
How can you have a psychological thriller with such a boring evildoer?? I read psychological thrillers to get the Dr.Lector experience. A well conceived villain should rattle you,they should be frightening, make you ill at ease.
I know this will sound creepy but he lacked finesse,he lacked that element
Jul 03, 2009 Kirsty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Patterson's pairings with other authors so far have been ok, but not up to the standard of his two series of books - Alex Cross and Womens Murder Club. This one though, was definitely up there with the best of them.

Kim McDaniels, a swimsuit model, disappears on a shoot in Hawaii and when the police have no leads her parents fly out to try to find their daughter themselves. On arrival they meet Ben, a crime reporter and part time novelist, who has flown in from LA. Ben then get
Ruth Turner

Audiobook - Narrated by Christian Rummell - Reasonably good narration.

For the most part I enjoyed listening to Christian Rummell. It's the first audio of his that I've listened too, and apart from the fact that he was overly dramatic at times, he did a good job.


The story itself wasn't so bad that I couldn't finish it, but it wasn't good either.

The chapters were very short.
It lacked suspense.
The characters were bland.
The ending was weak.

I've been struggling with Patterson a lot lately and I'm
This one was a co-authored book centered around a serial killer, which are the ones I think JP excels at. This one started out pretty good, but for me went kind of flat partway through, when an ex-cop turned reporter for the L.A. Times is introduced as a character. I don't want to reveal anything to spoil it for those who haven't read it, but I thought the storyline from there was contrived and unrealistic. Overall, just an OK read.
Jun 12, 2009 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big James Patterson fan. I have read his books since Along Came a Spider and kept up with the new releases and then went back and read his earlier books. I love the Alex Cross series and the Women's Murder Club and the standalones. So I was thrilled to get an early copy of his newest standalone - Swimsuit from Miriam Parker.

Swimsuit does not disappoint either. From the first page I was sucked into Ben's story of how he came across Henri and the missing swimsuit model Kim.

Ben is a very co
May 15, 2011 Katie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Just awful! How do so many people like James Patterson??? I am hoping this is just the worst thing he has ever produced, because it sucked. My poor boyfriend! I made him listen to it with me on a long roadtrip and in the middle of the last disc he literally LOST IT and could not listen to it anymore. Maybe listening to it made things worse because the guy reading the book sounded like one of those cheesy movie voice-over guys with the rough, masculine, fake voice and whenever he did the women's ...more
Aug 29, 2009 Angie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Usually I will devour a Patterson book in less than a day. This one took me two days to trudge through. It felt like the book started as one story and then ended as another.

And speaking of ending...what a great disappointment. It seemed that the brakes were suddenly applied and the reader was told to get out. Perhaps there is a sequel in the future that will do more to explain things or to pick up where this lack-of-an-ending left off. Not sure I'm interested enough to read it, though.
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
another fast read (probably because of the short chapters) and an interesting look into the mind of a psychopath serial killer. I'd probably give it 3 1/2 stars but can't do 1/2 stars here
Nov 30, 2012 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Patterson book written by Maxine Paetro.
Another decent read straight out of the James Patterson book factory, usual formula, fast paced, short chapters and in this case it works.
Mar 06, 2017 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Relatively typical Patterson, although the Hawaii locale and magazine model tie-ins did give it a boost of "other than all the killings, good vacation book".

I do find myself struggling with a lot of his now in a "wait, have I read this" sort of way as they do tend to blend together a little.
May 23, 2017 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The usual easy read from James Patterson's pattern writing: very short chapters, fast paced and intrigue. Swimsuit is a good beach or vacation travel book. 3.5 stars
Rachael Seow
Nov 23, 2013 Rachael Seow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terjemahan, thriller
Akhirnya, buku Miss Jinjing saya laku juga dibarter, hehehehe. Thanks ya, Patricia, sudah ngebuzz inbox Goodreads saya.

Ok, pertama tertarik membaca buku ini karena penulisnya. Saya baru membaca sedikit buku karya James Patterson dan saya bertekad untuk membaca lebih banyak lagi karya beliau di tahun mendatang, sekaligus ingin mengurangi timbunan yang semakin menggunung.

Ben Hawkins, mantan detektif dan penulis fiksi yang gagal, banting setir menjadi wartawan kriminal untuk L.A. Times. Jumat malam
Sep 29, 2016 Madison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Swimsuit is a mystery book about a young girl being brutally murdered by a man. This man has many names, yet he goes by Henri for a lot of this story. This started out with the girl, Kim, in Hawaii doing a photo shoot. Later that night, she is taken and raped by Henri. The police and her family find out and get on her case right away. While the police and the McDaniel's are looking for the murder, they cross paths with a reporter named Ben Hawkins. In the middle of the story, the McDaniel's are ...more
Jun 19, 2009 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Famous model Kim McDaniels has been kidnapped from a photo shoot in Maui. She wakes to find herself in the truck of a car. At first she thought it was her boyfriend Doug, playing a joke on her but she soon realizes that her kidnapper is not Doug. Unfortunately, Kim won't be able to model her way out of the predicament she has now found herself in.

Kim's parents receive a phone call notifying them that their daughter has been kidnapped and to come down to Hawaii immediately. They get the first fl
Jun 02, 2009 Silvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Syd, a breathtakingly beautiful supermodel on a photo shoot in Hawaii, disappears. Fearing the worst, her parents travel to Hawaii to investigate for themselves, never expecting the horror that awaits them.

LA Times reporter Ben Hawkins is conducting his own research into the case, hoping to help the victim and get an idea for his next bestseller. With no leads and no closer to uncovering the kidnapper's identity than when he stepped off the plane, Ben gets a shocking visit that pushes hi
Morgan St.
Nov 16, 2010 Morgan St. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked it. I've read several reviews where the reviewers didn't give it great marks, but as a mystery and suspense author myself I really appreciated the way the story built and the subtle clues to some of the diabolical twists were handled.

When Kim Daniels, a model on a swimsuit shoot in Hawaii disappears, in your heart you know the news is the worst possible kind, but you want to hold out hope. Her parents fly to Hawaii and are met by a car and driver provided by the hotel, comp'd to
Jul 22, 2009 Terra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Swimsuit by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro is the first story I have listened to by either author but I must say it was a very intense can't put it down read. I'm not a big fan of the blood and guts thing but this was more about how the murder got away with what he did and the intensity of the criminal mind in itself.

The story focuses on swimsuit models being horribly murdered in Hawaii right under the law enforcements very noses. The killer is a serial killer of the highest quality and he
I have truly enjoyed the Cross' series by James Patterson, but have not been a fan of those books that are co-authored by him. While Patterson's name appears in bold letters on the cover, am not sure how much of his contribution goes into such books. For none have never even closely matched the Patterson's classics like Along Came A Spider and Kiss The Girls. Swimsuit kinda reiterates the same point. As can be expected from a Patterson book, there is a deranged serial killer on the prowl. The se ...more
Jul 09, 2009 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

This was the unabridged audiobook on CD edition (6 CDs/7 hours).

This was my first Patterson experience and I was pleasantly surprised. The book was fast paced and engaging.

Henri was certainly industrious throughout the book. After this guy, Dexter isn't half bad. Henri is more of a Hannibal Lecter than anything.

The thing that bothered me the most was the main character, the reporter Ben Hawkins. I gather that we were supposed to sympathize with him. I don'
Sep 02, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of James Patterson for quite awhile and enjoy almost all of his books including this one...but it was somewhat difficult to follow as it doesn't seem to flow together as well as most of his others.

This one follows Henri Benoit, a serial killer who videos his murders for a group called the Alliance. Henri is also a master of disguise, making it very difficult for police to locate him. Ben Hawkins, a retired LA Police officer, is currently working as a crime reporter for the LA
Feb 26, 2013 Shilo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-quit
This being my first James Patterson I wasn't expecting it to be an amazing work of literature, however I was not prepared for how terrible and horridly written being as James has many books on the market. It follows a series of rapes and murders that are videotaped and sent to a group of "peepers" who pay a high price for this form of "entertainment". What may have been a somewhat interesting plot line was completely ruined by lack of any attachment to the characters and by horrid writing. It is ...more
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
Swimsuit was written by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro and it was the best Patterson I've read in quite a while. A psychopathic serial killer who goes by the name of Henri Benoit (amongst other names and identities) viciously rapes and kills a swimsuit model in the beginning of the novel. To make matters worse, he is being paid to kill at random and film his evil deeds for super rich clients all over the world.

The hero of the book is a former cop turned reporter, Ben Hawkins who has been told
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