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Pour les yeux d'un enfant (Christopher Paget #3)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  3,040 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Ricardo Arias is found dead, the gun still wedged in his mouth. It looks like suicide, but the physical evidence strongly suggests murder. The police investigation uncovers an estranged wife, Terri Peralta; an ugly custody battle over their six-year-old daughter, Elena; heated charges of child abuse; and a murder suspect: San Francisco defense attorney Christopher Paget.

Mass Market Paperback, 766 pages
Published November 3rd 1999 by LGF (first published 1994)
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This was an excellent and well-written book. It WAS NOT a great mystery. Believe me, even Forrest Gump could have followed the trail the author left here.. HOWEVER...

Patterson explores a terrifying custody battle between a woman and her narcisstic/sociopathic husband. His charming personality appears to be convincing everyone (mental health professionals, court liasons, etc) he is nothing but a doting, loving, concerned father. Meanwhile, he is torturing his wife with his accusations, etc. At le
Kristy Trauzzi
Apr 04, 2010 Kristy Trauzzi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like mysteries
This book was neat. I have read the true crime novels and you didn't get a lot of background info on the individual person. It was point by point the details of how the crime went down. And the cases. And no back ground info. This book gave you a good back ground story on their characters. You got to feel for them. You got to figure out their history and their lives and everything good. THEN you heard about the trial. Of course, it's not real so things that happened wouldn't be allowed in real c ...more
Linda Gosslin
The third in a series featuring Christopher Paget, this is an excellent read. Christopher's associate, Teri Peralta, leaves her manipulative and abusive husband. Child custody issues arise and suspicions of child molestation begin to infuse the story. As Teri and Christopher begin a relationship, complications seem to destroy their chances of creating a stable family for their children. Christopher's fifteen year old son Carlos becomes a central figure in the accusations and suspicions. Richie, ...more
Venkatraman Ramachandran
Eyes of a child is a tale of sadness, pain and harassment. Author possibly intended to make an honest effort in explaining harsh reality of a very unfortunate and unthinkable phenomenon prevalent in today's society. Story lacks connectivity and flow, drags along for most part of the book. Characters lack power and conviction in spite of sentimental way in which all of them are portrayed.

On one hand, it explains fragile nature of kids in today's world and lack of much needed parental attention t
A man has been found dead, a gun still wedged in his mouth. It looks like Ricardo Arias killed himself…but the physical evidence tells a different story. The police investigation turns up all sorts of troubling data—a bitter estrangement between Ricardo and his wife, Terri; an ugly custody battle over their six-year-old daughter, Elena; charges of child molestation. And before long there’s a murder suspect: San Francisco defense attorney and political hopeful Christopher Paget.

But where’s the mo
Jean Haberman
I like Richard North Patterson's writing style. This book was a little long and drawn-out, but worth my time. The whole story centered around the investigation and court case of the killing (suicide?) of Ricardo Arias. Terri had just left Ricardo and immediately started a romance with her boss, Christopher Paget. Ricardo was a sociopath who sexually molested their daughter and blamed Christopher's son Carlos of molesting their daughter. It is scary to think of how accusations can damage someone' ...more
Jeremy Owen
Long-ish but rewarding if you stick with it . Really absorbing story with a good mix of likeable and loathsome characters .

Paget is battling the establishment when he dares to put himself forward for the political world .His enemies jump at the chance to stitch him up when he has some success with the start of his campaign but misjudge the loyalties of the legal profession who consider Christopher one of their own .

Some serious mud-slinging sticks and a major court case ensues gripping the read
Deb Stephens
This author puts Grisham to shame... so many twists and turns. Great story teller & this is one fantastic book.
Nov 01, 2011 Susan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susan by: Keith Douthett
Shelves: fiction
Not particularly hard to guess who the murderer is or what happened to cause them to murder the person. I guessed this from very very early on in the book actually and though my dad was surprised that I could guess this so easily, and that he couldn't I thought it wasn't really trying to convince you away from that conclusion.

My dad however did make the comment that he thought "wouldn't an author try to lead you towards assuming it was someone obvious and so shouldn't you guess that there actual
by chapter 3 I knew Who I suspected 'did it'. What made this book enjoyable reading is that it delivered, mystery,suspense, court room trial, unique but highly believable characters, Mothers POV Dad POV, and as the title implys an excellent Child's POV, a slime ball Husband POV, and a Grandmothers POV. While it may seem like too many POV's as the reader you don't actually realize all these POV's are there...till you have finished the book and then you realize the gift Richard North Patterson has ...more
This book was too long - for me at least, considering I figured out the whole "who dunnit" part just about half-way through. So then I had to muddle my way through all the hint dropping the rest of the way. I lost interest but made it through. Because of this disinterest, I had lots of time to notice things like the author's love for the word "elliptical."

This is a crime/court thriller set in San Francisco focused on an ugly custody battle that ends in a suicide. Of course, no one really believe
aPriL does feral sometimes
I'm still trying to figure what the title had to do with how the story plays out. Elena, the child, witnesses and experiences horrible things, but her age - 6 years old - has most of the adults making pretzels out of themselves to contain her experiences and shape her life into normalcy, so much so she primarily is either given a chapter or two showing us bad dreams about a dog, or she is living a normal life while the adults wonder why she is a bit sad. Until all is revealed at the end the read ...more
Hard to put down. The detailed courtroom procedings were the most interesting for me. Cynical but probably accurate view of the jury selection process. The main character, murder suspect Christopher Paget, is a lawyer. Some of the discussions between him and the attorney representing him were fascinating. (view spoiler).
Ricardo Arias is found dead, the gun still wedged in his mouth. It looks like suicide, but the physical evidence strongly suggests murder. The police investigation uncovers an estranged wife, Terri Peralta; an ugly custody battle over their six-year-old daughter, Elena; heated charges of child abuse; and a murder suspect: San Francisco defense attorney Christopher Paget.

Paget has motive--it's his son accused of abusing Elena, his political plans for the future put at risk by the dead man's accus
This book started slow for me, and with so many pages, I considered abandoning it on multiple occassions. I'm glad I didn't. It's a story with a lot of darkness that exposes the frustrations and limitations of various systems, and yet it ends on an upbeat note, a note of hope.
The second half of this book was quite gripping. Early on, when it seemed like the reader knew what happened I was wondering what the rest of the book could be about. A lot of surprises
Marcia Bergeron
A decent book. I figured out the killer early on because the accused was not the murdering type. It had a lot of twists & turns so made for a good read.
I don't quite remember it as well as I should. It's been a while, but I remember it being painfully relatable. It's a great book written by a stellar author.
Patterson's Eyes of a Child is a masterpiece. I enjoyed every moment from start to finish. Every page reveals a little bit more, taking the reader on a gripping journey from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book.
Very good book, well-written, interesting and well-developed characters, and a nice twist at the end
Harold Trader
One of the best books I have ever read. Recommend it highly. Have read most of r n patterson's books.
This book just wasn't for me. I did not warm up to most of the characters, especially the little girl's dad. I have to admit I did not finish this book. I found it rather annoying that no one could see through the dad at the beginning.

Angel Terrado
For a trial lawyer like Christopher Paget nothing is much harder than to be the one prosecuted on court. He was alleged of killing his girlfriend's ex-husband, Ricardo Arias. Excellent legal techniques were showcased in this novel. Richard North Patterson showed his exquisite writing ability in this legal thriller. Every one will sure to be hooked until the end. Very gripping, it will keep you holding your chairs for such heart-thumping revelations. The book was intelligently-written, perfect f ...more
Real love is when people make a commitment to family and carry it out, even through the bad times.

Men have more answers than women have questions.

Whoever first conceived of a broken heart, must have loved a child.

Just tell people the truth, it's less confusing.

We can never really look into anyone else's heart. Even when we think we know everything about them.

You can't look for how you should feel about yourself in the faces of other people. You have to have your own standards, both for how you a
The sequel to Degree of Guilt (recently read and reviewed), this is a very enjoyable and intelligent legal thriller. The characters come to life, and the courtroom drama is very compelling and realistic; it's obvious that the author is an attorney! Except when necessary to keep the plot moving, he gets the details just right. I've rated it so highly in part because I read it several years ago, remember 'whodunit', and was still engaged up to the last page! If you enjoy the genre, I think you'll ...more
Oct 30, 2009 Stephanie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who's not in too much of a hurry
This was a somewhat better-written murder mystery than some of the dribble I recently entertained myself with during one of the myriad trips I've taken back and forth across the Atlantic this year. Topics include murder, blackmail, spousal abuse, child abuse, etc., and the psychological impact of all these issues on both the child and adult characters in the book. The ending, however, was quite predictable, so - in retrospect - this story could have been shorter and still would have had the same ...more
The 3rd in the Christopher Paget series...I enjoyed the 1st two and some of RNP's stand-alones...we catch up to Paget following Degree of Guilt...Paget's associate, Teri Peralta, leaves her manipulative and abusive husband and couples with Paget...child custody issues arise and suspicions of child molestation begin to infuse the story as Paget's fifteen year old son Carlos becomes a central figure in the accusations by Peralta's ex...good suspenseful read with characters you like!!!
Elizabeth Francia
This was a page-turner that kept me engrossed through its narrative twists and turns. Richard Patterson produced a masterful tale of love, pain, courage and perseverance of Chris and Terri, two people who get caught in a legal battle. His characters are so well-defined, strong, but at times, sensitive and flawed, that they seem to come alive in front of you. The legal strategies in the courtroom were definitely interesting, encouraging the reader to continue reading till the very end.
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Richard North Patterson is the author of fourteen previous bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, Patterson served as the SEC’s liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups dealing with gun violence, political reform, and women’s rights. He lives in San Francisco and on Martha’s Vineyard.
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