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Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson
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Jan 28, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: books-read-in-2001

Looking for a change, Patterson has laid down the calculating mind of Alex Cross, and set aside the fabulous foursome of 1st to Die, delivering his first romance, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas. Although coming off as often corny and sometimes just unbelievable, near the end the book picks up and Patterson delivers some of his more familiar “tricks.”

The book is a love story about a woman, Kate Wilkinson, who has found the man of her dreams, Matt. On the night that she is about to give him some great news, he tells her he can no longer see her and leaves. A few days later she received a package from him: a diary written by his wife, Suzanne, to their son Nicholas. Katie finally builds up the courage to read the diary and delves into the lives she never knew. Instead of being angry at this Suzanne, Katie begins to like her and finally understands why Matt did what he did.

There are pints in the diary where Suzanne talks of going off and having sex with Matt, though not in so many blunt words, yet this is clear not something you would tell your son! Nevertheless, Patterson does deliver two shocking twists, and in the end the reader is brought to their emotional edge. But this is a love story, so it all ends happily.

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Originally published on October 15th 2001.

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