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Swimsuit by James Patterson
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May 29, 10

Read in July, 2009

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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, indeed.

Swimsuit fails to even live up to this simple technique. Like other reviews and actual people I've discussed the book with, I too agree that there is a lot of gratuitous sex and gore, but that isn't what ruined this title for me.

One reason is that there is barely any suspense. You figure out who the killer is on the first page. That makes it pretty impossible for there to be even a little twist at the end. And the fact that the main character is with the murderer throughout most of the book, there's no mystery of "Will he ever be found?"

Speaking of the main character, he's another reason. I found it downright painful to connect to and/or have any sympathy for him. He's such a stereotypical, cookie-cutter, "I'm going to solve this `crime' because I want to" hero. He's utterly boring.

The third reason is, well, the storyline. When reading the dust jacket, I figured "Hey, this sounds pretty interesting. It's set on the beach and everything!" Uh, wrong. I honestly don't remember one page of this book being on a beach. And really, Kim McDaniels (the young swimsuit model who is probably supposed to the portrayed on the cover) is barely a focus. Also, the ending felt completely rushed, almost like the authors just didn't care anymore. I felt like the ending of "You've Been Warned" was more impressive, and that's saying something.

I honestly can't find anything likeable about this novel. I'm considering returning it. If I could sum it up with one word, it could be BORING, and that's something I never thought I would have to say about a James Patterson novel.
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Dougie I haven't read this book, but I usually find with James Patterson you are never quite sure what you are going to get. Some are brilliant while at the other end of the scale are the ones that are written to a formula and are totally boring. Atleast they are all easy reading. I won't be rushing out to buy Swimsuit.


Michael Dougie wrote: "I haven't read this book, but I usually find with James Patterson you are never quite sure what you are going to get. Some are brilliant while at the other end of the scale are the ones that are wr..."

Yeah, I think you should skip this one. I didn't enjoy it at all. And I totally agree, his novels are always hit or miss. But they are easy. (:




Talyn I liked it. But I don't like any other books by James Patterson. Meh.


Abby Windheim I agree with every part of your review. Awful book.


HanKov I absolutely agree, there was no 'who done it' suspense.I did like when it was revealed Henri had lied about his upbringing- the one point in the book that provoked a response from my brain !!!


Sanet I also looked forward to reading the book, but after the first few chapters it boared me. Same old sex porno. Gruesome. Not for me tx.


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