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Roses are Red by James Patterson
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Aug 09, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: rubbish-bin

A couple of friends have been recommending Patterson to me for ages, so when I saw this and the sequel - Violets are Blue - together in a charity shop i picked up the pair. Patterson writes in short, punchy chapters and vivid detail, and i flew through the book, pulled forward by the pace. It was, however, an entirely unsatisfying experience. The writing is incredibly formulaic - detective battling personal problems? check. the only man who can solve the case? check? increasing complications in his life? check.

Turning the last page, confronted with the twist and cliffhanger ending, I found I had absolutely no interest in the characters or how things turned out, so both books went right back to the charity shop.

Perhaps this isn't representative of Patterson's work but, given the rate he churns them out, I suspect it is, and this left me with no interest in investigating his books further.
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