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Tick Tock by James Patterson
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Jan 27, 2011

it was amazing

Mike Bennett is back and the best part for me was his whole family is too. The subplot with the family vacation being woven into the fabric of the novel put this over the top for me. That is the essence of Bennett for me if you will, his love for his family and now finding his way post Maeve, his deceased wife. As usual there is a crazed killer on the loose and Mike Bennett stands in his way. Here is what lies between the covers:
“NYC's #1 detective, Michael Bennett, has a huge problem—the Son of Sam, the Werewolf of Wisteria and the Mad Bomber are all back. The city has never been more terrified!
Tick—a killer's countdown begins
A rash of horrifying crimes tears through the city, throwing it into complete chaos and terrorizing everyone living there. Immediately, it becomes clear that they are not the work of an amateur, but of a calculating, efficient, and deadly mastermind.
Tick—Michael Bennett is on the chase
The city calls on Detective Michael Bennett, pulling him away from a seaside retreat with his ten adopted children, his grandfather, and their beloved nanny, Mary Catherine. Not only does it tear apart their vacation, it leaves the entire family open to attack.
Tock—your time is up
Bennett enlists the help of a former colleague, FBI Agent Emily Parker. As his affection for Emily grows into something stronger, his relationship with Mary Catherine takes an unexpected turn. All too soon, another appalling crime leads Bennett to a shocking discovery that exposes the killer's pattern and the earth-shattering enormity of his plan.”
Serious stuff, all of it. Can Bennett balance a vacation and catch a killer at the same time? Will he solve his dating problem? Will or would Maeve approve? What is Seamus up to this time? I just love it and couldn’t put it down. Tick/Tock is simply great entertainment from beginning to end. The right balance was achieved here in family versus catching killers. I got everything I was hoping for and more in this novel: great characters, thoroughly abhorrent bad guys, good ending with no loose ends, basically the whole nine yards. Put this on your to read list at the very least.
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