Friday, 6 February 2015

Don't Blink by James Patterson & Howard Roughan - Book Review

4/5 Stars

Hold on tight, because this is going to be one hairy ride...


Edition: Paperback
Pages: 471
Chapters: 108 (Plus a prologue with three parts.)
Publisher: Arrow Books

Book Links: Goodreads
                      Author's Website


So after just 'intending' to take a break from The Mortal Instruments series, and YA in general, I've been overcome with the hunger to read as many thrillers as possible; in particularly my stack of standalone novels by James Patterson. It's no wonder he's snatched the title of 'The World's Bestselling Thriller Writer', because his books are so addictive and easily breezed through. I'm on a roll. Don't Blink is another nice entry, with suitable shocks and terrifying twists, all wrapped up with a sense of massive trust issues. It works well, but sometimes something's got to give, and in this story, it's the characters.

Nick Daniels has just bagged an opportunity of a lifetime: An interview with an infamous celebrity, who doesn't do interviews.
Nick can't believe his luck; it's too good to be true.
Far too good to be true.
But there he finds himself, across a table in a crowded restaurant from his once-upon-a-time idol. His recorder is switched on, and he gets ready to start.
Only a man gets murdered right beside them, in broad daylight.
And Nick's life is thrown into danger.
All because of what his little recorder picked up...

Don't Blink's story is pretty awesome. The first half isn't as good as the second, but it does set everything up with piles of intrigue and suspense, so I'm not complaining. What also works well is the sense of fear and trust throughout. Our main character cannot trust anyone, because everyone's in on it in some fashion or another, and he doesn't know whether that's for good, or bad. It certainly makes it hard to predict anything, until the book wants you to that is. It's a nice, quick pulse-pounder that's easily read in a few hours.

The book's biggest downfall is its characters. Not that they're terrible, they drive the story forward well enough, but then again, that's really all they do. They didn't feel like real people stuck in a terrible situation, forced to delve deep within themselves to survive; they just feel like tools, gears in a machine to keep it moving. While that's exactly what they are, it's not something I want made obvious to me. In the end they are, unfortunately, forgettable. The story is definitely one you should give a shot when you've got the time, or with how easy it is to read, even when you're busy.

And I think that's where a big part of their addictiveness comes from, something I've probably repeated on every James Patterson review: His novels are so easy to read. Major page-turners.

So you don't really lose anything by giving them a try, and so far, you could pick any and still be thrilled.

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