As someone who was as addicted to Patterson as one is to gaming, it was sad when I bid adieu to the once lauded author because he was becoming formulaic and his writing was as flat and stale as a three-month-old Cheerio trapped in couch cushions. Patterson’s writing lost its joie de vivre and I wasn’t buying the fact that he penned all of those “bestsellers” solo. Aside from his Cross series, I immediately stopped buying everything in hardcover and shortly after ceased doling out cash for his mass market editions, then the day came when Alex Cross and I had to end our relationship. I was on a Patterson sabbatical and have been since 2007’s dreaded, You’ve Been Warned and still cringe over that miscalculation and wonder why on earth I tortured myself by finishing it, I think aliens abducted me or I was in such shock I was set on auto-pilot reading.
I am not going to lie, the cover for Now You See Her caught my eye and before you ask, yes, I do judge a book by its cover (don’t judge). Oh, Little, Brown and Company, it was a slick marketing ploy to have Patterson’s latest summer blockbuster stylized in my favorite color and as someone who is a water siren, I was hooked months before the book was released. Little, Brown and Company shipped me an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) and it was on, I was tempted to dive right in but waited until the temptation died down – which was an epic fail and I was fiening to read it… and I wasn’t very graceful or ladylike, I devoured it like a starving animal and handled it like Polamalu does the gridiron!
I’ve often asked myself and everyone who’d listen, “Where did old school Patterson go?” and finally vintage Jim (abetted by collaborator Michael Ledwidge) has decided to reemerge with the highly charged, Now You See Her is refreshing and delivers the thrills in a cutting edge fashion that electrifies.