12 September, 2013

#BookReview :: Mistress by James Patterson

How well can you ever really know someone?

As Ben Casper watches his best friend plummet from her sixth-floor apartment balcony, he realises his life is about to change. Diana had no reason to kill herself, she had to have been pushed.
Diana worked for the CIA, so the investigation into her death is kept tightly under wraps. But Ben is a political journalist, and can feel that something isn't right.
Ben starts investigating for himself and soon discovers Diana was leading a double life he knew nothing about. But when more people involved die in questionable circumstances, it's clear that someone doesn't want the truth to be uncovered.
And unless Ben drops his investigation, he could be next.

In this instalment of Patterson Novel we meet Ben Casper as the protagonist. He has always been in love with his best friend Diana. When he watches her fall from her apartment balcony, he knows for sure that no matter what people say, it was no suicide. Being the owner of an Online Newspaper, Ben’s journalistic inquisitiveness kicks in and he starts to investigate the murder. Only the more he digs the more he is confounded as he discovers that Diana was living a double life. Questioning himself about exactly how much he knew his best friend, Ben continues his quest as the plot just gets bigger and bigger as the people involved in Diana’s second life start to fall prey to mysterious accidents costing their lives.

Ben Casper is an interesting character. He is paranoid and somewhat crazy. Whenever under stress, Ben rattles off trivia like a maniac. Some of his dialogues in the book are outright funny. Ben grabs your attention in the very first chapter as he goes about installing hidden cameras in Diana’s apartment. Then as he goes off investigating the murder, he had me either cheering him or wanting to smack him for his very foolish ideas. The plot is huge. The Chinese, the Russians and even the President of America are involved in it. Though it may sound way too unrealistic at times, I love these larger than life situations when I am reading a fictional work.

Full of action, drama, suspense and a bit of romance, this novel has every element of a page turner. I just wish that the ending was a bit different and a bit more plausible.

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