15 September, 2014

#BookReview :: Invisible by James Patterson & David Ellis

Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire.

Not even Emmy's ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison "Books" Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes, and murders are all connected. That is, until Emmy finds a piece of evidence he can't afford to ignore. More murders are reported by the day--and they're all inexplicable. No motives, no murder weapons, no suspects. Could one person really be responsible for these unthinkable crimes? 

Emmy Dockery, a FBI Analyst, after losing her sister Marta to a fire has been consumed by grief. She has been put on indefinite leave. However, grief is not the only thing she is consumed by. She has been researching fire ‘accidents’ across US and is sure that her sister’s death was no accident. Marta had been murdered and the fire was just a cover. But nobody seems to believe her and everybody seems to think that she is blinded by her grief. So she approaches Harrison Bookman, an ex-FBI Agent and also her ex, to help her with what she thinks is a deadly serial killer on the loose. When Harrison is forced to take a chance with her theory because of the ‘proof’ she has gathered, he has a small team and limited time to bring down the killer. Harrison has the best brains in the business and Emmy’s thorough research guides their investigation. However, will they be able to find solid proof when the murderer seemingly has no motives and uses no weapon?

This is a solid comeback by James Patterson. Off late his books were becoming more predictable and a bit flat. But with ‘Invisible’ James Patterson and David Ellis turns things around for the better. I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have to admit, that after my experience with the last few of his books, it took me a little bit of time to get into this book. But once the plot took hold of me, it never relented its grip on me and as a result I finished reading this book at one sitting. The James Patterson trademark of short chapters and plenty of action shines through this book. Also, the villain in this book is some force to be reckoned with. All the main characters – Emmy, Bookman and the villain, were well fleshed out with their own strengths and follies. The plot and narration included lots of vivid descriptions helping to create mental images of people, setting and situations. 

Not a dull moment and offers its readers lots of twists till the very end.

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