12 June, 2015

#BookReview :: The Thomas Berryman Number by James Patterson

You are about to read one of the classic novels of suspense by the world's bestselling thriller writer.

It starts with three terrifying murders in the American South. It ends with a relentless and unforgettable manhunt in the North.

In between is the gripping story of a ruthless assassin, the woman he loves, and the beloved leader he is hired to kill.

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I was excited when I got my hands on this one. I am a fan of Alex Cross and Michael Bennet, and mostly love reading James Patterson for what it usually has to offer. But to get my hands on his debut novel was a different kind of excitement.

The book starts with a bang. Three murders – one after another has the officials in a frenzy… Everyone seems to be running in circles or in the wrong direction, except for a reporter called Ochs Jones. Jimmie Horn is a big name around town and even though his killer is shot on the spot making it an open and shut case, Jones is not convinced. Following a hunch, he interviews a patient at a mental hospital who has been raving about the assassination plot and a hitman named Thomas Berryman since before the assassination of Jimmie Horn. Does Thomas Berryman really exist? What role did Bert have in all this? 

Frankly, this book was a bit of a letdown. James Patterson has obviously matured and improved over the time, but his debut novel is nothing close to any of his other books. The plot had some good potential and I did like the overall idea. But the pace lagged, and the narration felt jumpy. Also, there’s nearly not enough action in the book – at least nearly not as much as we have come to expect from a James Patterson novel. There were some twists incorporated into the story that kept me going. I do think that the climax was just not what the story had been building up to.

I do not think I would recommend this particular book to anyone, but I would not stop any one from picking it up either.

Review Copy received from Random House India

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