Invisible by James Patterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Patterson is slacking. He is off his game. I don't know much about his coauthor for this book, David Ellis, but I feel like he did most of the writing. It's not Patterson's signature style.
The main character, Emmy Dockery, has been on leave from her assignment as an FBI analyst since her sister's death. She is convinced that her sister's death was not an accident but the work of a mastermind serial killer who is making the deaths look like accidents. She has no evidence for her theory. The only connection is they were all fires that took place in the room where the deceased was "sleeping."
Somehow, Emmy is able to find another connection and work out a pattern. They are led to the killer who has left them some audio diaries. This is the part I disliked most. The transcripts of the killer's recordings were extremely unbelievable. This aspect was more melodramatic than dramatic.
And I believe in some suspension of belief, but this storyline required complete suspension of belief in that the plot was so far-fetched. It did not keep me on the edge of my seat as Patterson's earlier novels have. The characters were not developed well enough to make me care one way or the other about them. There was one small twist near the end, but I actually saw it coming.
I'm disappointed, Mr. Patterson.
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