Review: Swimsuit

BY James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

A breathtakingly beautiful supermodel disappears from a swimsuit photo shoot at the most glamorous hotel in Hawaii. Only hours after she goes missing, Kim McDaniels’s parents receive a terrifying phone call. Fearing the worst, they board the first flight to Maui and begin the hunt for their daughter.

Ex-cop Ben Hawkins, now a reporter for the L.A. Times,gets the McDaniels assignment. The ineptitude of the local police force defies belief—Ben has to start his own investigation for Kim McDaniels to have a prayer. And for Ben to have the story of his life.

All the while, the killer sets the stage for his next production. His audience expects the best—and they won’t be disappointed. Swimsuit is a heart-pounding story of fear and desire, transporting you to a place where beauty and murder collide and unspeakable horrors are hidden within paradise.

My thoughts:

So I said I couldn’t wait to read another one of James Patterson’s books in my previous review here. I didn’t wait long before starting on this one. Another co-written standalone thriller. This book however, was not the same. Of course not you might say. It’s a different book. Yes I agree that it should be. Different plot, different characters, but also different style of writing. Third person. Still written in short paragraphs though. Same same but different.

One of the reasons I was intrigued by the book from the beginning was that right from the prologue, you were introduced to the psychopath serial killer. I find crime stories and murders fascinating and this one was told in a particularly gruesome fashion.

This book did take longer to read though. But that could possibly be because I  reread all the murders scenes. There was also so much happening and it felt a bit overwhelming at times and rolling down, tumbling down the side of a mountain; I had to stop reading to digest what was actually going on – if that makes sense.

There were plenty of murders and the victims were both known and random, but the killer became more blase towards the end and changed his motive and victim types.

I didn’t really like or understand the ending. I would preferred a bit more of a happy ending but it was also left a bit open ended.

In conclusion:

Lots of twists, lots of murders, lots of intrigue. I have not figured out this author’s style yet but after only two books I guess it’s a bit preemptive and I will need to read more of his books and genres.


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