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Run for Your Life (Michael Bennett, 2) Paperback – April 2, 2013
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- ASIN : 1455599778
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (April 2, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781455599776
- ISBN-13 : 978-1455599776
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.15 x 1.4 x 7.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #495,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In New York a killer is targeting the rich and socially elite, but with each murder the method is different and descriptions of the killer by witnesses is never the same. Bennett is burning the candle at both ends with trying to catch a killer while trying to do all he can to help with the chaos at home where one after the other of his children comes down with a stomach virus. With his organized Irish nanny's help Michael Bennett goes between home and the hunt for the killer. I was drawn into this thriller at the beginning and loved the book.
A new series by this author that has all the ingredients of murder mystery and attention to detail that readers have come to expect from him.
Keeping his adopted children quiet through a bout of flu and doing the investigation has the main character digging deep within to continue and solve tis one.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but it wasn't as engaging as the first book. It abandoned the charm and pathos of the Bennett family and focused on seemingly never-ending incidents of insane violence topped off with an absolutely over-the-top ending.
Hopefully, the next books in the series will get back on track.
Run For Your Live is not a typical "Patterson" book, simply because he didn't write it. Michael Ledwidge is another beginning author taken under Patterson's wing, and he is not up to Patterson's ability. That being said, it is a fairly entertaining, lightweight story worth reading. This time around, there is a little too much concentration on Mike Bennett's kids, but since this is a continuing series, I suggest that readers who are interested will stick with it for a while. The chararacters will have time to develop.
If I had paid hard-cover prices, I would be unhappy, but I'll continue to buy the series in paperback as long as it doesn't take a big downhill turn.
It is going to take Det. Michael Bennett to finally stop this sicko.
That's the question NYPD detective Michael Bennett has to decipher if he is to capture the apparently obsessive killer. But Bennett has his own problems: half of his ten motherless children are down with the flu and he's just talked a crazed man into surrendering his hostages, only to have a random shooter take the life of the surrendering criminal. He could do without the hassles of trying to track down the Teacher as he claims all kinds of upscale victims.
Patterson's book, needless to say, is far from flawless, but it comes as a welcome relief after the truly dreadful Cross Country. The only reason to pick it up is for a quick infusion of rollercoaster suspense -- but this book, unlike many of Patterson's earliest efforts and like too many of his more recent books, becomes so predictable that the reader ends up feeling as though he or she has been back on one of those rollercoasters that you first rode as a young child and that now, while still exciting, has lost much of its ability to terrify and enthrall.
Part of the problem is that, for a thriller, the book spends too much time on Bennett's cutesy kids and the problems he confronts raising them and too little on the process of figuring out who is doing this and why. Indeed, Bennett, on the evidence of this book, is a rather prosaic investigator at best and his actions in the final confrontation with the Teacher are a little improbable (as is the confrontation itself). Clues about the real identity of the well-clad foodie who is the Teacher are scattered throughout, and it's the portions of the book that give the reader a look inside his brain and actions that -- oddly -- emerge as the most powerful and suspenseful.
It's painfully obvious that Patterson's involvement in these books is to craft the outlines while his co-authors devote themselves to the writing. For the sake of his readers, I wish that now that he has made his tens of millions of dollars, he'd decide to turn out two books a year instead of five or so, and end up with meatier and more carefully-thought-out books instead. (There are all kinds of dangling threads in this one, including just who shoots the murderer Bennett has persuaded to surrender in the introductory chapter.) That compromise would give us better written and more thoughtful plots and stronger characters, like the Alex Cross of yore. But since that isn't likely to happen, I'd recommend getting this from the library, buying it in paperback, and saving it for when you need a book that doesn't require too many braincells, like a cross-country plane trip.
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The story is good but the finish is also very unlikely.