2023 Book Review: The Red Book

The Red Book by James Patterson

A Mystery/Thriller, 2021 by Little Brown, 400 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Some of the chapters were cut in weird spots. Once it literally cut mid conversation. This is a habit of Patterson’s lately so I’m on the lookout for it when I pick up one of his books. You almost have to look at the next chapter to see if it’s a continuation before putting in a bookmark.
  • The time jumps starting in Part 2 got a bit confusing. You’re flashing back and forth between present and past a few times. I was getting lost. It doesn’t happen often though. 
  • The comedy routines from Harney were annoying. I didn’t find them funny and I wasn’t impressed with how many of them were included. 

What I Did Like:

  • Intriguing twists that keep the story interesting. 
  • The recap from the events of Black Book were enough that I wasn’t lost, even though it’s been a long time since I read Black Book. Also, because of that recap, I think you’d be fine reading this if you hadn’t read the first one. 
  • Good characters. I do like Harney and the decisions that he makes, generally. He’s got terrible luck and he does come into contact with an absurd amount of bad cops, but he’s intriguing. 

Who Should Read This One:

  • Fans of The Black Book who wanted a little more to the story. 
  • In general, fans who enjoy short chapters of fast-moving mystery stories featuring detectives. 

My Rating: 3 Stars

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