Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Step On A Crack by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

Synopsis :

The nation has fallen into mourning after the death of a beloved former first lady. The most powerful people in the world gather in NY for her funeral – then the inconceivable occurs. Billionaires, politicians and superstars of every kind are suddenly trapped within one man’s brilliant and cold-blooded scenario.

Detective Michael Bennett, father of ten, is pulled into the fray. As the danger escalates, Michael experiences a devastating loss : after fighting it for many years, his wife has succumbed to a terrible disease. As NY descends into chaos, he faces raising his ten heartbroken children alone – and rescuing 34 hostages.

As the entire world watches and the tension builds to a searing heat, Bennett has to find a way out – or face responsibility for a deadly debacle.

There is a certain expectation that you can come to expect from James Patterson – suspense, thrilling read. You can also expect the softer and emotional side from James Patterson and Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas is the best of such book that he has ever delivered. In Step On A Crack, it’s a crossroad between the two.

Although the villains weren’t really to my expectation (cannot be compared to the Wolf and Weasel from Alex Cross series and I even managed to guess who the Neat Man was), the suspense comes from the hostage situation involving many rich and well known people was suspenseful enough. Readers are kept wanting to know what will happen next and James Patterson helped by keeping the chapters short – 3 to 5 pages that you can’t help but said ‘just another chapter then I’ll take a break’. The break will never come as you will be tempted to go from one chapter to the next and the next....He’s that good!

The emotional bit involves the family of Detective Bennett – his wife, 10 children and his grandfather. The story revolves around the death bed of Detective Bennett’s wife, Maeve. I can’t help but feel his pain, hurt and hopelessness. Here is one great man who can negotiate with terrorists and kidnappers for the lives of many but he cannot do the same for the life of his beloved wife.

This book gest a plus from me and what I would loved to read more about is how Detective Bennett and Maeve adopted their 10 kids. It was mentioned but in passing but I think there could be a story there and Maeve really captured my heart. Perhaps James Patterson can so a prequel and I’ll be the first to buy that book.

In the meantime, enjoy Step On A Crack.

p.s. thank you NS for lending this book to me.  *wave to her* :)

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