Murder Games by James Patterson

Instinct, Book 1

Synopsis: The life Dr. Dylan Reinhart saves may be his own

Dr. Dylan Reinhart wrote the book on criminal behavior. Literally–he’s a renowned, bestselling Ivy League expert on the subject. When a copy of his book turns up at a gruesome murder scene–along with a threatening message from the killer–it looks like someone has been taking notes.

Elizabeth Needham is the headstrong and brilliant NYPD Detective in charge of the case who recruits Dylan to help investigate another souvenir left at the scene–a playing card. Another murder, another card–and now Dylan suspects that the cards aren’t a signature, they’re a deadly hint–pointing directly toward the next victim.

As tabloid headlines about the killer known as “The Dealer” scream from newstands, New York City descends into panic. With the cops at a loss, it’s up to Dylan to hunt down a serial killer unlike any the city has ever seen. Only someone with Dylan’s expertise can hope to go inside the mind of a criminal and convince The Dealer to lay down his cards. But after thinking like a criminal–could Dylan become one?

Review: I haven’t read a lot of James Patterson’s novels yet, but every time I read them, I’m always pleasantly surprised and delighted. I really like his style of novels presented in the form of very short chapters, and especially the original ideas and reversals of situations that we don’t see coming.

Dylan Reinhart didn’t expect to be involved in an investigation to find a serial killer. No, he didn’t expect to team up with Inspector Elizabeth Needham to try to find out who is killing people while leaving playing cards to target the next victim.

I really had a great time with this book. I loved seeing the relationship between Dylan and Tracy and I was sad to see that it was so difficult for this gay couple to be able to adopt a baby. Something that is not easy for them either. And then there are the murders, and the investigation and I loved seeing how the author was going to take us around and I must say that I didn’t expect such revelations at all. The author has really done a very nice job with this story. Having, in addition, adored the characters, and this being a first volume, I am impatient to discover the sequel to see them again!

In addition to that, I discovered that there is also a TV show, derived from the novel and I can tell you that I will try it very quickly!

Jeu de massacres de James Patterson

Instinct, Tome 1

Résumé : Impair, pair… et tue !Le Dr Dylan Reinhart s’est rendu célèbre par son livre décryptant les comportements criminels. Lorsqu’un exemplaire de ce best-seller est retrouvé sur une scène de meurtre accompagné d’un simple mot, force est de constater qu’un tueur en connaît tous les chapitres.Elizabeth Needham, inspectrice au NYPD en charge du dossier, recrute Dylan pour l’aider à comprendre le sens d’un autre indice laissé sur la scène de crime : une carte à jouer.Et quand une nouvelle carte est retrouvée sur un autre cadavre, il semble évident pour le criminologue qu’elles ne sont pas qu’une signature… mais bien un indice permettant de conduire à une prochaine victime.Tandis que tout New York cède à la panique, Dylan Reinhart est le seul à pouvoir s’immiscer dans l’esprit torturé de ce serial-killer…

Avis : Je n’ai pas encore lu énormément de roman de James Patterson, mais à chaque lecture, je suis toujours agréablement surprise et enchantée. J’aime beaucoup son style de romans présentés sous forme de très courts chapitres, et surtout des idées originales et des retournements de situations qu’on ne voit pas venir.

Dylan Reinhart ne s’attendait pas à être embarqué dans une enquête pour retrouver un serial killer. Non, il ne s’attendait pas à faire équipe avec l’inspectrice Elizabeth Needham pour essayer de trouver qui tue des personnes tout en laissant des cartes de jeu pour cibler la prochaine victime.

J’ai vraiment passé un super moment avec ce livre. J’ai adoré voir la relation entre Dylan et Tracy et j’étais triste de voir qu’il était si difficile pour ce couple gay de pouvoir adopter. Quelque chose qui n’est pas simple non plus pour eux. Et puis il y a les meurtres, et l’enquête et j’ai adoré voir comment l’auteur allait nous balader et je dois dire que je ne m’attendais pas du tout aux révélations. L’auteur a vraiment réussi un très joli travail avec cette histoire. Ayant, en plus adoré les personnages, et ceci étant un premier tome, je suis impatiente de découvrir la suite pour tous les retrouver !

En plus de ça, j’ai découvert qu’il y a aussi une série télé, dérivée du roman et je peux vous dire que je vais tenter ça très rapidement !

Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

Synopsis: Suburban New Jersey Detective Napoleon “Nap” Dumas hasn’t been the same since senior year of high school, when his twin brother Leo and Leo’s girlfriend Diana were found dead on the railroad tracks—and Maura, the girl Nap considered the love of his life, broke up with him and disappeared without explanation. For fifteen years, Nap has been searching, both for Maura and for the real reason behind his brother’s death. And now, it looks as though he may finally find what he’s been looking for.

When Maura’s fingerprints turn up in the rental car of a suspected murderer, Nap embarks on a quest for answers that only leads to more questions—about the woman he loved, about the childhood friends he thought he knew, about the abandoned military base near where he grew up, and mostly about Leo and Diana—whose deaths are darker and far more sinister than Nap ever dared imagine.

Review: It had been a long time since I had read a novel by Harlan Coben but I remember having a good time so I was very curious to get into this one.

Nap’s life completely changed at eighteen when he lost his twin brother and his girlfriend. There is an official version but he is convinced that there is more then when the traces of his former girlfriend reappear so many years later, he knows that he will not let down this time. Engaging himself in a story that is completely beyond him and that will put him in more danger than any of his investigations, he will try to understand what happened. And then he has no one left, so what does he has to lose?

I really had a great time with this story and I was easily carried away by the author’s ideas that lead us to some very amazing paths. I admit that I have not seen anything coming and I love it when it happens even if I suspected that one of the characters was not very clear. Nap is determined to understand what happened and to discover what everyone is trying to hide.

It was a very good thriller, full of suspense and I really had a great time with this story. I had forgotten how much Harlan Coben was able to propel us into his universe. A very good discovery!

Par accident de Harlan Coben

Résumé : Gardez votre sang-froid, la nuit sera longue.
Il y a quinze ans, la vie de Nap Dumas a basculé : dernière année de lycée, son frère jumeau et la petite amie de celui-ci ont été retrouvés morts sur la voie ferrée.
Double suicide d’amoureux ?
Nap n’y a jamais cru.
Désormais flic, Nap voit ressurgir le passé : Rex, leur ami d’enfance, vient d’être sauvagement assassiné. Sur les lieux du crime, les empreintes d’une femme que Nap pensait disparue : Maura, son amour de jeunesse, dont il était sans nouvelles depuis quinze ans.
Le choc est total pour le policier. Celle qu’il aimait serait-elle une dangereuse psychopathe ? Où est Maura ? Et s’il était le prochain sur sa liste ?
La vérité est proche. Si proche. Bien plus terrible et dangereuse que tout ce que Nap imagine…
Puisant dans les légendes urbaines de la ville où il a grandi, le boss du thriller livre un jeu de fausses pistes effroyable.

Avis : Ça faisait très longtemps que je n’avais pas lu un roman d’Harlan Coben, mais je me rappelais avoir passé de bons moments alors j’étais très curieuse de me lancer dans celui-ci.

La vie de Nap a complètement basculé à dix-huit ans quand il a perdu son frère jumeau et sa petite amie. Il y a une version officielle, mais il est persuadé qu’il y a plus alors quand les traces de son ancienne petite amie réapparaissent tant d’années après, il sait qu’il ne laissera pas tomber. Se lançant à corps perdu dans une histoire qui le dépasse complètement et qui va le mettre plus en danger que n’importe laquelle de ses enquêtes. Et puis, il n’a plus personne, alors qu’a-t-il à perdre ?

J’ai vraiment passé un très bon moment avec cette histoire et j’ai été facilement emportée par les idées de l’auteur qui nous mènent sur des sentiers très étonnants. J’avoue que je n’ai rien vu venir et j’adore quand ça arrive, même si je me doutais qu’un des personnages n’était pas très clair. Nap est déterminé à comprendre ce qu’il s’est passé et à découvrir ce que tout le monde essaie de cacher.

C’était un très bon thriller, plein de suspense et j’ai vraiment passé un super moment avec cette histoire. J’avais oublié à quel point Harlan Coben arrivait à nous propulser dans son univers. Une très bonne découverte !

Cradle and All by James Patterson

Synopsis: In Boston, a young woman finds herself pregnant–even though she is still a virgin.

In Ireland, another young woman discovers she is in the same impossible condition.

And in cities all around the world, medical authorities are overwhelmed by epidemics, droughts, famines, floods, and worse. It all feels like a sign that something awful is coming.

Anne Fitzgerald, a former nun turned private investigator, is hired by the Archdiocese of Boston to investigate the immaculate conceptions. Even as she comes to care about and trust the young women, she realizes that both are in great danger. Terrifying forces of light and darkness are gathering. Stepping into uncharted territory where the unknown is just the beginning, Anne must discover the truth–to save the young women, to save herself, and to protect the future of all mankind.

Review: After a very original novel, I was delighted to discover a whole new story by James Patterson. And again I must say that I was surprised by the story that the author presents us here.

Colleen and Kathleen are two amazing teenagers, and both seem pregnant and virgins like Marie. But is this really the case? All specialists will look into their case. But besides that, our heroines so perfect in appearance will have to deal with a lot of problems. As if it were not difficult enough to explain to everyone that they are really virgins without people hating or insulting them. Between those who think them saints and others who think them evil, the two girls will see everything.

As for the first book I read, the author offers very short chapters, which allows diving easily into the story to read it very quickly. It was a very intriguing novel and as I said very different and I must say that I did not expect at all for this purpose. Another original discovery of the author!

La dernière prophétie de James Patterson

Résumé : L’Apocalypse est en marcheÀ Boston, une jeune femme se découvre enceinte… alors qu’elle est toujours vierge. En Irlande, une autre jeune femme connaît la même surprise.Dans plusieurs villes à travers le monde, les autorités médicales sont submergées par des épidémies, des sècheresses, des famines, des inondations… et cela ne semble pas sur le point de s’arrêter. Il y a là comme un signe que quelque chose de terrible se prépare.Enquêtant sur ces phénomènes d’Immaculée Conception, l’Archidiocèse de Boston décide d’employer la manière forte, et engage une ancienne nonne, Anne Fitzgerald, devenue une privée aux méthodes peu catholiques. Car tous les signes portent à croire que l’Apocalypse est déjà en route… L’avenir de l’Humanité est à présent entre les mains d’Anne.

Avis : Après un roman très original, j’étais ravie de découvrir une toute nouvelle histoire de James Patterson. Et encore une fois je dois dire que j’ai été surprise par l’histoire que l’auteur nous présente ici.

Colleen et Kathleen sont deux jeunes adolescentes extraordinaires, elles semblent toutes les deux enceintes et vierges comme Marie. Mais est-ce vraiment le cas ? Tous les spécialistes vont se pencher sur leur cas. Mais en plus de ça, nos héroïnes si parfaites en apparences vont devoir gérer un grand nombre de problèmes. Comme si ce n’était pas déjà assez difficile d’expliquer à tout le monde qu’elles sont réellement vierges sans que les gens les détestent ou les insultent. Entre ceux qui les pensent saintes et les autres qui les pensent diablesses, les deux jeunes filles vont en voir de toutes les couleurs.

Comme pour le premier livre que j’ai lu, l’auteur nous propose des chapitres très courts, ce qui permet de plonger facilement dans l’histoire et de le lire très rapidement. C’était un roman très intrigant et comme je le disais très différent et je dois dire que je ne m’attendais pas du tout à cette fin. Encore une découverte originale de l’auteur !

Far From True by Linwood Barclay

Promise Falls, Book 2

Synopsis: New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Linwood Barclay delivers the second spine-chilling thriller set in the troubled town of Promise Falls, following the electrifying cliffhanger ending of Broken Promise…

After the screen of a run-down drive-in movie theater collapses and kills four people, the daughter of one of the victims asks private investigator Cal Weaver to look into a recent break-in at her father’s house. Cal discovers a hidden basement room where it’s clear that salacious activities have taken place—as well as evidence of missing DVDs. But his investigation soon becomes more complicated when he realizes it may not be discs the thief was actually interested in….

Meanwhile, Detective Barry Duckworth is still trying to solve two murders—one of which is three years old—he believes are connected, since each featured a similar distinctive wound.

As the lies begin to unravel, Cal is headed straight into the heart of a dark secret as his search uncovers more startling truths about Promise Falls. And when yet another murder happens, Cal and Barry are both driven to pursue their investigations, no matter where they lead. Evil deeds long thought buried are about to haunt the residents of this town—as the sins of the past and present collide with terrifying results.

Review: I was very intrigued by this book when I discovered the synopsis but I did not pay attention that it was a second novel.

The novel takes place after a terrible incident: the explosion of a drive-in and the death of several people crushed with it. But then other problems come up, other things that may well be related to this story, although nobody understands what may have happened or even the identity of the culprit.

I found this novel really intriguing! The story is fascinating and keeps us in suspense. We try to understand who may have wanted to drop this drive-in and when other elements are added, we start to doubt all the characters. Many things and intrigues are mixed up throughout the novel and if it’s a little complicated to manage everything, but things connect little by little. However, I think it would have been necessary to get into the first volume to understand a little better what was happening and especially the stories of the characters. Yes, because there are a lot of protagonists and it was complicated to situate them all, which was not necessarily that simple for me.

Although I think it was important to read the first volume, I really had a great time with the story. I still have lots of questions and I am very curious to read more (as well as the first one) because many things have been initiated!