It’s no secret that I am a James Patterson fan. So, when his new novel Mistress was released, I got my copy and here is my review. It’s a bit different in the beginning so I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. By page 25, the format made perfect sense. I was hooked.
Ben — The Protagonist
Ben is a bit different. As you read the book, you find out more and more about him but in the beginning, he is a bit hard to understand. The story is written in first person (Ben’s POV) so it’s a bit choppy at first. However, this is actually the way people think. You can be thinking about one thing and it triggers another memory, piece or trivia or just some other thought that is loosely related to the original thought.
This is Ben’s MO. If he is nervous, scared, worried, etc… his thoughts always turn to comforting facts he knows. Remembering/reciting them help him cope with the real world.
Patterson (and co-writer David Ellis) do a masterful job of unfolding Ben’s personality, quirks and belief system. All the way through the book and even on the last page, things are not as they seem on the surface. This is what I love about Patterson. He keeps me interested, wanting to know more. Even when the start of the book seems a bit slow, there is a reason behind it.
General Plot of “Mistress”
James Patterson’s Mistress is a stand alone mystery-thriller, not one that belongs to any of his on-going series. The story involves Ben, whom we met above, and a woman Ben knows to be a mistress — albeit, not his mistress. Diana swan dives off the balcony of her apartment to her death only moments after Ben planted the video/audio equipment she had requested. The mystery begins.
Why had she asked him to plant the equipment. Did she commit suicide moments after he left the apartment? Why? Was she pushed? Who would have done this terrible deed?
With all these questions racing through his mind, Ben decides he will do nothing else until he unravels the true story behind death.
The Verdict on the Book “Mistress”
As usual, there are many twists and turns in this James Patterson novel. It’s not hard to follow though and I found myself saying “ah-ha” more than once as I read.
All I can say is, the book is definitely worth the time to read. I am a HUGE James Patterson fan and he hasn’t let me down yet. I am now caught up in my reading of JP’s books. I can’t wait for the next installment of the Michael Bennett series that is due out at the end of September. The title is “Gone” and continues where the story left off in “I, Michael Bennett” that was released in July of last year.
If you are a mystery-thriller genre lover, James Patterson’s books should be at the top of your list!
Get your copy of Mistress here and don’t miss the excitement!