New Release: Mistress by James Patterson

Written by on September 2, 2013 in Mandee's Mysteries, Mystery Book of the Month with 2 Comments

Mistress, James PattersonIt’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!


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About the Author: I am an avid reader -- especially mystery/thriller series. Some of my favorite authors include Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Brad Thor, James Patterson and the late, great Vince Flynn. I love series because I have a tendency to always want to know more. I also read stand alone mystery novels. Stop back and check out my newest reviews of your favorite authors at Mandee's Mysteries here on Mystery Book World. .


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  1. Cynthia says:

    I always appreciate your honest review and opinion offered on books! I love to read and I absolutely hate wasting my time on a book that doesn’t deliver. If you had not prepared me, I might have passed this book up, but I seriously do love the ah-ha moments when it all comes together! Thank you!

  2. Marie King says:

    I like James Patterson just because he writes great mysteries, and I’ve heard good things about Mistress so I’ll be checking this one out for sure. You might like the book I just finished reading called “Publics: Libertas Aut Mors” by Baltazar Bolado, my sister suggested it to me and it was a great read. Thanks for the post and review!

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