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Friday, July 17, 2009

Review - Swimsuit by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Review : SWIMSUIT (Unabridged)

Author : James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Publisher : Hachette Audio

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Reviewed by : Brynna Curry

Rating: You Gotta Read (listen)

A heart-pounding story of fear and desire, SWIMSUIT transports listeners to a chilling new territory where the collision of beauty and murder transforms paradise into a hell of unspeakable horrors.

When supermodel Kim McDaniels goes missing while on location in Hawaii for a swimsuit photo shoot, the cops seem unconcerned. No one is looking for Kim, but one man found her, the wrong man Henri Benoit. A call in the dead of night sends her parents across the country to begin the search, but as the body count rises the world soon realizes this isn't a case of one missing girl but countless deaths across the globe.

Ex-cop turned writer/ reporter Ben Hawkins befriends the McDaniels, aiding them in the search for their missing daughter. He soons finds himself caught in a web of murder and deceit. Under Henri's watchful eye, he must write the killer's legacy or pay with his life.

Swimsuit is a definite You Gotta Read for anyone who loves a good thriller. James Patterson doesn't dissapoint, delivering vibrant characters, exotic settings, and a rainbow of emotions. Henri Benoit is the most terrifying character I've had the horror of reading. A word of caution however, this unabridged audiobook is not for the faint of heart. At times, the author almost explicitly shows the murder (decapitation via knife) and rape of young women in graphic detail. I understand why he felt the need to do so, as the horror of Henri's psyche could not have been shown otherwise. Be prepared for a disturbing, terrifying roller-coaster and read it with the lights on, doors locked tight, you never know just who that flower guy might be.

Review Audio: Christian Rummel delivers an amazing performance, slipping into the skin of each character seamlessly. I've listened to recordings where its difficult to pay attention to the story, because you are busy trying to figure out who is who. Not so here with this excellent mastery of voice.

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