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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Review - Tick Tock by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge


Title: Tick Tock

Author: James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Publisher: Hachette Audio

Buy Tick Tock here

Reviewer: Val

Rating: You Need/Gotta Read

Blurb:
Tick—a killer's countdown begins, but...
A rash of horrifying crimes tears through the city, throwing it into complete chaos and terrorizing everyone living there. Immediately, it becomes clear that they are not the work of an amateur, but of a calculating, efficient, and deadly mastermind.

Tick—can Michael Bennett catch him before...
The city calls on Detective Michael Bennett, pulling him away from a seaside retreat with his ten adopted children, his grandfather, and their beloved nanny, Mary Catherine. Not only does it tear apart their first vacation since Michael's wife Maeve died—it leaves the entire family open to attack.

Tock—your time is up.
Bennett enlists the help of a former colleague, FBI Agent Emily Parker. As his affection for Emily grows into something stronger, his relationship with Mary Catherine takes an unexpected turn. All too soon, another appalling crime leads Bennett to a shocking discovery that exposes the killer's pattern and the earth-shattering enormity of his plan. From the creator of the #1 New York detective series comes the most volatile and most explosive Michael Bennett novel ever.

Review:
I love all of the Michael Bennett books and this one was no different. Action packed, mayhem everywhere you turn with a splash of romantic interests, Tick Tock had it all. With evil lurking at every turn, it was almost impossible to stop reading this book. The inquisitive side of me just had to know how it would end.

I adore Michael Bennett's character because his character is very realistic. He finds himself attracted to Emily Parker but something about Mary Catherine has Michael looking at her in a very different light. I found myself wanting to learn more about Mary Catherine than just her just being the nanny and an art student, but perhaps it was intentional that the authors did not let me get to know her as much as I liked. This is a murder mystery after all.

One element of the book that I had a small problem with was how many children Michael had. It seems to me that with that many children, chaos would reign 24/7 and most of the time Michael was an absentee father. Not by choice but still, not there. With those two small issues aside, I fell in love with the book. It was truly an edge of your seat suspense.

I reviewed the audiobook version of Tick Tock and for me, that's the only way to go. The audiobook is narrated by Bobby Cannavale & Scott Sowers and they do an outstanding job of bringing this book to life. If you're not sure if this might be the book for you (and trust me when I say, it is a highly entertaining read), as of right now you can get a preview of the first 28 chapters, Kindle edition on Amazon for free. So fire up that Kindle and getting ready for a wild ride.

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