Now You See Her by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
Published by Little, Brown & Company on June 27, 2011
Genre(s): fiction, crime, suspense, thriller
Format & Length: audiobook, 7:21:47
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The perfect life
A successful lawyer and loving mother, Nina Bloom would do anything to protect the life she’s built in New York–including lying to everyone, even her daughter, about her past. But when an innocent man is framed for murder, she knows that she can’t let him pay for the real killer’s crimes.
The perfect lie
Nina’s secret life began 18 years ago. She had looks to die for, a handsome police-officer husband, and a carefree life in Key West. When she learned she was pregnant with their first child, her happiness was almost overwhelming. But Nina’s world is shattered when she unearths a terrible secret that causes her to run for her life and change her identity.
The perfect way to die
Now, years later, Nina risks everything she’s earned to return to Florida and confront the murderous evil she fled. In a story of wrenching suspense, James Patterson gives us his most head-spinning, action-filled story yet–a Hitchcock-like blend of unquenchable drama and pleasure.
While I’m not a die-hard fan of James Patterson, his books that I have read I’ve enjoyed. So when I found the audiobook version of Now You See Her (co-written with Michael Ledwige) in my library’s online catalog a couple years ago, I bookmarked it. And there it sat in my wish list until I was specifically looking for an audiobook to listen to last week.
At 7.25 hours unabridged, this is actually a fairly quick read (or listen, technically?). With an audiobook, the narration can make it or break and, and I thought Elaina Erika Davis did a good job. Her clear voice and the intonation she used for different characters made it easy to follow and a satisfying listening experience.
As far as the story itself goes, this one pulled me in quickly and kept my interest throughout. There are some incredible coincidences that make it more than just a little farfetched, but that tends to be the case with Patterson’s books in my experience. So I do expect it and can suspend reality for a while, sit back, and enjoy the ride. I did notice a few times where the same exact descriptive phrases were repeated fairly close to another, which is one of my personal pet peeves. Despite that, I enjoyed this fast paced, action packed story.
If you like James Patterson novels or suspenseful thrillers, this should be right up your alley. I do particularly recommend this in audiobook format, so if you prefer listening to your books, definitely try it out!