Late last year, I found myself having trouble with books that weren’t working for me, so I was in need of short sharp reads. In James Patterson’s Book Shots, I found exactly what I needed. Whole stories in 120 pages or less, plus they helped to bring up my Goodreads challenge a little bit 🙂
I’ve read a few of JP’s books before and they are generally easy reads. Pacy and action-packed, and the same can be said for the Book Shots! Here’s the synopsis for each of the ones I read, and a brief review:
- The Shut In:
I know you’re watching me.
Confined to a studio apartment, Tricia Celano watches the outside world through a flying drone. But when her high-tech toy records a vicious murder, she’s determined to track down the killer–a killer who knows she’s being watched.
I found this one to be a bit slow to start, if that is even possible in such a short book, but once it did it was good fun. The drone aspect was a new one, and shows the need to stay up to date with technological advances. Interesting murder method, shady characters and an open ending left me wanting just a little more with The Shut In.
- Private: Gold:
Money. Betrayal. Murder.
That’s a Private conversation.
Hired to protect a visiting American woman, Private Johannesburg’s Joey Montague is hoping for a routine job looking after a nervous tourist. After the apparent suicide of his business partner, he can’t handle much more. But this case is not what it seems–and neither is his partner’s death.
I’ve not read any of the Private series, so I couldn’t tell you if there is a link to them with this book. However, its another good one. Set in South Africa, the location was a welcome change from the US-based ones. I liked the idea with Private: Gold, and I would definitely add the series to my list after reading this one!
- Come and Get Us:
What is her husband’s secret? Miranda Cooper’s life takes a terrifying turn when an SUV deliberately runs her and her husband off a desolate Arizona road. With her husband badly wounded, she must run for help alone as his cryptic parting words echo in her head: “Be careful who you trust.”
It is possible this was my favourite one. A car is rammed ff the road and it becomes a race for survival as an unseen force tries to stop Miranda at every turn. There is more to this than meets the eye, and I was intrigued to see how it would play out. The wilderness, tension and characters made this one really good. I read the whole thing really quickly just to see where JP was going. Definitely the best of the Book Shots I’ve read.
- The Heist:
Three thieves have planned the perfect diamond heist. They’ve monitored the Hatton Garden jeweller for months and are ready to make the hit. But they were not expecting a rival crew to show up at exactly the same time.
After a bloody fight, the three thieves come away with the diamonds and set off to meet their buyer in Amsterdam. But now it’s not only the police who are chasing them, and not only the diamonds that are at stake.
Less inclined to say I love this one. It was good. It all seemed much more rushed than the others though, which made the story feel a bit mashed together if that makes sense?! As a full length novel though, this would have great potential to expand characters and the plot. Enjoyable nonetheless!
PLEASE HELP BEFORE HE KILLS ME.
Travelling home for the festive season, Jon Roscoe receives a desperate cry for help.
This year, Christmas with his family isn’t quite as he had planned…
I really like Jon Roscoe, the lead in a few of these. I would happily read about him all day long. This was a twisty one, with some hateful characters. I liked how the story played out too. Less action than other Jon Roscoe books, but good all the same!
- The Verdict:
A woman violently attacked in her bed.
A billionaire businessman on trial at The Old Bailey.
As the world’s press gather outside London’s luxurious Tribeca hotel, can Jon Roscoe protect his own family from the terrifying consequences of the verdict?
Really enjoyed this one too. As I said, Roscoe is a good character. Engaging, honest and reminiscent of an action movie hero, its hard not to enjoy reading about his escapades in these books. And that poor Tribeca Hotel is giving him serious trouble!
- Cross Kill:
ALEX CROSS, I’m coming for you – even from the grave if I have to.
Along Came a Spider killer Gary Soneji has been dead for over ten years. Alex Cross watched him die. But today, Cross saw him gun down his partner. Is Soneji alive? A ghost? Or something even more sinister?
Nothing will prepare you for the wicked truth.
I read Along Came A Spider years ago, so this was a welcome return to Alex Cross and Gary Soneji. The idea of this one is really good too. It makes the reader question Soneji’s death, just like Alex. Its very quick, but the pace doesn’t really let up, so it’s very easy to read this one straight through. Made me feel like I need to go and read all of the Alex Cross books!
- The Hostage:
The grand opening of the world’s most exclusive hotel: forty floors of breathtaking luxury.
VIPs gather in London for the ultimate preview. But one uninvited guest plans to make this a day the city will never forget.
Global Head of Security, Jon Roscoe, confronts a killer with a deadly timetable.
First outing with Jon Roscoe and it is a gory one. I really liked this one, and its what made me read the others with him in it. There is a cinematic quality to these books, and above any I’ve read, this is the one that would make the best movie. It has everything you can think of from an action/thriller, but its condensed and concentrated, so its got a got going on!
So yeah. 7 Book Shots, 7 mini reviews. These are all easy reads. They are short, have plenty of action, and work really well as palate-cleansers in terms of changing speed and style. I would happily read more of them!
Have you read any? Would you read them? Do let me know in the comments 🙂