Honeymoon by James Patterson & Howard Roughan

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Honeymoon is the next book from my Rainbow Cover Reading Challenge.  I’m nearing the end!  This book was the one that I wasn’t sure about.  I had never read any James Patterson before, so I didn’t know what to expect.  Spoilers below!

This book is a mild thriller about a black widow type woman and the FBI agent who is trying to figure out whether or not she’s a killer.  Basically that is all that the story encompasses.  The woman, Nora, is virtually irresistible and has a knack for drawing men into her web before dispensing with them.  O’hara is the FBI agent who goes undercover to infiltrate Nora’s inner circle and ascertain her culpability.  The only problem–O’hara finds himself drawn into her web, just like the men before him.  Will O’hara escape Nora’s clutches?  Read the book to find out!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t crazy about this book.  I finished it because the story was brisk enough to keep my attention, but it won’t be getting any awards for quality literature.  The dialogue was often a series of witty rejoinders, sometimes entire conversations.  It seemed a bit fake to me.  Also, I found the premise unbelievable.  I understand that it’s a thriller and not meant to be very realistic, but could one woman really maintain how many different relationships and a busy career?  She was a bit too wonder-woman for me.  My last criticism might seem trivial, but if you read the book you will probably notice it, too.  There are a ton of product and brand mentions in this book.  As an example, these are the brand mentions and name drops from chapters 1 and 2: Dockers, Evian, Ferragamo, Eleish-Van Breems, New Canaan Antiques, the Silk Purse, the Cellar, Monet, Thomas Cole, Magritte, J. P. Morgan, Castro, Richard Nixon, New York School of Interior Design, Le Cordon Bleu, Polo, Amstel Light, Smith and Wollensky, Graeters, Tiffany, Dom Pérignon, Jack Daniel’s.  It’s like they’re trying to convince us of the awesomeness and wealth of these people by telling us about the brands they buy and whose furnishings they own.  (Or could they be paid product placements?) Sigh.

I don’t really recommend this book, but I suspect it might appeal more to the male population.

Possible Objections:

  • Bad language
  • Violence
  • Sexual scenes

Rating: 1 Star


Until next time…