July 14, 2009

Review: Swimsuit by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

When a beautiful supermodel, Kim McDaniels, goes missing on a Hawaiian photo shoot, no one panics or calls the police. They assume she ran off on her own and will be back soon. Then her parents get a chilling call from a madman. He tells them he has Kim and they fly off to Hawaii to find her. What they find when they get there is a bunch of dead ends and no leads.

When LA Times reporter and writer Ben Hawkins contacts them with an offer of help they jump at the chance for the former police officer to assist them since no one in Hawaii seems to be taking them seriously.

Ben ends up on wild goose chase of his own that leads to a visit from the killer and a shocking proposal. The killer, Henri Benoit, would like to tell his life story through Ben in exchange for information on the killing of Kim and other recent disappearances. With the killer holding the threat of harming his girlfriend over his head Ben has no choice but to deal with the lunatic. But it doesn’t stop at the killer. There is a whole network of demented individuals pulling the strings that gets Ben caught up a whole world of trouble.

I think this may have been a much better book with a little more character development. There was a lot of action but I never felt empathy for Kim’s parents or Ben and his girlfriend. With Henri, I think that his back story wasn’t fully told. I was left with many questions at the end that I was hoping would have been resolved. Overall it was still a good thriller that I would recommend for suspense readers.

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bermudaonion said...

When I got this book last week, my husband grabbed it and started reading. He finished it last night and said he didn't like the way it ended. I'm not sure why, since I haven't read it yet.

Kaye said...

I thought it was a grabber and I enjoyed it. True, there could have been more character development but for a story to just get your adrenaline going, this one is pretty good.

Anonymous said...

I so wanted to read this book, but reading the review and the comments, makes me want to wait and read other books first.