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. 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. Now, years later, Nina risks everything she's earned to return to Florida and confront the murderous evil she fled.
When a young Jeanine traveled to Key West for a few days of fun in the sun, she never dreamed that one careless moment could change her life forever. With the help of a Key West policeman, Peter Fournier, the incident was covered up and she found herself falling in love with the handsome officer, marrying him and living in idyllic Key West. When Jeanine discovers some unpleasant truths about her husband, she makes the decision to leave him and Key West forever. On her run from her husband, she encounters the Jump Killer and barely escapes alive.
Now living as Nina Bloom and trying to bury her past, a twist of fate lands her with a case that causes her to revisit her past and Key West once again and to chance a showdown with a husband that thought she was dead and a killer that now had a second chance to kill her.
Read it from start to finish with only a snack or two in between. A good read from Patterson & Ledwidge.
1. The man is a frickin' genius with writing thrillers. It doesn't matter if it's Alex Cross, the Women's Murder Club or the random everyday psycho he's awesome.
2. He tag teams with other writers (someday please pick me!) so that the work is always told fresh and liberating. Helps boost the careers of said writers too.
3. He's to the point. My most favorite part of his books is how quickly he gets to the point. There are descriptions but not enough (ahem Anne Rice) to make you skip six pages about the flowers in the garden.
Now You See Her is no exception. A masterfully woven tale of a woman on the run from a husband with deadly secrets. A daughter hidden from the world she should have been born into. A serial killer allowing an innocent to take the rap for his crimes. I sat on the edge of my seat with the twists and possible turns and was not disappointed with the ending. I only had one minor detail that kind of popped out at me. The serial killers eye: where was the patch? Go read it, borrow it, steal it (then return it) and see if you find this discrepancy as well.
Jeanine, a young soon to be college grad on summer break, catches her boyfriend with her best friend, steals his car and apparently to her, kills a homeless man. The cop he arrives on the scene covers it up and ends up marrying her. Little does she know who or what he really is.
The story jumps through one incredible scene after another, but even though you know in the end she will confront the evil she must overcome, the trip is a roller coaster ride that rarely gives a glimpse of whats to come. Patterson delivers an uncompromising story filled with an interesting array of characters.
True to form, there is the last possible second rescue that is the hallmark of TV adventure tales (for once I'd like to see the bomb go off or the rescue done when there's a small amount of time remaining, but that's me.
All in all, A great read.
Whilst it initially appears longer than his normal length at 487 pages, it is actually 487 pages of large font, double spaced with sizeable margins text which in reading time actually felt a little shorter than some of his other books. (This refers to the 2012 Arrow Books edition, ISBN 978-0-099-52532-5).
In terms of the actual plot and writing, it starts firmly and draws you in. You're initially trying to work out who this Nina woman is and what her secret is, and then as things progress you're suddenly wondering what she's gotten into, then rooting for her escape.
The escape part did seem a little far fetched the way she avoids one problem, only to fall into the hands of another problem, then escapes that only to fall yet again into a third problem. Aaaaand then get rescued by the random appearance of a veritable knight in shining armour. I felt this was a little cheesy, thankfully the story picks back up after this short stumble.
More clarity is brought to the short section of stumbling plot towards the end, however I still felt that part of the story somewhat ruined the flow of the book and broke your immersion in the story as you scoffed at how ludicrous it was.
All in all, it's a quick read that will keep you captivated whilst it lasts. It's not going to win any prizes or redefine any literature genres but it is entertaining.