Review: NYPD Red 3 by James Patterson

Friday 10 April 2015
Title: NYPD Red 3
Author: James Patterson & Marshall Karp
Publisher: Century
Publication Date: 9th April 2015
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781780892740
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
Hunter Alden, Jr., a billionaire businessman, has it all: a sexy wife, a brilliant teenage son, and an ever-growing fortune. But his perfect life shatters one horrific night when he discovers the severed head of his chauffeur, stuffed in a bag marked, in blood, with his son's initials. Now his son is missing, and the price to get him back might be too high--even for one of the world's richest men.

When NYPD Red, the elite task force for New York City's most high-profile crimes, takes the case, Detective Zach Jordon and his partner--and ex-girlfriend--Kylie MacDonald have never seen anything so unspeakable. As the investigation continues, Zach and Kylie realize that the closer they get to the truth, the more their own lives are in danger.

James Patterson's NYPD Red series is one of my favourites of his, and so I was very excited about the release of book three.

There's not all that much to say about a Patterson thriller that I haven't said before. Most of them follow his tried and tested formula of the short chapters that are packed full of action and mini-cliffhangers, and the at times over the top but gripping storylines that fill those pages. NYPD Red is an elite-task force that take on New York's most high-profile crimes, essentially protecting the rich. There's something about reading about egotistical rich people, those that look down on others that really irks me, meaning I often struggle to feel any kind of sympathy towards them, and there's a number of hateful characters like that created here in NYPD Red 3. The story in NYPD Red 3 is all too believable, showcasing just how vile rich people, and those in power, can be.

One of my favourite things about this series is our main characters, Zach Jordon and Kylie MacDonald. I was wondering whether the fact Zach is in love with Kylie would start to wear a bit thin after three books, yet there were some developments regarding this that were rather interesting. The only thing I would say is that once again these characters are 'beautiful', they are great in bed, they eat great food, and are just perfect, and that makes them not all that different to a lot of the characters in Patterson's books, but once again it's that formula obviously working because Patterson's books are always at the top of my TBR.

NYPD Red 3 didn't grip me straightaway, that didn't come until almost the halfway point and then once again the last third of the book delivered on everything you want from a Patterson novel, leading up to a quite dramatic conclusion, and one that will definitely leave readers wanting more. NYPD Red 3 is definitely a book I recommend Patterson fans pick up, just don't ask me to tell you what happened in the book six months down the line.


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