I’ve been a fan of James Patterson and his novels for a number of years. Alex Cross is, without a doubt, my favourite protagonist in any novel series that I’ve ever read! That being said, Alex has some serious competition these days in the form of Michael Bennett, one of James Patterson’s most recent characters! Michael Bennett has a lot going for him – he is New York City detective who balances being a widower with a large family (including a number of adopted children) and an eclectic cast of family, friends and colleagues that make his experiences even more engaging! For that reason, I was really keen to read the latest book that featured Michael Bennett – Tick Tock.
In Tick Tock, Michael Bennett is trying to deal with a number of issues on the home front and in the workplace. Michael and his diverse family (including all of his children, his grandfather, who is also an Irish priest, and the children’s nanny) are trying to enjoy a holiday at the shore but find themselves being targeted by neighbourhood bullies who are well-known, and well-connected, in the neighbourhood. Michael also finds himself being dragged back to work as he tries to deal with a very complicated and well-organized killer who is making the city’s citizens cower in fear. How can Michael find the balance in dealing with the problems facing his children and how will he track down this crazed and crafty serial killer? If that was not enough, Michael finds himself torn between two beautiful women – Mary Catherine, the children’s nanny, and Emily Parker, an FBI agent that Michael has found himself attracted to in the past. All of these elements weave together in a well-crafted and complex novel.
I truly loved this book because I enjoy Michael Bennett’s character and I enjoyed the interesting plot twists and how the suspense builds in this novel. Like many of Patterson’s books, I also enjoy the fact that it is a quick read. The chapters are short and contain cliff-hangers that make me want to keep reading! As a result, it took me less than a day to read this novel and it left me wanting more! I can’t wait for the next book in the Michael Bennett series to come out!
I’d recommend Tick Tock (and the previous books in the Michael Bennett series – you can check out the list on James Patterson’s website) to anyone who enjoys a fast-paced, entertaining suspense novel. You’ll definitely enjoy it!
Tick Tock is will be released on January 24, 2011.
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