JAMES PATTERSON ‘MURDER HOUSE’ BOOK REVIEW

murderhousebook2I’ve said it before and I will say it again; reading isn’t my most favorite thing to do. As much as I try, I just can’t commit myself to reading books. Every now and again I like to sit down with a cup of tea and focus on reading a book. It’s taken me almost 2 months, but I’ve finished reading ‘Murder House’ by James Patterson. It was about time. You might not be interested in reading a book review by someone who hasn’t passed literature class at school (yet), but it might also be interesting to see how someone like me interprets books, so that’s why I still decided to write this review. murderhousebook1Murder House is set in and around New York City. The protagonist is Jenna Murphy who works as a cop. There have been a number of unsolved crimes over the years and they seem to all be connected to each other. Jenna is determined to find out who killed all these people. She becomes heavily involved when the killer takes her uncle’s life, a fellow cop.

The first half of the book focuses on only one suspect, Noah, but Jenna finds evidence to get the charges against him dismissed. Step by step Jenna comes loser to finding out who the real killer is. She sometimes doesn’t know who to trust as the killer could be anyone. She gets help from Noah and Justin, who both have a crush on her. I won’t tell you whether they find the killer or not, I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. The only thing I want to say about it is that the plot was very disappointing to me. I wanted to be shocked, to feel betrayed but all of that didn’t happen. I just sat there like ‘ok then’.

On the back of the book it said that the ‘pages turn themselves’ because Patterson’s apparently very good at writing (psychological) thrillers. I’m afraid I have to disagree with that bold statement. I quite enjoyed reading this book but it does build up extremely slowly and sometimes I even felt I was wasting my time. I’m not saying it’s a bad book, I’m just saying that I’ve read better ones. To me it all felt like a very long episode of CSI.

I’m currently reading The Bones of You by Debbie Howells. Could you recommend any (psychological) thrillers to me? I will try to find moments to sit down and read it but those moments will be rare as I’ve literally never been busier in my entire life. Work, school, dissertation… It’s all getting a bit much. Wish me luck!

Manouk -x-

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