Being a huge James Patterson fan, I could hardly wait to get my hands on Tick Tock and as usual, was greeted with another enthralling episode of Michael Bennett’s adventures. In this case, Michael is faced with a rash of what first appear to be copycat crimes simulating the actions of famous serial killers such as the Son of Sam, the Werewolf of Wisteria and the Mad Bomber. Each murder and explosion resemble yet another infamous crime and just when Bennett closes in on his subject, he finds that there is much more to the plot than he could have imagined.
Tick Tock is different from other James Patterson books as Michael Bennett is portrayed almost as a sex starved, crazy man. He makes out with his nanny and checks out and considers picking up random women in bars. He even invites FBI agent Emily Parker to travel to New York to assist him on the case – based more on his sexual attraction to her than her talents. So the reader is not surprised when they too begin making out and Bennett finds himself in Parker’s hotel room for a seduction scene.
I found this troubling – not that Bennett isn’t allowed to lead a normal life, but more that, in all previous books he is still in love with his deceased wife. The switch from a loyal husband and father to a man who looks for encounters with multiple women left me scratching my head. Bennett also has a confrontation with the Flaherty family in which he is completely out of character – pulling his gun, threatening and acting very much not his typical straight laced, by the book self.
Tick Tock by James Patterson was as interesting a journey as all Patterson books prove to be. Enjoyable, with twisting plots and motives and an endless supply of new and unexplored material for each story guarantee that I will remain a fan for years to come.
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