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SOMETIMES WHEN THE NIGHTMARE ENDS - THE TERROR IS ONLY JUST BEGINNINGFor Hannah Shapiro, a beautiful young American student, this particular nightmare began eight years ago in Los Angeles, when Jack Morgan, owner of Private - the world's most exclusive detective agency - saved her from a horrific death. She has fled her country, but can't flee her past. The terror has follSOMETIMES WHEN THE NIGHTMARE ENDS - THE TERROR IS ONLY JUST BEGINNINGFor Hannah Shapiro, a beautiful young American student, this particular nightmare began eight years ago in Los Angeles, when Jack Morgan, owner of Private - the world's most exclusive detective agency - saved her from a horrific death. She has fled her country, but can't flee her past. The terror has followed her to London, and now it is down to former Royal Military Police Sergeant Dan Carter, head of Private London, to save her all over again.In central London, young women are being abducted off the street. When the bodies are found, some days later, they have been mutilated in a particularly mysterious way. Dan Carter's ex-wife, DI Kirsty Webb, is involved in the investigation and it looks likely that the two cases are gruesomely linked.Dan Carter draws on the whole resources of Private International in a desperate race against the odds. But the clock is ticking... Private may be the largest and most technologically advanced detection agency in the world, but the only thing they don't have is the one thing they need - time.James Patterson's white-knuckle rollercoaster has just reached London. Buckle up, it's one hell of a ride!...

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private london Reviews

  • Mark
    2019-12-28 06:13

    At the end of Chapter 108, (this man writes in incredibly short breathy chapters and there are tons of them), Patterson has his hero saying, on being asked if he is ready for a fight, 'I resisted the temptation to say that I was born ready '. Throughout this novel I think it is probably the only hard man/tough guy cliche he does resist. Every cocky, cool, hip or wanky (choose your term) phrase that has ever passed the lips of a cocky, cool, hip, wanky bloke passes this wanker's lips (oops sorry i think I may have nailed my colours to the mast a tad too clearly).Having said that the story is exciting and I presume that is why it is constructed with those mini chapters. Admittedly I was listening on audio rather than reading but I presume it is the same construction in the novel. It does keep the story moving but sometimes the divisions seem very bizarre and unnecessary, breaking up the flow of the story so as to create a breathiness which annoys.The main character, Dan Carter, is a total arse. I think you are supposed to admire him and be impressed by his sang-froid and wittiness, his confidence in his ability with women, his muscular build (he is at pains to tell us about his gym sessions and how much he presses), but he is an arse. The story is of brutal kidnap of a young american student sent to the UK for safety reasons by her extraordinarily wealthy father and running alongside that is the secondary storyline of a serial killer who kills and removes fingers from each corpse, each victim seemingly totally unconnected. The uncovering of truth and counter-truth, the deepening crisis as the true nature of the kidnap unfolds, of victims and perpetrators is fascinating and is believable but I still can never get over my annoyance at the cocky prat who is Dan Carter.Everyone in London in this novel seems physically to gather in extremes. You are either in the beautiful team, and this is physically cos in that team you may be horrible just as easily as noble or you lurk in the ugly team. The only exceptions are shy nervous types who, when they succeed at something have a flush that comes to their cheeks which make Carter appraise them slightly differently...well if they are women anyway. No man flushes attractively it seems in London or at least not to the macho Carter. He is a new man though, he is very comfortable with his bi-sexual female assistant and has an ex-wife, gorgeous of course, with unresolved issues. If you can get over Carter's macho bullshit, if you can block out the fact that he has taken a correspondence course in 'how-to-sound-cool-and-be-butch' oh and he knows lots about english literature, his favourite book is 'The beautiful and the damned' and he quotes from, amongst others, both Gerald Manley Hopkins and Shakespeare, then you might enjoy this. It is quick moving, it is, if not intricately plotted, then at least cleverly so and the violence seems never to be gratuitous but necessary for the plot. Story 3, Hero -1, hence 2ps. I forgot to add I had another minor frisson of pleasure as for the second time in as many weeks one of the characters had Skelton as their surname. Childish but always fun.

  • Suzanne
    2019-12-24 05:05

    I hate writing negative reviews, but the characters in this book were just not likeable. Only a few were even remotely enjoyable to read about. It was like reading the characters of Jaws, the characters were very unsympathetic. Which is a shame because the crime plot on the serial killer was not bad at all; it was the characters that tanked the book for me. My quick and simple overall: just did not connect with the characters.

  • Chelsey the crazy cat lady
    2019-12-31 06:32

    the second crime book I've read and loved it. There were a few twists I didn't see coming and then there were things I suspected. It's a hard book to put down

  • Charlotte Smith
    2020-01-03 01:16

    Loving this series wish he could bring more out where private is set around the world

  • Charlotte Smith
    2020-01-11 08:22

    Forgot how good this book is.

  • Ms. Nikki
    2020-01-19 04:09

    I did not like London.I liked Jack. I did not like Dan.Jack is smooth (book one). Dan is cocky (and wrong...a lot).Too many characters and threads being pulled and maneuvered to get any real grip on this story. Very thin writing led to unsatisfying conclusions and a story wrapped up quickly, but was complicated getting there.I listened to this on audio and it did nothing to enhance my interest. Most likely not the narrator's fault. Let's leave that to the writer himself.

  • Nicole Alycia
    2020-01-14 03:09

    Plot twist after plot twist. I absolutely loved it! I loved the new characters, I loved the story, and I loved the conclusion. I cannot wait to read more from the London office! Until then I'll have to find myself a copy of Private Berlin to see how the German team does!

  • Kat Lebo
    2020-01-21 02:08

    Private London ReviewI’m not through with this book yet, but felt compelled to review it anyway. And I’m sorry, but this will not be a favorable review. If you’re a fan of the Private series – stop reading now.Although I am not an avid reader of James Patterson novels, I do like his novels, particularly the Alex Cross series and the Women’s Murder Club. So, I feel I’m acquainted with his style. That said, I think the only thing about this particular book that reeks of James Patterson is his name splashed across the cover. If he contributed anything other than the basic idea (Hey – I’ve got this idea for a series! We’ll build stories around a private investigative service with offices worldwide, with one author writing about the owner, and different writers each writing about a different agent of the organization. Yeah. And we’ll say the series is written by me with whomever that other writer is.). In fact, if he contributed any more to this book than what is in parenthesis above, I wouldn’t admit it if I were him. First, the author (and I don’t mean Patterson), seems to be a fan of noir fiction or maybe he’s channeling Raymond Chandler. While the novel is set in present time, the main character has all the earmarks of those noir P.I.s, right down to addressing a woman, a London police detective at that (albeit his ex-wife) as “Dollface.” Dollface? Really?This character, who is investigating a kidnapping in which his god daughter is grievously injured, is a bundle of mixed up inconsistencies. Hell-bent for revenge one minute, backing down the next, blustering through in a take-the-devil fashion in one scene and being cowed in another. And there’s the matter of his libido. Evidently every woman is fair game, and even when he goes to the Intensive Care Unit to visit his comatose god daughter, he spends his time ogling her visitor, describing her figure and attire while imagining definite “sparks” between them, even noting the remarkable figure of the injured girl's mother -- and then goes home to find his ex-wife waiting for him and, yes, they end up in bed. Yep. One cold horn dog.Then, let’s address the writing specifics. Plotting. Okay. It moves along and has interesting twists and turns. Characterization (and I’m now on page 224 of 373, so I’d expect characterizations of main characters to be fleshed out by now) kinda sucks. While I know a lot about Dan Carter, the main character, I don’t know much about his sidekick, Sam, nor the injured god daughter – and only back story on the kidnapped girl, Hannah. There are things about a couple of other characters that I think are intentionally withheld to be revealed later – and that’s okay by me – but the basic characterizations are just missing. I don’t relate to the characters; I neither love them nor do I hate them – so far, I’ve not been given a reason to have any feeling at all about them.There are no real mistakes in spelling or grammar – I’d assume that’s thanks to Patterson’s resources. For that I’m grateful, because if my progress in the book were being stopped by those problems even more often than it already is, I would have long ago thrown the book across the room and moved on to the next novel in my bookcase.The use of short (read that miniscule) chapters is driving me crazy. I don’t mind chapters that aren’t lengthy as long as they complete a scene and leave me at a spot where I could easily put in a bookmark and go about my real life. As I’ve noted in other reviews, with this book I feel like I’m reading a movie script. The chapters are never more than a few pages (maybe 4) long and often it takes more than one chapter to complete a scene. I feel like the author is breaking for a commercial. Chapter 39 is a whopping 1 page long. Well, really just half a page as it doesn’t even start until halfway down the page. 40 is about 3 pages long (the 1st page being just ½ and the 4th being just ½) and ends exactly where the 2 page long chapter 41 begins. ARGGGGGGGGGGGGH. Either this author thinks his readers are idiots with the attention span of a gnat or he just sits down to write and when he’s done a little bit, calls it a chapter and goes for a latte.Hopefully, if Patterson’s plan is to stay with his “co-authors” and their characters, this particular character, Dan Carter will just fade away. Oh – and by the way, whose intellectual property would the character Dan Carter be? Patterson’s or the co-author, Mark Pearson’s?I’ve decided not to waste my time with any of the other books in this series. This one? I’m determined to finish it, even though I literally have to make myself pick it up every day to read some more. I refuse to skip to the last chapter (maybe two or three In this case…) to just find out what happens. But, then again, reading is supposed to be enjoyable – isn’t it?Feb 13thWell, I finally finished the book -- all 116 chapters in 364 pages. That's about 3 and a fraction pages per chapter (Kat shakes her head and sighs -- loudly). I will say that if you can manage to slog through the first 70 or so chapters, the pace picks up, the action starts zipping along, ends get tied up (sort of) and the last 40 or so chapters go much faster than the first 3/4 of the book. I found it extremely funny that this main character, Dan Carter, who sounds like an escapee from a Sam Spade novel, makes fun of someone in the final chapters who says "Don't do this, man. We can work something out." by thinking 'Man? Was he living in the 1960s?' But at least he wrote 1960s correctly -- without an apostrophe. I found the ending to be far fetched, unsatisfying and downright unbelievable. Red herrings and clues -- all given at least their due 3 page chapter -- with no connections, no clues as to why any event was or wasn't important. This or that character is depicted as good, then bad, then good again. To tell you the truth, the storyline wasn't worth trying to puzzle them all together. So, nice try at the finish, Mark Pearson, but no gold stars for you. And, although it may be unfair to the other authors in this series, and I could be cutting off my nose to spite my face, so to speak, I will not read another book in the series.

  • Matt
    2020-01-09 00:26

    I listened to the audiobook and was not all that impressed with the book at all. Perhaps it is just me, or Patterson's co-author in this series is just not grabbing me. I said it after book 1, but really, this series should stop sooner than later... as it just does not have the grip that his others do.It could be the reader, I suppose, but I am not feeling the plot as much as I do with the other series, particularly WMC and AC.Poor storyline and character development, as well as presentation... stop now, while readers don't judge all books under this rubirc!

  • PaulaPhillips
    2020-01-11 00:33

    Did you enjoy James Patterson's first novel in the Private series featuring Jack Morgan - an ex-military turned Private Investigator . Since the first book, where Jack decided to go into the Private Eye business , we have read in Private London that his business has boomed and there are now offices all around the world. The second book in the series "Private London" takes us to his London office where Jack has employed another ex-military cop called Dan Carter , as a New Zealander this made me chuckle as one of our All Black Rugby Players who was the pin-up of the team was also called Dan Carter. The novel starts on 9 September 2003 , a significant date for three of the main characters in the novel , a day that started out awesome and a wonderful occasion ending in heartbreak and terror. For Hannah Shapiro, it was the day she watched her mother be murdered and for Dan Carter it was the day he lost his best friends in an landmine explosion in Iraq. The two brought together seven years later because of one man - Jack Morgan. Looking out for Hannah, Jack is sending her to England to attend University however she needs a distant bodyguard and companion , this is where Dan enters - he will be her bodyguard and his god-daughter Chloe ,her best friend and companion. However one night , things take a turn for the worse and we see that seven years later - an attack similiar to the one that eerily occured is happening again as we see one friend in a coma and the other kidnapped. Across town , there are also a number of murders occuring , are they related to each other ?Will Jack and Dan be able to save Chloe and Hannah or is Private London over before it's even got it's feet off the ground.Find out in the new Jack Morgan series "Private" by James Patterson and Mark Pearson.

  • David
    2020-01-12 07:35

    Does anyone else feel like James Patterson and his cohorts have become the Mills and Boon of the thriller genre? Churning out thinly researched books as fast as they can, with little regard for quality or consistency. This particular novel is based around the flawed premise that a private firm would have the reach, resources and forensics capabilities above and beyond a government funded security organisation (MI5, CIA, FBI etc). The first book in the series was ok, this time I didn't buy it. Appearing hastily written to a formula, the storyline was tedious and the ending apparent before halfway. Hardly suspenseful or thrilling, and probably the last Patterson (plus whoever) book I will read!

  • Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
    2020-01-16 00:16

    So this is my first Patterson book I read. Well, I did read the Maximum Ride manga series. But having read read a Patterson book, this would be it then. And it was a very promising start in me wanting to check his other series.I started reading this one, not knowing its part of a series. But once I started the first page, I kept going. I also liked the pace and where the story was going.The chapters while short, kept the suspense interesting. Same with the characters, what with one case happening and other going. The different POV's didn't feel crowded but added to the story. Looking forward to starting the first one in the series than the rest.

  • Andrew
    2020-01-20 00:08

    3.5 Stars. An enjoyable read. An intriguing abduction takes place in London, and it turns out to have a quite unforeseen reason for the abduction. On top of this we also have a serial murderer on the loose, whose signature is chopping the third finger off! This is a good light read, as usual with James Patterson, with short sharp chapters and a plot that moves quickly. If you are looking for an in-depth plot and great characterisation this isn't the book for you, but it is a good break from books of this nature. I will happily continue with the series from time to time.

  • Terri Lynn
    2020-01-21 06:31

    This was such a smooth read, I couldn't stop. I barreled through the 364 pages like a maniac reader on a rampage. Former Royal Military Police officer Dan Carter, now working for the worldwide powerhouse private detective firm of Private is given charge of college student Hannah Shapiro. He is to take her to London from the USA so she can go to college. His college grad god-daughter Chloe is to enroll in classes and pretend to be a student when she is really helping watch Hannah.Years earlier at the age of 13, Hannah and her mother had been kidnapped. When her mega-rich daddy refused to "deal with terrorists" by paying ransom, Hannah is forced to watch her mother be raped and then murdered. Just before the kidnappers could rape her, Jack Morgan of Private burst on the scene and rescued her. One night, Hannah is out drinking with Chloe and her other room mate Laura when Chloe's drink is drugged and Laura and Hannah appear to be attacked with Hannah kidnapped. Chloe tries to intervene and is almost beaten to death with a ball bat and left for dead. Hannah was kidnapped-or was she part of a plot? Who all is involved? Who knows what? Dan must find her with the help of Private team members but is she kidnapped or part of a sinister plot to get her father to London? And who is killing women and stealing body parts? Who killed a man and stole his heart? Why are their ring fingers being stolen? Who is that woman in a burka and why does Hannah's college tutor speak Arabic? Why is someone putting fingers in a box at the grave of a 9 year old dead girl named Emily's grave? And was Dan wise to sleep with his ex-wife on what would have been their 10th anniversary even if they are both trying to solve the same cases?Join James Patterson and co-writer Mark Pearson on a wild and thrilling ride to solve this mystery.Only one problem here. If one is going to drag Al Qaeda into stories to demonize them, please get the facts straight. Al Qaeda does NOT want to make the world Muslim. They just want to get those who stole Palestinian land out of there and they are pissed with the UK and the USA for their involvement. Al Qaeda's members are more intellectual and better educated than a truly religiously motivated group like the Taliban whose members are not well educated. Turning the world Muslim is a goal of the Taliban but not Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda only framed things along religious lines when the USA began demonizing Muslims as a means to grow sympathy. These are not mullahs. Bin Laden had a doctorate in engineering and was not religious. I've recently been deep in research about both groups and if I can research it, so can Patterson.

  • Ricardo Matta
    2020-01-10 01:30

    Lots of twist and turns! Very much enjoyed this book, with some new characters, new location, and same agency. I do hope that we get to see some of them return in other books of the series. I know this series jumps around locations a lot, but one can still hope.

  • J.A. Kahn
    2020-01-16 05:17

    Yikes! If I had to sum Private London up in just one word - that word would have to be 'ludicrous'. I am a big fan of James Patterson and though I know it wasn't written by him it does come from his stable of writings, coauthored by Mark Pearson as it is. So, surely James must carry some of the responsibility for this travesty. Spoiler alert!!!!!I listened to the audio version of this story. First off, we come across the narrator who plays Dan Carter our 'hero' for want of a better word. He must have one of the most irritating, grating, nauseating voices I have heard so far from any audiobook actor (maybe if I had read the book rather than listened to it my feelings might be slightly different but I can't say). Now back that awful narration up with some of the worst dialogue and scenes and you have a flimsy character. Desperate to sound cool Carter comes across as a vain idiot with sexist cliches galore. Of course, he has the stereotypical backstory of suffering PTSD which is a vital prerequisite for such a character - hooray. But overall he is weak and dull. Indeed, if this joker ever crosses paths with Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne or even James Bond there would only be a bloody mess with bits of Carter left strewn all over the place. Then there is Private itself. Every opportunity is taken to let readers know about the sophisticated setup that is the Private enterprise - a global network of private detectives that are above the Law and have access to technologies the rest of law enforcement can only dream of. Next is the plot. What a shambles. In a desperate attempt to keep the reader guessing and engaged to the bitter end it is strewn with blatant red herrings. It is the only way you can get through the story - 'how does it all tie together?' you keep asking yourself as you plod and persevere through. And that's the point, it doesn't but who cares, you've bought the book/CDs already so it's too late. In the author's desperation to create something unique and appealing to the contemporary reader we end up being treated to a fair amount of Islamophobia & xenophobia amongst the muddle of ideas (plenty of anti-Palestinian sentiments aired including a face veil wearing Hispanic supporter of Palestinian liberation would you believe?) - so should at least appeal to the many Trumpophiles out there. Couple that with a pseudo-lesbian professor and a damsel in distress suffering a variation of the Stockholm syndrome to confuse matters further. Then throw in an East London old-school mob selling drugs and engaged in porn just to make sure we know we're still in London, and top off with a mysterious serial killer who cuts off fingers from her victims postmortem and you have a broth that is a tasteless mess. No more from the Private series for me. I'll stick to those James Paterson books where only HIS name appears on the cover.

  • Aaron
    2020-01-07 05:31

    The Private series by James Patterson is really turning out to be multiple series that are all tied to Private International, a private investigative firm with office in major cities all across the globe. This is the second novel in the series that focuses on the London branch, which is managed by Iraq War veteran Dan Carter. The previous volume had him and his team working to save the London Olympics from terrorists.In this volume, Dan is dealing with a kidnapping of a college-aged girl named Hannah Shapiro. Her father is an extremely wealthy American who has hired Private to protect her after she and her mom were kidnapped when she was 13. The kidnappers in that situation demanded money, which wasn't paid. Hannah was rescued, but not before watching her mother being brutally raped and murdered. Her dad decided to send her to Britain with a name change and some heavy protection.Until recently, that had worked out nicely. Now, she has been taken once again. To make things worse, Hannah's protection was a fellow student named Chloe, who was working for Private. She was injured quite severely during the attack. Chloe is also Dan's god-daughter. Dan served with her dad in Iraq, and he died saving Dan.While this intense manhunt is going on, Dan's ex-wife Kirsty, a DI with the Met, has her own case to deal with. Someone is abducting young people, stealing organs, killing them, and cutting off one of their fingers. There is a big question whether the two cases are connected, and it is only made more difficult because Kirsty and Dan really don't get along that well ... except when they do. Then, it is all fireworks.This was a pretty good read. I have to admit that I am liking the Private books, though this one kind of suffered a bit in the end, which sort of deflated. After all of the build up, it was just simply anticlimactic. With that said, I still liked it and am looking forward to more books in the series. The next one is Private Berlin so I am curious if we will meet a third team rather than focusing on the American or British characters.

  • Lynn
    2020-01-23 02:15

    I'm still not sure about this whole venture of James Patterson's of using different foreign authors for each book in the Private series. It's hard for me to put this into words, but the feel of the repeat characters seems to change from book to book, and of course, the whole tone and writing style of the book, depending on who wrote it. This doesn't work well in a series. Again, in Private London, it's as if Patterson lent his name only to the book, and it was completely written by Mark Pearson. It doesn't read like a Patterson book; the only similarities are the subject matter and the short chapters. That said, I enjoyed the book, although I often got confused due to strange wording and the fact that there were two crimes occurring simultaneously to keep track of. It was almost like reading two books at the same time, except that they would converge once in awhile, usually through Dan's relationship with his ex-wife, Kirsty. I'm looking forward to reading Private Berlin, which co-authors Mark Sullivan (the same author who collaborated with Patterson on Private Games, which was excellent).

  • Amanda McGill
    2020-01-23 06:27

    Think of Private London (Dan Carter) as Private's (Jack Morgan) not as smart or as charming younger brother. Private London is a sub part of the Private Organization. It is run by Dan Carter, a former royal military police sergeant, who is even more closed off and private than world Private leader Jack Morgan. Jack trusts Dan to keep an eye on Hannah Shaprio, the daughter of one of Private's top clients, who Jack has saved before. Of course, Dan screws up and Hannah is again kidnapped. In another totally unrelated story, Dan's ex-wife, Kirsty Webb (are we suppose to care about her? I don't even know if I care about Dan) is working on a case where unidentified murdered women are missing their fingers. Kristy really wants to solve this case, so she can apply for another job far away from Dan (great motive to solve a crime!). Overall, I didn't love Dan and Private London (almost felt like a wanna be Private), but the mysteries were good and I didn't see the endings coming.

  • Marcia
    2020-01-10 02:27

    I have enjoyed the other "Private" books, but this is an exception. Basically, it had TOO MUCH! Within one novel of less than 400 pages, Pearson skims over kidnapping, murder, insane medical personnel, terrorism, and betrayal--TOO MUCH! One major plot is piled upon a previous one. Little is resolved except for a very brief summary at the end. I also object to Pearson's too casual grammar, which has many fragments and dangling modifiers that force the reader to re-read parts. The very short chapters are distracting as many just continue the action and dialogue of the previous one. A more careful editor could have solved many of these structural problems.

  • lucie parenkyuma
    2020-01-19 03:15

    Disappointed. Not impressive enough. Confusing. Doesn't make an impact on a reader like me.Above is the summary that I feel suited enough for Private London. To make it worse, those 116 chapters are short and there are actually two different cases in the book (I can’t understand how this is connected and is granted the permission to combine it together – ah, wait, I just don’t care anymore as I was too derange with the ‘scenes-gone-short’).Worth mentioning, I don’t know who’s who; too many characters in this book resulted in a hazy brain, thus I experienced a horrible taste of reading.Just hope his other books aren’t as poor as this one.

  • paperysoul
    2019-12-29 04:22

    DISCLAIMER: THIS IS AN HONEST, HIGHLY SUBJECTIVE, AND MAY CONTAIN SPOILER REVIEW. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.I don't like the writing style and yes, I know it wasn't James Patterson who wrote it. The book needs a lot of editing as well. Admittedly, it was an easy read. The book has two non-correlated plots. One plot is confusing, another plot isn't making any sense. Overall, all I got is dissatisfaction. This book can be read as stand-alone, completely independent from other books in the series.Read on your own peril.

  • Joy
    2020-01-22 00:07

    This book was okay but not up to the quality of the last few books I read.

  • Rob Cook
    2019-12-28 03:32

    Another exciting page turner from Patterson and friend. I preferred the story, location and characters in this to the original Private book although I did find the confrontation with the main villain very brief and many of the character's stories were finished off by easy one liners. Hopefully these might be picked up in a future book?

  • Alyson Kent
    2019-12-28 02:28

    I'm not too sure what I just read. So the two cases weren't really related to each other despite what the blurb says? So many characters I kind of forgot who was who as I went, and I'm still not 100% sure I understood one of the cases and how it was solved other than it involved a child pornography ring.

  • Sarah Campbell
    2020-01-08 02:34

    I wasn't as drawn into this as I was by Private. Nor did I realise this is the fourth in the series! God I'm slow! I hate reading anything out of order I'm weird like that. But still I felt the plot was easy to guess too. I did like Dan. His ex wife is a tad bit over the top with the jealousy with miss chambers. I liked the book I just didn't love it.

  • Shelley Giusti
    2019-12-26 03:28

    Book 4 had me on the edge of my seat with a twist I didn't see coming.

  • Mark
    2020-01-05 06:26

    This book was alot better than the first book in this series, which to be honest isn't really saying much as I thought the first book in the Private series was one of the worst books that James Patterson has ever penned. The only reason I gave this book a go was because it was a James Patterson and I read as much of his work as possible, so if it wasn't for that fact I wouldn't have given this a chance after reading the first Private novel. Despite not being as bad as it's predocessor this book was still not without its flaws and one of the main ones was the ammount of characters in this book. There were so many people it was hard to remember at times who was who and what role they played. But this seems to have been a frequent case in some of Patterson's work lately. The other flaw was that (again as is the case with alot of Patterson's work) this book told not one but two stories which isn't really a massive moan but I kept expecting the stories to be related and also one of the stories had the potential to be a very good independant story on its own but instead was hidden between the chapters of the main plot. Another little moan was that considering this book is based in London and the surrounding areas there was alot of of American dialect used, fair enough this was attempted to be explained in the plot where one of the characters mentions that the main character likes to use American idiosyncrasy's, but at one point the character uses the example of American footballers as a simile, which is a refrence I can't imagine many Londoners using. But I liked the fact that this book had very little to do with the characters and settings of the first book in this series and I like the idea of the series being based on different branches of one buisness rather than being based on the same charcters in each book. But probably the thing that I liked most about this book (although on something of a personal level) was the chapters set in the town of Chesham and it's surrounding towns as this is the area where I live and it was nice to read about a few familiar places to me which proves to me that the authour has done his research into these areas (although it probably didn't involve much research other than the use of Google maps and Street View). I particularly liked that the buisness that one of the charcters ran in Chesham was an opticians as opticians surgeries are something that Chesham is inundated with, which again proves to me that the authour has done his research. One final little flaw though was that the London Underground featured quite alot and at one point it was written that after a train had pulled into the station the Station Master waited until the crowds had cleared before he blew his whistle to signal that the train could depart. James Patterson has very obviously never traveled on the Tube as anyone who has knows that this is not the case, but instead you have a matter of seconds to disembark the train whilst fighting against the crowd trying to board before the doors close and you risk losing a limb. But despite these few minor imperfections this was a definate improvement on this series.

    2020-01-15 03:32

    Dan CarterPrivate ist eine weltweit operierende Organisation von Privatdetektiven, ihr stehen teilweise bessere Möglichkeiten zur Ermittlung zur Verfügung als der Polizei. Und wenn sich die Gelegenheit ergibt hilft man sich gegenseitig. Dan Carter ist Chef der England-Abteilung, unter anderem hat er es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht, die junge Studentin Hannah zu beschützen. Sie hat während ihrer Kindheit ein traumatisierendes Erlebnis gehabt, das sie bis heute nicht überwunden hat. Und ausgerechnet diese junge Frau, die schon vom Schicksal gebeutelt ist, wird in einer brutalen Aktion entführt. Dabei wird Carters Patentochter Chloe schwer verletzt. Carter setzt alle Hebel in Bewegung, um die Vorgänge aufzuklären. Gleichzeitig wird eine verstümmelte Leiche aufgefunden.Eine weitere Reihe, die der vielschreibende Autor gemeinsam mit seinem Co-Autor Mark Pearson vorstellt. Spannend jagt der Autor mit seinen Lesern durch die Handlung. Wie gewohnt, in kurzen Kapiteln mit schnellen Szenen- und Ortswechseln, gelingt es dem Autor zu fesseln. Immer neue Haken schlägt die Handlung, nie weiß man, welche Richtung sie im weiteren Verlauf nehmen wird. Doch auch einem Wechselbad der Gefühle wird man ausgesetzt, ein wenig kommt es einem so vor als solle die Reihe mit einem besonders spektakulären Fall vorgestellt werden. Allerdings bei den vielen Überraschungen, die dem Leser bereitet werden, vermag man irgendwann nicht mehr richtig zu folgen. Manche Gedankengänge und Schlussfolgerungen der Ermittler führen etwas plötzlich zu Erfolgen, die sich nicht richtig erschließen. Auf der Jagd von einem Ort zum nächsten von jeder Wendung zu einer neuen, bleibt man als Leser etwas auf der Strecke. Als großer Freund des „Women’s Murder Club“ könnte man hier eine kleine Enttäuschung empfinden. Doch möglicherweise gewinnt diese Serie im weiteren Verlauf. Einige Sympathie weckende Ansätze sind jedenfalls vorhanden.

  • Theresa
    2019-12-28 04:34

    Another good read enjoying this series