The truth shall set you free...


Title: Truth or Die

Author: James Patterson

Genre: Mystery

No. of pages: 383

Rating: 3/5



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I have heard great things about Mr Patterson. 

"Brilliant Writer"

"You've not lived till you've read his work"

"He is an absolute genius, how he comes up with these stories is beyond me"

and so on and so forth. 

So naturally, I was curious, but not impressed.

For my birthday, I received Truth or Die and I went into expecting a cliched mystery thriller, with a very predictable plot and bland characters.

I have to say I was not hugely surprised.

Truth or Die tells the story of our main man Trevor who loses his girlfriend in a tragic accident, or is it?

Patterson explores the idea of truth throughout this book; how we interpret truth, how we manipulate it, and how we access it.

I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. The reason for this was that I found the book very predictable, it read very much like your average action movie; distraught central character seeks revenge and uncovers a conspiracy. I was leaning more towards 2 stars for this reason, however, I did think the concept of the story was original and the writing was effortless, descriptive where it needed to be but also set a fast pace during action scenes. For that, I cannot fault Mr Patterson. 

However, my main problem with this book was the ending. This book in is standalone and has a very 'tidy' story. There are no cliffhangers no unanswered questions and no mystery when you finish the book which can be both a good and bad thing. The ending was too perfect. Everything worked out too well (as it does in a cheesy action movie) and the ending felt a bit rushed like Patterson just wanted the story to end. The events that played out and what Patterson told us about the characters and their personalities just didn't add up.

I would say this book is a quick and easy read, I read it in a day, but don't expect much from it.


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