I got this book for free from my boss who had a spare copy. I don’t normally read thrillers but I thought I’d give it a go.
I’ve never read a Patterson novel before so I can’t judge whether having a co-writer has made any difference to his writing and there’s no indication of how much each writer is responsible for.
The story follows rich, recently remarried widow Katherine as she takes her spoilt, bratty children on a summer holiday on the family yacht, in order to bond with them following their father’s death. The voyage is hit by one disaster after another and it soon becomes clear that someone wants them dead.
I enjoyed the book well enough but it hasn’t encouraged me to read any other Patterson books. The chapters are the shortest I’ve ever seen other than in children’s books and each ends with a revelation or cliffhanger. Some are genuine surprises, some less so, but the effect is to make the plotting seem a little simplistic. The language is very simple and straightforward, which makes the book easy to read but I prefer there to be some more poetic language. This reads like something anyone could have written if Patterson and Roughan gave them the plot to write to.