November 21, 2021

Series Sunday: The Russian

(Michael Bennett #13) 

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

"A signature that distinctive risks inviting copycats." ~ 40%

My Series Sunday pick is The Russian, the 13th book in the Michael Bennett series by James Patterson. My favorite widower with ten children is back and he's getting married! Longtime love, Mary Catherine, is soon to be his bride. But in the midst of wedding planning and jitters, there is a series of gruesome murders in New York City, Atlanta and San Francisco. The book description claims that a killer crashes Detective Michael Bennett's wedding but not quite. 

"Numbers were logical. People were not." ~ 5%

The Russian is told in Patterson's signature short chapters but it was a struggle read for me. At the halfway mark, it was finally a piece of the puzzle and we didn't even get to the wedding part. At 68% through the book, I was ready to give up it was so slow. What bothered me most was I didn't understand the title and how it related to the story. That always grinds my gears! Finally there was action at 81% through The Russian. Far too late in my opinion!

Would I pay over $20 for a new hardcover? Hardly! Is it worth $15 for the eBook? Nope. Best borrow this one from the public library, Bookhearts. 

Author: James Patterson & James O. Born
Published: January 2021
Pages: 369
Edition: eBook
Challenge: Keeping Up with Patterson
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤

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