Thursday, August 22, 2013

Book Review: Second Honeymoon by James Patterson

On the jacket:

When FBI agent John O'Hara receives a call from a man desperate for his help, little does he know his whole life will turn upside down.

The man's son and daughter-in-law have been found murdered on their honeymoon in the Caribbean. He wants justice, and will pay O'Hara handsomely to hunt down the killer.

Federal agents aren't allowed to moonlight, but O'Hara is on suspension. The drunk driver who killed his wife in a car accident two years ago is soon to be released from jail, and O'Hara is battling some serious demons.

He takes on the case, but when another couple are murdered before boarding their honeymoon flight to Rome, it becomes clear that this investigation is far more complicated than it first seemed.

As O'Hara delves deeper, a past he thought was dead and buried soon comes back to haunt him.


I totally adore thrillers/murder mysteries, have been since I was about 12. They don't scare me, they exercise my mind. But after I finished reading Second Honeymoon last night, I actually got out of bed and checked all the locks, I looked outside to ensure there was no lurking figure behind the trees.

Two mysteries running parallel to each other, the pages turn themselves. The book has short stories, which makes the anticipation even higher. Two serial killings, one of honeymooners and another of men named John O'Hara. Do they coincide? Is the killer the same? How twisted is the killer(s)? Are the clues simple to find or they need to be unearthed.

I am told that the prequel of this book, Honeymoon should be read and I intend to. In Second Honeymoon, one of the protagonists, John O-Hara, a federal agent, is also fighting his own inner demon after his wife's death. The book is written from three perspectives and with every chapter it keeps changing - one from Susan's perspective, one from John's while they both try to unearth the cases and the third as a narrative.

A fast paced thriller, at places, Second Honeymoon gives the chills too.

Rating: ****/5

[This review is for Random House India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.] 

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