Thursday, September 19, 2013

Book Review: Mistress by James Patterson

On the jacket:


How well can you ever really know someone?

As Ben Casper watches his best friend plummet from her sixth-floor apartment balcony, he realises his life is about to change. Diana had no reason to kill herself, she had to have been pushed.

Diana worked for the CIA, so the investigation into her death is kept tightly under wraps. But Ben is a political journalist, and can feel that something isn't right.

Ben starts investigating for himself and soon discovers Diana was leading a double life he knew nothing about. But when more people involved die in questionable circumstances, it's clear that someone doesn't want the truth to be uncovered.

And unless Ben drops his investigation, he could be next.

Review:

I absolutely adore James Patterson thrillers and Mistress didn't disappoint me one bit, except at the very end. The book begins with Ben Casper going through his best friend Diana's home while she is away, installing hidden camera. He hears her coming back home, so stealthily, shows himself out of the house. When below her apartment complex, he sees a body fall from the balcony, which is in Diana's home. He rushes to find Diana dead. 

Was this a suicide? Or a murder? Or was she driven to suicide?

Ben is paranoid, and very interesting. The plot is huge with a lot of subtales and characters woven in. Patterson as always kept me glued, every page is the reader's money's worth. Ben owns an online newspaper, and as is inherent to the nature of most journalists, he is inquisitive. To add to it, it's the death of his best friend which is at stake. So he begins his investigation, and what unfolds was not something he had the slightest inkling of. 

Dramatic, full of action and fast paced, Mistress has all the makings of an awesome thriller. The end did disappoint me a tad bit though.

Rating: ***.5/5

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

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