Sunday 6 December 2020

The River Murders by James Patterson and James O Born

The River MurdersThe River Murders by James Patterson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - 2 days

Pages - 448

Publisher - Grand Central Publishing

Source - bought

Blurb from Goodreads

Sometimes figuring out the truth means going to the point of no return. For Mitchum, returning isn't something he concerns himself with.

HIDDEN: After being rejected from the Navy SEALs, Mitchum becomes his small town's unofficial private eye. But his investigation skills are put to the test when he must find his missing teenage cousin--and uncovers a government conspiracy in the process.

MALICIOUS: Mitchum is back. His brother's been charged with murder. Nathaniel swears he didn't kill anyone, but word on the street is that he was involved with the victim's wife. Now, Navy SEAL dropout Mitchum will break every rule to expose the truth--even if it destroys the people he loves.

My Review

This is a 3 in 1 - 3 individual stories with the same main character and some of the others pop up that had been in the first story. Mitchum is a drop out from the Navy SEALs - he didn't get past the final stages. Now he does PI jobs locally and has a paper round, he finds himself caught up in mutliple dramas, involving family and sets out to make things right.

Story 1 - Hidden - Mitchum's niece goes missing, he has to team up with people he would rather not and finds himself in a whole host of trouble.

Story 2 - Malicious - Mitchum's Brother is a suspect in a murder and Mitchum needs to move quickly to investigate but someone may not want Mitchum digging.

Story 3 - Malevolent - Someone is attacking those close to Mitchum, he needs to dig into his background and see who would have it in for him family before they strike again.

I went back and forth on this between 2.5 and 3 stars. Some bits I did like but other bits I couldn't get past. Like he is highly trained, a local PI but also does a paper round. In highly dangerous situations something has to happen or be witnessed before he "remembers" he has a gun on his waist. There was loads of things that stuck for me and drew me out of the story. I would never had put this down as a Patterson book, I don't recognise him anywhere in it apart from the small chapters. I think some folk will really enjoy it, I just couldn't get past the bits that annoyed me. It has a decent pace and there is always something happening to keep you interested.

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