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Honeymoon
By James Patterson and Howard Roughan
Read by Hope Davis and Campbell Scott

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Honeymoon
By James Patterson and Howard Roughan
Read by Hope Davis and Campbell Scott
Time Warner AudioBooks, (2005)
An Unabridged Recording on 5 Cassettes or 7 CDs
ISBN: 1-58621-726-7 (cassettes)
ISBN: 1-58621-727-5 (CDs)
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed by Simone Bonin - February 21, 2005

This is by far my favorite non-Alex Cross James Patterson novel - and also one the hardest to review! The problem with reviewing James Patterson and Howard Roughan's Honeymoon is that from the first sentence of the prologue, anything I say about the plot could be construed as a spoiler! What I can say without ruining the story is that Honeymoon has a complex plot that interweaves murder, bigamy, and a FBI investigation.

At the center of everything is Nora Sinclair. The men in her life have a disquieting habit of turning up dead. Is she the cause of their deaths, or just the commonality that ties the murders together? This is just the question that FBI agent John O'Hara is trying to answer. Yet, as O'Hara conducts his investigation, he begins to wonder if there might be a third reason that ties Nora to the murders - one that might be even more sinister and deadly than simple murder.

The audio edition of this story is read by Hope Davis and Campbell Scott, who take turns reading the female and male roles in the story. Their reading is intense and extremely realistic. In addition, this story starts out with a very graphic death scene that is so vivid it may upset some readers. It definitely upset me, yet the heart pounding excitement generated by the story kept me listening, drawing me deeper and deeper into this deliciously evil mystery. This scene is so well written, and read, that I almost jumped out of my seat when Scott narrates the death scene and the 'dying guy' cracks his back molar - which is the least of his troubles.

From beginning to end, this is a fast paced, nonstop thriller. It is also a very sensual story! Best of all, Honeymoon will have you guessing till the very end about just what Nora's real motives are. As well, you'll be delighted by the interplay between Nora and O'Hara as she tries to snare him within her deadly web. A must read both for Patterson fans, and anyone who loves a complex, murderous romp to wile away a few hours.


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