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Suzanne's Diary for Nichols
By James Patterson
Read by Becky Ann Baker

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Suzanne's Diary for Nichols
By James Patterson
Read by Becky Ann Baker
Time Warner AudioBooks, 2005
Unabridged recording on 4 CDs
ISBN: 1-59483-069-X
Genre: Fiction

Reviewed by Carmella Cruz April 20, 2005

Two words of caution before you pop this CD into the player - #1 make sure a box of tissue is handy and allow time to listen to the entire recording, because once you start you will have a difficult time stopping.

Suzanne's diary begins with the introduction of Katie Wilkerson. Katie is in love with Matt Harrison. She has found her perfect man, until he disappears, leaving her with a dairy and a note. The note asks that she read the diary, as it will explain why he had to leave. He knows that some parts of the diary may be difficult for her to read. However the diary will explain a lot about him and why he left. Katie learns that the diary was written by Matt's wife Suzanne for their son Nicholas. Throughout the diary, Katie is drawn into Suzanne's tragic world, and the extraordinary love that she shared with Matt. Katie has so many questions and she fears the answers that the diary may reveal, but she reads and you listen to her read and are drawn into the world of Suzanne, Matt, and Nicholas and the explination of why their family is no longer together, and the why Matt had to leave Katie. The past and the present are intertwined as Katie reads the diary, and the transition between past and present is seamless.

Although Mr. Patterson is best known for his thrillers, this foray into the world of love is hauntingly beautiful. He also reinforces, what we all know, that life is precious and family is the most precious thing in our lives. He conveys this with the story of the five balls. In this parable, life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends and integrity. Every day you keep them all in the air. Then you come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls are made of glass. When dropped, they will probably shatter. The theme of the five balls is peppered throughout the story.

The reader, Becky Ann Baker, conveys the emotion of the novel in an extraordinary manner. She takes you though this joyous and sometimes painful journey in a voice that conveys the emotion of the novel.

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