Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Review: Never Never by James Patterson, Candice Fox

Thriller, Suspense



Release Date:
August 25, 2016

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Sydney police department sex crimes detective Harriet Blue is called into her boss’s office, she never imagined it would be to tell her that her brother is the prime suspect in the brutal murders of three women.
Shocked and in denial, Harry is transferred to Perth to avoid the media exposure this case will attract. Harry is sent into the outback – the never never – to investigate the disappearance of mine worker Danny Carter. The mining town is a seedy place, full of money and immoral ways to spend it. As Harry delves deeper into the murky lives of these miners, she finds that Danny isn’t the first to go missing.

My Review

I haven’t read a James Patterson book in years. For a long time I read his books as soon as they were released. When I saw this book is the beginning of a new series featuring Detective Harriet Blue, I wanted to get in on it from the start. I loved Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club and thought this might be similar. It’s not as good, but it’s still an interesting book.

This is true edge-of-your-seat reading. You can’t take a breath and relax with this one. I couldn’t put this book down, but it still wasn’t a favorite of mine. I really couldn’t warm up to the main character, Harriet Blue. Sometimes that happens with first books though. You have to get to know the characters a bit more before you can really like them.

The book does keep you guessing. Towards the end you realize what is going on and you fear for the characters. There, also, is a continuing storyline involving Harry’s brother. So, it’s two storylines in one – the main storyline which is completed in this book, then the storyline with Harry’s brother which I guess will be continued through the series. I’m interested in learning more about that one.

A side note: There is violence, so if that’s not your thing, you probably shouldn’t read this.

For reading challenges:
Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2017
Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge 2017

I borrowed this one from the library. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I have never read Patterson, maybe one day

  2. I haven't read his books in a long while either. I used to enjoy the Alex Cross books...and loved the Women's Murder Club. They even had a TV series based on those books.

    This one sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I used to read his books as soon as they came out, but haven't read one in years. This sounds good.

  4. I don't know if I'v ever read Patterson... This sounds like a great start.

  5. I haven't read Patterson in years though I used to love his Alex Cross series. This does sound interesting and I like the sound of a new detective even if you didn't warm to her immediately!

  6. I need to put this one on my list, I like some of Patterson's books.

  7. Yvonne, I appreciate your honest review of this book. We have some Patterson books in our shelves.


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