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You’ve been warned by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

You've been warned

The Book:

Kristin Burns is an aspiring photographer who has a real job as a nanny to the rich Turnbull’s – a family consisting of two adorable and lovable children Dakota and Sean, an extremely self-obsessed mother Penley and a very handsome hedge fund company owner Michael. While awaiting an approval from the gallery for the portfolio submitted Kristin is busy having an affair with Michael and shooting pictures of everything she can.

The story begins with Kristin waking up screaming everyday to recurring nightmares of four dead bodies in gurneys being carried out from a hotel. She adopts her principle of “Don’t think, just shoot”. When the fotos are developed she notices that they appear transparent and have an almost ghostly appearance to them. Her nightmares seep into her daily life and she gets to see her dead father and a friend from her earlier days.

Are these just dreams or a figment of reality? Is Kristin just insane and who were the four dead people she constantly sees in her scary dreams?

The View:

This story is a complete diversion from a typical James Patterson. Chances are that you would either love the difference or hate it altogether. While I pride myself as someone who is always looking for change, it may not be the case when it comes to my favorite authors.

As always, the chapters are short and crisp and always end leaving you wanting to know more. It is definitely a short read and you can get through the whole book in a single reading. Obviously it helps even more that the story is extremely confusing and you just want to figure out if Kristin is insane or if there was a supernatural element to the story and her dreams.

This is a neat try by the authors to move out from the normal suspense thrillers but I think the story is far from being entertaining. Because the characters were loose and unimpressive and the story a futile attempt I would only give it a 2 on 5.
That said I look forward to more such diversified stories from the authors.


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