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Kill Me If You Can by James Patterson & Marshall Karp

The Book:

Matthew Bannon is a struggling artist who is deeply in love with his art professor. Luck smiles at him when he finds a bag with diamonds in it in Grand Central Terminal in NYC in the middle of a chaotic situation. Only later he realizes that the diamonds actually belong to the Russians and they would do anything to get back what is theirs.

Two deadly contract killers have been hired to put an end to Matthew and get the diamonds back. Matthew meanwhile is taking his girlfriend on a romantic tour to Paris but is spotted. He runs from there to Venice and decides to go to Amsterdam to sell the diamonds.

Will his girlfriend and love of his life stick with him after knowing the truth about him? Is he really just the struggling artist or has he got something to hide? Will he survive the contract killers and the Russians??

The View:

James Patterson has definitely done a better job with ‘Kill me if you can’. The plot is interesting though slightly flawed in a few places, extremely fast-moving with some believable and realistic characters to complete it.

I was anticipating a lot of twists and turns but was definitely not prepared when the ‘Ghost’ was revealed.The story took a new direction and continued to keep its pace. Matthew’s father’s role though limited was vital in adding a depth to his character and I loved the short, yet knowledgeable phone calls they had. The incest relationship did not work well with me and I felt it could have been avoided. I cringed every time it was mentioned knowing for sure that it did not add any value to the book/plot by its presence.

‘Kill Me if you can’ is a book you can finish in a day. The short chapters, the interesting plot and the mind-blowing twists only help you get through it faster. Rated a 4 on 5 and is definitely a recommended read.



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