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When the wind blows by James Patterson

The Book:

Source for ‘The Book’ section : From Goodreads
Set against a sinister backdrop of genetic engineering and illegal scientific experimentation, When the Wind Blows dares readers to test their notions of human evolution and medical science. Frannie O’Neill is a caring young veterinarian living in the Colorado Rockies, trying to erase the memory of her beloved husband’s mysterious murder. It is not long before another neighbor suddenly dies, and FBI agent Kit Harrison arrives at Frannie’s doorstep. Kit is hell-bent on solving the heinous case despite resounding protests from the FBI and the thrashing of his own internal demons.

Kit secretly pursues the investigation, yet witnesses keep turning up dead. Then Frannie stumbles upon an astonishing discovery in the nearby woods, and their lives are altered in ways they could never have imagined. Simply knowing the secret of Max — the terrified 11-year-old girl with an amazing gift could mean death.

As more and more diabolical details are unearthed, the murderer’s bloody trail ultimately leads the trio to an underground lab network, known as “the School.” Here scientists conduct shockingly incomprehensible experiments involving children and genetic alteration.

But perhaps not so unfathomable: Doctors and medical researchers who have read Where the Wind Blows say the events described in this book could actually be a reality in the next 20 to 30 years. If not before.

The View:

I managed to read a James Patterson after what feels like forever. I really enjoy reading Patterson books as I find them 1. Entertaining and 2. Fast reads. “When the wind blows” had all the elements of a book anyone would enjoy – the plot was thick, fast paced and well-conceived; the characters were unique yet imaginable and the writing simple yet capable of keeping you glued to your seat.

When I started reading, I thought that the plot was a little too far-fetched with no ounce of reality in it. But as I kept reading through it I started seeing why and how this story came through. Most of the experiments made sense to me but they also made me cringe at the thought of something like this actually happening. When Frannie, Max and Kit enter the school and see the state of the labs and how specimens are in there, I almost felt like throwing up. I felt a deep sense of empathy for the mothers … The ending however made me smile and I really liked how things turned out for all of them (well, most of them)

The characters were lovable. I loved loved loved Max and there were times when I wanted to be her. When I was young I typically dreamt of getting up and flying.. Most of my dreams were so real that I actually felt light and weightless. As I grew older I no longer had my flying dreams and that really upset me. Max reminded me of my dreams and my childhood fantasies. Frannie and Kit make a great pair. The minute the characters got introduced I wanted them to have a relationship so I was terribly glad they did.

Overall I really enjoyed this book.. The short chapters, the catchy plot, the simple story-telling and the unique characters really entertained me and for that, I will give this a 4 on 5.



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