The Quickie
James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
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The Quickie
James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Grand Central Publishing
384 pages
April 2008
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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NYPD cop Lauren Stillwell leads a fairly ordinary life - until she sees her husband entering a hotel with a beautiful blonde. These few seconds set a string of events in motion that will keep readers digging for the truth until the conclusion of The Quickie, the most recent addition to the laundry list of bestselling James Patterson novels - and one that truly belongs there.

Once Lauren suspects her husband is being unfaithful, she finds herself struggling to assess her true feelings toward him and their marriage. She agonizes over her next steps, trying to determine whether her allegiance is to her husband or to the truth. Even if she decides her husband is her priority, she must decide just how much she is willing to risk to save him.

The same elements that infused each of Patterson’s other books are present here. Readers will find betrayal, lust, love, lies, more betrayal and, of course, some additional complications to keep the story moving forward. The events do come together; consistent with Patterson’s previous novels, readers will have to suspend some disbelief and refrain from seriously pondering the likelihood of all the pieces converging in such a neat conclusion. Yet for some reason, despite this inevitability and Patterson’s formulaic writing, The Quickie is still, just like his bestselling predecessors, a quick enjoyable read that compels fan to crave more.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Lori West, 2007

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