Worst Case by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

Detective Michael Bennett already has his hands full, being a single dad with ten kids, when wealthy teenagers start to go missing throughout New York City. Detective Bennett, along with FBI agent Emily Parker, are put in charge of the task force to find the kidnapper and attempt to bring the teenagers to safety. The kidnapper, Francis X. Mooney, believes that by his actions he is serving a greater cause and leads the two cops on a wild goose chase throughout New York City.

Worst Case was my first James Patterson book. While many have raved about his works before, I have not been able to bring myself to pick up one of his books. When having trouble finding something to read, I tend to check out the New York Times best seller list and his new book happened to be at the top of the list. That being said, I decided to give James Patterson a try. Overall I thought that Worse Case was a decent mystery. I was not on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading the book but there were enough twists and turns throughout the novel to make me want to finish. I enjoyed how Patterson and Ledwidge used third person narrative while also showing the individual perspectives of the characters throughout. It was very interesting to be able to see into the mind of the kidnapper and then be able to go right back into the minds of the two cops working to find him. I don’t think that Worst Case has made me a true James Patterson fan, but I do have to say that it was worth reading.

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