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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (April 19 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446795968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446795968
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.3 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 678 customer reviews
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Renowned suspense writer and Edgar Award winner James Patterson, author of such bestsellers-turned- blockbuster-films as Along Came a Spider and as Kiss the Girls, exposes his sensitive side in his new novel, Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas. Katie Wilkinson's boyfriend Matt dumps her but to show he's not a total cad, he leaves her a gift, a diary kept by Suzanne, his first wife, for their son Nicholas. Though it's not exactly the diamond ring Katie was hoping for, she's unable to make herself destroy the diary-- against her better judgment, Katie begins to read.

Drawn against her will into the other woman's world, Katie learns of doctor Suzanne's heart attack at age 35 and her decision to slow down, accomplished by a move to Martha's Vineyard and a new job as a simple country doctor. When love comes knocking, in the form of housepainter-cum-poet Matt Harrison, Suzanne is ready to listen to her newly repaired heart. Though painful for Katie, she begins to know and like Suzanne and her infant son Nicholas. Suzanne's devotion to Matt and their son shines through, as well as her plainspoken wisdom. While the journal helps Katie understand Matt, whether they can write a future together remains in question. --Alison Trinkle, --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Say what? A women's weepy from the megaselling author of the hard-boiled Alex Cross mysteries? Yes, and it's not the stretch some might imagine. Patterson has demonstrated his flair for female POV and characters in the stand-alone When the Wind Blows and in his current bestseller, 1st to Die and Cross himself has his gooey side. So how good is the novel? Good enough to lightly pluck the heartstrings and to impress with its craft and its calculation. As usual, Patterson mixes first- and third-person narration. Katie Wilkinson is a Manhattan book editor who's been inexplicably left by her lover and star author, a Martha's Vineyard poet named Matt. After he splits, Matt mails Katie the diary kept by his wife, Suzanne, for their young son. Katie reads it (the novel's extensive first-person passages) and reacts to it (briefer third-person interludes). The diary details how physician Suzanne, recovering from a heart attack at age 35, forsakes the rat race, moves to Martha's Vineyard and finds bliss with Matt, a housepainter who reads Moby-Dick and writes strong poems, and with their newborn son, Nicholas. The novel sloshes with sentiment (some of it quite icky) and simple spiritual truths, while acknowledging the reality of pain and loss: rose bushes galore, with thorns. Patterson sustains suspense through clever plotting and by Katie's wondering about the fate of Suzanne and Nicholas; what's finally revealed pushes her, and the novel, to a bittersweet conclusion. Patterson is one smart author (here, he dazzles with his use of refrains, stories-within-stories and romance novel tropes); this jump into another genre won't hurt his reputation as a master of popular lit. (July)Forecast: A lovely dust jacket featuring a title in violet script trumpets this as a love story. Will Patterson's fans buy it? Some mostly women yes. And a 12-city author tour and major print and TV publicity will draw in enough new fans, most of them also women, to float the title onto bestseller lists though not at Alex Cross numbers.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Paperback
I had to write because after reading some of the negative reviews, the main complaints seemed to be the name dropping, and the unrealistic, "cheesy" quality of writing in Suzanne's diary for Nicholas. Well this is supposed to be a diary, folks. James Patterson wanted us to believe that Suzanne was a real woman, not an author, therefore some of the entries included specific reference to her favorite things, Matt's favorite things, etc. Also, I have a baby book written for me by my mother, and what my mom wrote about me 28 years ago sounds very similar to the way Suzanne was writing about Nicholas. A new mother (like myself) thinks her baby is the most amazing, wonderful thing in the world, so of course she is over the moon about her little man, especially considering that she had heart issues, and her healthy pregnancy and baby were a Godsend.
That all said, the book was a super-emotional read, and if you don't like that kind of thing, stay away. If you do, then this book was amazing. It's been 24 hours since I finished it, and I'm still thinking of it - the mark of a good book, in my opinion!
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I was totally blown away by this read and this author. I've read plenty of Mr. Patterson's works (1st to Die, Kiss The Girls...) so I knew that he was capable of penning a story that would draw me in and not let go until the final page. What I was not prepared for was this story that highlighted the fact that Mr. Patterson is a multifaceted author that was totally capable of penning a story from a women's POV and actually doing this with a certain degree of believability. Yes, this is a story that will pull on your emotions. I feel that it's a discredit to call this "clap trap drivel" and warn the reader that yes; you may just tear up during the course of your reading. I feel that this is another point in Mr. Patterson's favor though. In less then 300 pages he makes you feel connected to the characters and although you know it's not going to be a totally happy ending you will still feel compelled to continue reading. I feel that it's a statement to an author's talent if you can feel connected to a character and all the good and bad things that this might entail. To be able to touch a reader through the written word is not as easy as some would think.
This is a story that is written in the form of a diary from a woman named Suzanne to her son Nicholas. Matt gives this diary to Katie a woman that he has fallen in love with but is unable to commit to. He hopes that this diary will help explain the way he is and why he had to leave her. In this diary Suzanne tells of how she met Nicholas' dad Matt and how their love grew over time and the various obstacles that stood in their way. Eventually though Suzanne's health condition makes itself known and you realize that this happy ever after love is really living on borrowed time.
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I honestly cannot believe that anyone could remotely like this book. It was poorly written, sappy, predictable, and downright boring. The sickeningly sweet love letters to baby Nicholas made me want to vomit. The writing was so poor that I could not believe that any editor in the world would allow this book to be published. The first paragraph of the book was horrid, and it went all downhill from there. After a while I wondered if this was a bizarre joke by the author to see what kind of really bad writing he could get away with publishing. After reading for a while, you realize that every page is the same sickening garbage repeating itself. I am a well-read mother of four. This book is an insult to anyone's intelligence, and the author's vain attempts to pull on my heartstrings were completely wasted. Don't waste your time on this book, it is truly worthy of the trash bin. Do you really want to read 266 pages of this: "Nick, you little scamp, Every moment with you fills me with such incredible wonder and have good taste-for a guy. You love to look at pretty things- trees, the ocean, light sources, of course. You also like to tickle the ivories on our piano, which is so cute...anyway, you are such a joy. I treasure and hold close to my heart every giggle, every laugh, every needy cry". Gag me.
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By A Customer on Feb. 29 2004
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There's been enough of the story itself written in all the other reviews (637 as I type this). So instead of the plot, I'm going to instead talk about my reaction to this story.
My introduction to JP was the page-a-minute "1st to Die." So when I heard he had written a romance, my reaction was something like, "James Patterson doing romance? What's next, a gardening book from Tom Clancy?" It just seemed so un-Pattersonesque that I was worried the book would be a disaster. Nevertheless, one of my co-workers absolutely BEGGED me to pick this up, so I took her at her word.
You know something? I needn't have worried, and my co-worker has impeccable taste.
Maybe I'm just overly sensitive, but this thing had me bawling in at least a dozen places. And about half of those times, I had to physically put the book down. I was literally crying so hard I could not keep reading. When I got to the end of the diary, I must have cried for something like ten minutes. It was just that touching. If you're overly sensitive, you might need a family-size box of Kleenex to get through this.
But don't let me give you the impression that this is all and entirely sap. It's not. There's plenty of stuff to make you laugh, a bunch of warm fuzzies, and a couple of places where some quiet life lessons are oh-so-gently taught. There are also a couple of places where the pages do go by in a hurry: Mr. Patterson has brought some of his thriller sensibilities to the story, and the plot never drags as a result.
I wouldn't call this a sad book on balance. It's ultimately a thoughtful, engaging, gentle, and uplifting tale for those who've loved, lost, and had the courage to love again. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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