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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, Amazon.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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.
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This is one of his worst stories, almost as bad as the one with the ship captain who lives on a deserted island with 2 women in his life. Read morePublished 20 months ago by aslakeview
One of the fastest books I've ever read. Once I got started I couldn't put it down. This was such a nice, easy read. It was also a very touching book. Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2007 by Amazon Customer
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I thought this book was a joke. I truly believe if he is not an accomplished writer in mystery, this book will never be... Read more
My heart was breaking when I was nearing the ending of this story. I was unable to put the book down once I started to read. Read morePublished on Aug. 16 2005
OHMYGOSH! You will need the ENTIRE box of Kleenex for this one! It is a heartbreaking story, and even moreso when I found out it was based upon James Patterson's life!! Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2005 by Diane B
I actually owned this book for a while before I read it. I am a fan of Patterson's other books that are more murder/mystery and I had my doubts about this one. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by K
You might think he was a woman, the way this book is written. The characters are lovingly created and crafted here. Read morePublished on July 18 2004
This book was a quick read, and a good story. It had elements which reminded me of Spark's "The Notebook". Read morePublished on July 14 2004
I put off reading this book for a long time; why read a Patterson book if it wasn't a thriller?? Well, it is one of
the best books I have ever read!! Unrealistic? Hoaky? Read more