Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Book review: The Postcard Killers by James Patterson & Liza Marklund


***This review is of an adult novel***

My summary:
Jacob Kanon gets to visit some of the most well known cities in Europe, too bad he's not there as a tourist. Jacob's daughter, Kimmy, and her boyfriend was killed in Rome and Jacob is hunting his daughter's killer. After the murder of Kimmy bodies have turned up in Copenhagen, Paris, Frankfurt and now in Stocholm, Sweden. Swedish newspaper reporter, Dessie Larson, receives a postcard from the killers and soon after Jacob Kanon comes knocking on her door.

My thoughts:
This was my very first encounter with authors Patterson and Marklund and I thoroughly enjoyed reading their book. The Postcard Killers was quite the page-turner, sure it was a bit clich├ęd at times but I really don't mind that as long as the story is entertaining. This wasn't a whodunit kind of thriller, it's more of a howonearth will they prove these guys are guilty sort of a thriller.

The main character Jacob Kanon was a character any parent would sympathize with. I felt so sorry for the guy, it was just heart breaking. Dessie, the female main character, was likable and I loved how she slowly warmed up to Kanon. I mean who wouldn't be a bit reluctant to trust a unshaved, smelly man who claims to be an American cop in Sweden, who all of the sudden is in the hallway by your apartment?

The murderers, Sylvia and Mac Rudolph, are some seriously twisted characters. Would they actually get away with these horrible crimes?

The reader is actually educated in some of the contrasts between Sweden and the United States in The Postcard Killers. I found that to be rather interesting.

Listen to James Patterson talk about the project:

The cover:
I find it rather boring, not a cover I would have looked at twice in a store.

My rating of this book:
4 stars out of 5

Want to know more?
Add The Postcard Killers to your Goodreads wish list.


The Postcard Killers by James Patterson & Liza Marklund
Published: 2010
Pages(hardcover): 432
Publisher: Little, Brown And Company
ISBN: 9780316089517

Full disclosure: ARC received, for honest review, from Little, Brown And Company via NetGalley.

This book can be purchased from a number of local retailers and on-line book stores such as Amazon or The Book Depository (I'm not an affiliate of either). The latter store does by the way have free shipping to about 100 countries.

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  2. Sounds like an interesting collaboration between Pattersson and Marklund! I've read a few of Liza's books and quite enjoyed them.

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