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The Quickie


A stand-alone suspense novel, The Quickie, is co-written by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.

Lauren's whole world shatters when she sees her husband, her best friend, with another woman. Instead of being honest about it, her horror leads her to "innocently" question her husband. He lies.

This makes it all too easy to succumb to the charm of a handsome, longtime admiring coworker. Before she knows it, she's made things even. But when her newfound lover slips out to get some ingredients to cook for her, Lauren witnesses a crime.

In an instant, what had started out as a heartbroken, accidental night becomes a race to make sense of what she's seen. The lies begin to pile up as she tries desperately to save her marriage, hear astounding information about the man she spent the night with without betraying her shock, and somehow not risk everything she lives for in the meantime.

The Quickie didn't convince me in the first few pages, I'll admit. I can be hot and cold with James Patterson. I loved the first two Maximum Ride books (didn't adore the third, haven't gotten to the next ones) but wasn't real thrilled with Hide & Seek.

However, after a few pages (okay, more like 25) I couldn't help but get caught up with it. The action springs up on you fast and you can't help but get tangled up (in a good way) in the web of lies. The suspense successfully makes everyone a suspect, yet leaves everybody seemingly innocent.

Though Lauren came across as stale and unconvincing in her profession at first, I came to feel for her and worried about her choices.

The Quickie did it's job well - I was turning pages swiftly and was very interested in finding out how it'd all turn out.

Would I put it high on my list of "Must Read Again ASAP"? No, not really. But it was fun and entertaining - definitely an enjoyable and fast-paced read for those of you are looking for one of those (and from time to time, aren't we all?).

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