Short. Fast-paced. High impact entertainment. The description of the book, or the BookShots series of James Patterson quite appealed to me. A short thriller is always interesting if done well.
In this book, The Witnesses, the readers follow the story of the Sanderson family… Lance, Teresa and their two children Sam and Sandy. To their new neighbors, something seems to be amiss, enough to suspect even terrorism. But as the story moves to the next chapters, the readers come to know that the family is under witness protection. What one of them has seen puts the family in danger. Jason, in-charge of their protection, has a guilty look according to Teresa. The strict rules for their security begin to agitate the family. What is that danger which that the family can’t be briefed about?
The story lives up to the billing, mostly. It’s definitely short. I finished it in about 3 hours. It’s definitely fast-paced, which helped to finish it quickly. It is entertaining, though I wouldn’t call it high impact perhaps. The story flows from one chapter to another easily. Details about the family’s situation, what had happened etc. are slowly revealed as the story progresses. The main characters slowly develop too. The secondary characters, like Teresa’s cousin, don’t make much of an impact, but do add to the anxiety of a reader. The twist to the tale towards the end was nice, but I anticipated that, so the reveal didn’t wow me much.
Definitely worth the read, and can be re-read too, I feel. This book will be good company for a journey. I look forward to trying out some of the other books in this Bookshots series.
|Title: The Witnesses|
& Brendan DuBois
(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
28th December 2016)