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Finally a James Patterson book I love? – Unsolved {Book Review}

It’s been quiet around these parts, as I enjoy a bit of a blog break. The blog has been go go go for about a year since my last mini-break, so I thought it was time for another one. I miss blogging and writing, but my mojo is so low at the moment. Reading though, keeps me going! While my makeup collects dust, my books certainly have not! I’ve been reading up a storm and really enjoying it. I’m very excited to share some reviews with you! I have not been overly enthusiastic about some of James Patterson’s books, and in the last month I read an amazing one, and also a really crap one. In today’s post, I’m sharing my thoughts on Unsolved…amazing or crap? Read on to find out!

What is Unsolved about?

FBI analyst Emmy Dockery’s unique ability to uncover the patterns that others miss has brought her an impressive string of arrests. But a new case – unfolding across the country – has left her looking for something which may not exist.

The victims all appear to have died by accident, and seemingly have nothing in common. But this many deaths can’t be a coincidence. Can they?

Emmy’s instincts tell her this is the work of a terrifyingly intelligent serial killer – and she’s determined to prove it. When her obsession with the crimes raises flags within the FBI, she’s in danger of becoming a suspect herself.

But someone else is watching Dockery. Studying, learning, waiting. Until it’s the perfect time to strike.

My thoughts

Before we get into this, note that Unsolved is the 2nd book in the ‘Invisible’ series. I have not read the the first book, but you can 100% read this book as a standalone. Okay, back to business…..

This book guys!! Finally….. I’ve been waiting for the day where I really really enjoy a book by James Patterson, and it appears ‘Unsolved’ has solved that problem. he he

The books starts off immediately with intrigue and trickery, where I actually had to reread the 1st chapter, to make sure I wasn’t dumb and had misread. It was just so cleverly written, and just off the bat, that impressed me. This book was thick (468 pages), and a slow burn, but the story is so well told, and just keeps moving. You really never feel like you’re reading a long, thick book.

The characters

I liked Emmy’s character. Even though I missed the first book, I learnt enough in this book to still get to know her. She is a heroine of sorts, but she isn’t one of those must-be-strong-alone sort of characters. Emmy is damaged, but still brave…not obnoxiously brave though…like a certain Harriet Blue. She’s got a team, a good man and people to rely on. I always feel for those characters who are fighting alone, with nobody looking for them.

Books’ character (Emmy’s love interest) is also endearing…he’s a good, solid guy, and despite the position he is in, he’s making the best of it and using it to his advantage. Hopefully.

As with all James’ bad guys (or gals), they’re always sinister, and always a bit of a know it all. That hasn’t changed, but I feel like this villain executed their role much better.

The storyline

There were quite a few stories going on here, a few different mysteries to solve, but they all worked well together. At one stage I was like…I can’t believe whodunnit! Then there was another suspect…. Back to the trickery! Tsk tsk James and David!

Final Thoughts

I highly recommend Unsolved! It was really just such a good, well paced crime/psychological thriller.


Unsolved has an average of 4.3 stars on Goodreads and this is a damn good rating. I myself, am giving this a 4.5 star rating.  This crime/psychological thriller retails for around R339 and is available at all leading book retailers.

What do you think….will you be picking it up? Also, make sure you’re following my dedicated book Facebook and Instagram pages 😉

Disclaimer: I received this book from Penguin Random House SA, but all opinions are my own. 

I’m Simone, a mom of 3, a wife...obsessed with my family, makeup and books!

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