Audio Book Review | The Postcard Killers
Author: James Patterson
As I know I have mentioned in the past, I am a huge fan of James Patterson! I’ve been reading his books for years and I’ve always enjoyed his novels as a form of escape literature. Though it is life-changing work, I’ve always enjoyed them because they are entertaining books.
Recently, I had the chance to listen to the audio version of The Postcard Killers by James Patterson and Liza Marklund. I’ve never heard of Liz Marklund but the voice I hear resonating throughout the book is definitely that of James Patterson.
The novel centres on a pair of serial killers (which reminded me of the movie Natural Born Killers as it was just as dark and gruesome). This couple travels around Europe, meeting other couples on holiday, violently killing them and then posing their bodies. The couple then sends postcards to media outlets in that country. The couple has traveled through many countries and their experiences in Sweden dominate the book.
Jacob Kanon, a NYC detective, is following the killers and trying to track them down. Kanon has a personal reason for tracking these killers – one of their victims was his daughter. In Sweden, Kanon finds himself teaming up with Dessie Larsson, a reporter who has received a postcard from the murderious duo.
There were both positive and negative elements of this book. I enjoyed the use of three narrators throughout the audiobook because it made the book more interesting to listen to. I also liked the fact that there were both male and female narrators of the audiobook because it also added to my enjoyment in listening to it. While I enjoyed the narrators, I felt the book itself was missing something. Some of the dialogue was quite repetitive and the characters were two-dimensional. While I’ve never found gruesome details to be difficult, there was something particularly macabre about these murders that was somewhat off-putting, though I couldn’t put my finger on what it was.
Overall, I enjoyed the audiobook a bit but I was disappointed. I didn’t think it lived up to Patterson’s usual standards. I’m not sure if it was his choice of co-author or the subject choice, but I’m hoping it is an anomaly in Patterson’s books because I am still a loyal fan!
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*