Title: Fifty Fifty
Authors: James Patterson and Candice Fox
Genre: detective, mystery, thriller
Is this part of a series? Yes, book two of the Detective Harriet Blue books. (Read the other book and the bookshot first).
Published: February 19th, 2018
Sam Blue is standing trial for the murder of three young women. Harriet knows Sam could never have done this…. but she’s the only one. An altercation gets her banned from the trial and sent out to Last Chance Valley to investigate a possible planned attack on the populace of 75.
On her first day a homemade bomb kills the retired sheriff. With the help of the only cop in Last Chance Valley and a terrorist agent, she must find out who is behind all this before anyone else is hurt and the only clue is a diary found in an abandoned backpack.
While she is out there, her friend and partner Whitt is trying to keep tabs on the trial and keep Sam safe behind bars. When he is attacked outside the courthouse one day, help comes in the form of Tox- a detective that has worked with Harriet in the past. The two could not be more different…. but it may just be that together they can find the evidence needed to protect Sam for Harry’s sake.
I have to say that this is not my favorite series from Patterson. It is near the bottom of the list, in fact. I keep reading because I keep hoping it will find it’s stride and get better, like the RED series did. Sadly the way this book finished, this could be the last book for Harry’s series. It would be a terrible wrap-up with far too many open ends…. but it’s happened in the past and I can’t find any chatter about another book.
I have mixed feelings about this book. It is by far the best written of the series, but certain things were still far too predictable. (Harry blows up and gets in trouble with her captain- gets shipped out to Middle of Nowhere, Australia…. yeah, that happened in a previous book for this series. Bear in mind there are only two books and a novella here.) Whitt, a character I was beginning to like, is given more of a casual role here and instead of getting to know him better as a character a lot of time is spent on his observations on Tox. Tox is an interesting character too, and I love him for his loyalty to Harry…. but I prefer Whitt and was a bit saddened by his role here. Harry is also a dilemma for me. I need character growth- I want to watch them grow, root for them. Harry hasn’t had too much of that since I first met her. She did have an aha moment near the end of the stay in Last Chance Valley where I felt like maybe there was hope; but the way the book ended it could go either way and, as I said before, there is no talk of another book.
All of that aside, I did enjoy getting to know the villain of this piece, and the fact that the current victim was given a voice as well. The book was fast paced and definitely action packed. I liked the nods to the previous books and characters, and the moments where Harry showed her more caring side. She is a protector, fierce and loyal. I can get behind that… I just don’t always want her bashing heads and fighting her way through trouble. For me, this is a three and a half star book. If there is more I will read it, if only for closure.
On the adult content scale, there is a lot of violence, cursing, and the occasional racial remarks. Emphasis on violence. There is also talk of child abuse of a sexual nature. this could be a trigger. I give it an eight.
The book is out now. Have you read it?
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