Best case: Survival
The son of one of New York's wealthiest families is snatched off the street and held hostage. His parents can't save him, because this kidnapper isn't demanding money. Instead, he quizzes his prisoner on the price others pay for his life of luxury. In this exam, wrong answers are fatal.
Worst case: Death
Detective Michael Bennett leads the investigation. With ten kids of his own, he can't begin to understand what could lead someone to target anyone's children. As another student disappears, another powerful family uses their leverage and connections to turn up the heat on the mayor, the press—anyone who will listen—to stop this killer. Their reach extends all the way to the FBI, which sends its top Abduction Specialist, Agent Emily Parker. Bennett's life—and love life—suddenly get even more complicated.
This case: Detective Michael Bennett is on it
Before Bennett has a chance to protest the FBI's intrusion on his case, the mastermind changes his routine. His plan leads up to the most devastating demonstration yet—one that could bring cataclysmic ruin to every inch of New York City. From the shocking first page to the last exhilarating scene, Worst Case is a nonstop thriller from "America's #1 storyteller" (Forbes).
This was a fast paced audiobook that kept me gripping the steering wheel for the most part, but still had a few parts that made me burst into laughter. This is the first book I have read (actually listened to) by Patterson and it was a very enjoyable experience. Although I don't usually read books that are from the 'thriller' genre I have been finding that I do enjoy the audioversions.
There is a maniac on the streets of New York City who is kidnapping children of wealthy families for what seems to be his own personal quest for economic justice. He asks his victims a series of questions that have to do with countries that have been attacked by disease or bad economics. Once the victim answers too many incorrect questions he or she is killed.
Detective Mike Bennett is assigned to this case and I have to say that I loved his character. Not only is he a successful detective for the NYPD, but he is also a loving and caring father of oodles of kids that he has at home. I loved getting a glimpse into Bennett's family life because helped me to see what a huge heart he really has.
Bennett gets a break in the case when one of the victims is set free after answering the series of questions correctly. Once they are able to get a description of the murderer/kidnapper, Bennett tries to piece together the motives of his actions before he has the opportunity to strike again.
If you enjoy action packed books with just a touch of romantic interest then I think you will enjoy this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the audioversion and will probably try to listen to the other books in the Bennett series...yes, there are more! The multiple narrators of this book included Bobby Cannavale, John Glover, and Orlagh Cassidy. Cannavale did a great job narrating as Bennett, while the voice of Glover as the villain was definitely unnerving.
My Rating: 5/5
Disclosure: I received this audiobook from Anna at Hachette in exchange for an honest review.
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On the outside, Nick O’Reilly has it all: a high-flying legal career, as a partner of an elite Wall Street law firm, and financial security, with an apartment overlooking Central Park. Having grown up in a working-class family, as far back as Nick can remember this was his dream. But at the age of thirty-six, after several years of sacrificing his personal life for professional gain, Nick has started to ponder his future and consider the mark he wants to leave on society both professionally and personally—his legacy.
After being chastised in the press for turning a cold shoulder to the community, the firm calls upon Nick to help rehabilitate its image by handling its first pro bono case. Nick is asked to represent Dawn Nelson, a domestic violence victim who is fighting for custody of her young son, Jordan. A far cry from Nick’s specialty of defending the misdeeds of Corporate America, it is up to Nick to set Dawn and Jordan on a path to a better life. But Nick gets much more than he signed on for, as Dawn forces him to reassess his life choices and, ultimately, be true to himself. Only when Nick finally realizes what is truly important in life does he face his toughest—and possibly final—challenge: a battle for his own survival.
Exploring the flaws of being human and the importance of controlling one’s own destiny, The Life O’Reilly reminds us of how precious life is and how quickly and tragically it can change. Written with great empathy, The Life O’Reilly is an emotional and unforgettable tale that will challenge one’s expectations of the modern love story.