This week the New York Times Combined Print and E-Book Fiction list and USA Today’s Best-Selling Books list are topped by Second Honeymoon by James Patterson and Howard Roughan, which debuted at the top of those lists. Alas, it is not available in the UW system, although your local public library may have it…look for it in the Whitewater public library’s shared TRIO catalog, Janesville public library catalog (select Hedberg Public Library from the menu before you run your search), Madison public library catalog, Milwaukee public library catalog, or the catalog of whichever Wisconsin public library you use. It may already be checked out by someone else, so be sure to get on your public library’s waiting list (if possible) to be notified when it becomes available.
What is the book about? According to Patterson’s website, in Second Honeymoon “it becomes clear that someone is targeting honeymooners, and it’s anyone’s guess which happy couple is next on the list. FBI Agent John O’Hara is deep into solving the case, while Special Agent Sarah Brubaker is hunting another ingenious serial killer, whose victims all have one chilling thing in common. As wedding hysteria rises to a frightening new level, John and Sarah work ever more closely together in a frantic attempt to decipher the logic behind two rampages.” The Patterson site also has excerpts of the novel to whet your reading appetite. And, if you don’t mind jumping ahead a bit, Google Books has very brief excerpts of the first 16 chapters!
Second Honeymoon is the sequel to Honeymoon (2005). There are many copies of that in the UW system, if you’d like to read it while you wait for Second Honeymoon to come in. Just look it up in UW Request through Research@UWW and ask for it to be sent to Andersen Library using the “Get It” link. This is what Patterson’s website has to say about Honeymoon: “When FBI agent John O’Hara first sees [Nora Sinclair], she seems perfect. She has the looks. The career. The clothes. The wit. The sophistication. The tantalizing sex appeal. The whole extraordinary package – and men fall in line to court her. She doesn’t just attract men, she enthralls them. If you dare. So why is the FBI so interested in Nora Sinclair? Mysterious things keep happening to people around her, especially the men. And there is something dangerous about Nora when Agent O’Hara looks closer – something that lures him at the same time that it fills him with fear. Is there something dark hidden among the unexplained gaps in her past? And as he spends more and more time getting to know her, is he pursuing justice? Or his own fatal obsession?”
There are quite a few reader reviews out there, but professional reviews of Second Honeymoon are scarce at the moment. Reviews of books, both by professionals and general readers, can be found by searching Google, Bing, and other browsers using searches such as:
“second honeymoon” “james patterson” review
At this moment, however, for this particular book, webpages with reviews listed towards the top of the results list have only reader reviews, so if you want to see whether or not a particular publication, website, or reviewer has covered it, it would be more efficient to add that information to your search. Another place to check for reviews is the Academic Search Complete database. In there try searches such as:
“second honeymoon” and “james patterson” and review*
If you’ve read or want to read Second Honeymoon we’d love to hear from you! Just drop us a comment below.
If you’re wondering what new books the Andersen Library does have, check out the next blog entry, What New Books Does the Library Have?