Publisher: Warner Books
Publishing Date: 1996
It was the trial that electrified the world. Not only because of the defendant, Maggie Bradford, the woman whose songs captivated the world's heart. Not only because of the victim, Will Shepard, the world's most glamorous athlete. But also because everyone said Maggie had murdered not just one husband, but two. And because in Maggie's world - the world she feared and despised but could not escape, the world of the powerful, the rich, and the ruthless - both death and life could never be what they seemed.
The story in this book wasn't told how James Patterson normally seems to write. I immediately felt like it was different from many of his others that I have read, but not in a bad way. The book starts off with two murders, but those two aren't the main story. Maggie Bradford is a very sympathetic and lovable character. I didn't want to like her at first because I came into the story with the thought that she was a cold-blooded murderer. But things are never as they first appear. Maggie was a strong character and has not had the best life, but she still goes on with a good attitude and raises her children as best she can. On the other hand, wanted to like Will Shepard from the beginning because I knew he was portrayed as the victim in the synopsis. When the story starts, and he is a young boy, I did like him. However, as he aged and the story progressed, I didn't like him at all.
I really love James Patterson's writing style, his short chapters, and his creative imagination. This was a very fast-paced book and I finished it in two days. I always begin reading Patterson's books with high expectations and this one delivered! It was easy to read, a great story, and had so many twists and turns that I didn't know what was going to happen at the end! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys read a mystery/thriller! :)