The House Next Door THE WORLD S BESTSELLING WRITER pulse pounding thrillers in book The House Next Door with Susan DiLallo Married mother of three Laura Sherman was thrilled when her new neighbor invited her on som

  • Title: The House Next Door
  • Author: James Patterson
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  • THE WORLD S 1 BESTSELLING WRITER 3 pulse pounding thrillers in 1 book The House Next Door with Susan DiLallo Married mother of three Laura Sherman was thrilled when her new neighbor invited her on some errands But a few quick tasks became a long lunch and now things could go too far with a man who isn t what he seems.The Killer s Wife with Max DiLallo Four gi THE WORLD S 1 BESTSELLING WRITER 3 pulse pounding thrillers in 1 book The House Next Door with Susan DiLallo Married mother of three Laura Sherman was thrilled when her new neighbor invited her on some errands But a few quick tasks became a long lunch and now things could go too far with a man who isn t what he seems.The Killer s Wife with Max DiLallo Four girls have gone missing Detective McGrath knows the only way to find them is to get close to the suspect s wifemaybe too closeWe Are Not Alone with Tim Arnold The first message from space It will change the world It s first contact Undeniable proof of alien life Disgraced Air Force scientist Robert Barnett found it Now he s the target of a desperate nationwide manhunt and Earth s future hangs in the balance.The House Next Door with Susan DiLallo Married mother of three Laura Sherman was thrilled when her new neighbor invited her on some errands But a few quick tasks became a long lunch and now things could go too far with a man who isn t what he seems.The Killer s Wife with Max DiLallo Four girls have gone missing Detective McGrath knows the only way to find them is to get close to the suspect s wifemaybe too closeWe Are Not Alone with Tim Arnold The first message from space It will change the world It s first contact Undeniable proof of alien life Disgraced Air Force scientist Robert Barnett found it Now he s the target of a desperate nationwide manhunt and Earth s future hangs in the balance Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition Published January 8th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing More Details ASIN B07DN89MFT Other Editions 16 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The House Next Door, please sign up Popular Answered Questions This question contains spoilers view spoiler In the eleventh chapter of the third novella, it says that the crew of Epsilon intend to harness the power of Earth s gravity to slingshot their aircraft deeper into space than they could otherwise travel So I thought the story was carrying two timelines parallelly But actually, the commander and her team are from a different world heading towards Earth to destroy it Is this an error or did I miss something hide spoiler like 12 days ago Add your answer Dawn This answer contains spoilers view spoiler I am so glad you asked this question because I was confused by this as well Fairly early on in the story, I thought that it might be going in the I am so glad you asked this question because I was confused by this as well Fairly early on in the story, I thought that it might be going in the EXACT direction that it did but then that line popped up and so I disregarded my initial instinct of a twist ending Also I have this itching feeling that I ve heard this story before, hence why I had the instinct so quickly that it was going to go in the direction that it did I m thinking perhaps as part of a Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Tales from the Darkside or something of that sort less hide spoiler flag See 1 question about The House Next Door Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 29, 2019 Matt rated it really liked it I have long enjoyed the venture James Patterson undertook, writing short stories with collaborators and calling them BookShots While some are released as individual publications, Patterson will, at times, combine a few together, as he has done here Working with Susan DiLallo, Max DiLallo, and Tom Arnold, Patterson has created three pieces that will force the reader to think as they discover the wonders of short pieces and how they can be just as effective as full length novels From a mysterio I have long enjoyed the venture James Patterson undertook, writing short stories with collaborators and calling them BookShots While some are released as individual publications, Patterson will, at times, combine a few together, as he has done here Working with Susan DiLallo, Max DiLallo, and Tom Arnold, Patterson has created three pieces that will force the reader to think as they discover the wonders of short pieces and how they can be just as effective as full length novels From a mysterious next door neighbour to the distraught wife of a serial killer, and even communication with life outside of Earth s atmosphere, Patterson and his collaborators provide much needed entertainment in this busy world of reading.The House Next Door with Susan DiLallo Laura Sherman lives a less than exciting life, though she has agreed to at least some of the sacrifices it takes to run a household Her mundane housewife life is interrupted when a man and his son move into the house next door Vince reaches out by asking that Laura help by driving young Vinny to his soccer practices on a weekly basis From there, the connection between Laura and Vince grows at an alarming rate Laura cannot believe that Vince is the man she has long wished her husband, Ned, could be However, there is something off about Vince and Laura cannot seem to put a finger on it When things begin going horribly wrong, Laura begins to wonder if she could be the root of all the problems.The Killer s Wife with Max DiLallo Detective Andrew McGrath works in the small community of San Luis Obispo, normally quite the bucolic town However, the disappearance of four teenage girls has rocked the community and left everyone feeling panicked There is a suspect, local high school vice principal Michael Pierson, though McGrath cannot act without some concrete evidence When McGrath and his partner find Pierson luring another teenage girl into his car and catch him as the girl s drugged body is being dumped, they are sure this is the break they need Working some background, McGrath connects with Pierson s wife, Ellen She is adamant that her husband must be innocent, though McGrath is working the angle, hoping to uncover irrefutable evidence that will ensure this serial killer is put away McGrath and Ellen soon develop a protective relationship, as she shields her from the press It is only then that things take a turn and McGrath is able to understand a little about what is going on, and how they will solve this case.We Are Not Alone with Tom Arnold Dr Robert Barnett may be a washed up astrophysicist, but he thinks that he s stumbled onto something Using some of his own personal technology, Barnett feels that he has recorded communications from out in space, thus proving not only that there is life amongst the stars, but that these beings wish to communicate with Earth Little does he know, but Barnett may have stumbled upon something with National Security ramifications and he s now being sought for questioning Dodging officials at every turn, Barnett must ensure these recorded communications are made public, while government officials seek to detain him and obtain the recordings for themselves, citing a larger security situation Meanwhile, someone is on a mission of their own, which could drastically change the dynamics of things in the blink of an eye.As with many of Patterson s short stories, they can be strong in their delivery or fall miserably flat The collaborators in this case have helped buoy the stories and created strong pieces that will pull the readers in from the beginning Both DiLallo pieces pose prologues that offer flash forward reveals, though it is how the story arrives there that makes all the differences Arnold s piece fell flat for me, which can happen sometimes, even when riding a reading high Call it a disinterest in space stories or the general lack of thrills, but I was left speeding my way through it, promising myself that I would read and review the collection With characters who develop across the quick paced narratives, these stories leave little time for character development, though there is a strong theme of connection between those who grace the pages Patterson s overarching theme in this collection would have to be deception, something that finds its way through each of the pieces and leaves the reader wondering what waits around each corner Wonderfully crafted and delivered, James Patterson has chosen well with this stellar collection of three BookShots One can hope there are to come of this caliber.Kudos, Messrs Patterson, DiLallo, and Arnold, as well as Madam DiLallo What a great collection of stories to keep the reader occupied for a short time Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge flag 25 likesLike see review Jan 17, 2019 Christie rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves audiobooks, mystery 3.5 I enjoyed the first two stories but the last one was ridiculous flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 29, 2019 Kay rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves audiobook, overdrive, fiction, james patterson, short stories House Next Door Susan DiLallo 4 Killer s Wife Max DiLallo 3.5 We Are Not Alone Tim Arnold DNFFirst two stories were surprisingly good I like the characters and mysteries in both, although the second story was predictable Enjoyable Can t say the same for third book flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Judi Asdell rated it it was ok fast read, highly predictable Wasn t impressed, giving up on the Patterson books for a while, I think flag 4 likesLike see review Patrick Green I think I am too and it makes me sad I loved all the old books, Cat Mouse, Jack Jill, Along Came a Spider etc I keep going back to the I think I am too and it makes me sad I loved all the old books, Cat Mouse, Jack Jill, Along Came a Spider etc I keep going back to the well in hopes of something decent but it hasn t been working out Jan 31, 2019 02 51PM Jan 12, 2019 Rose rated it liked it review of another edition This is 3 books in one likely will be published as 3 separate BookShots All 3 are very fast reads I read the entire book in just a few hours The House Next Door 4 stars A man and his son move into the decrepit house next door to Laura and her family Laura and her husband, Ned, have 3 children and are experiencing the difficulties of day to day life When Vince reaches out to Laura, she thinks it is a bit strange, but as she gets to know him, her feelings change Vince is exciting and This is 3 books in one likely will be published as 3 separate BookShots All 3 are very fast reads I read the entire book in just a few hours The House Next Door 4 stars A man and his son move into the decrepit house next door to Laura and her family Laura and her husband, Ned, have 3 children and are experiencing the difficulties of day to day life When Vince reaches out to Laura, she thinks it is a bit strange, but as she gets to know him, her feelings change Vince is exciting and dangerous Laura thinks she may need this in her life The story is told in a flashback, and it is a whirlwind The Killer s Wife 3.5 starsAndy and Gina are on surveillance of a man they suspect of murdering 4 teenage girls Suddenly, they get a break in the case, but they still can t solve it Andy starts taking an interest in Ellen, the killer s wife Things progress, and the case becomes murky Things change late in the story and Andy s career is put on the line We.Are.Not.Alone 3 starsThis story comes with a strong moral message about our planet It is a science fiction story and while I agree with the message, the entire story is very far fetched, and a bit sappy TheHouseNextDoor JamesPatterson flag 3 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 25, 2019 Donna Lewis rated it really liked it review of another edition Well, once again I am reading James Patterson, and I am mildly surprised This book is actually three mini books The first two suburbs and San Luis Obispo we re fast paced though forgettable The third is outer space and definitely forgettable But the good news is that they are quick and easy to read flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Pauline Spurlock rated it it was ok review of another edition To my surprise it s actually 3 books inside one to my dismay I got tired of reading the Hot Shot books because there was not enough substance to them Now I find a similar version hidden behind one title I was disappointed in how this book was presented flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 19, 2019 Vicki Elia rated it it was ok review of another edition 2 Stars because I was oh, so foolish to read the entire thing.What a pathetic collection of pseudo writing.The House Next Door with Susan DiLallo is a bad romance novel that is so shallow you couldn t use it as a birdbath Reads like a 16 year old wrote it.The Killer s Wife with Max DiLallo again, a romance novel with crime wrapped around it You end up hating every character We Are Not Alone with Tim Arnold this one could have actually been full length novel, but it ended up as a shor 2 Stars because I was oh, so foolish to read the entire thing.What a pathetic collection of pseudo writing.The House Next Door with Susan DiLallo is a bad romance novel that is so shallow you couldn t use it as a birdbath Reads like a 16 year old wrote it.The Killer s Wife with Max DiLallo again, a romance novel with crime wrapped around it You end up hating every character We Are Not Alone with Tim Arnold this one could have actually been full length novel, but it ended up as a short story It, too, was almost predictable The morality play was fully evident Overall, it tarnishes even my opinion of James Patterson as an author and co author His books have declined drastically over the past 10 years He s become a junk author flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 10, 2019 Sherry Wessman rated it did not like it Do Not Recommend Save your money I wish I d done the same Something keeps making me buy James Patterson novels I guess wishful thinking, a good one will pop up It s not here The House Next Door A cross between a really bad romance, and a detective case What planet was the main character, Laura living on A smile, and an absurd request, and she risks everything.The Second story equally ridiculous A seasoned detective, acting like a first year rookie And getting arrested for murder Re Do Not Recommend Save your money I wish I d done the same Something keeps making me buy James Patterson novels I guess wishful thinking, a good one will pop up It s not here The House Next Door A cross between a really bad romance, and a detective case What planet was the main character, Laura living on A smile, and an absurd request, and she risks everything.The Second story equally ridiculous A seasoned detective, acting like a first year rookie And getting arrested for murder Reads like desperation flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Katie rated it liked it review of another edition The first short story, The House Next Door, was an decent read It was a bit predictable but was written well The Killer s Wife was completely predictable and I even found myself rolling my eyes The writing was not engaging and parts of the story were unrealistic.We Are Not Alone is the final and best story in this book I almost gave up reading the book after the disappointing previous story It is a great, thrilling read that I really enjoyed I would only recommend reading this one flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Liz rated it liked it review of another edition Very difficult to rate this book as it is a compilation of 3 shorter stories James Patterson has collaborated with a different writer for each The first 2 are fast paced, typical Patterson but the third is very different Although I glossed over some of the technical bits this final story carried a very thought provoking message and I really enjoyed it flag 1 likeLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Jan rated it liked it review of another edition I really enjoyed the first two stories very much Unfortunately, the third story was so bizarre, confusing, and boring that it was a real struggle to finish it I enjoy the shorter stories by James Patterson and his co authors and read alot of the BookShots I guess I ll have to just stick with those flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Rohit rated it really liked it This is actually a compilation of three novellas, The House Next Door being the first These are nothing like Patterson s full novels but I still liked the first and the third The second was too predictable for me Overall, nice and easy read flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 12, 2019 Tamara rated it liked it review of another edition Pretty decent read although I prefer his series flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 27, 2019 Kathy Rhode rated it liked it review of another edition It s actually 3 stories in one book Really liked the first 2 Good suspense Didn t get into thirdthis the 3 stars instead of 4 flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Ruby rated it it was ok review of another edition Not a great gripping suspense thriller at all Sorry couldn t finish the third story So honestly I finished 75% of the book only flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Kim rated it did not like it review of another edition The first story was okay The second story was awful and the third I couldn t even finish flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Christine D rated it it was ok review of another edition What can I say, I was snowed in this weekend and decided to pick up this thriller compilation of three bookshots for a change up.The first two stories were very similar one had a con man, the other had a femme fatale the third had aliens Yup, extraterrestrials I read all three this afternoon while watching football Each story I give two stars so overall, it was just ok Gripping Not quite But it was a quick jaunt into concise thrillers flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Jan 29, 2019 Megsbookclub rated it really liked it review of another edition You guys know how easy it is to get hooked on an author I picked up this new James Patterson book at the grocery store before I headed out of town and it was the perfect book because it was three short stories This is not something I can ever remember him releasing before, but I enjoyed each story being completely stand alone and was able to get my Patterson fix in Jan The three story descriptions are below I thought the third one sounded odd for Patterson, but I actually think it ended up b You guys know how easy it is to get hooked on an author I picked up this new James Patterson book at the grocery store before I headed out of town and it was the perfect book because it was three short stories This is not something I can ever remember him releasing before, but I enjoyed each story being completely stand alone and was able to get my Patterson fix in Jan The three story descriptions are below I thought the third one sounded odd for Patterson, but I actually think it ended up being my favorite of all threeThe House Next Door story 1 is about a wife mother that is bored with her life and is excited when a new handsome neighbor takes an interest her But is this man really who he says he is The Killer s Wife story 2 has Detective McGrath trying to find four missing girls He figures getting close with the main suspects wife will help but sometimes too close is not goodWe.Are.Not.Alone story 3 opens with Robert Barnett receiving the first message from space This will change the world He is desperate to solve the code from beyond while outrunning the government who is trying to stop him flag Like see review Jan 28, 2019 Cheryle Fisher rated it really liked it review of another edition I was really disappointed by this book as I thought it would be similar to others by Patterson, good reads of a good story But once I had the book I found it was three novella s in one book The first two were good but the third was a supernatural story of which I don t like Why it was included with the others I don t know.The House Next Door with Susan DiLallo Married mother of three Laura Sherman was thrilled when her new neighbor invited her on some errands But a few quick tasks became I was really disappointed by this book as I thought it would be similar to others by Patterson, good reads of a good story But once I had the book I found it was three novella s in one book The first two were good but the third was a supernatural story of which I don t like Why it was included with the others I don t know.The House Next Door with Susan DiLallo Married mother of three Laura Sherman was thrilled when her new neighbor invited her on some errands But a few quick tasks became a long lunch and now things could go too far with a man who isn t what he seems.The Killer s Wife with Max DiLallo Four girls have gone missing Detective McGrath knows the only way to find them is to get close to the suspect s wifemaybe too closeWe Are Not Alone with Tim Arnold The first message from space It will change the world It s first contact Undeniable proof of alien life Disgraced Air Force scientist Robert Barnett found it Now he s the target of a desperate nationwide manhunt and Earth s future hangs in the balance flag Like see review Jan 16, 2019 Sandi rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019 I used to love to read James Patterson but kind of got away from his books, as I got older I picked this up for a vacation read and ended up with It ended up with three short stories in one book All very quick and easy reads A new attractive neighbor infiltrates Laura s life He is not as he appears and soon begins to wreck her life, manipulating her, her husband, teenage son and their neighbor Be careful who you let into your life The VP at the high school is a suspect in the disappearance I used to love to read James Patterson but kind of got away from his books, as I got older I picked this up for a vacation read and ended up with It ended up with three short stories in one book All very quick and easy reads A new attractive neighbor infiltrates Laura s life He is not as he appears and soon begins to wreck her life, manipulating her, her husband, teenage son and their neighbor Be careful who you let into your life The VP at the high school is a suspect in the disappearance of four girls Detective McGrath becomes close to his wife, a guidance counselor at the elementary school Who knew they were actually in on it together Too many eye roll moments in this one Finally, a sci fi short about messages to Earth from the great beyond about taking care of the one life we are given Not my cup of tea but an interesting enough read poolside flag Like see review Jan 14, 2019 Patti Pietschmann rated it it was amazing review of another edition I found this Patterson book while checking out at Ralph s in LA Turns out it s a trilogy and I just finished the first and title novella of the three and really enjoyed it Talk about suspenseful, and as always well crafted It is certainly a big departure from his Det Cross novels which I actually tired of Seems this mystery man move next door to the protagonist family and charms the wife with his looks and smooth talking ways and well then their life gets turned upside down Looking forwa I found this Patterson book while checking out at Ralph s in LA Turns out it s a trilogy and I just finished the first and title novella of the three and really enjoyed it Talk about suspenseful, and as always well crafted It is certainly a big departure from his Det Cross novels which I actually tired of Seems this mystery man move next door to the protagonist family and charms the wife with his looks and smooth talking ways and well then their life gets turned upside down Looking forward to moving to the next chapter, The Killer s Wife and then We Are not alone Hope they re as good flag Like see review Jan 26, 2019 Michelle rated it it was amazing review of another edition These three bookshots totally tell of dangers that lurk in plain sight.Soo many things can be covered up by niceties.The foreboding sense I felt about Vince while reading The House Next Door was right on.There are people out there like Robert Barnett in We.Are.Not.Alone that go under the radar that find amazing things that further us along.The way things were handled and the smugness of Michael Pierson during the whole time of his arrest was a tip off to something bigger going on.What we do for These three bookshots totally tell of dangers that lurk in plain sight.Soo many things can be covered up by niceties.The foreboding sense I felt about Vince while reading The House Next Door was right on.There are people out there like Robert Barnett in We.Are.Not.Alone that go under the radar that find amazing things that further us along.The way things were handled and the smugness of Michael Pierson during the whole time of his arrest was a tip off to something bigger going on.What we do for other people sometimes isn t in our best interests.Sometimes we just don t know and need to live and learn the hard way flag Like see review Jan 20, 2019 Maria Russo rated it really liked it review of another edition Consisted of three separate stories The first one sucked me right in had to keep turning the pages However the ending was disappointing to me felt a little rushed The second story was pretty good The third story really didn t grab me at the start and I was sure I would be disappointed by it Oddly enough it got much better as I read on and I did enjoy it Again all three stories were decent but I feel since they had to be shorter stories, I was not as much of a fan as I am of hi Consisted of three separate stories The first one sucked me right in had to keep turning the pages However the ending was disappointing to me felt a little rushed The second story was pretty good The third story really didn t grab me at the start and I was sure I would be disappointed by it Oddly enough it got much better as I read on and I did enjoy it Again all three stories were decent but I feel since they had to be shorter stories, I was not as much of a fan as I am of his normal length books I would still suggest this read to James Patterson s fans just not one of his better books in my honest opinion flag Like see review Jan 28, 2019 Diane rated it liked it review of another edition Not real crazy about these books with stories by other authors but Patterson puts his name on them None of these stories really jumped out at me as being really good Too predictable First one is about a new neighbor who isn t what he seems to be He hits on the wife in the story because her and her husband are having issues Second story is about a man who gets arrested for the murder kidnapping of four young women and attempted on a fifth Again, the story is predictable Third was a sci fi Not real crazy about these books with stories by other authors but Patterson puts his name on them None of these stories really jumped out at me as being really good Too predictable First one is about a new neighbor who isn t what he seems to be He hits on the wife in the story because her and her husband are having issues Second story is about a man who gets arrested for the murder kidnapping of four young women and attempted on a fifth Again, the story is predictable Third was a sci fi novel about aliens Not sure I would recommend this book flag Like see review Jan 26, 2019 Donna Hines rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves borrowed library books I m once again left baffled by James Patterson and his mixed authors material they continue to put out to their audiences.For me it s mediocre at best and not his best work.It s mass marketing and sadly the audience of readers is losing this battle.I miss his old work in which I flew through the pages unable to turn them fast enough.The pace is off , the plot is weak, the characters are not multi faceted or even colorful, the action and suspense has fallen off.It s not his best but it s not his I m once again left baffled by James Patterson and his mixed authors material they continue to put out to their audiences.For me it s mediocre at best and not his best work.It s mass marketing and sadly the audience of readers is losing this battle.I miss his old work in which I flew through the pages unable to turn them fast enough.The pace is off , the plot is weak, the characters are not multi faceted or even colorful, the action and suspense has fallen off.It s not his best but it s not his worst flag Like see review Jan 30, 2019 Craig Wakefield rated it it was ok review of another edition Why do I subject myself to Patterson Perhaps it is the phrase Hope springs life eternal I hope that Patterson will find better co authors that will take his often superficial story outlines and make a better story I hope that Patterson will someday put art above bank and write a book that is worth reading It s a good thing that phrase includes the word eternal , because it may take a long time find a worthwhile book from prolific author James Patterson By page 26 I had had enough flag Like see review Jan 24, 2019 Janey rated it did not like it review of another edition Worst James Patterson book ever Not really sure he actually wrote this one While I was trying to get through this one, it felt like this came from a mass produced manuscript factory Sooooo very predictable I think I will only read the Alex Cross series moving forward I m in too deep with that series to give up James P totally flag Like see review Jan 28, 2019 Kevin Middaugh rated it really liked it review of another edition There good short stories I thought The House Next Door and The Killer s Wife were good action stories 4 stars each.I really liked We Are Not Alone , the sci fy story in this group Five stars Several plots are developed in the story that come together by the end with an exciting ending Worth reading if you like science fiction flag Like see review Jan 17, 2019 alice Tileston rated it it was amazing review of another edition Borrowed from library Man, these are powerful stories Sometimes believing the bet of others can be a trap.Sometimes we trap ourselves into bad situations Sometimes it takes an outsider s view to recognize just how much harm humans do to others.Read these with an open mind If you learn anything from these fictional stories, pass it on flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this 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      Official US SiteOfficial UK SiteJIMMY Patterson BooksReadKiddoReadJames Patterson is the world s bestselling author and most trusted storyteller He has created enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today, with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series He has sold over 380 million books wo Official US SiteOfficial UK SiteJIMMY Patterson BooksReadKiddoReadJames Patterson is the world s bestselling author and most trusted storyteller He has created enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today, with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series He has sold over 380 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most 1 New York Times bestsellers In addition to writing the thriller novels for which he is best known, among them The President Is Missing with President Bill Clinton, Patterson also writes fiction for young readers of all ages, including the Max Einstein series, produced in partnership with the Albert Einstein Estate He is also the first author to have 1 new titles simultaneously on the New York Times adult and children s bestseller lists.The son of an insurance salesman and a schoolteacher, Patterson grew up in Newburgh, New York, and began casually writing at the age of nineteen In 1969, he graduated from Manhattan College He was given a full ride scholarship to Vanderbilt University s graduate program in English He left Vanderbilt before getting his PhD due to complications involving the Vietnam War Instead, he moved to New York to become a junior copywriter for the advertising agency J Walter Thompson, eventually becoming CEO of its North American company.In 1976, while still working for J Walter Thompson, Patterson published his first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, with Little, Brown and Company After being turned down by thirty one publishers, it won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel Patterson s 1993 novel, Along Came a Spider, his first book to feature Alex Cross, was also his first New York Times bestseller in fiction.In 2001, Morgan Freeman starred as Alex Cross in a film adaptation of Along Came a Spider, and Tyler Perry also played the character in the 2012 film Alex Cross A film adaptation of Patterson s middle grade novel Middle School The Worst Years of My Life was released in theaters in October 2016.James Patterson has donated than one million books to students, focusing on some of the most under resourced schools and youth programs in the country To date, he has donated 7.25 million to school and classroom libraries throughout the United States, and 2.1 million to independent bookstores and employees.Patterson has recently donated over 35 million to his and his wife s alma maters the University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University, and Manhattan College and he has established over four hundred Teacher and Writer Education Scholarships at twenty one colleges and universities throughout the country Patterson has also donated than one million books to U.S soldiers at home and overseas.In May 2015, Patterson launched a children s book imprint at Little, Brown JIMMY Patterson that is unwaveringly focused on one goal turning kids into lifelong readers This imprint also provides resources, strategies, and programs to serve teachers, parents, librarians, and booksellers Patterson invests proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro reading initiatives.Patterson also founded ReadKiddoRead, a website designed to help parents, teachers, and librarians ignite a new generation s excitement for reading Awarded the National Book Foundation s Innovations in Reading Prize and the American Library Association s Great Websites for Kids, the site features thoughtful book reviews from a variety of genres and age ranges, a large and lively Facebook community, and contributions from other authors.Patterson s awards for adult and children s literature include the Edgar Award, the International

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    1. I have long enjoyed the venture James Patterson undertook, writing short stories with collaborators and calling them BookShots While some are released as individual publications, Patterson will, at times, combine a few together, as he has done here Working with Susan DiLallo, Max DiLallo, and Tom Arnold, Patterson has created three pieces that will force the reader to think as they discover the wonders of short pieces and how they can be just as effective as full length novels From a mysterio I [...]



    2. House Next Door Susan DiLallo 4 Killer s Wife Max DiLallo 3.5 We Are Not Alone Tim Arnold DNFFirst two stories were surprisingly good I like the characters and mysteries in both, although the second story was predictable Enjoyable Can t say the same for third book.


    3. fast read, highly predictable Wasn t impressed, giving up on the Patterson books for a while, I think.


    4. This is 3 books in one likely will be published as 3 separate BookShots All 3 are very fast reads I read the entire book in just a few hours The House Next Door 4 stars A man and his son move into the decrepit house next door to Laura and her family Laura and her husband, Ned, have 3 children and are experiencing the difficulties of day to day life When Vince reaches out to Laura, she thinks it is a bit strange, but as she gets to know him, her feelings change Vince is exciting and This is 3 boo [...]


    5. Well, once again I am reading James Patterson, and I am mildly surprised This book is actually three mini books The first two suburbs and San Luis Obispo we re fast paced though forgettable The third is outer space and definitely forgettable But the good news is that they are quick and easy to read.


    6. To my surprise it s actually 3 books inside one to my dismay I got tired of reading the Hot Shot books because there was not enough substance to them Now I find a similar version hidden behind one title I was disappointed in how this book was presented.


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