The Black Book by David Ellis & James Patterson *Stephanie’s Review*


The library is responsible once again! I was scrolling through ebooks when The Black Book by David Ellis & James Patterson came across the screen. I put it on hold and sort of forgot about it. During my midnight scrolling it sounded good. Set in Chicago, amnesia, and missing evidence? Sign me up!

I’m not sure I’m going to be able to get my level of excitement across in this review but The Black Book was SO so good! I haven’t been this excited about a book with James Patterson’s name on it in a long time! David Ellis is going to be a name to watch. The story unfolds in past and present segments and it helped us recover “our” memories right along with Billy. I was kept guessing right until the end. When it finally (and it took clear up to the end) all came together I was a seething mass of emotions. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this shocked by a book. It. Was. Awesome!!

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The writing duo of David Ellis and James Patterson played me like a fiddle. I loved who I was supposed to love, hated who I was meant to hate, and suspected the people who I was supposed to suspect. There are enough characters to be a full cast and was a good balance between having enough secondary characters and not being overwhelming. Billy was easy to support. He was everybody’s kind of guy. A troubled past is hinted at but that is just another layer of this mystery. Kate was easy to get irritated with. She was high strung and too much most of the time. All of the secondary characters played their parts beautifully and it all came together to create a really great mystery. I was constantly trying to figure out everyone’s motives throughout the book. Everyone was a suspect until they weren’t.

I can’t say enough good things about The Black Book by David Ellis & James Patterson. It reminded me of the first few books of The Women’s Murder Club. I’ll be on the lookout for future books by this pair!

4 responses to “The Black Book by David Ellis & James Patterson *Stephanie’s Review*”

  1. I love these type of stories. Been awhile since I read a book written by James Patterson. Thanks for putting this on my radar.


    1. No problem! I hope you enjoy it! It was certainly a quick read.


  2. I really enjoyed the early WMC titles. I stalled at about book 11. I like when there are multiple suspects to work through. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


    1. I haven’t given up on WMC yet though I don’t know why. I just don’t invest financially anymore. I like when the suspects are believable and they are here. So many that you don’t know where to start.


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