Review: Step On a Crack by: James Patterson

by - Monday, April 13, 2020

Title: Step on a Crack
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
Series: Michael Bennett #1
Pages: 383
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library


Patterson and Ledwidge introduce a new hero in an exciting thriller set in the heart of Manhattan. NYPD detective Michael Bennett is concentrating on getting his family through a particularly difficult Christmas: he and his 10 adopted children are facing the loss to cancer of his brave wife, Maeve. But a major crisis calls him away: the funeral of a former First Lady at St. Patrick's Cathedral goes horribly awry when men storm the church and take hundreds of attendees hostage. 

Michael is asked to try to reason with a sinister man named Jack. Jack releases all but the most famous people, and makes his demands: he wants several million dollars from each celebrity hostage, including the mayor, a popular comedic actor, a beloved talk show host, and a pop starlet. Once Jack starts killing, Michael realizes he's up against a truly diabolical foe. Patterson has a knack for creating genuinely likable heroes, and Michael fits the bill. 

As readers rapidly turn the pages to learn how the tense hostage drama plays out, they will also be sympathizing with Michael as he faces the agonizing loss of his wife. Totally gripping and downright impossible to put down, this is a promising start to a potential new series.

My Thoughts: 

In this book we are introduced to NYPD detective Michael Bennett who has his hands full.  He has 10 adopted children and a wife dying in the hospital and gets called in to negotiate with Jack a man with a big mean streak.  Michel is trying to juggle eveything at once.

This book really became a game of cat and mouse.  With the NYPD trying to rsolve this as soon as possible which get more complicated as the book progresses along.  That and trying to figure out how to handle the fact his wife is dying, and he'll soon be the sole parents of 10 kids. Can Michael do it all in time, or will his time run out?

I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Bennett and his family.  Also getting to see Michael figure out the case and catch the bad guy was definitely worth it.  I can't wait to read what is next for Michael Bennett and his family!

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