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The Inn

Narrated by: Eduardo Ballerini
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins

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A gripping stand-alone novel from the world's best-selling thriller writer.

Ex-Boston homicide detective Billy Robinson has retreated to a quiet life on the New England coast. Struggling to cope following the death of his beloved wife, he must now run the inn that Siobhan took care of so well. 

The inn's quirky residents help keep Billy on solid ground as he grieves, and the group soon become an unconventional family. But this small town is in the grips of a growing opioid epidemic, and when a young resident gets hooked into the crisis, Billy knows he must act to save the people in the inn that he has grown to care so much about. 

With his secretive past in Boston catching up to him, can Billy survive long enough to save the town - and its beloved inn - from ruin?

©2019 James Patterson (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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  • 01-09-19

Patterson Plus One - Not The Best Formula!

Not for the first time recently I've read a book that James Patterson has co-authored and come away wondering if the old maxim "two heads are better than one" needs some serious revision. We all know what Patterson can be very good at: secret plots, high action, fast paced stories. This is in a different realm though, I liked the premise, this Inn full of misfits with stories to tell and a small local town being threatened by a criminal gang. If the Inn could be brought to life with depth and character and the rest of the story was good it could have been a real cracker!

For me, while Fox and Patterson had some very good ideas they didn't get all the ingredients right. I never really got a strong feeling of the Inn as a place and I felt that the ideas for the characters within were short-changed. It felt like a decent enough story that with a bit more depth and care could really have been something a bit special and a bit different from Patterson's normal high-octane approach.

On the plus side Eduardo Ballerini does a fine job of the narration with a large range of voices and once the story gets going and takes off in the final third it is decent enough. It's just that I think the premise deserved more and I am fast coming to the conclusion that Patterson alone is something I'll still look for but that Patterson plus one other is not a formula that seems to work anywhere near as well.

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