The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

Book 2/30.

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Two stars for book two 🥴🥴

I have been a fan of James Patterson ever since I read (and watched the movie adaptations of) Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls 20+ years ago. Those two bangers set me on a course to read the entire Alex Cross series (read 10 so far), which then put me onto the Women’s Murder Club series (read 5 so far). I haven’t read any Patterson books in well over a decade but I still have novels from both series on my Goodreads Want to Read shelf, so when I came across this book cowritten with the 42nd president of the United States, I definitely had to read it. Patterson takes second chair to former president Bill Clinton in this novel, and while I can bet the former wrote 90% of the book, the added voice of an actual president shines through.

The premise of The President Is Missing is very interesting but yikes the pacing is godawful! The authors realllllllyyyyyy dragged and delayed the reveals in a bid to prolong the suspense, which ended up working against the story. I would have rated this much higher had it been more concise as there was too much padding between the twists and turns that took a lot of fun away from the book. My edition was 513 pages long, yet it had no business being more than 300 pages long.

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** A guide to ratings **
1 star – did not like it
2 stars – it was okay
3 stars – liked it
4 stars – really liked it
5 stars – it was amazing

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