Certainly not a book I would want to read on my way to Europe, “The Postcard Killers” is an interesting tale about two serial killers murdering couples throughout Europe. James Patterson crafts a unique crime novel that follows two killers throughout Europe as they search for their next victims. The protagonist is NYPD detective Jacob Kanon, who lost his daughter to the killers earlier in their killing spree. Determined to have justice for his daughter, Kanon will stop at nothing to avenge her death and prevent futute murders.
I liked that Patterson made the killers a focal point of the book from the first chapter. Too often, authors hide the identity of a killer. But, here, the motives of the killers were understandable from the very beginning. The back story to each character emerged with perfect timing, and fit well into the plot. Not terribly descriptive, the plot was easy to follow even though Patterson focused chapters on different characters. The twists and turns that emerged were interesting and creative, and overall, I was satisfied with the plot.
The book’s jacket touts that Kanon will be visiting Europe’s greatest museums to find clues to the killers. Based on that description, I expected something more alone the lines of “The Da Vinci Code,” where the characters ponder masterpieces hanging in well known museums around Europe. But that was not the case. I was slightly disappointed that the book didn’t have a greater discussion about art and the European cities that served as the background.
The book was a very quick read. I was actually stunned at how simplistic the writing style was. Even the young adult book, “The Maze Runner,” I recently read was more sophisticated than Patterson’s writing. I would recommend to anyone seeking an easy read for vacation.