PRIVATE SYDNEY is a popcorn thriller that delivers on action and mystery while providing only fleeting glimpses of characterisation.
The latest installment in the Private series sees the international private detective agency focus on its Australian branch in Sydney, where a team of well trained multidisciplinary skilled individuals look into the mysterious disappearance of a well known public figure at the head of a reputable research company.
The lead private investigator, Craig Gisto, continues to be haunted by his past while at the same time having an eye to the future with the daughter of the missing CEO firmly in his sights - if she can survive the clear and present danger which has befallen her family that is. It's an interesting dynamic that adds a little depth to the case.
PRIVATE SYDNEY maintains that punchy pinch hitting chapter style of which James Patterson is renowned for, leaving little room to waste on inconsequential dialogue or introspective thought. Sure the character insight is surface level but the plot runs deep on enjoyment complemented with a touch of emotion.
Readers generally know what to expect in a James Patterson book and PRIVATE SYDNEY doesn't deviate from that tried and true formula. If you're looking for a fast paced thriller that can be easily consumed in a couple of sittings then this one is for you.