Saturday, July 15, 2023

Shattered by James Patterson - Book Review

 A Michael Bennett Thriller

Shattered Glass

Author James Patterson has written over 200 books, some of which have been co-authored by several different people. His genre is varied, including stand-alone thrillers, non-fiction, and romance novels. In addition, he is known for several series, such as the Alex Cross series and the Women's Murder Club series.

This book, Shattered, is one of the latest in one of my favorite series by Patterson – The Michael Bennett Series.

Michael Bennett

The main character in the Michael Bennett series, is a New York City police detective who is the father of ten adopted multicultural children. His wife died young and a young Irish girl named Mary Catherine became the family nanny. Michael also gets help with his large family from his grandfather, Seamus, who raised him. Seamus, after raising his own family and becoming widowed, decides late in life to follow a calling and becomes a Catholic Priest. Mary Catherine, Seamus, and all the children play a big part in each Michael Bennett story. Thus, with each book in the series, you have a thriller that is a murder mystery coupled with equal parts of Michael's family life. 

Plot of Shattered

shattered book cover
As Shattered begins, Michael, who earlier in the series fell in love with Mary Catherine, is on his honeymoon in Ireland. As their trip nears its end, Michael finds a missed phone call from Emily Parker, an FBI colleague he had worked with on past cases. 

Emily, an FBI abduction specialist, had worked many cases with Michael and they had become good friends. When Michael cannot reach Emily, he discovers that she failed to show at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC. 

After returning to New York and settling in with the family, Michael admits to his new bride that he feels he must look into Emily's disappearance, even though DC is far outside his jurisdiction. As he delves into this most personal of investigations, he discovers that Emily has been keeping secrets. She had forged powerful connections in the political world and consequently made enemies who have motives to silence her – and her protectors. That just may include Michael. 


Shattered is Book #14 of 15 in the Michael Bennett Series. As always the case with a James Patterson book, the plot is a good one and the interspersing of family life keeps this thriller more warmhearted and fun to read. 

Shattered is co-authored by James O. Born. Patterson has often said that collaborating with others brings new and interesting ideas to his stories. He admits that he is simply more proficient at dreaming up plots than crafting sentence after sentence.

*Book Review of Shattered written by Wednesday Elf

Shattered by James Patterson, a Michael Bennett Thriller, is available on Amazon.

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  1. As you know, thrillers aren’t my usual cup of tea, but based on your review i’m tempted to try this Michael Bennett series. The fact that it focuses as much on family as on suspense makes it appealing to me. Thanks for your review and recommendation!

    1. Glad to know I've enticed you to try this series by James Patterson, Margaret. Thanks for your visit to my book review.

  2. This sounds like a fascinating plot with interesting characters and a compelling mystery. I do like that you said it includes a focus on family life as well which makes it more warm hearted than I would have expected. Thank you for your excellent review and recommendation.

  3. My friend is a huge fan of James Patterson books - so was my mom. Both of them have read most of his books. And wow, has he ever written a ton of books. I can appreciate his outlook on collaborating to write as well.

  4. So, he married the nanny! lol You know I am going to note the romantic thread in any book. This sounds like a great thriller, especially for those who have read the previous books and are already familiar with Emily and all of the characters. I already know I would feel compelled to start with book 1.

  5. I love James Patterson books and have not read this one yet! That is about to change. Thanks for the review and synopsis, it sounds like a really good story. My to read list is growing again!


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