Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Short & Sweet Review: Private L.A. by James Patterson

Title: Private L.A.
Author: James Patterson
Series: Private #6
Published: February 2014, Little, Brown & Company
Format: Hardcover, 425 pages
Source: Personal copy

Private Jack Morgan investigates the disappearance of the biggest superstar couple in Hollywood.

Thom and Jennifer Harlow are the perfect couple, with three perfect children. They maybe two of the biggest mega movie stars in the world, but they're also great parents, philanthropists and just all-around good people.

When they disappear without a word from their ranch, facts are hard to find. They live behind such a high wall of security and image control that even world-renowned Private Investigator Jack Morgan can't get to the truth. But as Jack keeps probing, secrets sprout thick and fast--and the world's golden couple may emerge as hiding behind a world of desperation and deception that the wildest reality show couldn't begin to unveil. Murder is only the opening scene.

***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours. 

My thoughts: For me, reading this series is just pure fun...the books are easy reads, fast-paced, filled with memorable main characters - characters that are well-developed and usually come with quite strong personalities, and the cases themselves are so intriguing, you find yourself glued to the pages until everything is solved. It's an adrenaline-filled read every time!!!

I liked that in this one, it's back to having Jack Morgan at the forefront - some of the other books in this series focus on other team members, especially those that are set in other countries. In this one, though, not only do we have Jack leading the investigations, but his twin brother Tommy is back and boy oh boy, their sibling rivalry comes out in spades here. I love that this thread periodically pops up and is further developed. I also liked that we got to know a little more about Justine, one of Jack's employees. The character development that occurs in this book is pretty good.

The book is filled with crazy twists and turns and you are never quite sure where things are heading. The short chapters lead to you binge-reading this book, as is the case with most of James Patterson's books, leading to that "just one more chapter" mentality, until you find yourself at the last page. 

Books in this series:
*This list contains both the Private home office books and the Private other offices books combined. Some lists keep these as separate. And some books have 2 different names, depending on where you buy them.

     1.  Private
     2.  Private #1 Suspect
     3.  Private Games
     4.  Private London
     5.  Private Berlin
     6.  Private L.A.
     7.  Private Oz / Private Down Under 
     8.  Private India: City on Fire
     9.  Private Vegas
     10.  Private Paris
     11.  Private Rio / The Games
     12.  Private Sydney / The Missing
     12.5  Bookshots - Private Royals
     13.  Private Delhi / Count to Ten
     13.5  Bookshots - Private: Gold



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