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Article  •  15 August 2016


Never Never review

“Serial killing, an outback mining camp, a hard-nosed policewoman and Australian accents – what more do you need from a read on a winter weekend?”

Peter Topham is not only a proud dad to three grown kids (Jenny, Matt and Ryan), but a rugby-mad ex-Sydneysider whose sense of humour, and taste in sporting teams, can often get him into trouble this side of the Tasman. As exuberant an accountant as you can find, Peter is a keen cyclist, Pinot drinker, and enjoys any novel that gets him thinking. 

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Book Review - Never Never by James Patterson

Serial killing, an outback mining camp, a hard-nosed policewoman and Australian accents – what more do you need from a read on a winter weekend?

Harry is sent by her boss to a West Australian mining camp to solve some missing persons reports and escape the fallout from the arrest of her brother – and an ongoing “whodunit” starts up.  The story switches from first person, Harry, to third person and back – and for this expat Australian it allows the imagination to picture characters and hear accents.

The genre of the story would be considered a murder mystery, with characters introduced throughout the story but no real hints about who the perpetrator is until the end.

I opened the book with no expectations having never read a James Patterson novel before. The story and style held me right through to the end as it gave some insight into life in a mining camp and some of the characters who work there – alongside some violence and killings.

Never Never is an uncomplicated read with an interesting plot line and setting backdrop. If you enjoy an easy to follow storyline with some mystery - where you don’t have to think too hard – then it’s a recommended read from me.

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Never Never
A chilling thriller set in the Australian Outback, from the pen of the world's bestselling writer, James Patterson and co-written with award-winning crime writer Candice Fox.
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