Book Review: Crazy House – James Patterson ****

Not the most obvious choice of book for me. I’ll admit that I was drawn in the authors – James Patterson co-writing with Gabrielle Charbonnet. Crazy House is set in yet another dystopian future with downtrodden communities ruled by tyrants. Bizarrely I enjoyed this one.

Seventeen year old Becca Greenfield is the wild adventurous type, the twin who doesn’t toe the line and who is always getting into trouble. When she gets kidnapped from her sleepy home town in the Cell she realises just how much trouble she is in. Now in a maximum security jail with loads of other kids her own age it isn’t long until she finds that she is on Death Row and the sadistic jailers do not hesitate to put the kids to death.

Her only hope for freedom is that Cassie will come searching for her but her twin sister doesn’t break the rules. It is what Becca is counting on as it is the only thing that will keep Cassie safe.

The concept for the universe that the story is set in is quite interesting. A strictly controlled community ruled by a Provost. Couples have to apply for a licence to have a baby and this is only granted when someone else has died. Vans drive around approaching people that might be depressed offering them the chance to accept euthanasia as a way out – that way they can allow a new born to live!

Crazy House is a good thriller that will keep you turning you the pages to find out what happens – a true James Patterson book. Likeable and believable characters make it much easier to engage with a very hackneyed concept.

Supplied by Net Galley and Random House UK in exchange for an honest review.

UK Publication Date: May 18 2017. 354 pages

Crazy House

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