The Lake House by James Patterson

The Lake House, Patterson’s sequel to The Wind Blows, does not compare to his previous work as Patterson uses the same one-dimensional characters to malign scientific researchers and to make a social commentary on the evils of biotechnology adding little of importance to the new storyline. However, do not be mislead, The Lake House is not a terrible book as it does include some seemingly adorable, mutated, bird children who can fly but sadly instead of steadfast heroes to protect them they are saddled with rather incompetent people who should be charged with criminal neglect.

The plot, itself, focuses on 12-year-old Maximillian (the oldest of the bird-like children who knows a dangerous secret) and her friends who have been removed from the care of Frannie O’Neill (a veterinarian) and Kit Brennan (an FBI agent), who saved the children from the school in The Wind Blows only to be returned to their biological parents. Longing to be together again, Max and her brother Matthew set off to find their fellow bird-children (Oz, Icarus, Peter, and Wendy) so that they can be reunited with Frannie and Kit; where they will feel safe from their enemies who want to recapture them for further experimentation. The concept for the plot sounds plausible but when a custody battle ensues between the children’s biological parents and unmarried Frannie and Kit (who coincidentally the children have only know for a few months) realism goes out the window.

One of the biggest problems with this book is that is seems to rehash the preceding one incorporating only minor changes such as the evil setting that the children are trying to avoid and altering the madman behind the experimentation on them to someone even more evil. The new villain, Dr. Ethan Kane, is a scientific genius with multiple clones of himself, who runs a facility known as the hospital where a project referred to as the Resurrection has been launched that for the right price will restore the world’s most powerful leaders to their youth.

From a writer’s prospective, I did not expect The Lake House to be on a par with Gone with the Wind or War and Peace but I was seriously disappointed in this piece of literature as I feel all good works of fiction should tell a captivating story and do so in a masterful and enjoyable manner. Unfortunately, for this manuscript I would suggest that you pass it up and stick to Patterson Alex Cross novels.

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