Come and Get Us — a book in the James Patterson BookShots series that was written with Shan Serafin — was No. 5 on my reading list this year. It may be the best BooksShots story I’ve read so far. It was so jam-packed with twists that it could be made into an action movie.
There were a few editing flaws in the book that I can tell came about because this story used to be longer and it was cut back. Things like a reference to two days, then a subsequent reference to it all taking place in one day. A few jumps here and there.
But, overall, the story propelled me to keep reading it in quick fashion, as these kinds of books were intended to be read. I got through it in about an hour, and I swear it felt like a shorter read than that. (I kept thinking to myself, I’ve read stories in The Atlantic longer than this.)
The story pits Miranda, her husband, Aaron, and their daughter, Sierra, against a mystery enemy who runs them off the road while they’re driving to a rural ranch for a weekend getaway.
I don’t want to give away too much, but Miranda soon finds herself in a race for survival that involves rock climbing, rapid waters and fighting for her life. She’s an absolute warrior, running on adrenaline. The death toll in Come and Get Us mounts quickly.
It’s a different kind of chicklit from what I’ve read before, for sure. If you’re into woman power and action, check this one out.