The Lake House, by James Patterson

Cover ImageFinished 9-3-10, rating 2/5, fiction, pub. 2003

Sequel to When the Wind Blows

I remember reading When the Wind Blows when it came out and really liking it.  I think it may have been my first Patterson novel.   It is about six genetically engineered children who were stolen from their parents and experimented on in secret.  They were rescued by Frannie, a veterinarian, and Kit, and FBI agent. 

Fast forward to this sequel and Frannie and Kit are suing the biological parents for custody, because they love the children so much.  The children, with bird genes, have imprinted Frannie and Kit as their true parents.  The media are fascinated by these children who can fly and the courthouse is bedlam.  When the dust settles the children are sent to their individual homes and a new set of bad guys comes for them. They escape together and find Frannie who finds Kit.

No disrespect to the five people who chose this for me (sorry Mom), but I thought this was bad.  I thought Frannie and Kit were selfish.  The bad guy and his clones said the silliest things.  I thought the love/sex story between 12 year olds Max and Oz was terrible.  Here’s a sample…

“Max, you are very young!” I said. “And you, too, Oz.”

“In human years Frannie.  But we’re more than human,” Max said.  “We’re special, remember?  And we’re also in love.  Deeply, passionately, wonderfully in love.”

She combed her hair with her fingers and tied it up into a loose knot.  “Our bird genes makes us mature for our age.  In fact, I think we’re probably about your age,” she added, her eyes twinkling irresistibly.  “You’re old enough to mate, aren’t you?”

She had me there.

Chapter 81

It was told in true Patterson style with alternating viewpoints and lots of sentence long paragraphs and even more exclamation points.  Um, I can’t recommend this book to anyone.  If you liked When the Wind Blows, reread it instead of looking for a great sequel here.

This is from my personal library and was chosen by Donna, GMR, Mom, Sue and Rebecca.  Here’s what they had to say…

“I am totally a fan. I like the Maximum Ride Series but they are not as good as the original Max stories of When the Wind Blows and the Lake House.”  Rebecca

“Awesome writer and a great book.”  GMR

“I havent read this one yet but Patterson’s books never fail to have something in there to surprise me.”  Donna