Book Review: Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson


Title: Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas

Author: James Patterson

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Publication Date: August 1, 2003

Number of Pages: 289

Publisher: Vision

Genre: Chick Lit, Romance, Contemporary


Beautifully captures the joys of a new family as it builds to an overwhelmingly moving climax. This is an unforgettable love story, at once heartbreaking and full of hope.

James Patterson has written a love story!–a powerfully moving and suspenseful novel about families, loss, new love, and hope.

Katie Wilkinson has found her perfect man at last. He’s a writer, a house painter, an original thinker–everything she’s imagined she wanted in a partner. But one day, without explanation, he disappears from her life, leaving behind only a diary for her to read.

This diary is a love letter written by a new mother named Suzanne for her baby son, Nicholas. In it she pours out her heart about how she and the boy’s father met, about her hopes for marriage and family, and about the unparalleled joy that having a baby has brought into her life. As Katie reads this touching document, it becomes clear that the lover who has just left her is the husband and father in this young family. She reads on, filled with terror and hope, as she struggles to understand what has happened–and whether her new love has a prayer of surviving.

Written with James Patterson’s perfect pitch for emotion and suspense, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas captures beautifully the joys of a new family as it builds to an overwhelmingly moving climax. This is an unforgettable love story, at once heartbreaking and full of hope.

Personal Thoughts:

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Review written on October 26, 2014

This book has been on my to-read list since 2012, I’ve been looking everywhere for it and just last weekend, I was at Book Sale and suddenly came across it! I didn’t even really have any second thoughts in buying it. Ugh, I really love dropping by stores that sell bargain books since it is usually there that I find really precious and rare books. Anyway, this is actually my first time to read a James Patterson novel and I am really glad I did try reading one of his works.

I started reading it last Thursday and immediately got hooked. I really can’t put the book down despite all the piled up work I have to get done, I usually used all my free time reading it. It’s really tough for me to finish a book these days since I’m still coping up with ‘the real world’, I usually arrive home feeling really tired so it takes weeks before I finish a book, but this one is such a page-turner and I just can’t stop reading.

I really like the diary Suzanne wrote for Nicholas. It’s just how a diary should be, full of feelings and passion. It is so personal that it actually made me think that I know Suzanne in real life, like I am her friend or someone who knows her too well. I loved the way she wrote lessons for Nicholas to learn and how she looked at things in the right perspective! I especially loved her lessons about the five balls of life. It really made me think things through.

Katie, on the other hand, wasn’t really much described in the book because she was only reading the diary most of the time in the book. I don’t dislike her, but I don’t really like her either. Suzanne and Matt’s relationship was way too perfect that I actually really didn’t want them to end.

Matt Harrison, oh, Matt. He is such a perfect guy, the perfect boyfriend, the perfect husband. It makes me want to just jump inside the book and be able to meet him. He is such a sweet, charming and poetic guy and when he loves, he loves truly and deeply. I love him for all the things he did to show Suzanne that life is short, but you don’t need a second chance if you do it right. If you enjoyed the whole roller coaster ride.

All in all, I learned through this book that life is really precious and that we should treasure every moment we have with the people we love because tomorrow isn’t really guaranteed.

Isn’t it lucky?


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