Book Review: The Store by James Patterson

What’s it about?

Imagine a future of unparalleled convenience. A powerful retailer, The Store, can deliver anything to your door, anticipating the needs and desires you didn’t even know you had.

Most people are fine with that, but not Jacob and Megan Brandeis. New York writers whose livelihood is on the brink of extinction, Jacob and Megan are going undercover to dig up The Store’s secrets in a book that could change the entire American way of life. But after a series of unsettling discoveries, Jacob and Megan’s worst fears about The Store seem like just the beginning.

Harbouring a secret that could get him killed, Jacob has to find a way to escape The Store’s watchful eye and publish his expose – before the truth dies with him.


My thoughts

This book was recommended to me by a member of my Meetup book swap group.  I enjoyed it so much that I’ve taken it back to the swap, had a mini rave about it and passed it on to another member of the group.

The book starts off at a good pace, enticing you in and didn’t let go all the way through.

The Store seems like the most perfect place to work and the community that they’ve built, the most perfect place to live…on the outside.  There’s always a trade off though isn’t there?  This community and workplace seems to operate just like Stepford and not just the wives.  The homes have cameras installed everywhere, and if you take them down, more appear.  Drones are everywhere.  You can’t do anything without being watched.  But The Store have filled your larder with all the food you like, the neighbours are super friendly and helpful…are you prepared to trade your liberty and privacy for convenience?  Our protagonists, Jacob and Megan, are going to speak out but first they need inside info so do a deal with the devil and get jobs at The Store.

The thing I liked most about this was that it’s not so far-fetched.  Amazon practically rules the online marketplace, so in ten, twenty years, why couldn’t this become how people will actually live.  That’s the scary part!  You only have to search for something online and it then starts appearing in your Facebook timeline.  It reminded me of the movie Enemy of the State and 1984 – Big Brother is always watching you, ain’t that the truth!

I found this to be an edge of your seat thriller with a twisty, if somewhat hasty, ending that I didn’t see coming.  Definitely recommend.

Book links: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository

Author links: Twitter | Website

Small print for info
Source: Book Swap Meet
No of pages: 304
Publisher: Little Brown

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