Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas | James Patterson
Publication Year: 2001
# of Pages: 266
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Inside Cover Summary:
Katie Wilkinson has found her perfect man at last. He’s a writer, 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. In it she pours out her heart about how she and her child’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.
Personal Reaction: This book definitely surprised me. My first impression was that it was a mediocre soap opera-ish type book: overly dramatic writing and sappy characters. When I got to the core of the story, though, it wasn’t like that at all. The book is told in three perspectives: Katie’s, Suzanne’s, and Matt’s with Suzanne’s part being the main component. Suzanne is my favorite character: she’s a strong, bright, charismatic individual, and achieved her dreams of becoming a successful doctor. And she’s a great mother.
I made Matt out to be the ‘bad guy’ because here were two wonderful women undeserving of such a scumbag. As I read on, it turned out that Matt’s intentions, albeit hurtful, was just his way to cope with personal issues.
Picoult and Sparks fans, I think you guys would enjoy Suzanne’s Diary.