****Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas
by James Patterson
Little, Brown, and Company, New York, 2001. 266 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (F PAT).
This book has been checked out almost ever since we got it in
2001. I finally grabbed the chance to read it and was deeply touched.
The book begins with Katie, whose lover Matt has suddenly left
her. The next day, she receives a package from him. It
contains a diary, a diary written by a woman named Suzanne for her
baby son Nicholas.
Katie knows that Suzanne was Matt’s wife, but he swore that he
wasn’t married any more when he was with Katie. His only explanation
of why he left was to leave the diary.
The diary is captivating and beautiful. It simply and wonderfully
tells the story of how Suzanne met Matt and fell in love. Suzanne
writes with deep love for her baby son, celebrating all the milestones
of his little life, telling him how he is loved. Suzanne, Matt and
Yes, this is a tear-jerker, but it’s done tastefully and beautifully
and without sentimentality. Who would have thought that the author
of popular thrillers could write such a marvelous love story?
Reviews of other books by James Patterson:
Sam's Letters to Jennifer
comment: A reader gives this book five stars.
Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.