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Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas

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by James Patterson

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Katie Wilkinson has found the perfect man at last -- but one day, without explanation, he disappears from her life, leaving behind only a diary for her to read.

The diary was written by a new mother, as a keepsake for her baby son. In it she touchingly recounts the initial romance between herself and the child's father, and the unparalleled joy that


Katie Wilkinson has found the perfect man at last -- but one day, without explanation, he disappears from her life, leaving behind only a diary for her to read.

The diary was written by a new mother, as a keepsake for her baby son. In it she touchingly recounts the initial romance between herself and the child's father, and the unparalleled joy that motherhood has brought her. As Katie read this moving account, it becomes clear that the lover who left her is the same man as the husband and father in the diary! 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, this novel 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.

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
James Patterson makes a significant departure from his usual suspense fare to pen Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas, a moving love story about hope, loss, joy, and tragedy. Actually, Patterson’s tale consists of two love stories that parallel one another. The first focuses on Kate Wilkinson, who thinks she has found the perfect man to love in Matt Harrison, until he suddenly disappears on her without explanation. The second story comes into play when Kate goes in search of answers and finds them in the pages of a diary that a young mother has written for her infant son.

It is Matt who has sent the diary to Kate, warning her that reading it might be difficult but that it will also explain his behavior. Kate is shocked to learn that the woman who wrote the diary is Matt’s wife and that they have a young son named Nicholas. Yet despite her feelings of jealousy, Kate finds herself liking this other woman, whose love for her son is both beautiful and intense. And as she reads further, Kate discovers the tragic secret of the diary, which gives her a heartbreaking glimpse into Matt’s past life but also her first glimmers of hope for their future.

While the overall style and genre of this tale vary considerably from what Patterson fans have come to expect, his trademark feel for suspense is very much at work in this poignant and moving tale. It’s a showcase example of his versatility as a writer and will undoubtedly add to his ever-growing legion of dedicated fans. (Beth Amos)

Susan Wiggs
In an unusual departure, James Patterson gives us a quiet fable of love, loss and healing.
...clever, light, and as welcoming as an ocean breeze...
Be forewarned: This is not the James Patterson you're used to. The writer who's brought fans so many action-packed bestsellers is vying for a wider female readership. His latest book is a love story—right down to it's sugar-sweet center. Coming on the heels of the recently released 1st to Die, Patterson's first romance is narrated from the alternating points of view of two women in love with the same man. First up is Katie, a New York book editor who meets Matt when she decides to buy his first collection of poems for publication. Katie and Matt fall in love and date for almost a year—that is, until Matt abruptly ends their relationship, leaving Katie devastated and confused. Sad as this story may be, we're only halfway there. More tears and sadness follow when, one day, Katie unexpectedly receives a diary in the mail that has been sent to her by Matt. Written by a young stranger named Suzanne for her newborn son, Nicholas, the diary serves to explain the reasons behind Matt's mysterious decision. The book is rather cheesy, but might just make a perfect poolside companion.
—Jennifer Braunschweiger

(Excerpted Review)
Library Journal
Suzanne, a doctor, and her husband, Matthew, a house painter/poet, lived on Martha's Vineyard with their infant son, Nicholas. Suzanne kept a diary for Nicholas, chronicling their life together from the day she and Matthew met. When the story begins, Matthew has abruptly ended a deep and emotional affair with Katie, the New York editor of his collection of poems. He offers her Suzanne's diary as his only explanation, which she reads, searching for meaning. Well read by Becky Ann Baker, this book is as saccharine as The Bridges of Madison County, which Patterson alludes to in his text. Is he attempting a similar cry-your-eyes-out story, or does he mean this as a parody of the original? It's far from his usual thriller.-Joanna M. Burkhardt, Coll. of Continuing Education Lib., Univ. of Rhode Island, Providence Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
For sheer genre-crossing audacity, you might think nothing could outdo John Grisham's season on a Mississippi farm (A Painted House) until you read this relentlessly throat-clutching love story from thrillermeister Patterson. The night Matt Harrison's editor Katie Wilkinson presents him with a contract for his new book of poems, she has even bigger news for him: She's pregnant. But she never gets to show him the silver rattle she's tucked into a drawer, because before she can share her news, he's gently but firmly walked out on her, leaving her high and dry with only a book for company. It's a diary Matt's wife Suzanne kept for their baby son Nicholas, and if Katie reads it, Matt urges, she'll understand better why he had to leave. The diary does explain a great number of things—how lowly Matt managed to enthrall a successful Boston physician like Suzanne, why Suzanne thought it would be a good idea to keep a diary for her infant child, why "we is always so much better than I," why "one today is worth two tomorrows," and how a propulsive storyteller like Patterson (Roses Are Red) can keep the pot boiling even without the help of Alex Cross and a high body count—but not why Matt left Katie. What's really important, though, is that Katie is on hand for a series of interludes to telegraph exactly when to laugh and when to cry for audiences that missed The Prince of Tides and The Bridges of Madison County. A moving, and fast-moving, fable compounded about equally of tenderness, apothegms, doggerel, endearments, and mush. The ending, which makes nonsense of Matt's departure, suggests how severely Matt may have understated the case in warning that "there will be parts that may be hard for you to read."

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Meet the Author

James Patterson is one of the top-selling novelists in the world today. His debut novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, won the Edgar Award for the best first mystery novel. It was published by Little, Brown in 1976 when he was just 27 years old, after being turned down by more than two dozen other publishers.> He has since written a string of major national bestsellers that includes the five books in the series featuring detective/psychologist Alex Cross -- Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, Jack & Jill, Cat & Mouse and Pop Goes the Weasel -- as well as Cradle and All, When the Wind Blows, and Hide & Seek. In November 2000, Little, Brown published the sixth book in the Cross series, Roses are Red, and in March 2001 will launch a new Patterson series with the publication of 1st To Die, the novel that introduces the "Women's Murder Club." Also on the slate for 2001: Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas and the new thriller featuring Alex Cross, Violets Are Blue.

Paramount Pictures's feature film adaptation of Kiss the Girls, starring Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross, was a box office hit in 1997. Freeman will reprise the Cross role in the film adaptation of the first novel in the series, Along Came a Spider, now in production and slated for release in April 2001. NBC bought the rights to 1st To Die with plans to produce a four-hour miniseries to air during the May 2001 sweeps period. Miracle on the 17th Green, a novel co-written with Peter de Jonge, was also made into a television movie, starring Robert Urich.

In addition to writing novels, Mr. Patterson served as chairman of J. Walter Thompson, North America from 1990 to 1996. He began his advertising career as a junior copywriter with the company in 1971 and went on to become the youngest executive creative director and youngest chief executive officer in the company's history. He made his mark at the agency by creating award-winning campaigns for Kodak, Burger King, Toys R' Us, Bell Atlantic, Bristol-Myers and others. He collaborated with advertising colleague Peter Kim to produce the nonfiction bestseller The Day America Told the Truth.

Patterson grew up in Newburgh, New York. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English from Manhattan College and summa cum laude with an M.A. in English from Vanderbilt University.

James Patterson lives in Palm Beach County, Florida, with his wife and their young son.

Brief Biography

Palm Beach, Florida
Date of Birth:
March 22, 1947
Place of Birth:
Newburgh, New York
B.A., Manhattan College, 1969; M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1971

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suzanne's' Dairy to Nicholas is the first novel I have read from James Patterson's collection and I have to say it won't be the last I read. Not only is this a compelling story of love and romance, but it's pages are full of suspense that keeps you reading on until the very end. Patterson tells the story of a young woman named Katie who finds herself deeply in love with a man named Matt. Everything is going great for the two of them when out of the blue Matt ends their two-year relationship without even explaining himself. Katie is given an old diary from Matt, which he uses to explain his poor actions. As Katie reads through the pages she discovers many of Matt's hidden secrets, which includes a wife, and son Katie never knew about. After finishing the dairy Katie realizes she had been wrong for assuming the worst out of Matt and she finds their relationship has grown even stronger after reading this diary. This story had very few weak points except for the occasional sad moments. I highly recommend this book to any audience, male or female, who is in the mood for a great read and has time to sit and read. Once you start this book you won't be able to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Beautiful and sad. But a great read for the afternoon.
Elle-Dinnell More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It wasn't what I expected when I began reading it. It was a pleasant surprise and I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had just moved back to New Jersey from North Carolina and I was cleaning up the attic of the house I had just bought. As I was sorting through the things left behind by the previous owner I saw a book propped up against one of the posts. I picked it up and began to read the first page. I saw the words New York and North Carolina and immediately became intrigued. Already the setting was relating to my own life. The book was Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson, published in 2001. I had never read James Patterson before but I had heard of his books. This did not seem to fit his usual genre. He is best known for his mystery thriller books such as Roses Are Red and Kiss the Girls. James Patterson’s Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas is instead a powerful love story, with of course a bit of suspense. The story is about Katie Wilkinson a New York writer whose boyfriend Matt has just broken up with her. Instead of the wedding proposal she was hoping for he mails her a diary, written by his former wife to their son Nicholas. Katie is heartbroken and cannot imagine that Matt was cheating on his wife. Although unsure of what she is about to find out, she begins reading the diary. This story is about Katie, Matt, Suzanne and Nicholas and how their lives are joined through love, loss and the hope of finding love again. The book begins with Katie Wilkinson. The man she had been seeing for a year, Matt has just broken up with her. He sent her a package and in it was a diary, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas. A note from Matt read, “Maybe this diary will explain things better than I ever could. If you have the heart, read it.” With that, the mystery began. The main events of this book were excerpts from the diary left by Suzanne to her son Nicholas. James Patterson uses both first and third person narrative through the book. The majority of the book is in third person as Katie reads the diary, which is set in Suzanne and Matt’s hometown in Martha’s Vineyard. It then changes to first person as Katie reacts to what she is reading. The diary describes Suzanne’s life after suffering a life threatening heart attack and makes a major life change where she leaves New York to become a country physician in Martha’s Vineyard. It is hear that she meets Matt a painter and inspiring writer. The two fell in love and Katie has to push through the pages of details of their relationship, not knowing how this will change her life, if at all in the end. I became completely engulfed in the lives of these four people and how they were intertwined and couldn’t wait to solve the mystery behind the diary. The characters are all very likeable and at times it feels as this family is meeting and coming together like they are part of our own. One of my favorite quotes used several times is, “Isn’t it lucky?” It is a statement they created after Matt learned Suzanne had survived a life threatening heart attack. As I read this line on several occasions throughout the book, I couldn’t help but feel the sense of love and gratitude in the situations in my own life, like when my own son was born with a heart condition. As Katie finishes the diary to its poignant end, she realizes why Matt had been struggling. She learns the truth and the mystery was revealed. She realizes there may be hope for them after all. This book is definitely a page turner and I strongly recommend it to anyone who loves a feel good easy read. It is one that keeps you routing for the good guys and the promise of love, hope and family. After reading this book I felt there was definitely hope for love, even after love had been lost. I felt so grateful for my health and the health and love of my family. I find myself on a daily basis saying, “Isn’t it lucky?”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first James Patterson book. I couldn't put it down!
Kristina_G More than 1 year ago
This was a a great book. It was very touching. I finished it in a day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this on the paperback version. This is the first James Patterson book I've ever read. I'm on page 30 right now, an dI feel like I'm a character! I feel as if I myself am in the book. When he rights, it's so powerful! He makes it feel like home! This may be my first James Patterson book I've ever read, But I can tell you one thing. It won't be my last!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas is a story within a story. The bulk of the book is a diary written by a mother for her new-born son. She explains how she met her husband, how they fell in love, what the pregnancy was like, and recounts her reactions to the life of young Nicholas. This part of the book works beautifully. I think the concept is a brilliant one, and I hope that parents who read this book will create such diaries for their children. The reading by Becky Ann Baker is moving, and brings these experiences to life in a wonderful way! The external story doesn't work nearly as well. Katie Wilkinson has fallen in love and is pregnant by a mysterious poet from Martha's Vineyard. Just when it looks like marriage is in the cards, he flees. The next morning, she finds the diary along with a note that it may be hurtful to read the diary. She cannot figure out what the message of the diary is until the very end. This story's superstructure just dilutes the beauty of the story in the diary. Mr. Patterson does one thing that I consider unforgiveable in a novelist: He deliberately shows off how easily he can mislead the reader . . . to me it felt sort of like him sticking his tongue out at you to establish his superiority over you. As one of several examples I could cite, Suzanne comes to Martha's Vineyard and runs into an old friend, Matt. In other places, she describes the baby's father as Matt. Naturally, many would assume that it is this old friend. No, it is someone else. The first Matt is in the story only for that purpose. Now, really! The most annoying example of this showing off was giving Suzanne a very extreme and unusual heart condition just so Mr. Patterson could create a tricky ending in the diary. I would not normally complain so much about this sort of flaw, but these sleight-of-hand sections seriously degrade what is otherwise a very lyrical and well-written book. After you finish reading this book, think about who else you could write a diary for . . . and then do it! Gently share your feelings with those you care about. Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a suspense/thriller novel reader. I dont read love stories but this book is great! I am a die heart James Patterson fan and will read anything that he writes. this book is definitely a deviation from Jame Patterson's thrillers, yet it is as suspenseful as the thrillers. I bought the book at his book signing on July 18th. I begin reading it that night, at lunch at work the next day and finished that night (24 hrs). I couldnt put it down! It makes you long for the love displayed in the book. To love and lose, and then love again...That's excellent! Once you become a James Patterson fan, you are hooked for life. He's incredible. Go get the book; you wont be sorry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one night. It was very good and extremely moving. I certainly belive that James Patterson can write books for all types of genre after this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought and finished this book the same day I bought it. I litterally could not put it down. I read and read till I was finished and once I was done, with tears in my eyes and my heart aching for Matt and Katie I was sad to have finished it so quickly. This book is great. I am an avid reader of James Patterson's novels and to date have read and collected all of them. I must admit, as were some other James Patterson 'suspense thriller' fans, that I was a little shaky about a 'love story'. I am sorry Mr. Patterson for any doubts I had. Like the insert in the books jacket says, this book is for anyone that has every loved. I highly recomend.
harstan More than 1 year ago
New York book editor Katie Wilkinson believed that she found her soul mate in poet-house painter Matt Harrison. However, instead of a lifetime together, they share a year before Matt vanishes. After disappearing from her life, Matt mails Katie a diary written by his wife Suzanne. Katie cannot help but read the journal that Suzanne has written to her and Matt¿s son. She explains how she was a yuppie doctor in Boston until she suffered a heart attack in her mid thirties. Knowing she needed a lifestyle change, Suzanne fled to Martha¿s Vinyard where she falls in love with Matt. They marry and have a child. As she reads, Katie begins to feel she knows Suzanne and Nicholas as old friends. Still even she wonders if she should try to see Matt one last time once she finishes the cherished diary lovingly written by a mother to a son?

Fans of James Patterson¿s powerful Cross mysteries will find SUZANNE¿S DIARY FOR NICHOLAS quite a departure for the popular author. There is a mystery of sorts and plenty of suspense but in a different manner than usual for a James Patterson novel, but no murders or crimes are committed. Still, the writer flexes his muscles as he provides a strong, insightful, yet teary character study that looks closely at loss through the souls of Suzanne and Matt and the reactions of Katie. Using his usual switching from first to third and back to first case, Mr. Patterson provides a warm, somewhat overly maudlin tale that will stir the audience to want more dramas of this sort from a talented scribe.

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Anonymous 4 months ago
"Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas"... makes me want to write a diary about how good it is A new job, new town, new house, new people. Suzanne just moved and has to start all over in her life. All Suzanne wants is a family and someone to love her like she would love him. She finds love when she didn't expect it. But this book isn't just about Suzanne it tells the future story of Katie reading Suzanne's diary. Katie's boyfriend just broke up with her, his name is Matthew. Matt doesn't want to dump Katie and not tell her why, so he gives his wife's diary to her to explain the unexplainable. "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" written by James Patton is the heartbreaking story of a family that is torn apart. A girl who finds love and gets caught in a situation she didn't expect. It shares the tale of true love between two people. With the most shocking ending ever that will bring tears to your eyes. The best part about this book is that the way it is written it feels as if you are in the book with the characters. You experience the love they are feeling, the struggles they face, the happiness they feel. The book starts off with Katie, just recently dumped, she walks slowly to the door that was just knoked and discovers a package. She received two things a note from Matt explaining the reason he broke up with her, and a diary. Matt told Katie to read it and it would explain everything. The story changes over to Suzanne's diary describing her life and how she met Matt and how they impacted each others lives. The diary then switches over to Katie, James Patton describes her emotions after reading the diary, it then switches back to the diary. Again telling the story of Suzanne's life. This definitely is one of the best books I have ever read. It has suspense, romance, happiness, sadness, everything you could ask of any book. This book will hook you and make you never want to stop reading it. I would recommend this to anyone in search of a fantastic romance novel. With all the suspense in the book you have so many questions for example, who is Nicholas? What is the real reason Matt gave Katie the diary? You'll just have to read and find out.
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Loved it
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Amazing, heartbreaking, sad and happy all at the same time..love never dies
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Loved this short read by James Patterson; keep my interest until the end.
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It was a good read and make me a fan of James Patterson loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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