YMMV / James Patterson

  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: The final showdown between Cross and Soneji in Cat and Mouse
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: In Along Came a Spider the rescue of Maggie Rose Dunne. Truthfully any time a kidnapping victim is reunited with their family.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Some interpretations of the Mastermind.
  • Fridge Logic: Micheal Bennett is the only breadwinner in his family even before his wife dies, yet somehow he is able to afford to provide for ten children on a cop's salary.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The 2012 children's novel I Funny is set on Long Beach, Long Island and was written well before but hit the shelves a month after Superstorm Sandy.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Almost all of the villains start out as somewhat likable in an evil way until a certain point, but a particularly good example is Gary Schaefer and the murder of Patsy Hampton.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Thriller fiction runs on it.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Jill has a single brief playable scene in the Hidden Object Game Women's Murder Club: Twice in a Blue Moon: Riding around the archives on a segway, trying to not hit law clerks.
  • Paranoia Fuel: His works portray the personal weaknesses of the police that citizens trust with their lives, as well as how difficult and unpredictable the monstrous criminals can be.
  • Squick: Given the nature of his work, this was a given. However, it runs rampant in Kiss the Girls. One scene in particular involves Casanova using warm milk to lead a live snake into the rectum of one of his victims. Many reviews cite this scene as so disturbing it ruins the entire novel. (Note: Snakes don't actually drink milk. Blame Arthur Conan Doyle for this one.)
    • The latest book also has Zeus, who possibly tops Casanova in terms of being a disgusting murderous sex fiend.
    • Also the lovingly detailed description of The Mastermind having sex with a corpse in Roses Are Red, thanks James.
    • Four Blind Mice has three contract killers (hence the title), and one of them is described as getting hard at the memory of murder.
  • Tear Jerker: The death of Mike's wife, Maeve, from cancer, in Step on a Crack, made worse because it's been set up for much of the book).
    • Anything and everything involving Jill in 3rd Degree.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Vida Gomez in Gone. She was built up as Manuel Perrine's top assassin, a highly competent and skilled killer who stops at nothing to get a job done. When she survives Perrine and looks as if she may become the main antagonist of the next book, she anticlimactically dies the very next chapter after horribly botching the assassination of the Bennett clan, murdered by Mary Catherine, of all people.