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Publication Order of Honeymoon Books

with James Patterson

Publication Order of Instinct Books

with James Patterson
Murder Games / Instinct (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killer Instinct (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Steal (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Up and Comer (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Promise of a Lie (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
You've Been Warned (With: James Patterson) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sail (With: James Patterson) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don't Blink (With: James Patterson) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Truth or Die (With: James Patterson) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Howard Roughan is a critically acclaimed American author and who has written several novels including the Promise of a Lie and The Up and Corner, which were selected by October Films. Michael Douglas has been selected to produce the movie. Apart from the two novels, Howard Roughan has also co-authored several novels including the Honeymoon book, series, Don’t Blink, Sail and You Have Been Warned. After completing his college education, Roughan rose through the levels of the advertising industry in New York before he published his first novel.


Honeymoon is the first book in the Honeymoon series by Howard Roghan and James Patterson. The storyline in this book revolves around the main character, Nora Sinclair. Norah is deeply in love with a highly successful business tycoon, Connor. It does not take long before Connor proposes to Norah with a very expensive diamond ring. As a highly booked interior decorator, Norah is constantly on the move. However, despite having a perfect start, there is a twist to the storyline. Norah is not only married to Jeffrey Walker, a well-known author but her escapades are covered extremely well with a chain of lies. It does not take long before Connor is found dead and the insurance firm come to investigate the cause of death since they suspect there was foul play.

What will happen next in the book eventually spills out into a series of action and drama, which spills over to Westchester and Boston. From the very start, it is clear to see that this was a cat and mouse story. Nora is a criminal mastermind, who had learned the art of covering her tracks extremely well. On the other hand, John, a detective slash insurance agent is an exceedingly witty man who loved to show interest in things that did not involve him. The book’s plot is not only grueling, but it is also furious and gory with lots of surprises. The tone that the author sets is that of a suspense thriller and works extremely well. Nora’s luring methods are tested against the much-experienced O’Hara. This is a plot where things that you do not expect to happen appear out of nowhere.

The main reason why the F.B.I are interested so much in Nora is that mysterious things keep on happening to everyone around her. Furthermore, upon looking at Nora, the F.B.I agent notices something dangerous about her; it is something that scares him while at the same time lures him. This is an excellent read.

Second Honeymoon

In this book, the prolific F.B. Agent O’Hara is back. O’Hara is still winding from the events in the first installment, where the investigations went extremely wrong and resulted in the death of his girlfriend. This book picks up from where the first book left off. The unexpected death of his girlfriend is still affecting him. This time around, Nora’s younger brother has just escaped from an asylum and is currently seeking out revenge. Nora’s brother believes that John had something to do with Nora’s death. However, despite the fact that his claims might be right, Ned has taken a different route. Instead of going straight to John O’Hara he begins killing individuals who have the same name as the main character in the book.

This, in turn, draws some attention because the brother in law to the president is also named John O’Hara. As all this is happening, one Warner Breslow who is a multi-millionaire hires John. John is hired by the multi-millionaire to look into the death of his son and daughter in law who were murdered in the Caribbean since he does not completely trust the Caribbean police. Upon conducting his investigation, John discovers that there were several other cases where newlyweds were murdered. From the word go, it is clear to see whose fault it is, but as he continues his investigation, he discovers that he is being monitored by another F.B.I agent. John finds out that the F.B.I agent has been hired to protect him from the killer. However, as they get to know one another, O’Hara ends up falling in love with him. However, despite their romantic escapades and their investigative skills, the two begin working on O’Hara’s case. With that said, this is an excellent read, and it is clear to see why Howard Roughan books are exceedingly popular.

You Have Been Warned

In this novel, Howard Roughan introduces the readers to Panleigh. Panleigh has contracted a private detective to establish as to whether her husband is being unfaithful. However, once the photos have been taken, some appear with glitches. Despite being an aspiring photographer, Kristen is having affairs with married men. Thus what was initially a dream eventually turned into a convoluted story of the main character having macabre dreams and also meeting up with individuals who were supposed to be deceased long ago.

Thus, if you are a fan of dark mysteries, then you are going to love this story. Each of the chapters had something fresh in store for the reader, hence will make you read more and more. The main character meets up with her dead dad, is also stalked by a ponytail man and from time to time is lured to the Falcon. However, none of the strange things which were happening in the book and especially to Kristen were explained by the author. At the story continues, Kristin’s life takes a nose dive. She begins waking up in the middle of the night screaming especially after her nightmares turn her blood extremely cold while the people around her are acting exceedingly strange.

Her sunshine and peace are eclipsed by a creepy police detective who is constantly stalking her. Thus she must be able to figure out what exactly is happening before she eventually losses her sanity. Whenever the strange stops happening, Kristen tries to figure out as to whether Michael was willing to leave his wife, especially since her dad had assisted him in securing his job. All in all, this is an excellent read that has a speedy storyline.

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3 Responses to “Howard Roughan”

  1. Sheila Vernick: 10 months ago

    Howard Roughan’s novels are where it’s at for me! I started with Promise of a Lie and quckly searched to find the Up and Comer, which I am just now finishing. I am desperately seeking more from him; don’t know about reading any of his work with James Patterson…would love some opinions. I know that Howard has written a short story, The Cabots and the Cromwells, and I will obtain a copy of that. Bravo, Howard! Frantically waiting for more of your clever AND humorous writing!!

  2. Penny Ferguson Johnson: 1 year ago

    I just discovered Howard Roughan via “Steel.” Unknowingly, I read the
    “Honeymoon” series years ago and didn’t realize he had written those books. I am now in the process of reading “Instinct” since I enjoyed “Steel” so much. His character of Dylan Reinhart is fantastic! I love that he is so “saucy” and delightfully humourous! I just read the passage about him requiring his students to attend class to my daughter who lectures at a college here in Winnipeg. We both got a real kick out of it! Most enjoyable read I have had in a long time. Please keep the series coming! At 78 (79 in August as us old fogies often say) l don’t have time to wait too long for the next book!
    Thank you Howard.
    Penny Johnson
    Winnipeg, Manitoba

    • Sheila Vernick: 10 months ago

      Penny – I’m with you! Frantically seeking more of Howard Roughan. AND I will be 84 this fall; totally no time to wait!


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