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- ASIN : B008TUQZXO
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company (April 29, 2013)
- Publication date : April 29, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1296 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 498 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #30,465 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Is the old Patterson writing style back? Not in the slightest. It is more apparent than ever that he is not writing this series alone.
Where is the James Patterson I first enjoyed? You know, that guy who created Alex Cross and the Murder Club where he made a female homicide detective both interesting and believable, yet allowing us to understand her human side. Character development, especially of the other Club members, had always been well structured and nicely crafted, as it might have been in real life. In this episode we not only get to experience Lindsey's human side, but also get to test our gag reflex during segments of her mushy and repetitive comments. Come on James, your fans (the paying customers) deserve better from you. Fewer books each year might contribute to better overall quality.
I added the 2nd star in memory of the James Patterson I once knew.
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It started well but I lost interest near the middle and I struggled to finish it. Too many plots and for some reasons, the women characters did not feel right. I love strong women characters but many times, I found them too indecisive though not Claire, my favourite.
Too many people have spoken about the plots, so, I won't discuss them.
It is the end that redeemed the whole book for me. I did not expect it and this is why I took the decision to read the other books in Women's Murder Club and also, the Alex Cross series, when James Patterson writes solo.
I wasn't happy with Rich and Cindy in this one-I wanted to bash their heads together, I must say. I did find a courtroom scene featuring Yuki a tad farfetched and that's really all the complaints I had. Another little irritation was each time he mentioned Agent Parker it came with a superlative like "uberagent"....I wondered at that.
The only mistakes I spotted were spaces added into sheriff 's. That happened a couple of times right near the end so it was definitely better edited, too.
Plus if you've read this far you've known all these characters many years and I think you have to stick with them. It's a clever idea to make you care about them the way he's done and for me, continues to do.
With Lindsay Boxer as a new mother, her baby's birth was the intro to this latest book. That alone is something that just feels secondary to the series and no real thought had gone into it. Yuki is now running a case which seemed to take over for the majority of the book and I have to be honest and say that this particular part of the story didn't grab me. It is a case involving Keith Herman, a disgraced attorney, who is being prosecuted for the murder of his wife. Whilst Lindsay and Yuki are busy, we see Claire get demoted following the disappearance of a body from her Morgue, and finally we see fleeting glimpses of Cindy whose relationship with Lindsay's partner Rich Conklin appears to be running into trouble.
I read this book pretty quickly, which wasn't difficult as JP books are never meaty anyway. But by the end of the book, although I couldn't say it was terrible, I also couldn't say it was brilliant. It felt like storylines were created for all 4 characters and there was far too much going on for them individually. This made me feel like I was jumping from pillar to post, without any real sense of connection. Like many others I have probably read at least 60-70% of James Patterson's books, but am finding that my patience is wearing a bit thin. I would prefer to wait all year for one book from the man himself, than to constantly try and catch up with all the various series and co-written books he produces. Overall, another James Patterson disappointment!
This novel is little different except that it feels like it's marking time. It takes a long time to get into the meat of the story and focusses more than usual on the characters' personal lives, but the major changes they undergo do not generate the expected consequences in every case, making the book feel like the latter half of the story has been split out into a yet-to-be-published sequel.
This would have been more acceptable if the main investigation plot line didn't have so many gaping holes, most notable of which is the timely presence of a killer's accomplice and their ability to plan a daring escape despite there being no chance for them to have had contact.
Both these writers are capable of much better and I can only hope 13 is a luckier number.
The book felt rather rushed and seemed as though there was unnecessary haste to tie the story up in a neat bow far too quickly. Come on Mr Patterson PLEASE get back to basics with the Womens Murder Club so that we can start to care about what happens to Lindsay et al once more.