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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Review and Giveaway - The 8th Confession by James Patterson

The 8th Confession (The Women's Murder Club)The 8th Confession (The Women's Murder Club)

    Author: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (February 23, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0446561339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446561334

Rating: 4.0

Description from Author's site:
It's the only Murder Club episode this year, and Lindsay, Cindy, Yuki, and Claire are overwhelmed. A killer picks off San Francisco's super-rich one by one–without a leaving so much as shred of evidence behind. And a street preacher and patron saint to the homeless is brutally beaten and left to die. What secrets lurk behind his mantle of holiness? Meanwhile, danger strikes close to home when an unexpected romance threatens to tear the girls apart. In the 8th Women's Murder Club, the stakes are high, but the truth is shrouded. Who will confess?

REVIEW: I enjoyed this fast pace addition to the Women’s Murder Club series.  There is a lot of action and a lot going on with the characters.

This eighth book in the series starts off with a bang - in the nature of a bus explosion. It all gets tied in later. Lindsay, the tough San Francisco homicide detective, is busy searching for clues to find an elusive killer of the rich and famous. Cindy, the reporter, is like a dog with a bone as she takes up the cry to investigate the brutal killing of a homeless man whose murder would otherwise fall through the cracks. Yuki, the passionate District Attorney, is busy trying to convict a killer in court and save her job in while coping with lots of emotional stress. Claire, the medical examiner, is not as out front in this book but she is still a source of support and strength for Lindsay and the other women.

There are emotional stories intertwined with the four women as the two crimes are being solved. Yuki becomes romantically involved only to discover a major impediment to her relationship. Cindy also becomes involved (not sure how romantic the relationship is) but her lover has ties to Lindsay that make this a source of friction that has to be resolved.  Lindsay herself has to come to terms with some of her emotional walls.

The book moves at a good clip, bouncing in quick chapters (yes - I really do like short chapters!) from criminal elements to emotional scenes.  I definitely liked this book better than book #7 which I found to be disjointed and not satisfying at the end. The 8th confession kept my attention so I was eager to find out what would happen. I found it to be a solid and satisfactory contribution to the series.

If you are not familiar with the series I would recommend starting at the beginning so you have the full background and nuances of the relationships between the characters.  I have to say too that I do appreciate reading a cop/crime series with minimal bad language.


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