The Collector

The CollectorLila Emerson was house sitting when she looked across and saw in the window a couple fighting like they had been before. Lila will be shocked to witness a woman being pushed out of the window but she will not have clear view of the person who pushed the woman. She will do what she can to help solve the case with Aston, the brother of the deceased. She will not know that doing this will be putting her life in danger.

Artist Ashton Archer has just lost his brother who was thought to have murdered his girlfriend and then killed himself. Ash knew that was not the case and would enlist the help of the key eyewitness, Lila, to help prove it wasn’t his brother who murdered the woman. But by enlisting Lila’s help he will be putting her life and his own in danger.

The Collector is a novel by Nora Roberts. I am an avid reader of Nora Roberts and will most always try her books as she is a good author and her books are enjoyable. I am not going to her books as much but when a book comes out that sounds interesting I willingly read the book. Now this book had its good moments with intrigue of this murder/suicide and who was the real mastermind behind it all, but other than that I didn’t connect with the main characters.

Lila and Ashton were characters that came together in time of tragedy and confusion. I liked them for the most part but I couldn’t believe that they were together. I get that with tragedy you bond but for some reason with how they were created to be I couldn’t see it. How Roberts writes her stories you are pulled into the story but I felt that I grew a little bored with all that was happening. When the action and intrigue part was upon us the story for me grew interesting because I wanted to know the person behind it all and know the reason why they are doing it.

You are introduced to one of the villains in the book pretty quickly and they are vindictive but to know the person who is pulling the strings to this job that is what was driving me to continue the story.

I will still be back for more on Nora Roberts as there are plenty of novels to read from her that I have yet to try.

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3rd Degree by James Patterson

I can’t get enough of the Women’s Murder Club series.  It really is addicting and fast to read.  You start the book and next thing you know it is done.

The Plot of 3rd Degree:

“Plunging into a burning town house, Detective Lindsay Boxer discovers three dead bodies…and a mysterious message at the scene.  When more corpses turn up, Lindsay asks her friends Claire Washburn of the medical examiner’s office, Assistant D.A. Jill Bernhardt, and San Francisco Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas to help her find a murderer who he has targeted one of the four friends.  Which one will it be?”

Every time I read one of the books in the series I seem more and more drawn into the characters lives and the intense thriller plot.  You really get to know the characters and into their lives.  It gets addicting to read because you have to find out who is killing and what is really happening.  For instance Jill has a bruise and Lindsay is concerned.  Is this a problem in Jill’s life?  Lindsay finds out for certain.

The bad guy is really bad guys.  An organization that is killing supposedly for the good of the people.  Those who need the most help.  For this group it is war against the big CEO but it does get personal.

There is an unspeakable tragedy that hits the Women’s Murder Club and one of them will be permanently gone from the group but who and why are they targeted by this group.  The plot thickens and lead everyone to where the bad guy is getting his inspiration.  But even as the book end the group is still really a group because there will always be another to pick up the cause.

James Patterson brings another thriller and suspense tale to the pages with 3rd Degree.  I was amazed by the book.  The story line is interesting with the radical and very tragic which will make you sad for the death of the member.  I also like the fact that one of the members might have found love and won’t let him get away.  Hopefully it will last to keep her happy, until the next book.

2nd Chance by James Patterson

From reading the first book, 1st to Die, I was intrigued by the series.  Women’s Murder Club is definitely a different series from many that I have read.  The series is a wonder to read.  The four women are remarkable.  2nd Chance is another book that shows James Patterson’s incredible work of thrills and suspense.

The Plot of 2nd Chance:

“The Women’s Murder Club is back!  A brilliantly diabolical killer is murdering people from every walk of life.  The deaths seem unrelated but police homicide inspector Lindsay Boxer senses a connection and, together with medical examiner Claire, assistant D.A. Jill, and Chronicle reporter Cindy, finds a link that sends a chill through the entire nation.  The killer’s motives are unspeakable.”

Reading the first book let you get to know the characters, introduced them and know you are getting to know them more personally as the level of action and thrills are knocking on their door.  I was awed by the amount of events that spun out of control for the women.  I loved it and hated it.  Felt horrible for some and cheered them on.

When one of the members had a tragedy happen to her I felt horrible for the character.  You felt the need to protect the character from any further harm.

I hated the tragedy and betrayal of trust with Lindsay’s estranged father but it gets better and has promise of a relationship.

The villain in this one was unbelievable.  I couldn’t stop reading until I figured out who the killer of these people were.  There were so many clues that took you one way and then another.

This book, 2nd Chance, is a heart-stopping and heartwarming as the Murder Club is back in action.  James Patterson intrigues the reader with mystery, suspense, thrills and non stop crime fighting action.

Along Came a Spider by James Patterson

This is the first book of the series Alex Cross.  He is a detective trying to solving cases.  On TV two of James Patterson’s that I have seen were Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls.  Both movies were fantastic to watch.  They were interesting with a lot of drama and suspense.  So initially I was excited to pick up the book “Along Came a Spider” after reading James Patterson’s book “Honeymoon”.

The plot of the books is that Alex cross and his partner Samson are caught up in a kidnapping of two rich students from a private school.  And after they get on the case which is filled with sabotage, betrayal, mystery and suspense for Alex Cross.  He will find the clues to the whereabouts of the children but will it be too late?

So starting this book I was not thrilled.  I found it a little boring and slow in the beginning.  I kept puting the book down and not wanting to pick it up.  I don’t know why that was I guess even though the writer is James Patterson his writing was different from Honeymoon.  “Along Came a Spider” did not grasp me from the beginning.  Although once you got into the story it was better and suspenseful but still not my favorite book.  Though I will still try another series of his collection.