8th Confession by James Patterson

James Patterson brings the Women’s Murder Club back to the pages in the suspense thriller 8th Confession.

The Plot of 8th Confession:

“As San Francisco’s most glamorous millionaires mingle at the party of the year, someone is watching-waiting for a chance to take revengeance on Isa and Ethan Bailey, the city’s most celebrated couple.  Finally, the killer pinpoints the ideal moment, and it’s the perfect murder.  Not a trace of evidence is left behind in their glamorous home.

As Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the high-profile murder, someone else is found brutally executed-a preacher with a message of hope for the homeless.  His death nearly falls through the cracks, but when reporter Cindy Thomas hears about it, she knows the story could be huge.  Probing deeper into the victim’s history, she discovers he may not have been quite as saintly as everyone thought.

As the hunt for two criminals test the limits of the Women’s Murder Club, Lindsay sees sparks fly between Cindy and Lindsay’s partner, Detective Rich Conklin.  The Women’s Murder Club now faces its toughest challenge: will love destroy all that four friends have built?”

Now although this book was well written and interesting as all the others I wasn’t so drawn towards this book.  The plot was good but it didn’t grab my attention.  I found myself reading more about what was going to happen with Lindsay, Rich, Joe, and Cindy.

But as always James Patterson brings the characters great depth.  I liked that Lindsay still faces a hard choice on who to choose and she finally does but will this still be a problem in the next book.

The next book is not out yet but I am waiting to find out what happens in the next installment of the Women’s Murder Club.

4th of July by James Patterson

The fourth book, 4th of July,  in the series of The Women’s Murder Club is another stellar book.  James Patterson brings back the now three women to the pages in this dynamic storyline where Lindsay is on the line.

“In a late-night showdown after a near-fatal car chase, San Francisco police lieutenant Lindsay Boxer has to make an instantaneous decision: in self-defense, she fires her weapon, and sets off a chain of events that leaves a police force disgraced, an etire city divided, and a family destroyed.  Now everything she worked for her entire life for hinges on the decision of twelve jurors.

To escape scrutiny during breaks from her trial, Lindsay retreats to the picturesque town of Half Moon Bay.  But soon after her arrival, a string of grisly murders punches through the peaceful community.  There are no witnesses and there is no discernible pattern.  But a key detail recalls a case Lindsay worked on as a rookie years before, an unsolved murder that has haunted her ever since.  As summer comes into full swing, Lindsay and her friends in the Women’s Murder Club battle for her life on two fronts: before judge and jury as her trial comes to a climax, and facing unknown adversaries who will do anything to keep her from the truth about the killings-including killing again.”

This book, 4th of July, was amazing to read.  It was a nice change from other plots because this one was primarily in the court room around this one crime that Lindsay was involved in.  Of course there is another crime that is happening which Lindsay will involve herself in, even though she was not supposed to.

Reading the book I have to say James Patterson doesn’t give too many clues that you can pick up on for who the murderer is, which is great!  I love a mystery and how the characters appear one way then another.  But during this book I did end up suspecting one person which was part of the crime.  They were unlikely but I have learned to suspect the ones you don’t think.  But in his books you get caught up in them that you don’t really think about it, just read.

As the suspect comes forward you still didn’t know the true reasons for what was happening until that person told you in the book.

This book was dynamic with the characters.  Showed a new side of Lindsay with her being guilty and vulnerable.  And there is a new friend that is made for the women in the book.