Book 1 of the Women's Murder Club Series
Mystery | Thriller | Suspense | Crime
Published: March 2001
Inspector Lindsay Boxer of the San Francisco Police Department suddenly finds herself in the middle of two horrifying situations: The first is that she's just learned she has an often-fatal blood disease. The second is a double homicide case she is now heading up that involves the murder of newlyweds on their wedding night. Burdened with Chris Raleigh, a new partner reassigned from the mayor's office, Lindsay finds that she has too much to deal with and turns to her best friend, Claire, the head ME on the case. Claire offers helpful advice and human, friendly contact amid a job filled with violence, cruelty, and fear.
Soon a fledgling newspaper reporter, Cindy, makes contact with Lindsay looking for a career-making story. Although Lindsay can't officially comment on the case, the two women form a rapport, and Cindy joins Lindsay and Claire for their weekly meeting. When a second pair of newlyweds is murdered, and later a third, the investigation leads to a prominent crime writer, Nicholas Jenks, who has a history of spousal abuse and a predilection for kinky, dangerous sex games. With the help of an understanding assistant D.A., Jill Bernhardt, Lindsay tries to make a case against Jenks, who even had an affair with one of the slain women. Eventually Jill joins the Murder Club, and the four ladies share private interdepartmental information in an effort to track and stop the killer before he strikes again.
This book takes you on one hell of a ride. It is exciting, dark, interesting, and very thrilling. I don’t know how I never got into Patterson’s books before but after reading two I am officially hooked. Each and every chapter of this book is swift. Before you know it, you are halfway through the book. I honestly LOVE this because I feel like I am able to read a lot more pages in a short amount of time. It also makes me feel more connected because I never feel like I am going to miss out on something important. Phew, this book is just plain good.
So this book is about a detective named Lindsay who is on the hunt for the bride and groom killer. She has a keen eye for detail, is sharp, and an overall likeable character. While she is fighting crime though she is also going through something on her own. An illness that could eat her alive without treatment. This added subplot really adds to the book because it makes it feel more real. Not only is this woman fighting crime but she is also fighting for her own life. She isn’t just a cop. Patterson successfully makes her a real person by showing us two sides to her story. I loved this. Lindsay of course, is the prominent figure in this book. However, there are also secondary characters who are extremely important and round out the book well. Three other women (a reporter, medical examiner, and district attorney) all come together with Lindsay on a common ground- to find the killer and get justice for those he has brutally murdered. While at first all three women feel like an unlikely pair, soon after they become just as important to the story as Lindsay.
The killings (and killer) in this book are quite brutal. I wasn’t expecting to get such a vivid glimpse as to how they are killed but Patterson shocks us when showing us how these killings were done. In some scenes we are literally watching these killing unfold behind the killer’s eyes making us feel connected to him too. I found this to be very interesting and one of the best parts of the whole book. Readers beware though, the unexpected will occur. I won’t say more or I will spoil it.
Overall this is a fantastically thrilling ride. I look forward to continuing on in the series to see how the characters grow and develop more over time. It will be interesting to see what else these ladies get into with their murder club! If you haven’t read a Patterson novel yet I suggest starting with this one. It’s really good!
★★★★ 5 Pretty Little Stars ★★★★
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