Wednesday, 29 September 2010

1st To Die By James Patterson

Note: This is an Adult book.

Description: First to Die: the Women's Murder Club, a group of San Francisco professionals--a homicide cop, an assistant district attorney, a pathologist and a reporter--share their information and thinking on cases. Someone is killing honeymoon couples on their first night together and nothing that we know about the killer is, we realise, entirely reliable: the connections between the victims are tenuous and the killer's method varies significantly. Intelligent, sensitive, tough cop Lindsay Boxer has problems of her own--a potentially fatal blood condition and a suspicion that she is falling for the intelligent divorced spin-doctor forced on her as partner by a publicity-conscious city government. The conversations she has with her friends are partly a matter of looking again at the results of legwork--sometimes explaining something to people who do not share your automatic assumptions makes you look at it again--and partly a matter of sharing expertise; rapidly they realise that they are up against someone for whom murder is a sexual game. Patterson has always had an eye for the psychology of killers--here he adds empathy for those to whom caring about victims is a way of life.

Review: This is the first book in the Women's Murder Club series by James Patterson. I'd been looking at this book for a long while as i wanted to find a mystery book which is told from a females point of view, but i put off buying it until last weekend when i got some book vouchers and decided to buy it and the second book, 2nd chance. I finished this book within 3 days and i did enjoy it but I'm only going to give it 4 stars as it didn't jump out at me.

Okay the story is told by Lindsay Boxer a homicide cop, the only Female one in the whole of San Francisco. When someone starts killing couples on their honeymoon, Lindsay investigates and finds there's more to the case then meets the eye so she gathers up a group of her friends, Cindy Thomas a reporter, Jill Bernhardt an assistant DA and Claire Washburn a medical examiner. Together they help Lindsay figure out clues which will finally lead them to the killer.

This book is better than i expected it to be, Lindsay Boxer is a strong female character which is a good thing. Patterson has created a very good mystery novel that keeps you guessing until the very end, and even so the ending still surprised me. This is a good book and i would recommend it to anyone who likes crime novel told from a strong female POV. I will definitely be reading the next few books in the series. One thing i really did like about this book is the short chapters which let me stop reading and remember where i was without having to go through the pages again. One disadvantage is that it is a very quick read, i know i finished it in 3 days but i could have finished it quicker. But altogether i would definitely recommend it and its a very good book.

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