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21st Birthday (Women's Murder Club) Kindle Edition
In this thrilling novel from a #1 New York Times bestselling author, Detective Lindsay Boxer takes a vow to protect a young woman from a serial killer long enough to see her twenty-first birthday.
When young wife and mother Tara Burke goes missing with her baby girl, all eyes are on her husband, Lucas. He paints her not as a missing person but a wayward wife—until a gruesome piece of evidence turns the investigation criminal.
While Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas pursues the story and M.E. Claire Washburn harbors theories that run counter to the SFPD’s, ADA Yuki Castellano sizes Lucas up as a textbook domestic offender . . . who suddenly puts forward an unexpected suspect. If what Lucas tells law enforcement has even a grain of truth, there isn't a woman in the state of California who's safe from the reach of an unspeakable threat.
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Maxine Paetrois a novelist who has collaborated with James Patterson on the bestselling Women's Murder Club, Private, and Confessions series; Woman of God; and other stand-alone novels. She lives with her husband, John, in New York. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B08L3B4VH4
- Publisher : Little, Brown and Company (May 3, 2021)
- Publication date : May 3, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 5350 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 417 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,541 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on June 2, 2021
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And then the plot unravels into a meandering story, including a trial, and another suspect on the rampage. Just never comes together. Whodunnit was way too easy to figure out. The characters, for me, acted in dumb fashion. Not a favorite in the series.
The one thing you are guaranteed with a James Patterson book is a thrilling story from the first page until the last and this book is no different. The women’s murder club are looking into the disappearance of a young mother and her baby and the fingers are pointing at her husband but as more bodies show up they realise that they have a serial killer on their hands and time is running out before the next bodies are found. I’m a huge James Patterson fan everything he writes is brilliant.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book through Netgalley.
There's a lot of cat and mouse but not as much action as this story merits. An above average court case scene and some twists and turns then, smack, a resolution followed by different twists and turns, etc. Even the surprise ending was, um, lackluster.
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Everything procceds as usual: Lindsay investigates, Claire provides the medical detail, Yuki agonises if she’s done enough to put the guilty party away, and Cindy chases the story that will give her a best selling true crime book.
There is an unusual twist that derives from the husband’s own background but to be honest I didn’t feel this was one of the best of the series. The suspect is unsympathetic; the sections on Lindsay’s home life (cute child, unbelievably supportive husband) feel like they’d been clipped from earlier books; and whilst the ending provided an explanation, it just all felt unfinished somehow.
A series I normally enjoy, so hopefully better luck next time.
I almost gave up on JP novels as many of the more recent ones felt very shallow and formulaic ,like they were part of a mass production plan to make money off his reputation but frankly, failed to deliver the goods. However, I relented with this one as I have every other title in the WMC series.
21st Birthday is definitely Boxer and the team back to their best. I loved every page. Authentic JP style with a gritty story that pulled on the heart strings and kept you guessing. Top job!!