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21st Birthday (Women's Murder Club, 21) Paperback – March 15, 2022
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- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing (March 15, 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1538752859
- ISBN-13 : 978-1538752852
- Item Weight : 1.11 pounds
- Best Sellers Rank: #481,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.
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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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!!
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.