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Unlucky 13 (Women's Murder Club, 13) Audio CD – CD, May 5, 2014
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"Those who haven't read any of the novels in the Women's Murder Club series are cheating themselves."―BookReporter.com
"I can't believe how good Patterson is, whether he's doing a Washington police yarn or traveling a different road with a female narrator. He is always on the mark. I have never begun a Patterson book and been able to put it down."―Larry King, USA Today
"Patterson and Paetro are at their best here, weaving a number of plots together to create a novel that dips and flows across genre lines.... A series that shows no signs of fatigue or flagging."―BookReporter.com
About the Author
- Publisher : Little, Brown & Company; Unabridged edition (May 5, 2014)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 6 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1611130557
- ISBN-13 : 978-1611130553
- Item Weight : 5.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 1 x 5.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,681,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I don't remember much about book 12, but as for book 13, I feel like James Patterson is writing less and less of his books. The style was confusing - parts were third person, parts were first. It just makes it somewhat hard to read. Also, procedurally, some parts were just epicly wrong.
There were also too many stories going on in this one. I think maybe the book wasn't "long" enough so they added in the story of Brady and Yuki's honeymoon which, although intriguing, seemed misplaced.
I'll keep reading though, mostly because I want to find out what happens with Cindy.
The wedding and honeymoon of the attorney in the group, and the cruiseline ship their on gets hijacked, and the return of a pyscho bent on killing the detective of the group makes for compelling reading.
The journalist becomes the heroine in a the twist at the end of the book.
The author spins a delicate trail throughout the book of the three stories. The reader doesn't know what to expect when they put the book and return again.
An exciting book to read that can be read by itself or as a continuence in the series
First off, I enjoyed the story. I personally really like that there are several plot lines contained in the same novel. Since this book is a part of a series with multiple main characters, it gives you more bang for your buck. It's almost like several short stories that are intertwined with each other that come together to give you a satisfying conclusion.
If you like a mystery where every nuance of how the murder was solved is laid out for you, this story is not for you. Likewise, if you like police procedurals, this isn't your book.
This book was very focused on the relationships between the characters and how those interactions helped to solve the crime. There were "ah-ha" moments where a large piece to the puzzle was found and then they followed up on that lead. But all of the minutia that happened between those moments was left out.
I mentioned that I didn't look at the author when I purchased the book. I honestly thought I was reading a novel written by a woman based on the characters and their ties with each other. If you're not familiar with this particular series, there is a group of women who work in different but related fields. They are all friends and use their positions to help each other with solving murders. There is a detective, a prosecuter, a criminal journalist and a medical examiner. They are a part of what they refer to as the "Murder Club".
Maybe a woman reading this book would know right off the bat that the author was a man trying to write from a woman's first-person perspective, but I had no idea. I think that is a good indicator of the author's writing ability.
One other thing I liked about his writing was the realistic way the story read. Some novels should be filled with flowery writting, interesting prose and the author trying to wax poetic. But other stories should read like they are actual events that the reader can believe happened. The reader can think, this is how people really talk and act. That's what I got from this book. There are a couple of things that were slightly unrealistic but still not impossible to believe.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It inspired me to download the sample of his latest work, "Invisble". I will definitely be buying that book when I have more time to read a full novel.
**NOTE: All of my novels are professionally edited but my posts and reviews aren't :)
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I think Mr Patterson et al need to concentrate more on quality rather than quantity in the future.
In addition to this, we see Yuki (2nd of the 4 WMC) get married to Brady (who also happens to be Lindsay’s boss). As they go off on their honeymoon, it appears that another thread to the story emerges with an attack on their Cruise ship. If that wasn’t enough then the return of Mackie Morales is the thread to complete the lot. Mackie was an ex-colleague of Lindsay’s who turned out to be a ruthless killer. She is now back and looking for her revenge. It seems that while Mackie is back, Cindy (the 3rd in the 4 of the WMC) is chasing her right back to give her, hopefully, the biggest story of her career in journalism. It appears that Clare (the 4th of the WMC) didn’t want to make much of an appearance.
The writing style is the usual short and sharp affair, which always maintains my interest. Although there are three threads to the story the downside was that it at times appeared a little disjointed. That aside, I thought it was pretty pacey and the reintroduction of Mackie Morales made for a pretty exciting story too. I think the series is a far cry from being where it was in the early days, however this latest book I think is a big improvement on some of the others.