I enjoyed this audiobook and have only one minor complaint. It concerns the Japanese characters, which I feel are unnatural. For whatever reason they have been based on Chinese characters in movies such as JOY LUCK CLUB. In the real world, Japanese are not like Chinese! I have lived in Japan for almost 30 years and have not yet met Keiko's mother.
If I could sum up The 5th Horseman in three words, I would say unpredictable -filled with twists and turns in typical James Patterson style, unforgettable -it keeps your interest, and entertaining -an easy read that flows nicely.
The very end.one of the most memorable moments was at the very end so you will want to read it all the way through.
I have found Carolyn McCormack's performance to always be believable and she does a good job here.
This is a good book. I wish I'd read it instead of listening to it on tape. I could have done without the music. It made it hard to hear the narration (not that the narration was that much better). The narrator's voice grated.
The ending was pretty good. I thought the "Nightwatcher" might have been the person it ended up being. Still overall good.
STOP THE MUSIC! So irritating. And the narrator doesn't go in and out of character very well.
Yes. The little boy part made me tear up.
I won't ever listen to another book narrated by Carolyn McCormack. And, if I start a book with so much eerie/mystery music in it again, I'm going to return it.
This is a great book with an interesting plot but the hospital part reminds me of a true story that was in the news years ago about a Dr. that went from hospital to hospital... Can’t remember where or when… Maybe someday it will be on “Mystery Detectives” and I’ll say, “that’s it”. This book was not quite the same as that case but it did keep me on the edge of my seat as I read.
Just like in real life there is more than one thing going on at the same time that are not related. In this book Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer and her best friend, Claire, the medical examiner, are working on one case that involves young girls who are suffocated, raped and then dressed in expensive clothes and placed in the front seat of cars.
While the other half of the Women’s Murder Club, Cindy, the reporter, and Yuki, the lawyer, are sitting in on the trail of the San Francisco Municipal Hospital which involves the deaths of patients who die from being given incorrect medications. A self-absorbed, obnoxious Dr. is the main character is this scenario. (This is the one that sounds familiar to me.) Not involved in the trail is the fact the Yuki’s mother died there for no apparent reason right after the trail started and, thus, she is glued and hates the Dr. Also, not included in the trail is the mystery of the buttons found on the eyes of the deceased.
This was a great read and all is solved in the end BUT the murder investigation of the young women ended too abruptly although is was shocking and not expected.
Unbelievable was the development of the young child’s story whose parents were not allowed to stay overnight with him in the hospital. That is just not done.
As the trail moved on, I felt the part of Yuki was underdeveloped since her mother had died in that hospital and under that Doctor’s care.
I love the Women's Murder Club and I especially like the short, fast paced, action packed chapters. The short chapters allow me to put the book down, get something done and then pick it up again as a reward.
Love Patterson, loved this book and will keep on reading his tales.
This one ranks among my favorites written by Faye Kellerman!
This story kept me guessing until the end! I enjoyed it and recommend it!
I enjoy each of the members of the club. Each of them show their unique contributions as a member of the club in an extraordinary way.
Yes...I didn't want to stop.
This novel has an interesting, worthwhile set of (2) plots. It includes a striking courtroom drama, and the successful tracking down of 2 sets of murderers.
The problem with it lies in its writing style. Basically, it seems to be written to appeal to 12 year old girls. It is, at times, nauseatingly girlish. Considering that the plot(s) are strictly for adults, the discrepancy is really disturbing. It is difficult to recommend this book for the usual readers of Audiobooks.
The Women's Murder Club series is more for women than for men. Fine. Got it. But my wife and I share the same reactions.
Most obviously, the narration sounds like a overly proper spinster aunt reading to her seven year old niece, which makes it very hard to take this seriously as a crime drama. Secondly, the writing is very Sweet Polly Purebred, making the women come across like caricatures of silly teenage girls. Moreover the male characters and the criminals come across as feminized.
I am otherwise on a steady diet of murder mysteries with exaggerated testosto-heros, which do take a bit away from their plausibility. Even so, maybe this series just too far afield for me. Janet Evanovich's female protagonists have more edge than these women (I confess having trouble getting through those too).
In short, it is shocking that this series was not conceived and written entirely by a woman and that the cover art isn't more like that of romance novels. No doubt, I will keep reading them anyway. My wife and I do want to like them, just like we enjoy the occasional female-oriented romantic comedy together. It just hasn't happened yet with the Women's Murder Club.
The story is okay and it was nice to visit again with Lindsey and friends, but if you have ever worked in a hospital as a medical professional you will find it difficult to ignore the obvious and gaping holes in the story.