This is my first and last Patterson book. I found nothing thrilling or suspenseful here. What I found was a predictable poorly developed story fit for a 1970s cartoon. This book seems too juvenile even for high schoolers – then again, maybe not.
For one, the character descriptions were awful and idiotic. Take the Spanish doctor. How can a person’s Spanish lineage show in his black eyes? Are there tiny conquistadors dancing around in his pupils in the dark? Thick black hair and black eyes tell me nothing about a person’s heritage!
Also, the dialogue was hokey and awkward. I felt a knot form in my stomach by the plethora of legal and medical jargon (and regular slang) nonsensically thrown around. I believe that the author either made up or misstated a great deal of the jargon! As an attorney, I have never heard anyone use the phrase "lawyering up" on me. This phrase is a newspaper headline misuse of the term "lawyering," which generally connotes the practice of law by lawyers.
And, finally, just when I was set to throw my computer out the window, I was suddenly crippled by the nauseous, first romantic segment! Blah!
If you enjoy your time and money, I suggest that you stay away from this book as if your life depended on it…
I can see how this book might be fun, but frankly I was turned off by how ridiculous it is. I found the clumsy writing and sterotypical characters distracting.
James Patterson's "Ladies" come together again. This time with entangled plots which never became entangled. If you must interrupt the flow ,you must immediately get into it again. I was immersed, involved, challanged and captivated. The narration was splendid. Want mystery adventure? It lives here.
This book was a big letdown. The ending left a huge loose end that was tied up in about 3 minutes of the epilogue which might be ok in some situations. But in this case, that loose end was the most compelling plot point.
Other than that, what are the odds of your main characters being a lawyer, detective, medical examiner and journalist all in a crime novel? Pretty good right? Now what are the odds of them all being best friends? That's how it is in this one. Eh.
In any event, I'd leave this one alone if I had the chance to do it again.
I am a huge James Patterson fan and I love the Women's Murder Mystery Club. I felt this book to be missing something though (I am not sure what). It felt a little hurried at the end as if to wrap things up too quickly.
Overall I enjoyed it - although I am glad I was listening to it, as I am not sure if I would have made it through it if I was reading it.
Usually the 5th book of a series is not as good as the previous 4, but not in this case. Patterson does a really good job developing the characters to the point where we really feel as if we know everyone personally. My only complaint is that the story wrapped up awfully quick.