James Patterson (and his various writing partners) is the master of the short chapter that ends with a few sentences which drag you into the next chapter even if you really need to get to work, get to bed or get a life.
I've read all The Women's Murder Club books but this is the first time I've ventured into the audible work for my fix. Sort of like seeing the movie after reading the book - I didn't much care for the performer's interpretation of some of the characters.
The breathless, valley girl-ness of Carolyn McCormick's "Cindy" was like a fingernail on a blackboard at first. I never grew to LIKE it but I did manage to hear it without a grimace. And if Lindsey's partner's voice got any lower it would fall off the charts altogether. In fact, none of the characters sounded like real people...or anyone you'd want to know anyway.
The story was good, though, and the character development continues to be interesting. Just the thing for a morning walk or a long hot bath.
The Murder Club are great reads. It seemed the book came to an end very fast, but I enjoyed the book.
Have read from this series before and this book had some serious flaws.
First the women's murder club didn't act like a 'club' rather just friends getting together talking about the men in their lives not focused on mystery or crime solving.
Second there were a number of extraneous issues that were inserted into the story that had no connection with the plot line or character development. ie) Boxer's father not showing up for wedding, her sister's being upset (she disappeared after this scene) and toward the end there was a line or two saying the father was dead. If they wanted to discuss the father they needed more than a line or two to do that and if not why mention him in the first place?
Third there were actions that made no sense and that were not developed.. just dropped into the text. For example the judge picked his trashcan up, in chambers with two attornies present, and threw it against a large piece of furniture. He did not explain his behavior, the attornies said nothing about this bizarre action, no one came running to see what had crashed, the two men had a drink and they all talked about the case as if nothing had occurred. That was completely bizarre. If a judge is that out of control he needs to be removed from the case if not the bench and if the lawyers are that oblivious and lacking social skills they need to find another line of work. Someone could at least have asked him 'are you ok?'
Fourth, Boxer was completely unrealistic about this missing baby. She was expecting that the girl would be concerned about her baby although it was clear that she was not concerned at all but was intent on getting 'unpregnant' and moving on. Also Boxer kept worrying that the baby was lost in the woods somewhere. This made no sense. Someone helped deliver the baby, it stands to reason that they wanted him that's why they helped the girl in the first place. It should have been assumed that the baby was safe not dead in the woods.
And the list goes on...
I can never resist the ladies in the club! They are so much fun! Keep them coming please, Mr. Patterson! Great narration by Ms. McCormick too!
Great book, full of action. I enjoyed it to the very end, This is worth a listening to.As alway James Patterson and Maxine Paetro have done a excellent job.
I've read more organized, thoughtful, creative, riveting fiction from middle schoolers. The only thing that could have made this mess worse would be a monotone narration that induces nausea, oh wait I got that too. DO NOT WASTE your money or more importantly your time on this 'book'. Carolyn McCormick is positively awful and actually manages to make the book worse.
This is a great story and even better Narrator. It has multiple stories woven together making an excellent and complete story. It is one of the best Lindsay Boxer story. Please write more of the Women's Murder Club. Excellent!!! Five Star
I have enjoyed the "Murder Club" series and its characters, and this one did not disappoint. I enjoy books where the authors have developed the characters over the years so that you almost feel like you know them. I am curious to see what happens in #11!!
I can't even tell you if the story was good or not because the narrator is so awful! It was hard to listen to. She goes from simply reading the book to you (which I hate) to trying to use ridiculous voices for the men, young women etc. which was distracting and laughable. Skip this one.