A young mother is recuperating in a San Francisco hospital when she is suddenly gasping for breath. The call button fails to bring help in time. The hospital's doctors, some of the best in the nation, are completely mystified by her death. How did this happen?
This is not the first such case at the hospital. Just as patients are about to be released with a clean bill of health, their conditions take a devastating turn for the worse. Accompanied by the newest member of the Women's Murder Club, Yuki Castellano, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer probes deeper into the incidents. Could these cases just be appalling coincidences? Or is a maniac playing God with people's lives? When someone close to the Women's Murder Club begins to exhibit the same frightening symptoms, Lindsay fears no one is safe.
THE 5TH HORSEMAN RIDES.
It is a wild race against time as Lindsay's investigation reveals a hospital administration determined to shield its reputation at all costs. And while the hospital wages an explosive court battle that grips the entire nation, Lindsay and the Women's Murder Club hunt for a merciless killer among its esteemed medical staff.
The newest addition to the top-selling new mystery series takes the Women's Murder Club to the most terrifying heights of suspense they have yet to encounter. The 5th Horseman proves once again that James Patterson is "the page-turningest author in the game right now" (San Francisco Chronicle).
©2006 James Patterson; (P)2006 Time Warner AudioBooks. All rights reserved. A division of Time Warner Book Group.
I need to start by saying that I am a big fan of Patterson and especially of the "Women's Murder Club." That said, the errors in the description of the civil trial - a key element in this story - are so awful that it detracts from the quality of the novel.
Simply starting with the hospital's "sh#t happens" defense against what should be wrongful death claims (which they aren't here) sets a stage for a host of other legal and procedural errors. One would think that the authors could have at least hired a lawyer - or a paralegal, or a 1st-year law student ... or even someone who watches freakin' Court TV on a regular basis - to fact check the story.
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.
engaging story. anyone with a medical background will wonder how they managed to get so many medical facts so wrong though. It is called a VENTILATIOR people not a respirator! As an ICU nurse I am appalled by the perception of what we do and how the medication administration works. REALLY has any 5 year old in a hospital not had his parents stay?? The whole blood thinner aspect, strokes and tPA was wrong wrong wrong. All the inaccuracies are ruining this series of books for me!
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Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.00
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 3.50 (Not part of the overall Rating)
First Thought When Finished: Seriously, this series has a bad case of the "to many cases" ADD!
First Date: I love the gals of the Women Murders Club so it was great to see them again. I like that they are drawing the lawyer closer and really embracing their roles. I love their dinners!
Second Date: How many cases do you need in a book? This has got to be one of the most annoying things about this series. There is just too much going on and something always has to give.
Third Date: Another quick wrap up *Sigh* I am hoping the next book just focuses on one case instead of two. I don't think it will but a girl can hope.
Narrated By Carolyn McCormack/Running Time 8 hrs and 5 mins
Carolyn did a fine job but the music additions kill me every time. This is the last one I have on audio so I will probably be switching to print after this one.
Final Thoughts: I love the characters but the series is not wowing me like it did in the beginning.
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.
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.
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