The Women's Murder Club is stalked by a killer with nothing to lose.
San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer is loving her life as a new mother. With an attentive husband, a job she loves, plus best friends who can talk about anything from sex to murder, things couldn't be better.
Then the FBI sends Lindsay a photo of a killer from her past, and her happy world is shattered. The picture captures a beautiful woman at a stoplight. But all Lindsay sees is the psychopath behind those seductive eyes: Mackie Morales, the most deranged and dangerous mind the Women's Murder Club has ever encountered.
In this pulse-racing, emotionally charged novel by James Patterson, the Women's Murder Club must find a killer - before she finds them first.
©2014 James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (P)2014 Hachette Audio
"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 )
I... don't think anybody will enjoy it more. Someone reading book #13 in a series will be reading it to continue the story. This book was so boring it invented new ways to be boring I had no idea could even exist. By book 13, either know your characters well enough to write them well, or know your audience well enough to understand how the reader will react to a void in the story we've been reading for 12 enjoyable novels. This contained no character development, no suspense, no surprise, nothing to connect with the listener and no reason to exist at all. Brady is a major player in this book, but we still know nothing more about him than we did before, other than a totally impulsive and out of the blue decision at the beginning of the book. Everybody else remains entirely the same, in the same kind of situation, with the same struggles, the same jobs... nobody even seems to have aged - even baby JULIE. Man. Just... huge waste of time.
The performance was fine; Ms. LaVoy turned in good character representations as per her usual.
A different narrator. The narrator made this group of professional women sound like giddy teenage girls, excited about everything. Was really hard to listen to.
Better writing. Dialogue was silly at times. Homicide detective at a murder scene comforting the victim's relative and discovers she's late to an event so her hubby drops by with her dress. And OMG he remembered to bring her shoes! Really?!!
Susan Erickson, who narrates J.D. Robb's In Death series.
Yuki - her storyline didn't add anything to plot.
This is the first book out of the Murder Club series that I didn't enjoy. The characters seem to have lost their edge.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This book #13 in the Women’s Murder Club series is different than the others in the series. The group usually works together to figure about a case. This time, they all had their own cases to worry about. The exception was Claire she was working with Boxer. There are three different storylines that are all intertwined and affected each partly differently. Lindsay Boxer is trying to balance her work with her home life with new child Julie. She and Conklin are assigned to a case of people being blown up randomly by “belly Bombs.” Yuki and Brady were married and are off on their honeymoon. The cruise ship they are on was taken over by pirates. The pirates are killing some passengers every hour until the cruise line pays them ransom. Cindy is after Mackie Morales, you will remember her as a psychopath that got away in a prior book in the series. Morales is on the FBI most wanted list. Cindy finds out that Morales is back in San Francisco and she believes she is after Lindsay. Cindy has been unable to warn Lindsay so Cindy sets out to track Morales. All these stores are developed well and kept me listening wanting to know what would happen in each of them next. One of the stories gets a rather short climax as a result of trying to cram so much into the novel. This book is like reading three separate novellas rather than one unified book. Maxine Paetro and James Patterson should have published three separate books, rather than jamming them together. January LaVoy does a good job narrating the book.
First book of this series I thought was - I'm searching for the right word - and stupid is what comes to mind. I know it's harsh, but that's what I thought of the storyline. Was just not believable - almost sci-fi. When I tried to describe the story to someone I had to laugh. This is definitely a "pass".
Yes, but the narrator was not very good either. More like just reading a story instead of performing the dialog.
Felt the writers were really stretching trying to find a storyline for this book. Everything was too forced - relationships and the dialog that went with their interactions. Took away from their professionalism, making them almost juvenile while communicating.
No, I thought this story was very contrived. I couldn't wait for it to end.
Anything by Michael Robotham.
I don't think so. She made the characters sound like teenagers not serious women with major careers.
This is my last purchase in this series.
When I take a break from romance, James Patterson is my #1 go to author. I am a diehard fan of the WMC, and I have every book in various formats. Although it's a mystery/suspense type of series, there's a hint of romance that's usually underlying, and for me, it makes his books just that more appealing. I am particularly drawn to the Patterson/Paetro collaboration, and Unlucky 13 did not disappoint. It was sit on the edge of your seat, mouth dropping open, OMG, from chapter one. Lindsay Boxer and her gang of fierce gal pals find themselves in precarious positions battling the bad guys while trying to live their lives yet again. This is what makes this series so great, you love each one of these women and their respective journeys. Every book within the WMC is a 'page turner' and I always look forward to what happens next. This one is definitely a winner and credit worthy.
I didn't read the print version but the story was great.
When Yuki and Brady returned at the airport.
This book is excellent. I couldn't stop listening.
At the top of The Murder Club Series. It was concise, relevant and constantly moving.
It is hard to pick a favorite character here because each woman is different and interacts well with the others.
Can't really say I had a favorite. The performance was spot-on.
I would if I could but that was not possible.
I am so sick of Alex Cross that this series is a pleasant relief.
This could have been so much more! This book is probable my least favorite in the series. If you like the series it's still worth your time. Below are some notes I made on the plot issues.
Yuki and Brady's story is really good and riveting.
Yuki and Brady's story doesn't explain much about the motive/underlying issues as to why....I mean, the so-called pirates/terrorist had no exit strategy. So despite the action, and the wonderful storytelling of the minute to minute action, it is still a pretty much a very surface story.
The burger belly bomb story doesn't end quite right and then the Mackey Morales story gets going really well only to become anti-climatic in the end. I mean did I miss something here? There is another belly bomb after the killers are caught, is this foreshadowing a future book? I hope so, I just didn't like the way this section of the story ended.
I found that the most disappointing part of the book, the Mackey Morales story is invested so heavily by the authors, only to have an ending the just is so-so at best. There are so many hanging issues, does Mackey ever go home and see her baby? Her mom? The dynamic of her mother and her could have been explored better. I mean, Mom is watching her kid right? So there is a court ordered custody this involves time and effort. My point is, Mom is not going to welcome Mackey back into her house with open arms, not call the police etc. We are talking about an innocent kid here. The authors foreshadow this in Mackey's inner dialogue, but then don't even cover it. Then there is all of the foreshadowing about the plan by Mackey to hunt down Boxer, so much time is spent with Morales talking about it, but then the authors just ignore that part of the book, I mean why even bother doing the inner dialogue of Morales, only to ignore it when the moment finally comes?
It seems to me the authors were looking to get a certain length, once they got close it was decided to wrap up the loose ends as quickly as possible.
Friendship, loyalty, suspense. I could also say something like, drama, crime and murder.
I would compare this book to the previous 12 books in the same series, also by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. It continues to follow the group of friends and they continue to find one or more of themselves in sure trouble.
The performance wasn't bad. I usually like January LaVoy. However, I do think that audio books that have several character should have more than one narrator. Women do not usually portray a male voice well. This isn't anything against January LaVoy, but if you can't do multiple voices well, just read the book!
There is a time when I am reading books in this series that I alway wish I had a group of BFF's like these ladies.
If you've read the first 12 books then certainly purchase this one. If you haven't read the first ones, you could read this as a stand alone book, but I recommend you start with book one and work your way up to this one. Part of what makes these books great is based on the closeness and unity of friendship and trust.
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