The fourth book in the extremely well crafted WOMENS MURDER CLUB series gets off to a very solid and highly entertaining beginning. The electrocuted and viciously whipped body of a teenage boy is found in the bath room of a cheap hotel and it turns out this is the second death in this fashion in recent weeks. The hunt for the suspected murderer gets off to an emotional, exciting and surprisingly early start in the book when a black Mercedes is identified as the possible vehicle of the culprit and your kindle virtually explodes in your hands as your eyes struggle to believe what they are seeing as they follow the plot from this point on.
Without giving anything away, the hunt for the mass murderer is put on hold (or is it?) for a section of the book when another high profile, and very relevant “event” takes place involving one of our much loved heroines. Without giving away too much of the book’s storyline, the much loved character in question is brought to trial over the death of one of the crime's main suspects. I understand the need for originality in crime novels, especially when a book is part of a mega-successful and world wide best selling series, but I would like to say that if i wanted to read a court room drama, then i would have bought one. But that is just me.
Having said that, the book's quality picks up considerably in the second half as the reading experience struggles to keep up with the pace of the story line. Suspects and motives and disgusting elements of the book’s population are all revealed to the reader in quick succession and not surprisingly, we suddenly have characters to hate and fear as well as ones to love and cheer. (That rhymes!)
It is also easy to assume (rightly or wrongly) which of the book’s characters are easy prey for the book’s villains to destroy. Such is the price of love. And such is the price of quality writing when it causes you to fear for the safety of the book’s second or third ranked characters! Obviously you will need to read the book yourself to find out who lives, who dies, who loves and who cries (more poetry!) but it is also easy to assume that most readers will find this book thoroughly enjoyable, engrossing, action packed and not surprisingly, a satisfying read.