Well, James Patterson certainly knows how to grab his reader’s attention. By the end of the prologue to Volume 2 of the Women’s Murder Club series, we have witnessed a drive by shooting at a small church, where members of a children’s choir are just finishing their practice. One member of the choir is killed and of course the members of the Club are introduced into the story one by one. The first one we meet is the narrator of the tale. The founder of the Womens’ Murder Club from book one. She is helping at a shelter for down-and-outers and the second emotional jolt of the book hits us as we witness a young mother being separated from the new born baby she obviously adores. In steps our heroine for a positive intervention and then she whisks herself away in her automobile to magically reappear in her police woman’s uniform, trying to solve the idiotically pointless murder of an innocent child.
This book was written over a decade ago and is still very relevant today. Mr Patterson’s writing style still follows his highly effective but formulaic technique of short but compellingly written chapters which make the book flow beautifully. The plot itself possesses more twists and turns than does the mighty Amazon river and of course the book focuses on, and features, our four standout heroines (as opposed to one in your normal crime series of novels) as well as the good characters that are presented to the reader in each new volume. The bad guys in as Patterson book are seriously bad. B.A.D.
So if you enjoy James Patterson’s Alex Cross novels you are sure to enjoy these. These books are gripping, exciting, highly emotional and satisfying crime novels representing life in today’s tough, hard world. I guess they are mainly aimed at the female half of his readership but obviously men can enjoy them, as well. I should know – I am one.
In summary, this is another four staff effort from one of the world’s bestselling thriller writers.