Monday, November 19, 2007

Julie's Review: The 6th Target

Summary: When a horrifying attack leaves one of the four members of the Women's Murder Club struggling for her life, the others fight to keep a madman behind bars before anyone else is hurt. And Lindsay Boxer and her new partner in the San Francisco police department run flat-out to stop a series of kidnappings that has electrified the city: children are being plucked off the streets together with their nannies-- but the kidnappers aren't demanding ransom. Amid uncertainty and rising panic, Lindsay juggles the possibility of a new love with an unsolvable investigation, and the knowledge that one member of the club could be on the brink of death. And just when everything appears momentarily under control, the case takes a terrifying turn, putting an entire city in lethal danger. Lindsay must make a choice she never dreamed she'd face--with no certainty that either outcome has more than a prayer of success. - Amazon.com

Review: I'm always excited when I read that there's a new Women's Murder Club book coming out and this time was no different until I just finished it. It was a bit of a let down, not in the characters but in the split storylines. I understand why it was done that way because none of the plots would be a full book but I was disappointed that the crimes didn't somehow intersect, that would have made them a bit more interesting. In, what I will call the main plot, the crime affects all 4 of the WMC women but the other stories 3 of the 4 ladies takes center court. This is the part I didn't mind and would have enjoyed having it flushed out a bit more.

I feel that the book could have been better done if there was just one author. It's not that it was a horribly written book but it definitely seemed like each of them had their plot to write and perhaps that's why none of the crimes intersected. I would prefer if James Patterson continued to write these books on his own, like the Alex Cross series and leave the co-writing to his other books.

I also don't feel like the summary by amazon.com this time around is truly accurate on a few different points.

Final Take: 3.5/5

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