Saturday, June 13, 2009

Julie's Review: The 8th Confession

Summary: As San Francisco's most glamorous millionaires mingle at the party of the year, someone is watching--waiting for a chance to take vengeance on Isa and Ethan Bailey, the city's most celebrated couple. Finally, the killer pinpoints the ideal moment, and it's the perfect murder. Not a trace of evidence is left behind in their glamorous home. As Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the high-profile murder, someone else is found brutally executed--a preacher with a message of hope for the homeless. His death nearly falls through the cracks, but when reporter Cindy Thomas hears about it, she knows the story could be huge. Probing deeper into the victim's history, she discovers he may not have been quite as saintly as everyone thought. As the hunt for two criminals tests the limits of the Women's Murder Club, Lindsay sees sparks fly between Cindy and her partner, Detective Rich Conklin. The Women's Murder Club now faces its toughest challenge: will love destroy all that four friends have built? The exhilarating new chapter in the Women's Murder Club series, The 8th Confession serves up a double dose of speed-charged twists and shocking revelations as only James Patterson can. And remember, this is the only Murder Club episode of the year.

Review: I never miss an episode of Women's Murder Club books and I didn't miss an episode of the tv show either. Let me just go on a mini rant and say that I REALLY miss that show. I thought it was solid. Oh well, it's just like I miss ALIAS a heck of a lot too and that's not coming back. At least I can get my fill with the books of Women's Murder Club. The 8th Confession is definitely better than 7th Heaven. I've complained in the past about having 2 separate cases in the book that aren't related but what I've finally realized is that in order to make use of all the women in the club they have to write it like that. This time, it works well. I especially liked the social murders. I thought it was interesting and definitely had some twists to the storyline. The other story of the murdered homeless person was interesting and took some good twists of its own and really brought Cindy into her own. It also proves that you should do more research before you print an article.

I really think that they need to focus on Yuki again. She was involved in this storyline but hasn't been the focus since the one where her mom died. Lindsey continues to be my favorite character. I think she's torn, honest and an excellent detective. The ending of this book will give long time readers a very good reason to smile.

These books aren't complex or earth shattering but they are good reads. I am disappointed that it's the only WMC of the year but I will look forward to the 9th installment in 2010!

Final Take: 4/5


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