Sunday, 29 June 2014

12th of Never by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro (Women's Murder Club, #12) - Book Review

5/5 Stars

Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 394
Chapters: 114 (Plus a prologue with three parts.)
Publisher: Century

Book Links: Goodreads
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A little insight into my reviews before my review for 12th of Never. I really take each one on how I feel, like with standalone novels I'm more inclined to write a deep analysis of what I liked and didn't, the same goes for trilogies or short series. Whereas what I've found with myself is that, when I get into a long series like James Patterson's 'Women's Murder Club', I keep the review to a bare minimum. I give my general impressions, what I like, what I don't, but all in a streamlined way. I don't understand why I do it, but after going over my reviews for this series I noticed it.
Sorry for the unsuspected segue that only I understand, and on to the review!

I'm ashamed to admit that my dedication wavered at around novels 9 and 10, but thankfully, 11, and absolutely 12, have brought me right back into the series. 12th of Never is, yes I can admit it, a bit of a muddle. The many stories that James and co-authors have been including in the novels are becoming more and more disorientating. The interlaced plots start and then stop, only to follow another one before whiplashing it back to the one before. On the plus side, the stories are so engaging it's not much of a problem.

I find all the plots to this novel exciting and worth the read. I was on the edge of my chair (in my mind anyway, the majority of reading took place in my bed) throughout the entire book. The Women's Murder Club is back, all of them facing startling problems. Lindsay Boxer's having to balance her work with being a new mother, and with three frustrating cases, she has her work cut out for her. The fiance to a famous sports player is found in suspicious circumstances, the boyfriend is Suspect Number 1, but before anything can be gleaned from the body, the unthinkable happens: The body is stolen! Claire Washburn, medical examiner extraordinaire, is reeling from the shock, and is first in line to face the consequences. Not only that, but a serial killer that Lindsay has previously taken down awakes from a coma obsessed with our tough cop, and is willing to reveal the locations of his victims, but is it a ploy? You'd think that would be enough for our new mother of one, but no. A professor enters the headquarters of the SFPD and says he's dreamt a murder that hasn't happened yet. He's written off as a crazy person, but when said murder happens, and the professor has an airtight alibi, everyone is left with their mouths catching flies.

One thing I've said before, and the thing I'm going to say again, is that James Patterson and co-authors are fantastic storytellers. They give fast-paced stories that have you hooked. You cannot put down a James Patterson book once you've started, and I dare you to try. They are great novels for people who might be hesitant about branching into the genre, and if you are one of those people, then please, give them a try.
The character development in this entry is a lot better than 11th Hour. Lindsay is on track and shown in a better way as the tough cop with a good heart. The rest of the characters also all went through their own trials and tribulations, and I don't want to spoil it for you, so read the book!

I'm now heading onto the final novel, well not the final final novel as far as I know, but the most recent addition to the series, and with the twists and turns, shocks and surprises that 12th of Never graced my time with, I am thoroughly excited for it.

Previous Instalment: 11th Hour
Next Instalment: Unlucky 13

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