Sunday, 15 June 2014

8th Confession by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro (Women's Murder Club, #8) - Book Review

5/5 Stars


Edition: Paperback
Pages: 458
Chapters: 112 (Plus a prologue with three parts.)
Publisher: Arrow Books

Book Links: Goodreads
                      Author's Website


This series just gets better and better. What a great addition. 8th Confession ticks all the boxes: Great plot, great characters, and easy to read, thrilling writing. With interlocking stories and interesting character development, it's extremely hard to put down any James Patterson book; him and his co-authors are extremely consistent and talented. Another good thing about the Women's Murder Club series is the fact you can lift any of them up and just start, there's no need for you to start from the beginning. Every story is self-contained, and if the author refers to something from one of the previous novels, it gets fully explained.

As is a staple with the series, 8th Confession intertwines several different plot lines. Lindsay is torn between two cases: One, the serial killings of high-society, rich and famous people are being murdered, but with no cause of death that can be found, she's stuck against a brick wall with nowhere to go; her second case is one everyone is keen to bury, a homeless man who is brutally murdered and beaten after death, but fellow Murder Club member Cindy refuses to let it be swept under the rug, and Lindsay starts to think she's on to something. In the meantime, Yuki Castellano is dealing with another major case, and rumours are flying around that she's an awesome lawyer, but she just can't win! She needs this case to end in her favour, but when the jury begins to disagree, things look dismal. I fairly enjoyed this novel, the story is fresh and completely hooked me in. The surprises and twists and turns really put past books to shame. It's clever and wonderful, with an ending that really gets under your skin.
Our lovable club is back in better form. I've felt for the past few books that the 'Women's Murder Club' was drifting apart from one another, and sometimes the characters suffer from it, but in this novel everyone is used in their strongest roles, and their distinctive personalities really make the book worth reading on its own.

Another thing I constantly say about this series is the ease with which someone can pick them up. Its fast-paced writing style and easy-to-read nature means you can dive in and just enjoy, without stopping to think about something. There's no looking up constant words (like I did a lot with A Game of Thrones), you just pick it up and go, and that's awesome if you're looking for a book to relax with.

I am definitely looking forward to number 9.

Previous Instalment: 7th Heaven
Next Instalment: 9th Judgement

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