Thursday, June 9, 2011

10th Anniversary (Women's Murder Club) [Hardcover]

 I've finished "10th Anniversary" the 10th book in his Women's Murder Club series by James Patterson.

Product Description

For every secret

Detective Lindsay Boxer's long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals -- but that the victim may be keeping secrets as well.

For every lie

At the same time, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her life -- a woman who has been accused of murdering her husband in front of her two young children. Yuki's career rests on a guilty verdict, so when Lindsay finds evidence that could save the defendant, she is forced to choose. Should she trust her best friend or follow her instinct?

There's a different way to die

Lindsay's every move is watched by her new boss, Lieutenant Jackson Brady, and when the pressure to find the baby begins interfering with her new marriage to Joe, she wonders if she'll ever be able to start a family. With James Patterson's white-hot speed and unquenchable action, 10th Anniversary is the most deliciously chilling Women's Murder Club book ever.

About the Author

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977, James Patterson's books have sold more than 205 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Maxine Paetro is the author of three novels, two works of nonfiction, and the coauthor of seven books with James Patterson. She lives in New York with her husband.

Product Details
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (May 2, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316036269
ISBN-13: 978-0316036269

My Review:

Storyline:  The book opens with Lindsay finally marrying the love of her life, Joe Molinari.  After taking some time off she is hesitant about returning back to work because there are a lot of changes going on.  She has to report to a new lieutenant, Jackson Brady. He assigns her a case of Avis Richardson, a 15-year-old girl found collapsed in the middle of the road and bleeding out. It appears that she has just given birth, but has no recollection of what happened since the delivery, how she got where she was found, or what happened to her baby. Lindsay doesn't believe Avis is being totally honest with her. She will have to push her hard in order to find out the truth and hopefully find her baby alive.

Yuki has a make or break case on her hands. Dr. Candace Martin is charged with shooting her husband in cold blood. It appears to be an open and shut case - a sure and must-have win for Yuki. That is until Lindsay finds herself drawn into the case and starts poking around. She finds out things aren't as perfect as they appear.  Now Yuki's case is being put to the test.  There are many twists and turns in the case which really keeps you on your toes.

Cindy is basking in the glow of being head -over -heels in love with Rich who happens to be Lindsay's partner.  She work as the crime reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and knows in this day and age - with internet news and bloggers - that she doesn't have a secure job security. She really needs to find a big scoop that will make her stand out and hopefully help her hold onto her job. She gets the inside scoop on reports of several women being found passed out near their homes with no memory of the past several hours. Cindy uses her investigative skills and tracks down a lead that  puts her in a very dangerous position.

Characters:  I'm glad that Lindsay is finally admitted that she loved Joe enough to marry and have children with him.  She's slowly adjusting to married life and that there is someone else she needs to take care of not just herself.  Really glad that Joe is very supportive of her job and that she is needed whenever she is called away.  He really listens to what she has to say and gives out great advice and opinions.
Romance:  I've always enjoyed the romance between Lindsay and Joe and how it's grown from when they first met to now.  Also enjoy the romance between Cindy and Rich because he's always been very protective of her and he really treats her right.  Yuki also has started seeing Lindsay's boss Jackson.

Killer:   The killer drugs his victims, kidnaps, rapes and then drops them off near where they live.  They don't remember much because they are given a memory loss drug.


Thanks Melanie from Hachette Book Group Canada for sending me this book to review, greatly appreciated!

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