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1st to die is uncompromisingly riveting
A virulent murder spree of bride and groom from the hotel in Nob Hill to Napa Valley engages the pursue of homicide detective Lindsay Boxer, the flawed protagonist spun by James Patterson after his popular Alex Cross series. Lindsay is portrayed with dark emotions - grappling with the aggravating condition of homeoporesis and the wrenching gloom from seeing couples mutilated. She joins forces with Claire - her best friend cum forensic scientist, Cindy, an edgy reporter from the Chronicles and Jill - a tenacious dustrict attorney to hunt down the killer and establish ... The Women's Murder Club.
James Patterson rejuvenates the reader with his style and a new heroine - the plot twistings and trademark short and punchy chapters makes 1st to Die a gripping and fast read; his deft characterization and emotionally charged portrayal of Lindsay Boxer is harrowing and haunting. He is in fact at his peak after Jack and Jill with this offering - the mystery enshrouding keeps readers guessing and raveling the pattern behind the serial killing from the bridal shops to the missing rings and the unexpected twist towards the end.
Patterson shows an observant eye and exceptional empathy towards Lindsay and is surprisingly naunced at capturing a woman's trials of life. Her newfound romance manifested in Chris Raleigh , her partner and entanglements injects grit and reality in the lives of homicide detectives. A fleeting shadow of Kay Scarpetta - but with juicier storyline, 1st to Die stands on its own. 1st to Die is uncompromisingly riveting and suspenseful - kudos to Patterson's consummate narration.
I hope Alex Cross is 2nd To Die
Once again, Patterson delivers an amazing work - this time centered around somebody other than Alex Cross. Now I am by no means an "Alex Cross hater," but I do think he has served his purpose (and as an aside, Alex Cross DOES NOT EQUAL Morgan Freeman). The perfect replacement is THE MURDER CLUB headed up by a GREAT new protagonist - Lindsey! This novel has all of the elements we have grown to love and cherish from Patterson- The short chapters, the twists and turns and the constant excitement make this book a thrilling read. . . .
The tale unfolds with a startling series of developments- a murderer is on the loose and killing brides and grooms. It is difficult to imagine a more gut-wrenching series of crimes. Lindsey (and Raleigh- her new partner) enter the scene. As the plot develops, we grow to feel Lindsey's every emotion. The pain due to a sudden illness, her love for her new man and her frustration as she desperately works to solve the hideous crimes. She eventually forms the murder club with Cindy (reporter) and Claire (simple version of Cornwell's M.E. Scarpetta), who provide assistance as they seek out the killer. The prosecutor rounds out the group of four, but her character is not developed as well. (She may make a "good mortality" - euphemism - in a future book as it is likely readers won't get too attached.) The group eventually works together to reach this book's surprise ending. I won't give it away, but you will not be disappointed!
In summary, just when I thought I was through with Patterson, this book puts him back at the top of my list- No flying bird-girls or Alex Cross to deal with (although to be honest, I am a bit curious about how Patterson intends to continue Roses are Red - here's a tip James: No more lame love interests for Cross). Lindsey and Company are the greatest!
I checked this book out from my local library just before heading out to Hawaii on vacation. I had read another book by James Patterson before (Jester), and I enjoyed it. So, I figured I would try another one.
The book captured my attention immediately and I could not put it down until I finished. I burned a whole day in Hawaii on this book---beware! (it was that good!).
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