Friday, May 27, 2011

Review: 10th Anniversary by James Patterson

First line: This was the day I was getting married.

From the inside cover: Detective Lindsay Boxer finally gets married, but a missing newborn and a series of violent attacks push the Women's Murder Club back to full throttle before the wedding gifts are even unwrapped.

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

At the same time, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her life - a woman has been accused of murdering her husband in front of their 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?

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.

My thoughts: I always look forward to the spring because that means a new Women's Murder Club book will be released and this year it was 10th Anniversary. As is usually the case with Patterson, this book was filled with short chapters, a fast-paced plot, suspense, and lots of twists and turns along the way. In 10th Anniversary, there are three cases going on that involve three of the four women. Lindsay, who gets married in the very beginning of the book, is assigned the case of a missing baby and the teen mom who keeps confusing the details of her story. Yuki is working on a huge murder case that she really needs to win and also starts dating Lindsay's boss. Cindy, dealing with job insecurity, starts investigating a series of assaults for the newspaper and her relationship with Lindsay's partner is still going strong. Claire seems to take a back seat in this story, making some cameo appearances every once in a while. Perhaps this is because she recently had a baby? My favorite part of this series is the deep friendship these four women share - a friendship that has certainly been put to the test time and again, surviving death, kidnapping, and dating a friend's boss or partner. With each installment of the Women's Murder Club, we get more insight into each of the women and I love "catching up" with all that's going on in their lives. I hope that this series has many more anniversaries to come! 

(I purchased this book.)

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