Monday, November 05, 2018

Short & Sweet Review: 12th of Never by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

Title: 12th of Never
Author: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
Series: Women's Murder Club, #12
Published: April 2013, Little, Brown & Company
Format: Hardcover, 394 pages
Source: Personal copy

It's finally time! Detective Lindsay Boxer is in labor--while two killers are on the loose.

Lindsay Boxer's beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career.

A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, Lindsay is confronted with the strangest story she's ever heard: An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and he's convinced is real. Lindsay doesn't believe him, but then a shooting is called in-and it fits the professor's description to the last detail.

Lindsay doesn't have much time to stop a terrifying future from unfolding. But all the crimes in the world seem like nothing when Lindsay is suddenly faced with the possibility of the most devastating loss of her life.

***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.

My thoughts: I love the Women's Murder Club series more for the character development of the four women than for anything else. I love seeing how these four women - Lindsay, Claire, Yuki and Cindy - come together to help each other - though in this particular book, the women are each wrapped up in their own issues and it keeps them more separate than usual. Lindsay becomes focused on her baby's health, Yuki is focused on her courtcase, Claire is wrapped up in the missing dead body, and Cindy is consumed with her relationship. Luckily, though, these stories do become interlinked towards the end of the book and the girls do end up coming together, making it more like is should be!

But each of the women know that even in their darkest hour, they have the others to lean on...even when they have their own issues to deal with. That is where this series shines - the interpersonal relationships between these gals feels so real and I love that.

This book really keeps you on your toes and I have to say, with all the twists and turns that are thrown at us, I did not see the ending coming! I love the drama that goes on - it adds a nice element to the book and with the short chapters, you just feel the need to keep reading! The tension is just naturally there and you can't help but get wrapped up in what is going on. We are left with quite a cliffhanger at the end and I am curious as to how it is handled in the next book...

Books in this series:

     1.   1st to Die                                    13.   Unlucky 13
     2.   2nd Chance                               14.   14th Deadly Sin
     3.   3rd Degree                                15.    15th Affair
     4.   4th of July                                 15.5   The Trial
     5.   The 5th Horseman                   16.    16th Seduction
     6.   The 6th Target                          16.5   The Medical Examiner
     7.   7th Heaven                                 17.    The 17th Suspect   
     8.   The 8th Confession                  18.   The 18th Abduction - due out April 2019
     9.   The 9th Judgment
    10.  10th Anniversary
    11.   11th Hour
    12.   12th of Never   

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