Sunday, November 11, 2018

Short & Sweet Review: Unlucky 13 by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

Title: Unlucky 13
Author: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
Series: Women's Murder Club, #13
Published: May 2014, Little, Brown & Company
Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Source: Personal copy

When two dead bodies are found inside a wrecked car on the Golden Gate Bridge, Detective Lindsay Boxer doubts that it will be anything as simple as a traffic accident.

The scene is more gruesome than anything she has seen before. It definitely wasn’t the crash that killed these people.

While Lindsay starts to piece this case together, she gets a call she wasn’t expecting. Sightings of her ex-colleague-turned-ruthless-killer Mackie Morales have been reported.

Wanted for three murders, Mackie has been in hiding since she escaped from custody. But now she’s ready to return to San Francisco and pay a visit to some old friends.

***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: While I have enjoyed all the books so far in this series, I have to say this one might be my favorite one yet! It was filled with so many gripping and tension-filled moments that had my heart pounding for my favorite ladies.

This book picks up pretty much right after the previous book left off. And the action is non-stop. There is quite a bit going on, but not so much that you are spinning your head trying to keep up. There are two main cases - a bomber targeting a fast-food chain and the ship hijacking - as well as the crazy, vengeful nut job from the past who has her eyes set on taking Lindsay down. 

Of course, what was most frustrating is that as the story moves along, it would switch back and forth just as things got good...we would just be getting somewhere, just be finding out something...and BAM!...a new chapter, and therefore a different story line, especially towards the end! That's the only complaint I have about this book. It just made me read faster because I desperately wanted to get back to the other part to figure things out!

This was a really good installment in this series and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next!

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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