Thursday, December 05, 2019

Short & Sweet Review: The 18th Abduction by James Patterson

Title: The 18th Abduction
Author: James Patterson
Series: Women's Murder Club
Published: April 2019, Little, Brown and Company
Format: Hardcover, 383 pages
Source: Personal copy

The #1 bestselling female detective of the past 50 years is back.
Detective Lindsay Boxer and her husband Joe Molinari team up to protect San Francisco from an international war criminal in the newest Women's Murder Club thriller.

Three female schoolteachers go missing in San Francisco, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is on the case-which quickly escalates from missing person to murder.

Under pressure at work, Lindsay needs support at home. But her husband Joe is drawn into an encounter with a woman who's seen a ghost--a notorious war criminal from her Eastern European home country, walking the streets of San Francisco.

As Lindsay digs deeper, with help from intrepid journalist Cindy Thomas, there are revelations about the victims. The implications are shocking. And when Joe's mystery informant disappears, joining the ranks of missing women in grave danger, all evidence points to a sordid international crime operation.

It will take the combined skills of Lindsay, Joe, and the entire Women's Murder Club to protect their city, and themselves, from a monster.

***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: This is definitely one of the stronger installments of this series I have read in a while and it's a bit different than all the others. What I mean by that is that while the book starts and ends in the present, the bulk of the story takes place five years earlier...and if you aren't paying attention to this, you might become a bit confused! 

This book had plenty of action and some very intense, chilling moments. It definitely has a more serious tone, delving into the horrific war crimes that took place in Serbia. I loved that Lindsay and Joe teamed up, but again...if you are a long-time reader of this series and reading it in order as I am...the bulk of this book takes place five years in the past. My only complaint is that the other gals from the Murder Club seemed to be relegated to the backseat - they only got cameos in this one.

I am curious to see how the next book will be crafted as this was definitely a departure to the typical writing style we usually see from Patterson. It definitely worked here but will we be back to the same old in the next book or has he come up with a new structure for this series?

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
     9.   The 9th Judgment               19.   The 19th Christmas
    10.  10th Anniversary                 20.   20th Victim - due out May 2020
    11.   11th Hour
    12.   12th of Never       

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