Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Review: 8th Confession by James Patterson

Book Info:
The 8th Confession by James Patterson
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (April 27, 2009)
ISBN-13: 9780316018760
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Rating: 3.5/5

As San Francisco's most glamorous millionaires mingle at the party of the year, someone is watching--waiting for a chance to take vengeance on Isa and Ethan Bailey, the city's most celebrated couple. Finally, the killer pinpoints the ideal moment, and it's the perfect murder. Not a trace of evidence is left behind in their glamorous home.

As Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the high-profile murder, someone else is found brutally executed--a preacher with a message of hope for the homeless. His death nearly falls through the cracks, but when reporter Cindy Thomas hears about it, she knows the story could be huge. Probing deeper into the victim's history, she discovers he may not have been quite as saintly as everyone thought.

As the hunt for two criminals tests the limits of the Women's Murder Club, Lindsay sees sparks fly between Cindy and her partner, Detective Rich Conklin. The Women's Murder Club now faces its toughest challenge: will love destroy all that four friends have built?

I haven't been terribly impressed with many of James Patterson's recent books. I remember when I first discovered the Alex Cross series and they were really good. They had lots of twists to keep you guessing and some very likeable characters. But now, most of his books just don't impress me. I have enjoyed The Women's Murder Club series, but this installment fell a little flat for me.

Most of the reason I keep reading this series is that I enjoy the characters. They still have me interested even though this book didn't have too much going on. There was the usual interaction between the girls, but they mostly seemed to be working on their own things. There wasn't a lot of the teamwork that was in the earlier books.

The cases the girls were working on were interesting, but nothing out of the ordinary, nothing memorable. I hate to see this series decline as well, but maybe that just means I need to quit reading Patterson...3.5 stars


Catherine said...

Melissa, I always enjoy reading your reviews, so I'd like to award you this Literary Bloggers Award.

Literary Feline said...

I haven't yet read this particular series. But I have enjoyed the Alex Cross books I've read. I've been leary of reading the books he co-authors as I know he does very little, if any of the writing. I've heard great things about this series though so I'll probably give it a try.

Zibilee said...

Sorry this one wasn't a winner for you. I have read a few by Patterson, but nothing from this series. If I do end up reading some of them I will keep in mind that they tend to drift in quality.

Cindy said...

I gave you an award here over a week ago :)

Sandy Nawrot said...

I haven't read this series, although I do love Alex Cross. The kids and I just finished the first Maximum Ride, and although was entertaining, wasn't as good as I'd hoped it would be.

Anna said...

I completely agree with you! I think Patterson should focus on quality instead of quantity.

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Lenore Appelhans said...

I really liked the Alex Cross books too. Newer stuff...not so much.