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Wives hey? Who needs them? Well when it was our 10th anniversary last month she bought me this book because that's its title. The title of the book refers to the 10th anniversary of the murder club series of novels by James Patterson; these books feature 4 women who are involved in solving series crime in America.
The books feature 4 women in their thirties, they are Lindsay Boxer who's a cop, Yuki Castellano who's a lawyer and there are 2 other women who even after reading the book I find hard to remember and split the difference. The book features a girl who is found bloody on a high street after claiming she's just given birth and lost her baby and the other is a law case where a powerful female heart surgeon is being tried for the shooting of her cheating husband.
So where do I start? Well this is the 10th of the murder club series and can only conclude that the previous 9 must have something worth reading but this novel was a contender for the worst book I ever managed to finish. The stories are thin, the characters are all the same and after reading the book I'm struggling to tell the difference between any of the four main female characters. The other annoyance is the shortness of the chapters, this is a ~450 page book but it runs in to 122 chapters, one of the chapters is only 2 paragraphs and it features the heart surgeon saying she's going to plead not guilty to the murder.
Come on, there is way too much white paper in this book; some of the pages have only one or two sentences. My Nan bless her always says that a chapter should be the same length as it takes to drink a cup of coffee, you'd have to be on double espresso drinkers to manage that on this book. This style of book is clearly aimed at the holiday market, the story charges along and keeps the reader just about engaged enough to keep picking up and reading on, this is read, give away and instantly forget the story.
I enjoyed certain parts of the story, but the two main storylines don't in any way connect and there are other smaller storylines which have been included just to give some of the other characters something to do.
If you like mindless thrillers, slack writing, almost no story and a set of 4 generic young women whose life seems to revolve around food and drink then this is the one for you, I can see plenty of people wanting to read this sat around the pool on holiday but as a serious piece of literature well move on and read something else.
So not going to read another James Patterson novel anytime soon.