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2nd Chance is the second book from James Patterson to feature the Women's Murder Club. When 1st To Die was published in 2001, it was met with applause for Patterson's shift away from his favoured detective Alex Cross towards Lindsay Boxer and her friends. 2nd Chance sees the author develop some of the characters even further whilst giving us another of his gripping thrillers.
When a little girl is killed outside a church., Lindsay Boxer whips back into action, having taken a break following the events of the previous book, 1st To Die. Here, Boxer must ascertain the killer's identity before he or she strikes again. However, the case is not as simple as it may seem, and someone isn't telling the whole truth. Boxer reconvenes with her friends Claire, Cindy and Jill as the Women's Murder Club pit their wits against this latest killer.
Patterson's writing style is ocne again effortless to follow, and he does have a way of making you not want to put the bok down. The chapters are short, which makes you just read one more, which inevitably turns into just another one, and then another, and another, and before you know it, you've finished the book! Although the concept of the Women's Murder Club is a good one, it sounds a little lame. This does not reflect the women themselves, nor the power of the book, which tackles religion and racism in a very matter of fact way. It is merely the choice of the name. It doesn't do it justice and I can't for the life of me work out why it is used.
However, this is the only negative. The story is a little simple, but Patterson has a knack of not giving away key elements of the plot, so although there may not be some big conspiracy going on, the truth is hidden from the reader, making the twist at the end rather exciting.
The book is well worth reading, and Patterson has started to develop his main characters here. The book is available from amaozn.co.uk for £5.18, although I am sure it will appear elsewhere for cheaper.
James Patterson writes a brilliant detective crime thriller with this one only for a change, there's no Alex Cross. Instead this book focuses on Detective Lindsay Boxer (who first appears in '1st to Die') which I think makes a nice change from his usual characters.
It's a bit cheesy the way this books features a 'woman's murder club' which detective Lindsay Boxer reconvenes following their appearance in the earlier book. It's not the actual club that I find cheesy, it's what they've called it to be honest. Still, I think it's nice that James Patterson has at least tried to move away from the stereotypical macho male characters he normally writes about. And these days it's an everyday occurrence to find women leading up real life crime investigations so it's only right that fiction follows suit.
What I like about this story is how quickly everything moves. James Patterson is always at his best when he's able to churn out twist after twist as it keeps the book moving and the reader engrossed. Detective Lindsay Boxer deals brilliantly with some really quite upsetting murders and has her 'club' on board to help her along. The detail in this book is excellent and James Patterson strikes a really good balance between what the detective is doing and what the killer is up to.
I find the characters in this book very realistic which I think is worth noting. James Patterson doesn't always write totally believable characters but the ones in this book are really well defined - especially Detective Lindsay Boxer.
I don't think you need to be familiar with James Patterson books to enjoy this book. I think it's best if you read '1st to Die' before you read this but it'll work on its own I think. If you like detective books and enjoy a thrill-chase then this is a good book for you. I think it deserves five stars.
Available online or in stores for around £4.99
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When a little girl is shot on the steps of a San Francisco church, Detective Lindsay Boxer knows it's time to reconvene the Women's Murder Club.