Monday 20 July 2015

Book ~ "10th Anniversary" (2011) James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

From Goodreads ~ Detective Lindsay Boxer's long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals - but that the victim may be keeping secrets as well. 

At the same time, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her life - a woman who has been accused of murdering her husband in front of her two young children. Yuki's career rests on a guilty verdict so when Lindsay finds evidence that could save the defendant, she is forced to choose. Should she trust her best friend or follow her instinct? 

Lindsay's every move is watched by her new boss, Lieutenant Jackson Brady, and when the pressure to find the baby begins interfering with her new marriage to Joe, she wonders if she'll ever be able to start a family.

There are four members of the Women's Murder Club ... Lindsay, Cindy, Claire and Yuki.

Avis, a fifteen-year-old, is found wondering around in nothing but a poncho.  It's obvious she's recently given birth but has no idea where her baby is.  When questioned, she has different stories and it's up to Lindsay and her partner, Rich, to figure out what's going on and find the baby (hoping he is still alive).

Yuki is prosecuting the case of a doctor who is accused of shooting her cheating husband.  The wife said an intruder did it.  As Lindsay starts poking her nose in it, she starts to wonder if the wife is, in fact, innocent after all.  This doesn't resonate well with Yuki since she wants the win.

Women are waking up in strange places after being sexually assaulted with no memory of where they have been.  The police aren't putting a lot of emphasis on finding out what's going on so it's up to reporter Cindy to investigate.  Of course, she does stupid things and puts herself in danger.  Things are progressing with Rich and they are now living together.

This is the tenth in the Women's Murder Club series (and the eleventh one I've read). Though it is part of a series, it does work as a stand alone.

I enjoyed the writing style and it went at a good pace. I liked the short choppy chapters. The point of view shifted ... it was first person perspective when the focus was on Lindsay and third person perspective when the focus was on everyone else ... but it was easy to figure out.  As a head's up, there is swearing, adult activity and violence.

I thought this book was okay.  I will continue to get caught up on the series.

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