Thursday 23 July 2015

Book ~ "12th of Never" (2013) James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

From Goodreads ~ It's finally time! Detective Lindsay Boxer is in labor - while two killers are on the loose.

Lindsay Boxer's beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career.

A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, Lindsay is confronted with the strangest story she's ever heard: An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and he's convinced is real. Lindsay doesn't believe him but then a shooting is called in-and it fits the professor's description to the last detail.

Lindsay doesn't have much time to stop a terrifying future from unfolding. But all the crimes in the world seem like nothing when Lindsay is suddenly faced with the possibility of the most devastating loss of her life. 

There are four members of the Women's Murder Club ... Lindsay, Cindy, Claire and Yuki.  In this book, Cindy gets very little airtime and the time she does get, she's seems self-centred and insensitive.  In fact, she and Rich, Lindsay's partner, break up.

There is a lot going on in this book.  Lindsay has her baby but is called back to work within weeks.  Even though there is a health crisis with her baby, she does go.  Joe, her husband, is usually out of town working but is around in this one to shoulder a lot of the responsibility.

One of Lindsay and Rich's cases is a professor has dreams of people being murdered ... and then it happens.  They are also working on a case of a famous football player's girlfriend being murdered and then her body disappears from Claire's morgue before she can perform the autopsy.  Finally a serial killer comes out of his coma and is willing to tell where he buried the bodies ... but only to Lindsay.

Yuki is prosecuting a sleazy lawyer accused of murdering his wife and child.  Just when she thinks she's going to win the case, there are lots of crazy twists and turns.

This is the twelfth in the Women's Murder Club series (and I've read all twelve). 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 ... it was a bit over the top, though, with so many crazy storylines.

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