Saturday 11 July 2015

Book ~ "7th Heaven" (2008) James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

From Goodreads ~ A terrible fire in a wealthy suburban home leaves a married couple dead and Detective Lindsay Boxer and her partner Rich Conklin searching for clues. And after California's golden boy, Michael Campion has been missing for a month, there finally seems to be a lead in his case - a very devastating lead.

As fire after fire consume couples in wealthy, comfortable homes, Lindsay and the Murder Club must race to find the arsonists responsible and get to the bottom of Michael Campion's disappearance. But suddenly the fires are raging too close to home.

Frightened for her life and torn between two men, Lindsay must find a way to solve the most daunting dilemmas she's ever faced - at work and at home. 

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

There are two main cases going on.  Someone is invading the homes of older wealthy couples, tying them up, robbing them and then setting the house on fire which kills the couples.  Lindsay is one of the officers investigating this case along with her partner, Rich.

The other case is that of  Michael, the missing 18 year old son of a former governor.  He was seen going into the house of a prostitute but never seen again.  June finally admits that Michael did visit her but he died (he had a major heart condition) and she and her boyfriend cut him up and threw his body in a dumpster.  Three months later there is no hope of finding the body.  Push comes to shove, though, and June denies what happened and said she was pressured by the police to confess.  Yuki is prosecutor on the case.

There was not really any focus on Cindy in this book.  Claire is pregnant and about to give birth.

This is the seventh in the Women's Murder Club series (and the  eighth 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 the fire storyline was just okay.  I found June's trial storyline more interesting.  There was a twist at the end I didn't see coming.

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

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