Tuesday Pop Review- 8th Confession, by James Patterson (sort of)

Welcome back to my blog!  On Tuesdays we review a book, restaurant, movie or show.  As you can tell from my several consecutive weeks of restaurant reviews, I can be a slow reader!  Today, I review The 8th Confession, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.

This book is the 8th in the Women’s Murder Club series.  I told you before, I’m a sucker for series’!  Even after realizing during the first one that I was reading a book essentially geared for female readers, I have plowed through this series slowly as part of my rotation.  The series is part of Patterson’s controversial drove of ghost-written novels.  The details of his contracts are not public, but it is basically known that his input on these books is minimal. 

The Women’s Murder Club centers around 4 characters.  The main character, Lindsey Boxer, is a San Francisco homicide lieutenant.  Her best friends include chief medical examiner Claire Washburn, local beat reporter Cindy Thomas, and Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano.  Much like a popular TV show that sticks around a few seasons too long, The Women’s Murder Club has gradually cheapened itself into mostly soap opera material.  The early novels provided stronger in-depth insights into a complex murder investigation, actually featured the main characters meeting together to informally try to solve the crime, and also tied in the book title to the story. 

Now, particularly in this book, multiple crime storylines are included yet woefully underdeveloped, the characters’ love lives are a more central focus, the women barely interact together as it relates to actually attempting to solve crimes, and the book title makes little or no sense. 

Still, I think every good book rotation should include a good page turner.  The 8th Confession and all other books in this series are all pretty quick and breezy reads.  When I get to one of these books in my rotation, it almost feels like taking a week off from serious reading, which isn’t a terrible thing.

So, from a critical standpoint, this book gets a thumbs down.  However, the series itself is a light entertaining read.

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