8th Confession review

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Today we are going to be doing a review on 8th Confession by James Patterson. It is the 8th book to the Women’s Murder Club series. Before we get started, I encourage you all to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you are following the Book Nook on WordPress and on Instagram (@thebooknook221). That way you don’t miss any of my reviews in the future. So, without further ado, lets get into it.

Like the last few books this one has multiple storylines. First, a homeless man known only as Bagman Jesus has been brutally murdered and nobody seems to care except for Cindy Thomas who will stop at nothing to make sure his killer is caught. In addition, members of the San Fransisco’s elite are dying under mysterious circumstances; there are no fingerprints, signs of forced entry, nothing. To add insult to injury, sparks fly between Cindy and Lyndsay’s partner, Rich Conklin.

Once again I questioned the incident that happened in the prologue and once again the answer came up later in the book. I need to stop making assumptions, lol. Anyway, I still love the fact that there are multiple storylines and we are getting more character development for Cindy in addition to Yuki. I also liked how there were a few surprises in the mix; especially in the end. I’m am still not a fan of this whole “thing” that’s going on between Rich and Lyndsay. And I’m not sure how I feel about him and Cindy. The book gave some tension between these three and I was also questioning why Lyndsay was so entranced by her partner when Yuki set her straight and I’m glad she did. However, according to the synopsis of the next book there will still be some tension between the three of them. But I feel as though theses synopsis’ are making a big deal out of nothing. So, my expectations, in regards to this love triangle, is low. I just hope that Lyndsay gets a happy ending because she deserves it. I’m also a sucker for love <3.

This post is short because I really don’t have a lot of comments to make about this book. The pacing was great, as usual, there were a few twists and turns like with the previous books and the ending I did not see coming; also like with the last book.

Overall, I give it a 4/5

Until next time!

7th Heaven review

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Today we re going to be doing a review on 7th Heaven by James Patterson. It is the 7th book to the Women’s Murder Club series. As I mentioned before I am going to read this series in parts so you guys don’t get bored with my reviews. So after the next book I will betaking a break. Before we get started, I encourage you all to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you are following the Book Nook on WordPress and on Instagram (@thebooknook221). That way you don’t miss any of my reviews in the future. So, without further ado, lets get into it.

Months after the son of a local celebrity goes missing, the police get an anonymous call that may help the police find some answers. In addition, a series of fires in wealthy neighborhoods has the everyone on edge. It is up to St. Lyndsay Boxer and her partner, Rich Conklin, to stop these arsonists before anymore lives are lost.

Like with the last book, I couldn’t understand why the disappearance of Michael Campion (the son of the local celebrity) was such a big story. But like with the last book it gave us character development of Yuki Castellano which I don’t have a problem with. I just hope as the series goes on we get more development from Cindy and Claire which I believe we do in the next book.I like the fact that Patterson kept the reader guessing with one or two twists and turns in this book. And the ending…the ending! The ending I did not see coming at all. Its one of the reasons why this book will get a high rating.

If you have read my last post you would know that I had some issues with this thing between Lyndsay and her partner. Luckily in this book, there are no new developments in their relationship other than a professional one and I am glad. However, the story did give a “will they won’t they” vibe. Not to mention the tension between Lyndsay and Joe. I read the synopsis of the next book and it appears that there will be some sparks flying between Rich and Cindy which I am not here for. I understand that this will cause some tension, conflict and drama but this is hitting a little too close to home for me. I just hope this new attraction doesn’t come blow up in anybody’s face.

Overall, the pacing was great, of course, the story had a few twists and turns and the ending was so shocking.

I give it a 4/5.

Until next time!

6th Target review

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Today we are going to be doing a review on 6th Target by James Patterson. It is, of course, the 6th book to the Women’s Murder Club series. As I have done before, I am going to read a few books of this series at a time that way you guys don’t get bored with my reviews. Before we get started, I encourage you all to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you are following the Book Nook on WordPress and on Instagram (@thebooknook221). That way you don’t miss any of my reviews in the future. So, without further ado, lets get int it.

There are actually a few stories happening in this book. First off, a madman has shot at least 4 four people on a San Fransisco ferry including a member of the Women’s Murder Club. Second, a young child and her nanny has been snatched off the street. Sgt. Lyndsay Boxer is on the investigating team and this leads her to discover just how deep the kidnapping actually goes.

*Disclaimer: spoilers ahead*

I thought that the madman story was unnecessary at first because the killer actually confesses within the first few chapters. But as the story continues, it turns out that this plot was actually done in order to help further the development of Yuki Castellano which I didn’t have a problem with. As I said before, there are multiple stories happening in this book and I like that. I like the fact that each character has her own storyline and not everything revolves around Lindsay (even though she’s always the person investigating). One thing I didn’t like was the fact that Lindsay got demoted. She went from Lieutenant to Sargent because she convinced her boss that she’s a better cop if she’s out on the street and not behind a desk. As a result, her and her ex-partner Jacobi switch positions and now she’s partnered up with Rich Conklin. I felt like this couldn’t been done differently. I understand that Lyndsay is a bigger character than Jacobi and the author is taking us on a journey of how ambitious Lyndsay is and how seriously she takes her job. However, I felt as though the main reason the author decided to go this route is to create some conflict in her life which is the next thing I want to touch on.

As some of you may, or may not know, Lindsay is involved in a long distance relationship with this guy named Joe. However, she breaks up with him and then she somewhat starts a thing with her new partner. I did not like this. At all. I felt as though there was no buildup to this whole new attraction thing. It just came out of left field. If her and Conklin had been partners for a while, then I could see it. Eventually, her and Joe works things out in the end but according to the synopsis of the next book Lindsay is still torn between the two of them. This makes me think that her and Joe won’t work out like they thought they would. If her and Joe break up for real this time, fine. But I don’t want to see her with Conklin. She should just be by herself.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The pacing was great as usual and I like that each of the women characters have their own storylines. It adds some dimension to the series as a whole.

I give it a 4/5.

Until next time!

5th Horseman review

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Today we are going to be doing a review on 5th Horseman by James Patterson. It is the fifth book to the Women’s Murder Club series. As I mentioned in a previous post I was going to be taking a break from the series because there are so many books to read but now I am back on track. Before we get started, I encourage you all to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you follow the Book Nook on WordPress and Instagram (@theboooknook221). That way you don’t miss any of my reviews in the future. So, without further ado, lets get into it.

After a slew of patients have died under mysterious circumstances, a local San Francisco hospital is being sued by the families of the victims. Among these individuals is the newest member of the Women’s Murder Club, Yuki Costellano. Meanwhile, Lt. Lyndsay Boxer is investigating the murder of young girls that are being staged in luxury clothes and cars.

Unlike the previous books, this book had a lot more POVs but the good thing is that it wasn’t confusing or convoluted. Similarly to the last book, this book had more than one crime committed. The synopsis gave the impression that the hospital scandal was the main focus and I guess it was. But with that being said, I didn’t see the point in including the other crime in the book if majority of the focus was going to be surrounding the hospital murders. Of course Patterson had to hit us with a plot twist or two. Neither of which I saw coming (because I never do). The biggest twist was towards the end and honestly, that boosted the rating of the story up by one point. The one thing I will say is that after the murderers of the young girls was caught, the story doesn’t give a reason why they committed the murders in the first place. But then again, most killers don’t have a reason.

As you can see this post is short and sweet because I don’t really have anything negative to say about 5th Horseman. The pacing was great, of course, the plot was original and there were revelations that I didn’t see coming.

Overall, I give it a 4/5.

Until next time!

The Whisper Man review

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Today we are going to be doing a review on the Whisper Man by Alex North. Not too long ago I did a review on another one of North’s book called The Shadows. You can read the review here. Before we get started, I encourage you all to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you follow the Book Nook on WordPress and on Instagram (@thebooknook221). That way you don’t miss any of my reviews in the future. So, without further ado, let’s get into it.

After the death of his wife, Tom Kennedy and his son, Jake, have to decided to move to Featherbank in order to make a new start for themselves. Tom and Jake don’t have the closest relationship but Tom hopes that the new move will give them a chance to better their relationship. A few months before, however, a little boy went missing and was killed. The prime suspect is the Whisper Man; Frank Carter. Named so because he whispers at your window to lure you to him. Unfortunately, Carter has been in jail for the past twenty years for previous crimes committed. So the killer is obviously a copycat. Tom and Jake need to be careful especially now that Jake starts to act strangely and hears the whispers.

I liked this book better than The Shadows. Like The Shadows, it has a supernatural feel to it but it’s more realistic, so to speak. Similarly, this book had a lot of purple prose but it wasn’t as annoying as it was in the other book. I think the reason for that may be because that’s just how North writes and I got used to it. There is a revelation that I didn’t see coming in part three that was interesting. I feel as though the author only made this revelation a thing just so it could…propel future events and make the reader feel sympathy for this character. Another thing I thought was interesting was that in the story Jake has an imaginary friend and Tom thought that he was actually a little bit clairvoyant. However, towards the end of the book we see that this may not be the case. But during the last three chapters there’s a revelation that may suggests that Tom might have been right all along. Not only that, Jake may have inherited this “trait” from his father. I like that the author left this particular part of the story open-ended and let’s the reader come to their own conclusions. The final chapter was a “nice” way to end the book. Once you read it you’ll understand why because everything came full circle.

A couple of minor things that bugged me was the location of the story. The way the characters talked I automatically thought that the setting was in Australia. However, North resides in England so I’m assuming that’s where the story takes place. Another thing is that Amanda Beck (who also made an appearance in The Shadows) seems like a mediocre cop. What is mean is, yes, she was very passionate about her job and competent. However, there were times where she would walk into an unknown situation without a weapon. Like, the only thing she had to defend herself were her keys or a flashlight. Now, I don’t know if the law enforcement in England don’t carry guns or not. If not, then everything now makes sense. But from my POV as an American Amanda Beck not having a gun didn’t seem realistic to me.

Overall, this book was pretty ok. The pacing was a bit slow but the storyline was interesting and did have a few twists in it. As I said before, I enjoyed it a little better than The Shadows.

Overall, I give it a 3.5/5

Until next time!

Catherine House Review

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Today we are going to be doing a review on Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas. I have heard not so good reviews bout this book but I still wanted to read it and form my own opinions on it. And I have to say I agree with everyone else about this read. It was not great. Before we get started, I encourage you all to comment down below and tell me your thought. Also, make sure you follow the Book Nook on WordPress and on Instagram (@thebooknook221). That way you don’t miss any of my reviews in the future. So, without further ado, lets get into it.

Catherine House is not like any other institution. It is a 3 year, tuition-free school in rural Pennsylvania that produces some of the greatest minds in the world including politicians, artists, scientists and more. With no where else to go Ines believes that she can have a different life in the world of Catherine House. But as time goes on Ines suspects that something sinister is taking place within the walls of the place she now calls home. She is now conflicted about whether or not Catherine is really the best place for her.

*Disclaimer: spoilers ahead*

This book was…not it. I was absolutely not feeling it at all! It was a watered down, incoherent version of Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo which I wasn’t that impressed with either (read review here). First off, the relationship between Ines and her roommate, Baby, was so unrealistic. Within five minutes of meeting each other they became best friends and Ines was calling her “darling” and “sweetie” and saying that she loved her. Like, the semester barely started and already the author wants us to believe that these two girls are so close. As I continued reading I realized that all the relationships in this story were unrealistic. Granted, Ines made friends with other people who seemed to be just as carefree as her but when it came to her relationship with Theo…it was very frustrating. The author also mentions Ines’ other sexual encounters with other people and I have no clue why they thought that was necessary. The synopsis says, and I quote;

Ines Murillo, who expects to trade blurry nights of parties, cruel friends, and dangerous men for rigorous intellectual discipline.”

With that being said, it implies that Ines had a pretty wild past and she was hoping to put it all behind her. But the entire book was nothing but her sleeping with everybody, drinking and not going to class. Like, what?! Makes not sense. Also, the author doesn’t go into detail about Ines’ wild past anyway. All that was mentioned was that she was in a hotel with another young lady and an older man taking pictures of them. And when she woke up the next morning the man was gone and the other girl was dead. That’s it. Nothing about partying or having cruel friends although she mentions it a few times during the book. How can you put this description into the synopsis but you don’t follow though with it in the actual story? I needed to see more into Ines’ past so that I could understand Ines now in the present.

Another thing that confused me was the fact that her teachers kept telling her that she was an extraordinary student but there is no indication of that being true. As I said before, Ines doesn’t go to class and when she does she’s not really paying attention; she failed a class or two within her first semester and when she decided to make an effort to improve her grades she still barely managed to pass any of her classes. I don’t see where this extraordinary perception of her comes in. Also, the synopsis claims that something isn’t right about Catherine House, however, the book takes such a long time to get to that point. We don’t see anything wrong until the last THIRD OF THE BOOK! And even then…it’s very anticlimactic. I also think the pacing wasn’t great. As mentioned before, Catherine House is a three year institution, so the author takes on Ines’ journey throughout the entire three years. Honestly, I think the author should’ve focused on just the first year and expanded everything; expanded the relationship between Ines and Baby and Theo and how she noticed that Catherine House is not what it seems to be. Maybe even going to the second year. I think the author would’ve had better luck slowing everything down and building up the plot instead of trying to rush.

There were also a few plot holes that weren’t resolved. Long story short, Ines ends up getting Theo in trouble and at the end she admits she was the guilty party and she takes the punishment for it. It is at this time that we FINALLY get to see the secret of Catherine House. The school’s administrator then tells Ines that Theo was the one who volunteered her for the experiment they were performing. Why? Was that his plan all along? Did he do it as revenge? We don’t know. We also don’t get to see any conflict between Ines and anyone because she then ends up escaping and leaves the grounds of Catherine House in a truck and that’s it. It just ends. Nothing gets resolves.

As you can see this book frustrated me. The plot was lack-luster and incoherent, the pacing was sluggish and the ending made no sense. I knew what I was getting myself into but as I said before I wanted to form my own thoughts surrounding this book. This is Thomas’ first book. Normally, even if an author’s first publication isn’t all that impressive I wouldn’t let that deter me from reading some of their other books if they put more out. However, this book has me a bit nervous to read anything else from this author.

Overall, I give it a 1/5 (unfortunately)

Until next time!

The Shadows review

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. I have been pretty busy this past week because of finals which are this week. My first one, in fact, is tomorrow. With that being said, I have been working my ass off studying and trying to get stuff packed for the end of the semester and for graduation. So please bear with me. Anyway, we are going to be doing a review on The Shadows by Alex North. Before we get started I encourage you all to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you follow the Book Nook on WordPress and on Instagram (@thebooknook221). That way you don’t miss any of my reviews in the future. So, without further ado, lets get into it.

25 years ago, a teenage boy by the name Charlie Crabtree committed a heinous murder of another teenager. That teenager was a friend of Paul Adams who has tried his hardest to move past the tragedy and forget about his hometown of Gritten. However, Paul must return home to take care of his sick mother. Meanwhile, a incident identical to the Crabtree murder was committed in the neighboring town and Amanda Beck is the investigating officer. With his sick mother and the copycat murder, Paul is on the edge. What makes it even worst is that Charlie Crabtree was never seen again after that day.

This book gave me Slenderman vibes. I’m sure many of you remember that incident where two girls killed their classmate because of the Slenderman character. Yeah, this book is something like that. But honestly, it’s not as haunting as I was led to believe. In fact, it was quite boring in my opinion. The beginning of the book was pretty drab and it was laced was purple prose that became annoying. I thought this was going to read like a crime/mystery novel of sorts but it had a supernatural element to it that I did not anticipate (hence Slenderman). What I will say is that I did not see the plot twist coming. ALL ALL! I was pleasantly shocked at the chain of events that unfolded. However, it went back down hill from there. When Paul found out the real story about what happened to Charlie I found it so ironic/coincidental that someone just happened to want to know about Charlie’s whereabouts as well. Also, the whole situation that happened with Paul towards the end was anticlimactic. I wanted more. I wanted more drama and suspense but that’s not we got. In addition, I’m pretty sure there was part of the plot that was left unanswered and I wish the author would’ve addressed it towards the end.

This book has been on my TBR for a while (like a lot of other books) and I had pretty mild expectations for it. The pacing wasn’t bad it was the story that was slow and even though there was a big plot twist in my opinion it wasn’t enough to “save” the book. It was enough to slightly improve the rating, though.

Overall, I give it a 3.5/5.

PS- North does have another book entitled The Whisper Man which seems pretty interesting. Although I wasn’t impressed with this read I will, however, give his other book a chance.

Superman: Dawnbreaker

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Today we are going to be doing a review on Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Peña. This book is a part of the DC Icons series. The DC Icons series is a series that re-tells the stories of Superman, Batman, Wonder and Catwoman from a teenage POV. I read the other three books last year and unfortunately the library didn’t have Superman at the time but now they do. Before we get started, I encourage you all to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you follow the Book Nook here on WordPress as well on Instagram (@thebooknook221). That way you don’t miss any of my reviews in the future. So, without further ado, lets get into it.

All Clark Kent wants to do is navigate through high school while also keeping his powers under control. However, he learns from another classmate that many of the Mexican-American citizens of Smallville are disappearing and nobody seems to be concerned. With the help of this best friend and junior reporter, Lana Lang, and a few others, Clark starts to investigate these mysterious disappearances and learns the true meaning of his powers along the way.

My main issue with this book is that the story leaned a little too hard on immigration and trying to be political. Immigration has been a long-term issue, more-so in recent years. From what I understand the author himself is Mexican so I understand the need to include current events and personal experiences into a story. However, I felt as though the inclusion of racial inequality and discrimination could have been more subtle. The story bought up the “stop-and-frisk policy”, undocumented immigrants and things of that nature. So the reader already has a sense of what’s going on with the Mexican population. However, the characters kept referring to certain people as “Mexican this” or Mexican that”. For example, one of the characters was a waitress and instead of calling her a waitress she was referred to as “the Mexican waitress.” There’s another scene where a Mexican man was being harassed by a group of white men. Once again he was referred to as “the Mexican victim.” Peña already establishes that there is tension between the brown and white community in Smallville. So, I personally didn’t see the point in him keep bringing up that the victims were all Mexican when we can clearly see the problem.

I do like that they gave Lois Lane’s skill of investigating to Lana to fit the plot of the story. The ending was anticlimactic in my opinion and when the characters found out who the villain was I was in no way, shape or form surprised. Lex Luthor makes an appearance as a young man a few years older than Clark but he was friend of a friend and he doesn’t entirely come off as Clark’s enemy per se. He does come off as a likeable guy but we all know that Lex always has an ulterior motive. I just wish we could’ve seen more of that.

Overall, this post is going to be short because the book was pretty ordinary; I wasn’t thrilled with this read. The pacing was ok and it was a cute plot for what it was but I just didn’t like the continual emphasis on the Mexican characters. It could’ve been more subtly done.

I give it a 2.5/5.

4th of July book reviews

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Today we are going to be doing a review on 4th of July by James Patterson. It is the fourth book in the Women’s Murder Club series. I have mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to read the whole series straight through. However, I am mentioning this in advance that my next review will not be the 5th book to the series. Instead, I am going to switch it up a little then come back to the series just to give myself and you all a break. Before we get into it, I encourage you all to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you are following the Book Nook on WordPress and on Instagram (@thebooknook221). That way you don’t miss any of my reviews in the future. So, without further ado, let’s get into it.

Lt. Lyndsay Boxer and her ex-partner engage in a high speed chase with a Mercedes that ends with Lt. Boxer killing a teenage girl and crippling her younger brother. As Lt. Boxer’s trial begins she takes a break from work and stays at her sister’s house in Half Moon Bay. However, a string a murders in the area prompts Lt. Boxer to investigate; especially considering that the murders were similar to one she encountered many years before as a rookie. As Lt. Boxer tried to put the pieces of the murders together, she soon realizes that she, herself, is in the killer’s cross-hairs.

The incidence with Lt. Boxer being on trial for the death of a teenage girl was too real. What I mean by that is we see how the whole situation went down and of course the reader roots for Lyndsay because she’s the main character and her actions were justified. However, due to the current state of the police force and what’s happening in the world today I couldn’t help but feel a little apathetic towards Lyndsay as well. With all the police brutality happening today I have different feelings when it comes to cop shows and books about cops and their job. But that’s really just a personal problem of mine. I mentioned in the last book that Lt. Boxer has a new love interest and I hoped that we got to see more of him. He does appear in this book and once again I feel as though their relationship was moving a little too quickly right off the bat. I do wished that we could see the progression of their relationship throughout the rest of the series first before they started getting too serious. Also, the book hints that the Women’s Murder Club has found a replacement for Jill. I do want to see how the replacement pans out first before they’re officially inducted into the club.

As I mentioned before, while Lyndsay was on trial she was also trying to solve a few murders in Half Moon Bay. I felt as though Lyndsay should have solved the murders first and then the outcome of the trial would close out the book instead of the other way around. Now…there was such a huge reveal of who the killer was…I. Was. Shook! I mean, I had to actually stop reading and process what just happened. Unlike, some of the other perpetrators in the previous books, this killer had somewhat of a “moral” reason to kill. But, of course, murder is murder and they still went to jail.

Overall, this book was ok like the previous reads. The pacing was good and the ending was shocking but unfortunately that wasn’t enough to give the book a really high rating but it did help add half a point.

Overall, I give it a 3.5/5

Until next time!

3rd Degree review

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. The end of the semester is coming up within a few weeks and of course…graduation!!! So, I have been pretty busy with my courses. But when I have the time I like to engage in activities that make me happy and that, of course, includes reading. So, I am so glad I had the time to be able to read at least one book this week. Today we are going to be doing a review on 3rd Degree by James Patterson. It is the third installment to the Women’s Murder Club series. Before we get into started, I encourage you all to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you are following the Book Nook on WordPress as well as on Instagram (@thebooknook221). That way you don’t miss any of my reviews in the future. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

As Lieutenant Lyndsay Boxer is jogging on a San Francisco street, a bomb of a nearby residence goes off. Lyndsay is able to save a child but the rest of the family is not so lucky. Turns out the head of the family was specifically targeted by a group of radicals hell-bent on making the greediest fat cats of the world pay. Which means more bombs and more innocent lives lost. To make matters worse, the group has targeted a member of the Women’s Murder Club. But which one?

Right off the bat, as I mentioned with the last book, 3rd Degree immediately reminded me of an episode of Criminal Minds and I’m pretty sure I’m going to be making more comparisons (to CR or Law and Order: SVU) as the series goes on. As the synopsis implies, someone from the Women’s Murder Club has been targeted and…it still came as a complete shock to me. Normally I try to keep my reviews spoiling free but you guys can probably guess that someone important dies. I didn’t think anything was really going to happen and it did. So, now my question is where do we go from here? This is book 3 of 21 and already something has happened to an important character. I felt as though it was way too soon in the series for this to have happened. Is the club going to replace her or not? I have questions. This goes back to my theory from my last review that at least one important person from each book is going to die.

There is also a new love interest for Lt. Boxer and I found it interesting that once again he’s a member of law enforcement but I wasn’t entirely surprised. I also felt their relationship was a little rushed but then again, look at who the author is. Patterson has a tendency to move things along which in some cases is good but it also be a drawback. Based on how the book ended, I’m hoping we’ll see more of this character in the series but I’m not holding my breath.

The book had a few plot twists and surprises but nothing compared to the first book in my opinion. When the leader of the group was revealed I wasn’t really surprised. The take-down of the person was a bit anticlimactic as well. But the pacing was still great and I got through it pretty quickly.

Overall, I give it a 3/5

Until next time!