Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Today we are going to be doing a review on 18th Abduction by James Patterson. It is the 18th book to the Women’s Murder Club series. Since I am almost done with the series I will not be taking a break; I am just going to power through until I have read all 21 books. I should be done by the end of this week or maybe the beginning of next week. Then we can get on with some others books that I have purchased within the past month. 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.
*Disclaimer: spoilers ahead*
Sgt. Lyndsay Boxer is investigating the disappearance of three private school teachers who went missing after having a drink after work. Meanwhile, Joe starts an investigation of his own when a women named Anna confides in him that she has spotted the war criminal who burned her town and butchered her people. The kicker? The man is suppose to be serving out a life sentence in prison. So what is he doing in San Francisco? Suddenly Anna goes missing. Both Joe and Lyndsay have a sneaky suspicion that she was kidnapped and that her disappearance is in some way connected to the school teachers.
First off, I didn’t think the prologue was necessary. It starts off with Joe and Lyndsay attending the trial of the war criminal then it comes back five years earlier to the present day. I think the story should’ve just started off like it normally does and then the ending should’ve been done a little differently. In the last book it mentions that Lyndsay has some sort of medical condition but it never comes up again! At least not in this book. I think I mentioned in my last review that this medical condition was pointless and I was right. Also, a secondary character by the name of Denny was killed and we don’t actually know why he was murdered. Lyndsay spitballs a couple of theories but we never get a definite answer. I thought it was interesting how these teachers were leading double lives and two of them were connected to each other and that’s why they were targeted in the first place. The ending was little anticlimactic for me. When the police zeroed in on the perps one of the men rolled over for a deal and he gave up the location of the women without a fight. I wanted to see the cops sweat them a little more. I wanted more…thrills; a little more action. The pacing to me was slow and the story seemed to drag on at times.
Overall, this book was better than the last book in my opinion. I was going to give this a book a lower rating but the further I went the more it reminded me of a Criminal Minds episode; minus the drama and intensity. But because because of that element I decided to boost it up to an average rating. In addition, because was pacing was slow the story seemed to drag on unnecessarily.
Overall, I give it a 3/5.
Until next time!