17th Suspect by James Patterson – Spoiler Review
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Hey everyone! So, for the past six years, I’ve been a huge fan of James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club (WMC) series and, this past April, the newest book came out called 17th Suspect*! I couldn’t wait to read the book and finally got my hands on it this past weekend and finished it in a couple hours! Before I get into my spoilery review, though, here’s the synopsis, via Goodreads:
A series of shootings exposes San Francisco to a methodical yet unpredictable killer, and a reluctant woman decides to put her trust in Sergeant Lindsay Boxer. The confidential informant’s tip leads Lindsay to disturbing conclusions, including that something has gone horribly wrong inside the police department itself.
The hunt for the killer lures Lindsay out of her jurisdiction, and gets inside Lindsay in dangerous ways. She suffers unsettling medical symptoms, and her friends and confidantes in the Women’s Murder Club warn Lindsay against taking the crimes too much to heart. With lives at stake, the detective can’t help but follow the case into ever more terrifying terrain.
A decorated officer, loving wife, devoted mother, and loyal friend, Lindsay’s unwavering integrity has never failed her. But now she is confronting a killer who is determined to undermine it all.
Sounds like it could be interesting, eh? I thought so too I guess but 17th Suspect just didn’t live up to my expectations as much as I thought it would.
Ok so part one of the reason I was very eh about the book was because I was realllly interested in Lindsay’s plot of the homeless people shootings and that there might be dirty cops involved and, as usual, we knew who the killer was in the beginning and we’d be reading to figure out how they got there. That sounds all well and good and I love following those plots but this time, the journey to find the killer felt underdeveloped. Like it was good for awhile and I was enjoying watching Lindsay get closer to figuring out the man behind the shootings but it felt like there wasn’t enough depth behind it all, specifically when trying to examine the shootings and talk to the informant. Also, the whole dirty cops thing was such a disappointment as it didn’t feel like enough was done and, in the end, after some info uncovered of the cops seeming like they were dirty, nothing happened and the claims were immediately dismissed ?!?!?!
The second plot was about Yuki’s case which was a surprise plot considering it wasn’t mentioned whatsoever in the synopsis (smh). Plus, even tho Lindsay is the main character in the books so Yuki’s plot was supposed to be a B-plot comparatively, Yuki’s case felt like the most interesting of all the plots and I looked forward to reading about it more than I did Lindsay’s cases. I’m not going to get into detail about Yuki’s case because it is sensitive but I will say that it kinda sucked how it ended (esp for survivors of the topic discussed). like I guessed it would end the way it did and in turn was more interested in the journey of it but I was really hoping to be wrong.
Now, in terms of the smaller plots – Yuki being annoyed at Brady for working all the time and Lindsay getting sick – those also felt underdeveloped and a little annoying. Like, with Yuki, most of the time she gets (justifiably, I admit) annoyed and whiny about Brady and, again, if my future SO was acting like Brady and not communicating at all, I’d also be really annoyed but it just felt like Yuki was annoyed all the time at Brady/whenever she wasn’t talking about the case and that was just a little ugh. As for Lindsay getting sick, ya girl apparently cannot catch a break and enjoy one happy second of her life. Not to mention that it was ridiculously easy to figure out that she was sick again and not pregnant like it felt like Patterson was trying to force us to think.
Lastly, I wanted to say that, in all of the smh’s and eh’s of the book, it still felt good to be reunited with the Women’s Murder Club in some way. I’ve read and followed this series for over 6 years now and, even though the books are up to #17 and they don’t seem like they will ever stop, I’m happy to be a part of it all and read the books. The Women’s Murder Club series is one of the few crime/mystery series that continues to surprise me – #17 seems to be a fluke with it’s eh rating considering most others are brilliant – and I love that they were the first adult crime/mystery series I really connected with and enjoyed; it’s introduced me to so many different plot points and mysteries that I get to think about and use whenever I read or watch anything with a hint of crime or mystery in it!
Anyways, all in all, I thought 17th Suspect* was eh. It was good but it was mainly for the nostalgia of it and not because the plots really grabbed at me this time. Still, it feels like a fluke and outlier considering many of the other books in the WMC are really good so I’m excited to read the next book, 18th Abduction and see what the ladies of the WMC get into next! Now, have you guys read the Women’s Murder Club* series before? If so, what did you think? Which book was your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!
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