RR: 6th Target

When a horrifying attack leaves one of the four members of the Women's Murder Club struggling for her life, the others fight to keep a madman behind bars before anyone else is hurt.

And Lindsay Boxer and her new partner in the San Francisco police department run flat-out to stop a series of kidnappings that has electrified the city: children are being plucked off the streets together with their nannies--but the kidnappers aren't demanding ransom. Amid uncertainty and rising panic, Lindsay juggles the possibility of a new love with an unsolvable investigation, and the knowledge that one member of the club could be on the brink of death.

And just when everything appears momentarily under control, the case takes a terrifying turn, putting an entire city in lethal danger. Lindsay must make a choice she never dreamed she'd face--with no certainty that either outcome has more than a prayer of success.

This was my fourth Women’s Murder Club book in a row. And to be completely honest, it is my least favorite thus far. I was unhappy by page sixty and my unhappiness continued to grow. I was not expecting the sudden demotion of Lindsay Boxer and the promotion of Warren Jacobi. I did not like the way the sudden change was handled and the way both seemed to fall into their new positions with ease. I expected tension and a learning curve for both. I expected Lindsay to overstep boundaries because she was used to being in charge and I expected Jacobi to look to here for advice. What I read was in stark contrast to that. Jacobi seemed to ease into his job and had no problem commanding his former superior. Perhaps it played out the way it would in a real life situation, I just didn’t think that the entire human element was portrayed.

There were three main stories playing throughout much of the book. Once the “B” story, the Del Norte seemed to have wrapped up, the “A” story was introduced. The kidnapping story. The B story continued in the form of a trial and then there was the “C” story, the Blakely Arms. All that drama and then add in a snippet about a surprise pregnancy for one of the club members and a monumental breakup and you have a mish mash of stories.

The writers do a great job of keeping everything straight and strategically placing the stories throughout to keep you engaged, but they let some things slack this time around. Things I missed were the relationships and personal stories for the Women. In the two preceding books, there was so much focus on the women, and this time around, there was little. I did not like that the pregnancy was mentioned all of maybe three times. I would have thought that that would have been a huge conversation between the ladies and the authors seemed to have forgotten that little tidbit until the edits came around and then threw in a reference here and there. Also, the entire relationship between Lindsay and Joe seemed a little bit backburner after having such heat in the last two books. I have looked forward to that story line since Joe was introduced in 3rd Degree.

Overall the book kept me entertained and interested, but in so many ways it was a let down.

Rating: 3 out of 5 
Recommendation: Fiction fans, Patterson fans, WMC fans


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