Plot summary (from the publisher): It’s finally time! Detective Lindsay Boxer is in labor–while two killers are on the loose.
Lindsay Boxer’s beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career.
A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, Lindsay is confronted with the strangest story she’s ever heard: An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and he’s convinced is real. Lindsay doesn’t believe him, but then a shooting is called in-and it fits the professor’s description to the last detail.
Lindsay doesn’t have much time to stop a terrifying future from unfolding. But all the crimes in the world seem like nothing when Lindsay is suddenly faced with the possibility of the most devastating loss of her life.
Warning: Spoilers below!
- This was as short and quick a read as any James Patterson & Co-author book.
- I liked the name Lindsay chose for her baby (Julie!)
- The whole purpose of the Women’s Murder Club is to have these women helping each other out on their cases. None of them were even remotely working on the same thing in this book — unless you count Claire having Lindsay’s murder vic’s body stolen from the morgue (and that wasn’t even her fault).
- Yuki is the most annoying character of the bunch, most likely because Paetro sucks at courtroom “drama.” Either way, I wouldn’t be sad to see Yuki leave the group.
- What the hell was the point of having Joe’s ex-flame show up, pass on a present, and then leave??? Especially since Lindsay didn’t even mention it to him? What a pointless scene.
- Speaking of Lindsay, when did she become such a sniveling, whiny loser? Yeah, I get that she was probably “hormonal” right after her pregnancy and she was going through some major emotional trauma with the baby’s cancer misdiagnosis (another WTF in this book), but come on. She was well on her way to becoming weak and unrecognizable even before these events.
- Rich breaking up with Cindy for some intern was beyond fucking dumb — and was clearly just a very, very thin plot device to allow for the surprise reveal at the end.
- Speaking of the surprise reveal (which was that the intern was the jailed serial killer’s baby mama and tried to help him escape), what was that all about? So the intern (couldn’t be bothered to remember her name) escapes and is now on the loose, clearly setting up the next installment in this series. Cue eyeroll here.
- Did Lindsay and Rich even investigate a crime in this book? They interviewed the professor who claimed to see future killings in his dreams and the evidence for the 49ers player’s gf’s murder fell into their laps. But did they actually do any legwork here?
- So. much. Boxer. family. drama. Half the book is devoted to Lindsay’s personal life, and it’s boring as hell!
I know, I know. I have no one to blame but myself for continuing to read this garbage put out by the Patterson & Paetro pairing. But my library keeps setting these books right by the entrance, and I can’t pass them up. At least I’m not paying for them, because 12th of Never is not worth the retail price, whatever that may be. I give this one 1 star out of 5.