10th Anniversary by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

July 9, 2011

Plot summary (from the publisher): Detective Lindsay Boxer’s long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals—but that the victim may be keeping secrets as well.

At the same time, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her life—a woman who has been accused of murdering her husband in front of her two young children. Yuki’s career rests on a guilty verdict, so when Lindsay finds evidence that could save the defendant, she is forced to choose. Should she trust her best friend or follow her instinct?

Lindsay’s every move is watched by her new boss, Lieutenant Jackson Brady, and when the pressure to find the baby begins interfering with her new marriage to Joe, she wonders if she’ll ever be able to start a family. With James Patterson’s white-hot speed and unquenchable action, 10th Anniversary is the most deliciously chilling Women’s Murder Club book ever.

Warning: Spoilers below!

Liked:

  • I liked that there were only two storylines (for the most part; a third seemed to materialize in the middle) in this edition of the Women’s Murder Club. Usually the books in this series have way too much going on, so it was nice that they focused on just a couple of things this time around.
  • The crime involving the baby was fairly interesting. It was a bit creepy that a teen girl was found covered in blood in the middle of the road, and the authors did a good job with misdirection, making it sound like there was a nefarious serial killer out there or something when the solution was actually quite different.
  • I was glad that the biker couple ended up with the baby in the end. It seemed like they would be able to provide the child with a loving, nurturing environment, which obviously is much better than becoming a ward of the state and getting beaten down by the system. Here’s hoping Avis Richardson’s parents at least bought a Lorex portable baby monitor or a comparable gift for the adoptive parents.

Disliked:

  • I think Yuki is the weakest character of the four women, so I don’t understand why the authors continue to feature her so prominently. She sucks as a DA, and I’m glad that they finally acknowledged that by saying she desperately needed a win, but still…. The character is boring, her love life is boring, her career is boring. What is the point of her being there?
  • I do not care one whit about Lindsay’s home life, so the scenes with Joe ones to be skimmed over, IMO. There actually was quite a bit of personal stuff involving three out of the four women, but none of it needed to be included — perhaps excepting only Cindy’s engagement to Rich. Yuki dating Lindsay’s married boss? Ew. Please don’t tell me any more about that!
  • The serial rapist story was pretty weird. As I mentioned above, it suddenly appeared about halfway through the book, and really confused me when it did. I began to wonder if I’d missed something along the way because all of a sudden there was this whole new storyline to contend with. And then to have Cindy become a near victim herself was not the tension-filled twist the authors surely intended, but just another been-there-done-that development that has been used countless times in similar novels.

Rating:
I’ve said many times before that I was done with the Women’s Murder Club series, and yet I keep coming back for more. It’s because my library gets them so quickly, and now that I have the Overdrive Media app on my iPad, it’s just so easy to download the book in a few seconds and begin reading. So, I guess I only have myself to blame when I end up with something I don’t like. Actually, 10th Anniversary didn’t bother me as much as some of the other entries in the series, and for that reason, I give it 3 stars out of 5.

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