While we were at the beach I started and promptly finished the most recent book in James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series. I had read most of them, out of order, over the years so last summer I read 1-14 in order. I will say I loved the early books in this series and then a few lately haven’t been quite as good. I feel the same way about Patterson’s Alex Cross series. It probably has something to do with the fact that he pumps out what feels like 100 books a year. But I keep reading them so I guess I can’t complain too much.
I brought 15th Affair with me to the beach and cracked it open the minute I hit the sand. While I didn’t love this one as much as some of the very first novels in the series it was definitely better than the last few.
As she settles into motherhood and a happy marriage, Lindsay Boxer thinks she has found domestic bliss. But when a beautiful, alluring blonde woman with links to the CIA disappears from the scene of a brutal murder at a downtown luxury hotel, Lindsay’s life begins to unravel. Before she can track down the woman for questioning, a plane crash plunges San Francisco into chaos and Lindsay’s husband Joe vanishes. The deeper she digs, the more Lindsay suspects that Joe shares a secret past with the mystery blonde. Thrown into a tailspin and questioning everything she thought she knew, Lindsay turns to the Women’s Murder Club for help as she tries to uncover the truth.
I liked that this book went back to having a singular case that everyone is focused on, instead of a bunch of smaller cases like we have seen in some recent books in the series. I also like the Lindsay Boxer is back to being her confident, go-for-broke self. In recent books her marriage and having a baby have made her a little softer, which I didn’t enjoy.
The ending of the book is great. I liked the resolution of the case and the lack of resolution in Lindsay’s personal life. It will provide a great jumping off point for whatever comes in 16 and could possibly have lasting effects for the rest of the series. Overall, a really solid thriller from one of my favorite series that made for a perfect beach read.