Saturday, 7 June 2014

The 5th Horseman by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro (Women's Murder Club, #5) - Book Review

4/5 Stars


Edition: Paperback
Pages: 468
Chapters: 139
Publisher: Headline

Book Links: Goodreads
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I am happy to report that The 5th Horseman is another stellar instalment to the Women's Murder Club series. The story is gripping and fast-paced, the characters are fantastic, having more emotion than ever punched into them, and the writing is comfortable and enjoyable. I bet you're now wondering why it's not a 5/5 then, huh? There is far too much going on in the novel. I still enjoyed it, but there's a lot to take in about the story all at the one time; a lot of plots for various cases within the book that I felt myself going into overload. Plus, the Women's Murder Club has changed since its inception. It no longer feels like a club, whereas in the first three books, the group works together and reaches case-opening epiphanies, they now just talk and mull the case over, never really reaching any conclusions. It's sad, because when they work together they are awesome, and here's hoping they get back to their old ways in further instalments.

When I say there's a lot going on, there's a lot going on. Like its predecessor, 4th of July, The 5th Horseman tries to balance a cop case with a court case, and where 4th succeeds, 5th almost fails. The two cases are riveting and well done, but another case worked by the police is thrown in too, and although the twist at the end is great, and the way everything ties together is tight, when you're reading it it's a lot to grapple at the one time. A few aspects of each plot line suffer for it. A stealthy murderer is ravaging innocent hospital patients, which is bad enough, but the hospital is being taken to court for malpractice by twenty people and a sharp lawyer. Thrown into the midst of this, Lindsay Boxer also has other concerns, the case she's working is getting under her skin, and young women keep turning up in flashy cars, which wouldn't be a bad thing, if they were alive that is. In the end though, the book absolutely redeems itself, it's a fun, fast-paced thriller, and it delivers exactly what you would expect of it.

We also see a lot more emotion from the characters, and it's nice to see. In particular, the newest member of the gang, Yuki Castellano, is going through a particularly hard time, and it's nice to see the darkness her character has to go through, even though it's overshadowed by a full plot. Our tough-as-nails Lindsay is in top form, proving to us again who's the number one cop in the SFPD. The antagonists are also well done. They're creepy and spine tingling, and when Lindsay's spidey sense tingles, the authors do a great job of making ours go as well.

So another good addition has been read, and I am thoroughly looking forward to continuing my trek through this series.

Previous Instalment: 4th of July
Next Instalment: The 6th Target

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