1st To Die by James Patterson

18 06 2008

 

I don’t read James Patterson…just something about him, I just never would pick up one of his books…In all fairness, as I never like to criticize something I haven’t tried, I did try reading his book The Beach House, once…never could get in to it, so I never tried any of his other books… until now…I don’t know how many of my readers are from the United States but ABC has a show on called The Women’s Murder Club (Psstt…if you click on this link you can watch the shows on this site for free) I’m a HUGE fan….love it…I envy the characters for their great bond and amazing skills in their chosen professions…so, I decided if the TV shows were that great then the books had to be even better, you know the old thing, how the movie and TV shows are never as good as the books…so my expectations were set very high on this one…I wasn’t completely disappointed…The main 4 characters are about the only thing that are the same between the book and the TV show…on the show Tom is the lieutenant who also happens to be the main character, Lindsey Boxer’s ex-husband…not so in the book, he’s a lawyer that’s now completely out of her life…the Kiss-me-not killer from TV…not in the books (at least not yet)…Jill is married in the book, not so on TV, and Jacobi (her police partner) is black on TV, not in the book, also Lindsey out ranks him in the book, but is subordinate on TV…so a lot of differences, but…if you take the book and analyze it completely separately from the show…then it’s a good book. It’s completely suspenseful and a super quick read. At 462 pages it has 126 chapters…so that’s like, 3-4 pages a chapter, which helps in the “only one more chapter, it’s only 3 pages” then you hit the end of the chapter and you’re still thirsting for more…makes you keep saying “just one more chapter”…

 

The basic summary of the story is there is a serial killer loose in San Francisco, and he’s killing newly wedded couples…on their honeymoon (romantic, huh?)…So the four main characters Lindsay, a homicide inspector with the police department, Jill, an assistant District Attorney (D.A.), Claire a medical examiner and Cindy, who’s a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. They “unofficially” join forces to try and figure out who the killer is and how to stop him.

 

The only part I didn’t like about the book is how quickly Patterson makes the 4 women bond…I mean I realize that’s part of the book, but he makes it happen SO quickly…it’s like they become best friends over night…I realize that chasing a killer can make you bond pretty quickly, but still, it felt a little unnatural…as a woman anyway…maybe that’s part of why Patterson had trouble with that, he’s a guy…other than that little thing, he does a very nice job…It’s scary how easily he made it seem for him to become a female narrator…but lends to the quality of the story…if you enjoy mystery novels that aren’t grimy and gross, then you’ll enjoy this…it examines personal relationships and gets into the minds of people…I would defiantly recommend it and have to give it 4 and a half stars.


The basic summary of the story is there is a serial killer loose in San Francisco, and he’s killing newly wedded couples…on their honeymoon (romantic, huh?)…So the four main characters Lindsay, a homicide inspector with the police department, Jill, an assistant District Attorney (D.A.), Claire a medical examiner and Cindy, who’s a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. They “unofficially” join forces to try and figure out who the killer is and how to stop him.


The only part I didn’t like about the book is how quickly Patterson makes the 4 women bond…I mean I realize that’s part of the book, but he makes it happen SO quickly…it’s like they become best friends over night…I realize that chasing a killer can make you bond pretty quickly, but still, it felt a little unnatural…as a woman anyway…maybe that’s part of why Patterson had trouble with that, he’s a guy…other than that little thing, he does a very nice job…It’s scary how easily he made it seem for him to become a female narrator…but lends to the quality of the story…if you enjoy mystery novels that aren’t grimy and gross, then you’ll enjoy this…it examines personal relationships and gets into the minds of people…I would defiantly recommend it and have to give it 4 and a half stars.

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