THE ENTERTAINMENT CRITIC BOOK REVIEW, BY JAMES MYERS
THE 8TH CONFESSION BY JAMES PATTERSON & MAXINE PAETRO
By James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Published by: Little, Brown & Company
Publication Date: April, 2009
Four Star Rating ****
James Patterson is one of my favorite writers. One reason I love James is his unabashed support for books, writers and writing. Check out his new website, ReadKiddoRead.com, a source for parents, grandparents, teachers and librarians to find the very best children’s’ books for kids. A prolific best selling author, Patterson and his various partners have sold more than 160 million books worldwide. His detective stories are by far and away his most popular and most interesting pieces of fiction. (Patterson is extremely versatile, writing pieces of fiction and non-fiction with equal grace, and sometimes even children’s books). Of his detective books, the Women’s Murder Club can be among the twistiest and turningest books; the kind that once you start you cannot put down. The kind of book you had better read during the day unless you want to stay up all night. (Not that his Alex Cross books aren’t fascinating, but I just favor his characters Lindsay Boxer & Rich Conklin. Reading those books is like catching up with old friends). The former Edgar Award winner is definitely on his game with this new one, The 8th Confession.
The Patterson formula is working here: a rich and famous, beautiful person couple from an enchanted west coast city is murdered without a trace. As the good guys investigate (Detective Lindsay Boxer & Rich Conklin, Reporter Cindy Thomas), a second murder occurs, this time it is a preacher for the homeless. Somehow the murders and independent investigation are connected while simultaneously unraveling. This book is full of surprises as much as any of the prior Woman’s Club’s books. The climax as well as the ride there is well worth the $30 for this book.
I loved the plotline of this book, the characters and the genuine mystery-thriller quality that you would expect from a Patterson killer. Get 2 copies this Mother’s Day; One for Mom and keep one for yourself. She may be very reluctant to lend this one out.