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Book Review of “The 9th Judgment” By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

The 9th Judgment

By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Well, this one is a fast paced entertainer. It delivers a generous dose of mystery, shock, awe, suspense and excitement – till the last page. Patterson and Paetro’s lethal combination (of writing and visualizing skills) surely captivates attention and definitely all nerves!

The story shows Detective Lindsey Boxer and her partner, Rich Conklin, working on two cases – a female cat burglar (Hello Kitty) robbing the city’s celebrities of their jewels; and a sadist, ruthless, psycho, serial killer (Lipstick Killer) targeting mothers and their children and callously killing both.

The characterization of Claire, Cindy, and Yuki are well rounded and realistic. They come across as the smart, brave, sometimes arrogant, yet vulnerable lot.

Certain sections of the story seemed predictable, since Patterson has a peculiar style of depicting mysteries.

But the climax of the two contrasting cases comes loaded with an ironic twist.

The gripping tale and acute detailing of events and the horrendous crime shuns its readers from putting it down until the very last word.

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Book Review of “The 8th Confession” By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

The 8th Confession

By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

A wee bit slow paced with no mind games for the reader. The redundant presentation is now getting over the top. It is just an enjoyable murder mystery with Patterson’s knack of etching intriguing antagonists.

The story is about a series of, what appear to be, un-connected murders with no clues whatsoever, beginning with the explosion of a school bus/ meth lab on the streets of San Francisco.

Reporter Cindy Thomas, Detective Lindsay Boxer, assistant district attorney Yuki Castellano, and medical examiner Claire Washburn get ready to solve the mysteries while juggling their private lives simultaneously.

A good measure of fervent romance steams up the storyline without deviating much from the plot.

It is a page turner, no doubt, to a certain extent but does not build up any suspense. The climax seems a tad disappointing with the sudden revelation of the culprit – something not expected by the readers.

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Book Review of “Swimsuit” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Swimsuit

By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

A pretty enticing and satisfyingly quick read by Patterson and Paetro this time.

The story begins with the mysterious kidnapping of a swimsuit model. Her parents receive a phone call and they rush to Hawaii in search of their daughter. And joining them is Ben Hawkins – ex-cop turned writer.

A serial killer on the prowl horrendously rapes, tortures and kills his victims, after luring them in to “high-end” hotels. Exotic places, food and people – yes, this book provides some kind of an escape and the cat-and-mouse game (between the killer and Ben) gets more gripping and involving down the pages.

The trivial clues leading to the revelation of the motive behind the killing is very cleverly woven by the author.

The story overall is weirdly creepy, chilling and interesting and keeps you on the edge of the seat as you keep turning the pages.

With highly explicit and graphical description of the gruesome rapes, murders and human atrocities, the ideation/setting gets your heart racing and the scenes seem to stay imbibed in your mind for longer than you expect.

The climax is well wrapped and leaves you with a bitter taste of the real world.

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