ImageTitle : 1st To Die

Author : James Patterson

ISBN-10 : 0446610038

ISBN-13 : 978-0446610032

Paperback : 488 pages

The Plot :

1st To Die by James Patterson is the first of twelve books (as of 2013) in the Women’s Murder Club Series. It follows four women, Lindsay Boxer, a homicide inspector for the San Francisco Police Department, Claire Washburn, a medical examiner, Jill Bernhardt, an assistant D.A., and Cindy Thomas, a reporter who just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle as they bring their different skills together to solve some of the most difficult murder cases. This first book deals with a case called “The Honeymoon Murders” where the killer manages to kill his victims on their wedding night.

The story starts with the murder of Melanie and David Brandt, in the Mandarin Suite at the Grand Hyatt. The killer enters the room, pretending to be room service, kills David and Melanie and then immorally brutalizes her corpse. The next couple who are found dead are Becky and Michael. Their bodies are found in an abandoned limo near a wine yard. And finally a third couple is brutally murdered on their wedding night.

The four ladies all use the information they have gathered and the skills they have and try and solve the crime on their own. Throughout all this they all have their own problems in the background. Lindsay for example is dealing with a life threatening disease.

Full of breath taking drama, the book proceeds at a lightening pace. With short chapters and a really fast moving story line it is a quick read. You connect with each of the characters and the author manages to elicit every emotion from the reader. The story has so many twists and keeps you begging for more. All in all it is an amazing read and I highly recommend it.


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