1st to Die – James Patterson

1st to Die – James Patterson


Four women-four friends-share a determination to stop a killer who has been stalking newlyweds in San Francisco. Each one holds a piece of the puzzle: Lindsay Boxer is a homicide inspector in the San Francisco Police Department, Claire Washburn is a medical examiner, Jill Bernhardt is an assistant D.A., and Cindy Thomas just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle.

But the usual procedures aren’t bringing them any closer to stopping the killings. So these women form a Women’s Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case by sidestepping their bosses and giving one another a hand.

The four women develop intense bonds as they pursue a killer whose crimes have stunned an entire city. Working together, they track down the most terrifying and unexpected killer they have ever encountered-before a shocking conclusion in which everything they knew turns out to be devastatingly wrong.

My Thoughts

The first in a long series, this book sure sets the bar extremely high for the sequels to come! With a crazed killer on the loose targeting newlyweds, this book pulls at the heartstrings. Solving the case isn’t an easy ride for Lindsay and her cohort from the Women’s Murder Club. With all odds against them, they do everything they can to nail the perpetrator right to the wall.

However, in classic suspense-thriller style, everything isn’t exactly as it seems. There are many brutal twists and turns to navigate. And Patterson takes us all on that journey beautifully. I was hooked from the get-go. Once I picked up the book, I couldn’t stop. I almost skipped dinner in order to keep going!

There really is never a dull moment in this book. Not only does it navigate through the boys’ club that is the justice system, but it also navigates the personal conflicts that occur in the characters’ everyday lives. From relationships to medical scares, from nailing the perp, to doubting your convictions, this book has it all. I have very, very high hopes for the rest of the series to come.


~ by Aubrey Smith on June 4, 2014.

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