22 Seconds Book Review

Murders abound in the latest installment in the Women’s Murder Club series. A young girl’s body is found in a ditch, former police officers are murdered, their lips stapled shut and “You talk, you die” written on their foreheads, an inmate is hanged in his prison cell. A huge shipment of guns and drugs is on its way from Mexico. There are shootouts. The end… meh.

The ratings for this book are sky high, so if you’re a diehard James Patterson fan and have been hooked on the Women’s Murder Club series, you’ll likely enjoy the latest installment. I surely didn’t. The author, not James Patterson, but Maxine Paetro, attempted to be clever, but she wasn’t. I didn’t care about the characters and the plot was formulaic and forgettable. I’m done with the Patterson book factory for a while… there are too many talented authors to read. 2.5 stars rounded up to 3.

** Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a review copy of this book. The opinions are my own.

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