Review: 1st to Die

1st to Die is a dazzlingly powerful new thriller by master suspense novelist James Patterson, the #1 bestselling author of Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider.

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.

1st to Die by James Patterson

My thoughts:

Having recently read and reviewed the psychological thriller, Gone Girl, I knew that no matter what book I read after, it would be difficult to match on so many levels.

I tried to be opened minded and unbiased in reading this book. Taking a break between reading the two books also helped. 1st to die is the first book in the Woman’s Murder Club series by James Patterson. I wasn’t disappointed.

This is the first book I have read where the lead character in a murder mystery slash thriller is a woman. A homicide Inspector by the name of Lindsey Boxer. The Quickie, also written by James Patterson, had a New York cop as one of the main characters but she wasn’t a detective.

The all girl team that is drawn together by Inspector Boxer to become the Woman’s Murder Club are all driven, passionate and at the very top of their game. They want to do right by the victims. They want to catch the bad guys and convict them. But they are also human and have all been through tough times in their lives but you can see how close they become in the end. Best of friends. Loving and supportive.

As a true CSI fan, what I really enjoyed was the level of detail of the solving aspect of the crimes. The crime scene investigation. The autopsies. How the leads are followed up. Instincts followed. Interviews with family members and friends of the couple.

The actual murders are both tragic and gruesome. Brides and grooms killed on their wedding day or shortly thereafter. Their whole lives as a couple ahead of them.
There were twists and turns and surprises. There was a great build up to an unexpected ending.

I am looking forward to reading the next few books in the series when I am able to find any.

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