Wednesday 6 December 2023

Book Review: The 18th Abduction

The Women's Murder Club novel series

I've been reading this series in order. I began with book #10. I am not interested in going back in time too far. Our library didn't have book #13. I bought it, read it, and donated it to them! 

It only occured to me, reading book #17, that they don't mention our hero's daughter in the book. I must admit, I missed that detail. Lindsay Boxer is the detective with an infant, and I just kept reading. Having finished it, I looked it up. I missed the detail: that this book's events take place 5 years prior, and the two-year-old wasn't born yet. Apparently, I am not the only one who missed that detail in the beginning of the book! 

It's a tricky part of the series. I remember juggling motherhood and work. I find it hard to believe the overtime Detective Boxer works. She has an elderly neighbour who minds her kid, but her husband is a part time stay-at-home dad. 

Finally, someone returned book #23 to the library. I read that, and then they returned #23 1/2 Lies. JB hustled in to pick it up for me. 

Imagine my shock when I gazed through the book, and found out it contains three novellas. It seems to finish off the Women's Murder Club story, then two more new books. I had questions! Did she keep on working, how did she juggle being a detective, with her and her husband's job? I appears as if there is a book 24 in 2024, which seems fitting.

I have 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 in our local library. I finished #21 early November.


Barbara Rogers said...

I love most of Patterson's novels. Can't name the exceptions, but there have been a few. Good luck with finding answers to your questions!

Elephant's Child said...

Not a series I know. I am glad that it didn't matter that you read them out of order. And cannot believe that the detective managed to work... but perhaps it is an example of fiction being stranger than truth (instead of the opposite).

Shalet Jimmy said...

I read James Patterson but not in the order...'4th of July' was the first book I read...I just finished Lindsay Boxer's '3rd degree'...I have 'Mary Mary' featuring Alex Cross. Since I love female protagonists, I have a tendency to for for his books which features Lindsay Boxer....I forgot to add ' 3rd degree' was a collaborated effort unlike ' Mary Mary' and ' 4th of July'.

RedPat said...

I usually enjoy his books. They are fast reads.

Christine said...

Good for you!

eileeninmd said...

I have read all of these too, it is a good series!
I like the characters! Take care, have a great day!

Lowcarb team member said...

I haven't read any of Patterson's novels, they do seem popular.

All the best Jan

Cloudia said...

Thank you for the review. Aloha!

Jeanie said...

I haven't read this series. It sounds fun.