Advantages development of characters and the mystery involved
James Patterson is the second most favorite author of mine, following Sidney Sheldon. If I am done with a Sheldon novel, I would immediately pick a novel of James for my next read. I had already read and reviewed 1st to Die. Recently I finished reading 2nd Chance, so I decided to review it as well.2nd Chance is the second novel that involves the Women's Murder Club. There are totally eleven books based on this series and this is the second book that involves the club which contains four intelligent and smart ladies. This story reconvenes the club for another mysterious murder investigation, leading a surprising ans shocking discoveries in the end !
In this story, Lindsay Boxer, who was a homicide inspector in the San Francisco Police Department in 1st to Die, is promoted as the Lieutenant of San Francisco's homicide squad. The new promotion also brings in new problems. A small black girl is killed by a gun shot. The person who shot her escapes into nowhere. Just when Lindsay thinks it is just one murder, another black woman is found hanging in her basement. Though the two killings take place in different places, Linday's instincts say that they are connected.As she begins to investigate these two murders, more killings begin to occur and in every murder, Lindsay feels there's a connection to the previous murders. She takes the help of her club girls to identify what was linking them. To their surprise, they find a peculiar symbol in the spots of every murder. This symbol denotes a hate group formed in prisons.
On confirming that these murders are linked, with just the symbol and its meaning, The Women's murder club is set off to trace down the killer and nail him right. The rest of the story revolves around vigorous, fast-paced investigation and stunning discoveries.
I felt that Patterson has taken an effort to give an insight into the lives of every woman in the murder club. We get to know more about each of them in this book. Their feelings, emotions and likes and dislikes are all described in detail, which is quite entertaining and adds an extra flavor to their characters.I really liked the mystery in this story. I made a lot of guess work , as I did for 1st to Die and apparently my guess works went wrong again in the end. I was surprised when the killer was revealed, as I did not even think of that possibility. It was a sure roller coaster ride for me !
If you are looking for a complete mystery novel, this is the right pick. If you've already read 1st to Die. go for 2nd chance as well. You could read 2nd chance and then go back to 1st to Die. There is no connection between the books in this series, except for the murder club and the development of the women's characters. I would suggest to read in the order of the series itself.
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Publisher: HeadlineDate of Publication: 2002Binding: hard backEdition: Condition: Very Good/GoodDescription: 0747263507 cover worn around edges
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