Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I decided to start reading mystery books because I have never read one before. Sure I have read some romantic suspense books but those have a huge romance plot to them. I do love my romance plot lines and I like them to be a part of any book that I read but I also like to try different things so hence my first mystery book.
Things started out good in this book but there was nothing to rave about. It did take me a hundred pages or so to get into the book and while I liked all of the characters I did feel like they were falling a little flat. Where was the true emotion, the drama, the mystery! I liked each woman but they all fell into place so perfectly it was a little too well thought out for my taste in the beginning. I do have to say over time I did start to like Lindsay more as I got to know her and her skills as a detective. She was a powerhouse of a woman when given the time to shine and stand out. I liked seeing her battle with her disease and how she was slowly falling for her partner. I do still think that all of the women, Lindsay included could grow a little in the rest of the series. I need to see more sides of these women for me to completely buy into the Women’s Murder Club.
I have to say I did like the mystery plot of the book. A lot of books that I read do not have this much plot in them and while it was something I was not use to I did enjoy it. I liked being able to be in the killer’s head and see the scary side of murder and all of the drama that the mystery presented. I felt the book certainly focuses on the plot of the murders instead of the actual characters and while I’m a character reader I do that this book had all of these different plot pieces.
Overall, I wasn’t thrilled with the romance subplot in this book because I am a romance reader! I know what romance should be like in a book because I’ve read both YA and Adult romance books for about 8 years now. So I almost wish that Patterson wouldn’t dabble in romance when he clearly doesn’t know how to fully develop it. It felt a little love at first sight even though the characters had the whole book to get to know each other and the book takes place over about two months. While there were a few hiccups for me in this book I do want to read the second book in this series to see where Patterson can go with these strong females and where the next murder plot will take us.