Title: The 17th Suspect
Author: James Patterson
About the book: It’s the 17th novel in the Women’s Murder Club series. A serial killer starts murdering homeless people, and Lindsay Boxer tries to solve the crimes while Yuki Castellano takes on a high profile rape case.
I received a free copy of the book from Hachette in exchange for an honest review.
First impressions: I haven’t read anything by James Patterson in a long time, but I felt excited to read this thriller. I liked the beginning. Even though I haven’t read the other books in the series, I didn’t feel lost or confused.
Characters: The two main characters, Lindsay and Yuki, are likeable. I would’ve liked to learn more about the secondary characters like their husbands and friends though. I also wanted more backstory on the bad guys.
“Hunches are valuable in this line of work.”
Writing: While I love short chapters as much as the next person, some of them seemed too abrupt. Patterson is pretty concise, and he gets to the point. He doesn’t drag out scenes, so the novel feels shorter than it actually is at almost 350 pages. I think more detail and description could have gone a long way. At times, the story touches on some important issues without delving deeper. Despite people being murdered, the writing isn’t too violent or gruesome.
Final thoughts: Both Lindsay and Yuki resolve their cases, so the ending seems satisfying. Although The 17th Suspect isn’t a highly unpredictable read with crazy twists, it is a fun, fast novel. That said, I wish the book was a little longer. Due to the mature themes, I’d recommend it to an older audience.