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Review: The 8th Confession

May 12, 2009


The 8th Confession is the latest installment in James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series.   This book finds the police officer, Lindsey Boxer, and  her partner, Rich Conklin, trying to solve the murders of some of San Francisco’s high society, but they can’t determine the method or motive for the murders. An old friend of Lindsey’s who works cold cases provides some information that proves to be helpful.

In the meantime, Cindy, the news reporter, discovers a homeless man, Bagman Jesus,  brutally murdered on the street and pursues the story doggedly when the police seem to be ignoring it.  At first she thinks he’s saintly but later discovers that her first impression was wrong.

Yuki, the prosecutor is involved in a murder case she must win in order to keep her reputation intact.  It starts to look like the jury will be hung.

Claire, the medical examiner doesn’t appear much in this book, but she does provide an important piece of the puzzle.

The 8th Confession was written by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro and it fits the pattern of other James Patterson books – short chapters and a quick build-up of suspense.  There’s a lot of action and little character development.  This is the eighth book in the series, and while it’s not necessary to read the books in order, I think the story develops better if you do.  There was one little aside in Yuki’s personal life that I didn’t really care for, but all in all, this is a light, entertaining read.

Review copy provided by Hachette Books.

27 Comments leave one →
  1. May 12, 2009 6:29 am

    I read the first one and never came back to this series but I read another review of this book and with yours added, I feel like I need to catch up on this series during the summer. Great review!

  2. May 12, 2009 6:47 am

    That cover is really bad, but I guess if it’s a James Patterson book, you wouldn’t have to worry about it much.

  3. May 12, 2009 7:28 am

    I’ve got this one, and really need to get around to it myself. I always like these books, they’re usually pretty fast reads!

  4. May 12, 2009 8:01 am

    I haven’t read this one yet, but Booking Pap Pap liked it!

  5. May 12, 2009 8:08 am

    I read the first one in this particular series and I had mixed feelings about it. I recently won books 2 and 3 on audio, so I’ll be giving the Boxer books another try.

  6. May 12, 2009 8:45 am

    I LOVE Patterson’s books. This book is up next on my review schedule. I don’t know how I held out so long!

  7. May 12, 2009 9:26 am

    I’m glad you liked it. I have it on order in audiotape. I’m a fan of the series and the TV show. I was sorry when they took it off the air.

  8. May 12, 2009 10:07 am

    Nice review. I still need to read the 7th installment! It’s on my list and I just picked it up recently. I like these because they’re easy reads that tend to keep you glued to what’s going to happen next!

  9. May 12, 2009 11:08 am

    Here’s another that I haven’t read and probably won’t read.

  10. ann marie permalink
    May 12, 2009 11:25 am

    I love reading his novels, but I stopped reading this series after book 5. I might pick up the rest and reread during the summer. Thanks for the blurb.

  11. May 12, 2009 12:12 pm

    Sounds like a good one for the beach!

  12. May 12, 2009 12:44 pm

    I have read up through book 5 – but it has been a couple of years. Might have to start over to get caught up on this series!

  13. Carol permalink
    May 12, 2009 1:55 pm

    I never got past the first one in this series. I’m not sure why.

  14. May 12, 2009 2:41 pm

    Glad you enjoyed it Kathy.

  15. May 12, 2009 5:05 pm

    Sounds like standard-issue Patterson- I’m sure his fans will enjoy it. Thanks for the review. 🙂

  16. May 12, 2009 8:09 pm

    I’m glad to know the new one’s out, as I’ve read all the previous ones. They’re the ultimate in books-as-candy, I think–fun and quick.

  17. May 12, 2009 8:43 pm

    Patterson has been hot and cold for me lately so I passed on this one but I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  18. May 12, 2009 9:25 pm

    I felt the same about the Yuki storyline, but overall, it was an entertaining book. Great review!

    Btw, I have a couple awards for you here.

  19. May 13, 2009 7:06 am

    I DO love your review and do hope people will read THE 8TH CONFESSION as I think it is probably the best…..certainly better the his 7th one which left me a little disappointed but he is THE MAN to me…can’t help it but I love those short chapters that just hook me right away! Have a good day! Bingo

  20. stacybuckeye permalink
    May 13, 2009 10:39 am

    I’m only halfway here! The last one I read was 4, but I do have 5 on the shelf (of course you’ve now seen a pic of that ‘shelf’).

  21. May 13, 2009 3:59 pm

    I never read the others, but I read and reviewed The 8th Confession Here:


  22. May 14, 2009 12:16 am

    I agree about Yuki and the character development. I did however enjoy the action. First Patterson I had read. I want to try his Maximum Ride series. Have you read any of those?

  23. May 14, 2009 10:04 am

    Ah, James Patterson…I’m still waiting for my mom’s review of this.

  24. May 15, 2009 8:26 pm

    Hmmm… not feeling this series @ all. So, did you really like it or was it just typical Jim… fast read?

    His Cross series is my fave, but he lost a lot of his ginger in this series, too :[.

  25. May 17, 2009 12:18 pm

    I’m waiting for my audio copy to arrive. I’ve enjoyed the whole series. They are entertaining. I’ll be watching for the ‘event’ in Yuki’s life.

  26. Shonte permalink
    May 30, 2009 6:38 pm

    I have read enjoyed the entire womens murder club series. I am currently in the middle of “act like a lady think like a men”. Im excited about the 8th installment.

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