Review: Audio book 7th Heaven by James Patterson

7th Heaven (The Women's Murder Club)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: April 2009
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Format: Compact Disc


Two cases have pushed San Francisco detective Lindsay Boxer beyond her limits. In the first, a terrible fire in a wealthy home has left a married couple dead and Lindsay and her partner, Rich Conklin, searching for clues. At the same time, Michael Campion, the son of California’s ex-governor with a reputation for partying, has been missing for a month. When there finally seems to be a lead in his case, it is a devastating one. And the combined pressure from the press and the brass is overwhelming.
Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano plunges into the biggest case of her life to get to the bottom of Michael Campion’s disappearance. As fire after fire consumes couples in expensive neighborhoods, Lindsay and her friends in the Women’s Murder Club race to find the arsonists responsible. But suddenly the fires are raging too close to home. Frightened for her life and torn between two men, Lindsay confronts the most daunting dilemmas she’s ever faced — in a thriller with unexpected twists and emotional extremes of the kind only James Patterson — “the man who can’t miss” (Time) — can deliver.

My Thoughts:

First, let me say that the reader on this book is amazing.  I have listened to a lot of audio books that I just cannot get through because the reader is one tone and that it is.  The tones and inflection change with each character helping to draw you into the story.  I enjoy that Patterson runs two story lines in these stories, as it helps to keep my interest and keeps me always wondering what is going to happen next.  
At face value, the book has twists and turns like crazy.  Things that you never expect to happen do.  That being said, there are a few inconsistent parts of the the story.  For me this was just fine because the story was just that good.  

I was very excited to get back into the lives of these women and find out what was going on.  I enjoyed that the story is not all about the cases.  We are dealing with the sexual tension between Lindsay and her partner Rich and her feeling for her boyfriend who has proposed but Lindsay can’t make a decision.  Yuki and her odd interactions with the wicked author,Twilly.  And then the minor story lines that go long during the story.  I love these women and getting to know what is going on with them.  It make me want to keep coming back time and time again. 

I listen to audio books on my commute which is just over 30 minutes each way.  I had trouble getting out of the car because I just wanted to know what was happening.  The worst was when the weekend came and I had to put it aside for two hold days (that didn’t happen – I made my husband and kids listen on Sunday between church and grocery shopping).  I just wanted to know how they were going to catch Pidge and Hawk and who killed Michael Campion?!?!  I never saw the end of either of these story lines coming.  James Patterson always offers me a surprise in the end.

My Rating:

4 of 5 stars

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