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Friday, May 6, 2011


TITLE: 2nd Chance
SERIES: Book #2 of the Women's Murder Club Series
AUTHOR: James Patterson with Andrew Gross
Melissa Leo and Jeremy Piven
PUBLISHER: Hachette Audio
DATE OF PUBLICATION: November 1, 2005
FORMAT: Unabridged WMA Audiobook (8 hours, 35 minutes)
GENRE: Suspense, Mystery, Thriller
ISBN: 978-1594833847


None of the chilling suspense or bizarre plot twists of Patterson's supremely popular Alex Cross novels is lost in this second offering in the author's Women's Murder Club series, featuring a four-woman team of friends who tend to work outside the system. The female protagonists offer a different perspective on heinous crimes and provide more of an emotional subtext.

After a young girl is murdered outside a San Francisco church, the newly promoted Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer sets out to discover why the killer -- who is soon known as Chimera -- ineffectually tried to make the scene look like a casual drive-by shooting. The case bears a resemblance to another murder thinly camouflaged as a suicide. Baffled by Chimera's motives, Lindsay decides to call another meeting of the Women's Murder Club: Her best friend, medical examiner Claire Washburn; Chronicle crime reporter Cindy Thomas; and Assistant District Attorney Jill Bernhardt. Eventually, Lindsay learns that her own father, an ex-cop, is somehow entangled in the killer's past, and soon she and Chimera are caught up in a battle of wits as the women of the Club become his prime targets.

Short chapters keep the action going by at whizz-bang speed. As the viewpoints shift from Lindsay's introspection to the killer's own brutal mind, we learn more and more about how similar they are in some respects, making this an eventual cat-and-mouse tease of investigation as hunter becomes hunted. 2nd Chance powerfully realizes both its heroes and villains, and fans of Patterson's bestselling Cross novels will be equally delighted with this series.


This is the second book in the Women’s Murder Club series and is co-authored by Andrew Gross (someone whose work that I am unfamiliar with).

Four women (a police lieutenant, medical examiner, assistant DA, and a crime reporter) join forces to solve crimes. A serial killer is murdering people from every walk of life. At first, it does not appear that the deaths are related but “the girls” find the connection.

I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as its predecessor, 1st To Die, but it was still a fast read and enjoyable.

The one thing that bugs me about the series is that the way the women are portrayed and relate to each other is not at all realistic. These “professional” women relate to each other in an immature way that is reminiscent of adolescence!

Another pet peeve is redundancy of vocabulary…I lost track of how many times the author used “clapboard.”

I enjoyed the plot twist, and I still plan to continue with the series.

MY RATING: 3.5 stars!

This book qualifies as:
#29 for my 2011 100+ Reading Challenge
#19 for my 2011 Audio Book Challenge
#19 for my 2011 "Whisper Stories in My Ear" Challenge
#4 for my 2nds Challenge 2011
#2 for my James Patterson Reading Challenge II


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