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1st to Die (Women's Murder Club Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

19 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

Patterson Shows He's 2nd To None

Patterson catches us again with book in hand turning those pages as we did for his other thrillers. Patterson is able to create a suspenseful mood for the reader. What¿s better than a group of four woman to try and catch a psycho, killing newlywed couples. In my opinion...
Patterson catches us again with book in hand turning those pages as we did for his other thrillers. Patterson is able to create a suspenseful mood for the reader. What¿s better than a group of four woman to try and catch a psycho, killing newlywed couples. In my opinion, this book deserves 5 stars, for its intense suspense. Patterson is one of the few authors that is able to make you think you know what¿s happening and then your all wrong. A person¿s wedding day is suppose to be the happiest day of their life. The time after, referred to as the ¿Honeymoon¿ is supposed to be enjoyable, fun, and romantic. In 1ST TO DIE., three couples find their wedding day and their honeymoon¿s to be a time of death. The book has four main characters, who Patterson points out within the first few chapters. The most notable being Lindsay Boxer, an inspector for the San Francisco Police Department. Along with Lindsay the characters who want to solve the case include Claire Washburn a medical examiner and Lindsay¿s best friend, Jill Bernhardt an assistant District Attorney assigned to the first case, and Cindy Thomas a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, who integrates herself into the group after the first murders. Together, these women form ¿The Women¿s Murder Club¿ and take you on a ride of suspense as they work together to find the monster responsible for a series of tragic honeymoon murders that began with the intense killing of David and Melanie Brandt. Patterson is able to make these books enjoyable for even the High School student. He has this ability to make you pick up the book and never put it down. Make sure that if you purchase this book you also purchase the second and third books as well. The thing with Patterson is that once you read one in a series you have to read the rest. James Patterson writes in a short and casual manner. His chapters are short and to the point, which makes you keep turning the page to find out what will happen next. The characters are very well described, which makes you feel like you know them personally. When something bad happens you feel as if the tragedy has happened to one of your friends or family members. James Patterson truly is one of the most amazing authors, his clever twists and fast pace keep the reader going. It¿s almost as if Patterson knows what you are afraid of and he reaches the point that you jump out of your seat. If you truly enjoy this novel, you would also like Along Came A Spider, Kiss The Girls, Jack And Jill, Cat & Mouse, Pop Goes The Weasel, and Roses Are Red. -Nick Trodella

posted by Anonymous on April 12, 2007

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Don't Know Why I Like This Book

I found this book to be very cookie cutter, things happen in a very predictable way. The main characters are caricatures of professional women. The Women's Murder Club seems to be little more than a high school social club with little real input into the case (except ...
I found this book to be very cookie cutter, things happen in a very predictable way. The main characters are caricatures of professional women. The Women's Murder Club seems to be little more than a high school social club with little real input into the case (except of course for Lindsay Boxer). If the hook here is that these four women actually contribute to the solving of the crime, the authors have missed the mark.

That being said, I actually enjoyed all the books in this series I have read. It's probably because the characters are fresh and interesting. They don't seem to be real as a group. Individually they are interesting.

posted by BOBPANY on December 7, 2008

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  • Posted December 7, 2008

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    Don't Know Why I Like This Book

    I found this book to be very cookie cutter, things happen in a very predictable way. The main characters are caricatures of professional women. The Women's Murder Club seems to be little more than a high school social club with little real input into the case (except of course for Lindsay Boxer). If the hook here is that these four women actually contribute to the solving of the crime, the authors have missed the mark.<BR/><BR/>That being said, I actually enjoyed all the books in this series I have read. It's probably because the characters are fresh and interesting. They don't seem to be real as a group. Individually they are interesting.

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    1ST TO DIE

    I am a James Patterson fan. Liked 1st To Die. Didn't love it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    Plot seems more formula than thought out.

    Personally I would prefer more development of insight and analysis than the emotional involvement that permeates these books.

    Also having main players be murdered in the plot seems a little far fetched.

    I enjoy other books by this author, but not this series.

    It seems meant for a more superficial view of police life. And what's with the high end food and high label clothes? The dialog and plot does not match that venue. And every time they meet, they are drinking, some of which seems during work, or going back to work after. Not too good.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2013

    a quick summer read!

    I think this would be a great book for the beach or pool.

    The story moved fast, the characters were well written, and there were a lot of twists and turns to the ending.

    But I wouldn't call it serious writing....no deep thought is needed.

    Enjoy this one over your summer!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Im gona kill myself

    I am gona hang myself

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    To red

    Im new to a nook to i guess i kinda luv it . I just read the sample too. Full of suspense and its pretty good if u write me back call me shay.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2013

    A lot of foul language

    James Patterson is a great author, and that is why I don't see why he needs to add so much foul language to his books. These are really good books, but I guess I am just tired of hearing it in the world, I don't want to read it as well.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    Mystery right up to the end~~

    I enjoy James Patterson's books. it had a surprise ending & for me one that was not expected. Not the best mystery I've read but still enjoyable.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2011

    Read Sample ONLY!

    I just read the sample and it sounds great already. I am getting ready to buy it!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2006

    NIce but SAd ending!

    I liked the book it a good thriller but when i knew it was a sad ending i just closed the book! Cause its those kinda of really intense stories that u wana go through a nice ending for a relief in the end..I will read more of JAmes patterson books though, HE is a good writer..:)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2003

    I've certainly read better

    This wasn't a great book but it wasn't the worst I've read. It moved too slowly for me. I found myself trying to finish it fast not because it was so good but just because I wanted to get it over with. The plot twists didn't flow with the story, instead they seemed forced. I liked the main character but she didn't seem as realistic as Alex Cross does in his series. I'd recommend this to someone who has some time to spare and nothing else to read.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2001

    Recycled

    Good writers hone their craft over a number of books. A great mystery writer grows during the development of a series(Patricia Cromwell, Robert Parker). James Patterson is one of these writers, that is why 1st to Die is such a disappointment. After watching him develop his craft with Alex Cross, this new series reads like it was written when Patterson was just starting out. I do not care about the characters much less the story or the outcome. In the Alex Cross series and his more recent works I care about the characters. It feels like the publishers and authors brought out some early work dusted it off for a

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