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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 10 people found this review helpful.

Formulaic characters, predictable plot twists

OMG, if I read another book featuring a heroine who is afraid of love and decides instead to plunge into work, I may have to begin my own serial murders of mystery writers. Her "potentially fatal" disease was handled with the finesse of a 5 minute Google search, and as...
OMG, if I read another book featuring a heroine who is afraid of love and decides instead to plunge into work, I may have to begin my own serial murders of mystery writers. Her "potentially fatal" disease was handled with the finesse of a 5 minute Google search, and as a physician, it pained me to read the medical sections.

The basic premise is good, but the plotting, foreshadowing, character development, secondary characters, and basic writing was awful. This was my first Patterson book and I'm flabbergasted as to why he is a best-selling author, if this is an example of his work.

posted by Dr_S on February 26, 2010

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  • Posted July 16, 2009

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    Quick read, keeps you guessing until the very end

    James Patterson writes in short chapters which make it easy to read when you just have a few spare minutes. He also makes his books so suspenseful that you want to spend every spare minute reading to try to find out what will happen next. I was captivated until the very end. Can't wait to start the next book!

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2010

    I loved this book!

    I started reading James Patterson just recently. I have only read this one and the second one in his Women's Murder Club series. So far I am really enjoying these books.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2013

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    Great quick read! I will be reading the wole series!  definitely

    Great quick read! I will be reading the wole series!  definitely hooked!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Engaging

    Wanted to read the one immediately after I finished the first..It's pretty graphic though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2014

    Highly recommended

    Exciting mystery,with characters that one can identify with. Relaxing, BUT exciting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Good

    Good book but sometimes a little slow. I expect the series will get better as the authors "settle in" with the characters. In any case, I will continue to read this series avidly, only I won't be as anxious to get started as with what I consider the great books. S. Clanahan

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Anonymmous

    This is the first book that I have read by this author. It kept my attention until the end. The ending was really a surprise. You will not be disappointed if you purchase this book. I just purchased book #2 in the series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2013

    Lindsey' struggle with her life and death situation was compilin

    Lindsey' struggle with her life and death situation was compiling as it drives her to be successful and hind the killer. I found the ending a twist I did not see coming, I believe you will as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Looking forward to reading more of the series.

    I like to read crime and mystery thrillers and thought I would try this series based on other reviews. I was not disappointed. It was a hard book to put down especially at night. I bought the next 2 books in the series and finished those too. Time to buy more!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Twisted

    Looks like this could be a pretty good series. Good plot wth a lot of twists. See what number two has to offer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2013

    Love this series! Patterson flips his coin and targets this seri

    Love this series! Patterson flips his coin and targets this series towards women, which is a brilliant idea.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Great read!

    Great story and quick read! Can't wait to read more in this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    James never lets you down

    James Patterson never lets you down when reading his books. There were twists in the story that were unexpected.

    On to the 2nd one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Good read

    I read reviews before reading this book so i was a little skeptical that he could write in a womans voice. But if you do not try to find errors you will not notice any. I was so into the story I was crying toward the end. Plan to read all in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Highly recommended

    This is the first book by James Patterson that I've read. Enjoying the first of Women's Murder Club. It is quick moving and an easy read.

    Lindsay deals with a lot especially her rare blood disorder and being a homicide cop. Her friendship with the ME helps her to cope and continue on this murder case of a serial killer. The idea that she could die from this rare disease makes her want to achieve things in life that she never thought a bought before now. Catching the killer, Red Beard, helps her to want to survive. The relationship with her partner Chris, the journalist, the ME, and the ADA make this an enjoyable read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Good Beach Book

    Quick read for someone who wants to kill some time. It was a little predicable, but good.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    WOW

    I know I'm late to the party because this is my first James Patterson read, but it will not be my last. This is a MUST READ!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2014

    Awesome Read

    I am hooked!! Read this book in less than a week

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Very e Good read

    Slow in places

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  • Posted September 11, 2012

    Interesting

    Will try a few more in the series to see if it gets better.

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