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The #1 bestselling female detective of the past 50 years is back. Detective Lindsay Boxer and her husband Joe Molinari team up to protect San Francisco from an international war criminal in the newest Women's Murder Club thriller. Three female schoolteachers go missing in San Francisco, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is on the case-which quickly escalates from miss The #1 bestselling female detective of the past 50 years is back. Detective Lindsay Boxer and her husband Joe Molinari team up to protect San Francisco from an international war criminal in the newest Women's Murder Club thriller. Three female schoolteachers go missing in San Francisco, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is on the case-which quickly escalates from missing person to murder. Under pressure at work, Lindsay needs support at home. But her husband Joe is drawn into an encounter with a woman who's seen a ghost--a notorious war criminal from her Eastern European home country, walking the streets of San Francisco. As Lindsay digs deeper, with help from intrepid journalist Cindy Thomas, there are revelations about the victims. The implications are shocking. And when Joe's mystery informant disappears, joining the ranks of missing women in grave danger, all evidence points to a sordid international crime operation. It will take the combined skills of Lindsay, Joe, and the entire Women's Murder Club to protect their city, and themselves, from a monster.


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The #1 bestselling female detective of the past 50 years is back. Detective Lindsay Boxer and her husband Joe Molinari team up to protect San Francisco from an international war criminal in the newest Women's Murder Club thriller. Three female schoolteachers go missing in San Francisco, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is on the case-which quickly escalates from miss The #1 bestselling female detective of the past 50 years is back. Detective Lindsay Boxer and her husband Joe Molinari team up to protect San Francisco from an international war criminal in the newest Women's Murder Club thriller. Three female schoolteachers go missing in San Francisco, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is on the case-which quickly escalates from missing person to murder. Under pressure at work, Lindsay needs support at home. But her husband Joe is drawn into an encounter with a woman who's seen a ghost--a notorious war criminal from her Eastern European home country, walking the streets of San Francisco. As Lindsay digs deeper, with help from intrepid journalist Cindy Thomas, there are revelations about the victims. The implications are shocking. And when Joe's mystery informant disappears, joining the ranks of missing women in grave danger, all evidence points to a sordid international crime operation. It will take the combined skills of Lindsay, Joe, and the entire Women's Murder Club to protect their city, and themselves, from a monster.

30 review for The 18th Abduction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    I always look forward to my annual exploration of the Women’s Murder Club, one of James Patterson’s strongest series alongside Maxine Paetro, who is a stellar collaborator. While many series lose their energy after so long, the eighteenth novel in this collection remains fresh and poignant, perfect for the series fan. After a preface in the present day, the story goes back five years, where Detective Lindsay Boxer finds herself in the middle of a baffling query. Three teachers from a prestigious I always look forward to my annual exploration of the Women’s Murder Club, one of James Patterson’s strongest series alongside Maxine Paetro, who is a stellar collaborator. While many series lose their energy after so long, the eighteenth novel in this collection remains fresh and poignant, perfect for the series fan. After a preface in the present day, the story goes back five years, where Detective Lindsay Boxer finds herself in the middle of a baffling query. Three teachers from a prestigious preparatory school have gone missing while out together. There are few clues as to their whereabouts, which makes it all the most confusion. While Boxer is out handling this, her husband, Joe Molinari, comes across a woman on his way home. She tells a story of having seen a war criminal from her native Bosnia, a man who tortured her and her family years ago. Thought rumoured to have drowned, Slobodan Petrović May still be alive and has the glint in his eye made infamous when he held the moniker as the Butcher of Djoba. It perfectly describes the brutality to which he subjected his victims. Molinari is eager to help this woman, but must cut through her determination to take action on her own, while also working with his FBI contacts to bring Petrović to justice. Living under a pseudonym, Molinari will have to approach Petrović closely and ensure that this was not a case of mistaken identity. Meanwhile, Boxer begins to piece together some early clues and one of the victims turns up brutally murdered. Could there be a deeper connection to these three women, outside their teaching together? The rush is on to find the other two women before they are too long, though they are being mocked by the purported killer, Bloodsucker. In a case with more brutality than any Boxer has seen since she joined SFPD, this may be one killer whose determination to eviscerate their victims has deeply psychological ties. A wonderfully dark thriller that takes series readers on a journey with which they are familiar. This deep into the series, I would strongly suggest readers start at the beginning, allowing them to discover some of the character developments and nuances. James Patterson can be hit and miss for many readers, churning out books faster than many can list them and leaving his name to sell copies. This inconsistency with the quality of writing has soured many and thereby left books like this shunned, forcing new fans not to see that there are still great JP books. Teaming up with Maxine Paetro, Patterson develops this wonderful story that builds on many of the past novels in the series, while adding some new and international flavour. Lindsay Boxer has become a strong character within San Francisco’s Homicide community, working diligently to solve any crime tossed her way. While there is little backstory left to reveal, the reader is always able to see small bouts of development within her work and personal relationships. Her marriage to Joe Molinari has long been a hot/cold situation worthy of exportation, though this book, which flashes back, dodges some of the bumpier parts of their relationship. While the other three ‘Club’ members receive their due mention, there is little the Club does to solve crimes as a unit, as has been the nature of the latter novels in the series. With Patterson’s great use of short and teaser chapters, the reader is pulled into the middle of this thriller in short order and left to explore all aspects of this multi-pronged story. Series fans will likely enjoy this book, as will those who are always looking for strong writing by Patterson and his collaborators. Definitely a series worth exploring for those who have time and are not being drowned by a TO BE READ pile. Kudos, Mr. Patterson and Madame Paetro, as you continue this well-established series. Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Krystin Rachel

    Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: Where's Waldo the War Criminal? Main Character: Lindsay's gonna Lindsay. Plot Twisty-ness: Typical predictable Patterson Let's get this straight, Patterson and I broke up a long time ago. But just like every toxic relationship cycle, sometimes I go back to him. Specifically, I go back when a new Women's Murder Club instalment is released. I've been reading this series since the first book was published in 2001. I was fifteen, and at that time, I thought Patter Book Blog | Bookstagram Opening Hook: Where's Waldo the War Criminal? Main Character: Lindsay's gonna Lindsay. Plot Twisty-ness: Typical predictable Patterson Let's get this straight, Patterson and I broke up a long time ago. But just like every toxic relationship cycle, sometimes I go back to him. Specifically, I go back when a new Women's Murder Club instalment is released. I've been reading this series since the first book was published in 2001. I was fifteen, and at that time, I thought Patterson was the epitome of great crime fiction. It took me into my 20s, with exposure to crime fiction that was legitimately good, to realize that Patterson isn't a very good writer, he's just prolific. And I, like a lot of people, confused "popular" with being talented. That's not to say people don't genuinely enjoy his work. Obviously they do, but objectively it's pretty bad. Now, I don't care if you're the biggest Patterson fan around, I'm not interested in a debate. Go read his work and write glowing reviews for him to your heart's content. It affects me zero percent. But my opinion is that he's a terrible writer. TERRIBLE. But remember, it's only one opinion. I am not the final say in the matter. So don't fucking @ me about it. Every year I make a resolution to not read any Patterson, and every year I break that resolution at least once. This is my one for 2019. But let's face it, when it comes to a quick book to help you achieve a yearly reading goal, Patterson makes it so easy it almost feels like cheating. I'm 33 now, so that's 18 years of my life that I've been with Lindsay Boxer and the WMC gang. I keep reading this series because I have a really hard time not knowing what's going to happen next. It doesn't matter if the book isn't good or the writing is exceptionally juvenile. That little neurosis of mine is why I rarely DNF a book. I just have to know. I wish I could say this eighteenth book in the series moved the needle on character development or interesting life events, but actually, this book was borderline pointless. The characters felt stagnant and typical, and Yuki and Cindy are hardly in it at all. It seems we're getting further away from the original purpose of this series with every new book: strong women working together to solve crimes. One of the two mysteries in this book is completely led by a solo Joe, who is probably the most cardboard character in the series. Honestly, he bores me to tears and his marriage with Lindsay is so perfectly lovely that it makes me want to vomit... but I guess that's basically what this review is. Lindsay is looking for three missing teachers, while Joe is trying to protect a witness who brings a supposedly dead Bosnian war criminal to the attention of the FBI. Both plot threads converge after lacklustre twists and predictable challenges. The novel follows the same path as all other novels in this series. The whole thing is so formulaic and routine that if you've read a couple of books before, you can figure out the story just from the jacket blurb. Patterson and Paetro need bigger, more original ideas to inject some freshness into this stale series. Maybe that's what the goal was in having this book take place five years in the past, but it just didn't work for me. Putting the plot in the past left no room for character progression or new life events because there's no way to follow up on them. And honestly, how can you be writing flashback instalments in an 18-year-old series? It breaks the canon because these things have literally never come up before. If you are going to attempt it, it shouldn't interfere with what is already established. In this case, this story messed with personal storylines that occurred in the 9th and 10th books, including Conklin and Cindy getting engaged, Joe and Lindsay getting married and Jacobi becoming Chief. If I have to keep this shit straight, so should the authors. And if they can't, maybe it's time to call time of death on a series that's gotten too big to keep track of. As always, the writing is annoyingly juvenile and the interactions between characters lack a human quality that felt stilted and awkward. The "I said/he said/she said" was so excessively interjected into the dialogue that it caused me to develop an eye twitch. There are so many ways to introduce or end dialogue. And most of the time, when it's just two characters talking, you don't need to add anything at all. Just that one minor change would allow the scene to unfold more naturally and soothe my twitching eye. But really, I know I did this to myself. Ultimately, this an instalment in this series that can be completely skipped and have no bearing at all on the reader. And when it comes to a series, is that really something you want to be able to say about one of the books? Probably not. ⭐⭐½ | 2.5 stars rounded down. Phoned in. Breaking canon. Basically pointless. With average to sub-par writing. Definitely not the epitome of crime fiction.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Luffy

    This is the first ARC that I've read. Thanks to all parties. So, this is how a thriller from 2019 is like. I think that though this book was formulaic, it had enough new points to deserve reading. What I'm saying is that I do recommend it. Also, just saying a thriller is formulaic by itself is a cliche and a lazy reviewing. There is much suffering present in the bodies and minds of the special characters in this novel. When I thought a victim would make it free, I was cruelly disappointed. It was This is the first ARC that I've read. Thanks to all parties. So, this is how a thriller from 2019 is like. I think that though this book was formulaic, it had enough new points to deserve reading. What I'm saying is that I do recommend it. Also, just saying a thriller is formulaic by itself is a cliche and a lazy reviewing. There is much suffering present in the bodies and minds of the special characters in this novel. When I thought a victim would make it free, I was cruelly disappointed. It was because of these twists that I granted this 18th book in the series a high score. Ultimately, my relief at finding some victims safe outweighed the punishment meted out to the master criminal. The two authors did well to write an addictive book. I also gave 4 stars to the first Alex Cross novel, if memory serves right. Consistency is the key, and I gingerly declare that James Patterson deserves all the dough he's been getting.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Natalie M

    Some Patterson collaborations are woeful however, this one remains an excellent combination with Paetro. The Women’s Murder Club are back on the trail of three missing teachers and Joe is following-up on the sighting of a Bosnian war criminal. This particular avenue made an excellent plot! The novel starts in the present and then we go back five years. If you’ve read the other 17 in the series it’s a little disconcerting but most pre/current information aligns. If you haven’t read any of the othe Some Patterson collaborations are woeful however, this one remains an excellent combination with Paetro. The Women’s Murder Club are back on the trail of three missing teachers and Joe is following-up on the sighting of a Bosnian war criminal. This particular avenue made an excellent plot! The novel starts in the present and then we go back five years. If you’ve read the other 17 in the series it’s a little disconcerting but most pre/current information aligns. If you haven’t read any of the others, this would be a great starting book in the series. Four stars because of some missing info from previous books which doesn’t align, the slightly unbelievable ‘linking’ of the cases midway but thereafter the novel flies. And I would love to have ‘seen’ a bit more of the other 3 members of the Women’s Murder Club, this one focuses on Boxer and Joe. I’m looking forward to the 19th one due out later this year.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White

    I love that this series is still going so strong 18 books in. This book was just as good as book 1 and I read it in a day. Can always count on James Patterson for a good read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    The disappearance of three female school teachers saw Detective Lindsay Boxer and partner Rich Conklin on the job. But when one of the women was found murdered, things became much more complicated. Lindsay’s husband, FBI agent Joe Molinari was also on a case which was causing him headaches. A young woman whom he’d found injured and crying in the gutter outside FBI headquarters told him a tale of a notorious war criminal from Eastern Europe – a man who was supposed to have drowned some years earl The disappearance of three female school teachers saw Detective Lindsay Boxer and partner Rich Conklin on the job. But when one of the women was found murdered, things became much more complicated. Lindsay’s husband, FBI agent Joe Molinari was also on a case which was causing him headaches. A young woman whom he’d found injured and crying in the gutter outside FBI headquarters told him a tale of a notorious war criminal from Eastern Europe – a man who was supposed to have drowned some years earlier. But Anna identified him to Joe and as this man casually strolled the streets of San Francisco, Joe had no idea how to venture forward. With shocking suddenness, Lindsay and Joe’s cases collide. And while Lindsay and her three friends from the Women’s Murder Club do their best to find clues to direct them to the perpetrators, Anna disappeared as well. What would be the outcome for these women? Would Lindsay and her team find the cruel and sadistic criminal before anyone else lost their lives? 18th Abduction by James Patterson is another fast paced thriller in the Women’s Murder Club. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, racing through the pages with the short, choppy chapters making it a quick and easy read. Highly recommended.

  7. 4 out of 5

    W. Frazier

    What did I just read? This book is terrible. The writing is juvenile, the “he said, I said” dialogue is comical, and the plot line has a gazillion credibility holes. And it’s boring. Super boring. It’s a murder mystery that literally has no suspense, and doesn’t have any excitement until 60% into the book, for one scene. After reading all 18 books in this series, this entry will be my last.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    I give this book a 3.5. It was okay. Not up to the usual Womens Murder Club books. The story didnt grab me. There was very little interaction with the other ladies in the group.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Let me be honest up front. I read most of James Patterson’s books and have for several years. Some might ask why and that’s another whole discussion best saved for another day. I have really enjoyed some, liked some, and didn’t really care for others. On a personal level, I must admit that his Women’s Murder Club series – focused on the professional and personal lives of four women in San Francisco - has been hit and miss over the last couple of years. Last year’s outing was pretty good, but the Let me be honest up front. I read most of James Patterson’s books and have for several years. Some might ask why and that’s another whole discussion best saved for another day. I have really enjoyed some, liked some, and didn’t really care for others. On a personal level, I must admit that his Women’s Murder Club series – focused on the professional and personal lives of four women in San Francisco - has been hit and miss over the last couple of years. Last year’s outing was pretty good, but the prior year’s book was absolutely weak. “The 18th Abduction” begins like other books in the series with two mysteries – one with the disappearance of three young school teachers and one the sudden appearance of a supposedly dead notorious war criminal. With the public pressure mounting, Lindsay Boxer and her partner, Conklin, race the clock to save the teachers before they turn up dead. At the same time Lindsay’s husband and FBI agent, Joe, has been approached by a Bosnian refuge who suffered serious personal loss at the hands of a war criminal that is now running a restaurant in San Francisco. The refugee, Anna, experienced the brutal death of her husband, her child, as well as being raped repeatedly and left with permanent physical scars. Now, Joe is the only person who can provide her with the justice that no one should have to beg for. Patterson and Paetro weave both investigations in a fast but predictable manner. There are the usual twists and turns along the way, but the challenges and obstacles were not very complex, nor that compelling. In typical Patterson fashion, the standard multi-plots come together in the end and provide the link that most readers saw coming after reading the book jacket. And the key penultimate scenes leading to the climax happened mostly off-screen, which weakened the ending a bit. In addition, there was no growth or development for any of the main characters, either professionally or on the home front. Our fearless club members are stagnant, including Cindy Thomas playing a small role and Yuki Castellano being completely absent. Although I truly love Lindsay and Claire Washburn, leaving them out was disappointing to me Overall, Patterson and Paetro lost some of their Women’s Murder Club mojo this time out. If you like the standard Patterson recipe, then enjoy to your heart’s content. But this one breaks no new ground, and feels too casual and comfortable when reading.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4.5 actually. Well Patterson and Paetro have done it again - another wonderful plot involving the Women's Murder Club. Three school teachers' disappear. No traces can be found. Sargent Lindsay Boxer leads the police investigation. Soon her husband from the FBI is drawn in as possible leads from police and FBI overlap. The Serbian genocide account greatly disturbed me. Since I know the reality of these events happening. The overall plot was well planned and delivered. Excellent prose. Unputdownable.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessii Grofski

    Women’s Murder Club are my favourite Patterson novels but this one just didn’t grab my attention. Slow read, bland.

  12. 4 out of 5

    JoScho

    I mean I will keep reading them as long as they keep getting published but I need more of Women’s Murder Club! The storyline with Joe, Lindsay, and Conklin was great-very engaging and a few triggers. However, Yuki, Cindy, and Claire were so overlooked. We are a bit of them but I felt like that group dynamic between them was forgotten and I missed it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    4.5* This was one of the best Patterson books I have read recently. I love the Women’s Murder Club books and am so glad I went ahead and bought The 19th Christmas already. I originally felt like I wanted to wait to read it when I put my Christmas tree up but now I am just going to go ahead and read it! I want more Women’s Murder Club books to have the international aspect as this one did. Great, quick read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Suzy

    3.5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️ I always wait with much anticipation for the next book in this series. James Patterson and Maxine Paetro did it again with the 18th Abduction. While I didn’t love the plot for this one as much as some of the others in this series, the short, cliffhanging chapters that Patterson is so good at providing for us made for a very quick, enjoyable reading experience. While there are really no jaw dropping moments or shockers, the endings tie up nicely, but still leave you wanting more 3.5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️ I always wait with much anticipation for the next book in this series. James Patterson and Maxine Paetro did it again with the 18th Abduction. While I didn’t love the plot for this one as much as some of the others in this series, the short, cliffhanging chapters that Patterson is so good at providing for us made for a very quick, enjoyable reading experience. While there are really no jaw dropping moments or shockers, the endings tie up nicely, but still leave you wanting more - which makes the waiting part so difficult! 😜 It always pains me to have to wait a year in between books, but I only have to wait until October for the next one when 19th Christmas gets released! If you are a James Patterson fan and haven’t yet started this series, or just a fan of mysteries in general, I highly recommend! You will enjoy it!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I always look forward to the near annual James Patterson installment of the Women's Murder Club. I have a friend in my book friends that invited me to be a member of his friends and as I've finally got caught up in all the books in this series, he was very encouraging as I finally got all the books read. I really liked that Lindsey and Joe M and their daughter and dog they seemed close and a lot tighter than they they have during other books. I probably liked this book less than about any of the I always look forward to the near annual James Patterson installment of the Women's Murder Club. I have a friend in my book friends that invited me to be a member of his friends and as I've finally got caught up in all the books in this series, he was very encouraging as I finally got all the books read. I really liked that Lindsey and Joe M and their daughter and dog they seemed close and a lot tighter than they they have during other books. I probably liked this book less than about any of them. I was remembering some of them such as the one where Lindsey is buck naked carrying stuff for the bad guy. Detective Lindsay Boxer’s investigation into the disappearance of three teachers quickly escalates from missing persons to murder in the newest Women’s Murder Club thriller. The girl's club spent less time together but they did work together when they needed to. For a trio of colleagues, an innocent night out after class ends in a deadly torture session. They vanish without a clue — until a body turns up. With the safety of San Francisco’s entire school system at stake, Lindsay has never been under more pressure. As the chief of police and the press clamor for an arrest in the “school night” case, Lindsay turns to her best friend, investigative journalist Cindy Thomas. Together, Lindsay and Cindy take a new approach to the case, and unexpected facts about the victims leave them stunned. While Lindsay is engrossed in her investigation, her husband, Joe Molinari, meets an Eastern European woman who claims to have seen a notorious war criminal — long presumed dead — from her home country. Before Lindsay can verify the woman’s statement, Joe’s mystery informant joins the ranks of the missing women. Lindsay, Joe, and the entire Women’s Murder Club must pull together to protect their city, and one another — not from a ghost, but from a true monster. Way too many people were killed or hanged in this book. Very depressing. It was a very difficult book to read and ponder. The #1 bestselling female detective of the past 50 years is back. Detective Lindsay Boxer and her husband Joe Molinari team up to protect San Francisco from an international war criminal in the newest Women's Murder Club thriller. Three female schoolteachers go missing in San Francisco, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is on the case-which quickly escalates from missing person to murder. Under pressure at work, Lindsay needs support at home. But her husband Joe is drawn into an encounter with a woman who's seen a ghost--a notorious war criminal from her Eastern European home country, walking the streets of San Francisco. As Lindsay digs deeper, with help from intrepid journalist Cindy Thomas, there are revelations about the victims. The implications are shocking. And when Joe's mystery informant disappears, joining the ranks of missing women in grave danger, all evidence points to a sordid international crime operation. It will take the combined skills of Lindsay, Joe, and the entire Women's Murder Club to protect their city, and themselves, from a monster. Overall a pretty good book, just not my all time favorite. I'll probably read and/or listen to it again. I've noticed that they don't seen to have included their baby daughter which is an important person in this most sweet story. This book is very sadly put together for their 3rd installment.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Skip

    Lindsay Boxer and her partner Conklin are called to help find three female teachers from a prestigious private school, who have disappeared after a night of drinking together. When one of the three is found hanged in a rent-by-the-hour hotel in the Tenderloin, it turns out not to be her first time there; however, despite Herculean efforts, the SFPD and Women's Murder Club is stymied. Meanwhile, Joe Molinari takes pity on a woman named Anna, who is convinced, she has spotted the Serbian war crimi Lindsay Boxer and her partner Conklin are called to help find three female teachers from a prestigious private school, who have disappeared after a night of drinking together. When one of the three is found hanged in a rent-by-the-hour hotel in the Tenderloin, it turns out not to be her first time there; however, despite Herculean efforts, the SFPD and Women's Murder Club is stymied. Meanwhile, Joe Molinari takes pity on a woman named Anna, who is convinced, she has spotted the Serbian war criminal, Slobodan Petrović (a/k/a the Butcher of Djoba), living large under a new identity in San Francisco. Convicted in the Hague, Petrović managed to negotiate some type of pardon, but was presumed drowned. He taunts both the FBI and SFPD, with the U.S. presumption of innocence. When the second teacher is found dead, hanging in a forest, also with odd injuries from a shuriken, which tie back to a known skill of Petrović. Medical examiner Claire makes important contributions, but then Anna is kidnapped. The cases ended too easily and conveniently, at least for my liking.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Three teachers have gone missing in San Francisco, and all eyes are on San Francisco police officer Lindsay Boxer as she is leading the hunt for them. Unfortunately, there are few leads. Can she find anything before it is too late? Meanwhile, her new husband, Joe Molinari, has found a woman near the FBI’s San Francisco office. This woman, Anna, claims to have just seen a known war criminal from her native Serbia in the city. Is she right? What is he doing there? Can Joe make sure this man receiv Three teachers have gone missing in San Francisco, and all eyes are on San Francisco police officer Lindsay Boxer as she is leading the hunt for them. Unfortunately, there are few leads. Can she find anything before it is too late? Meanwhile, her new husband, Joe Molinari, has found a woman near the FBI’s San Francisco office. This woman, Anna, claims to have just seen a known war criminal from her native Serbia in the city. Is she right? What is he doing there? Can Joe make sure this man receives the justice he deserves? Outside the prologue and epilogue, this book takes place five years in the past, meaning that some of the recent stupidity in Joe and Lindsay’s marriage has been forgotten. I couldn’t be happier about that. The story is another fast-paced mystery against overwhelming odds that keep the pages turning. It even gave me something I’ve been wanting for a long time in this series (no spoilers, don’t worry). Unfortunately, most of the Women in the Women’s Murder Club are reduced to cameos as the plot drives forward. The characters continue to be fairly thin, but that’s no surprise to fans. We get into Anna’s past and the war crimes that took place in Serbia, so expect the heavier subject matter when you pick up this book. Overall, fans of the series should be happy with this latest offering. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mahoghani 23

    The book was hyped up to draw you in but the storyline did not deliver. I've read this entire series and was disappointed in the book. The story starts in the present but reverts back to the past, 5 years ago. This story is not talked about in the entire series of the Women's Murder Club. There are missing characters in the story but as I stated before, the story reverted back to the past. The book kind of dragged in the middle but picked up off and on. Don't allow my opinion to deter you from r The book was hyped up to draw you in but the storyline did not deliver. I've read this entire series and was disappointed in the book. The story starts in the present but reverts back to the past, 5 years ago. This story is not talked about in the entire series of the Women's Murder Club. There are missing characters in the story but as I stated before, the story reverted back to the past. The book kind of dragged in the middle but picked up off and on. Don't allow my opinion to deter you from reading this book. You may enjoy it. I didn't.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    What a great series this is. Two completely different, but equally compelling, storylines make this book very difficult to put down. 4-5 stars

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kris Zeller

    Almost a DNF for me.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany PSquared

    In a bit of a departure from the status quo with the ladies of the Women's Murder Club, Lindsay Boxer and Joe Molinari team up to take down a vicious war criminal who is now running a steak joint in San Fran. Yeah, you read that correctly. But despite that kooky intro to this story, it is actually quite dark. The book contains several strong triggers for those sensitive to stories of rape, torture, war crimes, and abduction. The story jogs back in time, so it isn't sequential to the events in the In a bit of a departure from the status quo with the ladies of the Women's Murder Club, Lindsay Boxer and Joe Molinari team up to take down a vicious war criminal who is now running a steak joint in San Fran. Yeah, you read that correctly. But despite that kooky intro to this story, it is actually quite dark. The book contains several strong triggers for those sensitive to stories of rape, torture, war crimes, and abduction. The story jogs back in time, so it isn't sequential to the events in the previous book, but don't let that throw you (some readers have complained, "Where's their baby? etc., but this was set before she was born). It's a solid WMC story, even if most of the WMC only play peripheral roles in the action.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    So as everyone has heard me say numerous times now; I love, love this series. Yet again, Boxer doesn’t disappoint. She kicks ass and takes names in this latest installment of the Woman’s Murder Club. This would be totally 5star worthy if I had more than just a dash of the other members of the Women’s Murder Club. Yet, it’s still a good read and it wetted my whistle until 19 hits shelves. This one gets my 4 star rating!❤️

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    One of my favorite JP's collaboration series, but book 18 didn't wow me. The case was interesting, with Joe and Lindsay end up trying to pin down the same suspect. It was the women's group exchange that was a bit lacking and underwhelming. However, I'm still looking forward to 19th in October.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Callie

    Just average read with a juvenile writing style This is my first woman's murder club book, and probably my last based on the poor quality of the writing. The potential that the actual person who wrote this is the writer of all the other books in the series clouds my desire to read anymore, because it certainly isn't Patterson who wrote this. As I read the story and became more and more invested in it, I started to ask myself is this book ghostwritten? I had heard that this was a good book, it is Just average read with a juvenile writing style This is my first woman's murder club book, and probably my last based on the poor quality of the writing. The potential that the actual person who wrote this is the writer of all the other books in the series clouds my desire to read anymore, because it certainly isn't Patterson who wrote this. As I read the story and became more and more invested in it, I started to ask myself is this book ghostwritten? I had heard that this was a good book, it is a high star rating, and so I thought another Patterson book that should be a good read. What I didn't realize at the time I ordered the book, was that the actual author is Maxine Paetro while Patterson only placed his name on the book to get sales apparently. I will never read another book that has the name Maxine Paetro listed as an author or co-author. Reading the description of the book it sounded very interesting and had a good storyline, so I thought for sure I would enjoy the story. Sadly, I was disappointed. The buildup sounded much better than the actual writing made it in the end. Firstly, there was a lot of wasted time building up the narrative, much of which led me to put the book down over and over again. When it finally became interesting and fast-paced enough to read through the poor writing style, bam it's done. Speaking of poor writing style, let's get into that starting with the excessive use of: I said, s/he said...said...said...said... Nearly every dialogue in the entire book began with the words he, or she, or I said, and on the rare occasion ended with I said, he said, or she said! Does Maxine Paetro not realize there are more ways to introduce or end dialogue, than using the word "said" so abusively! She even asked questions, but used the introduction of, I said rather than the appropriate, I asked, or some other variant . For example: * Conklin said, "killed question why?"* The sentence clearly ends in a question mark. The sentence clearly deserves to be written as "Conklin asked", not "Conklin said"! The use of said was used so much as to make the writing unclear at points, and created the need to reread parts in order to understand what was actually going on in the story. The book is just 380 pages long, around 77,000 words, and use the word "said" roughly a thousand times or more...I lost count. While counting I noticed, "I said" at least 200 times! It was very monotonous, and distracted from the story. Add that to the he said, she said, specific character name said....bleh! Sadly, the poor writing style Overshadowed the actual storyline which deserved better attention in editing. Is there no copyeditor when a big name is on the cover of a book? Is it not the job of an editor to make suggestions that make the book better? If this is in fact the 18th installment of the *Women's Murder Club*, it seems that the writer should have honed her skills a bit better at this point.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    Lately, I have been finding that James Patterson's books have been hit and miss for me. One series though, that still stands strong and as a favorite is his Women's Murder Club which is co-written with Maxine Paetro. Something that I have noticed in the last few Women's Murder Club is that Lindsay Boxer's husband Joe M has been getting a bit more of a stronger storyline and focus than rather her cases. In the 18th Abduction, we have two storylines running through the book. We have Joe M's FBI ca Lately, I have been finding that James Patterson's books have been hit and miss for me. One series though, that still stands strong and as a favorite is his Women's Murder Club which is co-written with Maxine Paetro. Something that I have noticed in the last few Women's Murder Club is that Lindsay Boxer's husband Joe M has been getting a bit more of a stronger storyline and focus than rather her cases. In the 18th Abduction, we have two storylines running through the book. We have Joe M's FBI case of ex- Serbian War Soldier who caused genocide and run a rape hotel in Bosnia etc. This starts with Joe meeting a woman called Anna on the side of the footpath outside the FBI building. She tells Joe her story of an evil man. This man was tried for his crimes, but given immunity and came to the US under a new name. Many thought that he had been dead for years. Seeing him has brought flashback and terrible memories for Anna and now with Joe and the FBI's help, they may be able to get him imprisoned via The Hague once and for all. The other storyline is the Woman's Murder Club - Lindsay's team has been tasked with finding and discovering what has happened to three teachers and who kidnapped them? Can the team find them before they are killed as the days tick by, the less likely the chances are of them being found alive? Find out in 18th Abduction - Book #18 in the Woman's Murder Club by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. I am now looking forward to reading Book #19 coming out later this year.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mark Harrison

    Oh dear. War criminal murdering women. One of the Murder Club investigates. That is all. Read as a cure for insomnia

  27. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    Is there anything better than Maxine Paetro and James Patterson's Women's Murder Club novels? I think not and notice how I put the lovely lady first in mentioning her work as it's only courteous right? So with this said this 18th novel to the series is one that holds it own quite nicely tucked away with the narcissist fan in all of us whose processing power, control, and above the law modus operandi techniques. War crimes are in the news these days, toxicity is increasing daily, narcissism and the Is there anything better than Maxine Paetro and James Patterson's Women's Murder Club novels? I think not and notice how I put the lovely lady first in mentioning her work as it's only courteous right? So with this said this 18th novel to the series is one that holds it own quite nicely tucked away with the narcissist fan in all of us whose processing power, control, and above the law modus operandi techniques. War crimes are in the news these days, toxicity is increasing daily, narcissism and the discussion surrounding these personality trait disordered individuals is becoming more well known in our political culture today. This novel focuses solely upon three teachers who went missing and turn up murdered. It's a scary thought but Detective Linsay Boxer is on the case and determined to get justice or die trying. Now you know I have a love v hate relationship with James Patterson who I commend for his promotional reading especially for our students and librarians. This one did not disappoint the masses as it was non stop action, heightened with just enough flavor of the insane in terms of the evidence of each crime, and then shored up with Anna our informant who took on a mighty power in our very own war criminal. While monsters do not wish to be coined the term they are deadly so please don't believe the hype that narcissism is all vanity because that trap is what has resulted in many deaths. Joe Molinari was another one of those specialty characters placed nicely in the flow of this plot who held his own going after Petrovic . Nobody is above the law! Remember that! A great fresh novel in a series that's been extraordinary. A must read for thriller fans everywhere! A wonderful collaboration of this duo writing team. While I often dislike the mass production of many of James works this one is one I hope sticks around for a long time to come. Cheers!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))

    3.5/5 James Patterson and I have broken up, but occasionally I text him and we meet up over The Women’s Murder Club (which likely has much more to do with co-author Maxine Paetro). #18 takes an international turn, with Joe and Lindsey on the tail of a Bosnian war criminal who has started murdering women in San Francisco. As with 90% of Patterson novels, this was very readable and I like how he uses short chapters to keep you turning the pages. I liked the international aspect, though the storyli 3.5/5 James Patterson and I have broken up, but occasionally I text him and we meet up over The Women’s Murder Club (which likely has much more to do with co-author Maxine Paetro). #18 takes an international turn, with Joe and Lindsey on the tail of a Bosnian war criminal who has started murdering women in San Francisco. As with 90% of Patterson novels, this was very readable and I like how he uses short chapters to keep you turning the pages. I liked the international aspect, though the storyline was all a little too coincidental and plotted out for my taste. Great characters as always, though I wish we’d got to see more of them and in depth.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Una Tiers

    Simply simplistic, repetitive and awful.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Short

    I have read every book in this series and have to say, I found this one to just be okay. Did I find the book difficult to put down and I just had to keep reading it? Not so much. I didn’t really feel the connection to each other with the women in the murder club🤷🏼‍♀️. They make the series and I found the lack of their interaction with each other to be pretty disappointing. Overall, it’s a okay read but not one of my favorites. Hoping the next book in the series wows me like the previous books.

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