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A waste of time
on 2 April 2009
When I got to the end of `8th Confession' I thought to myself - what was the point? From start to finish pretty much nothing happens - Lindsey Boxer and Richie Conklin, with the help of Claire, are on the case where rich figures from San Francisco are being murdered by snake bites while at the same time they are juggling another case which has been brought about by demanding Cindy, where a homeless man who is thought of as a saint in the area has been viciously killed. Yuki is also in the courtroom trying to convict a teenage rich girl who has bludgeoned her father to death and left her mother in an extremely bad state, whilst out of the courtroom she is falling in love with the man of her dreams. It sounds like there is a lot of stuff going on, but there isn't.
Both of Boxer and Conklin's case are wrapped up really easily and how they didn't spot who the killer was earlier is beyond me, as is Yuki's case which falls flat with a effortless conclusion halfway through, obviously just leading it to the love interest which actually could have happened without the whole court case anyway. None of the characters evolve at all, they just become more annoying than ever (especially Cindy and surprisingly Jacobi who I actually used to like in the previous books). Lindsey and Conkiln's forbidden love is equally as irritating and unnecessary as ever.
It's such a shame that this is so poor as after the appalling 6th Target, 7th Heaven bought the series back up to scratch, being possibly the best of them all, but this has again bought the series back down again as this is just a real waste of time. I'm not sure whether this is because of the high number of books that James Patterson has supposedly written each year (it's becoming about one a month recently) and it is affecting the quality as he is running out of ideas (as you'd expect) or what, but overall this book is just completely pointless and although it is an easy enough and fairly enjoyable read, it really wouldn't matter at all if you missed this one, even if you are a massive fan of the series. I'd buy Patterson's excellent Run For Your Life instead.