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One of Patterson's worst
on 5 July 2007
'The 6th Target' is the sixth entry in the Women's Muder Club series by James Patterson, with returning detective Lindsey Boxer on the case after a shoot-out on a ferry leaves several people dead and one woman, Women's Murder Club member Claire Washburn, fighting for her life.
Also, Boxer is faced with a series of kidnappings of children and their nannies from wealthy families. The kidnappers do not demand a ransom, making the parents fear the worst.
These seemingly random, unlinked cases are not quite action-packed as you'd expect from this series but does keep you turning the pages mainly because of Patterson's usual short chapters and the also the hope that something important is going to happen soon. The book loses a lot of the tension of the whole story halfway through as one case suddenly stops and the other begins - a stupid and quite unprofessional move by Patterson, making me believe that it may be a rookie mistake from co-writer . This also triggered my thoughts with his decision of Lindsey all of a sudden not wanting to be with her boyfriend anymore, with no real outcome of the whole situation.
This is by far the weakest of all of the Women's Murder Club books and probably one of the worst Patterson has ever written, feeling like a debut novel that hasn't quite worked. The story is predictable and unexciting with disappointing twists and the characters have also become very unlikeable and dull, making you not really care about what happens to them. I just hope this is a one-off bad novel as the rest of the series is very good, and that Patterson's other (and better) series, Alex Cross, does not ever suffer like this.
It is a book that can be read quickly, so if you are a fan of the series it's probably worth a go if only for the ongoing character storylines, but you will most likely be disappointed with the whole book. I wouldn't worry too much if you happen to miss it.