12th of Never
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Little, Brown & Company 2013
It’s been a long time since I caught up with the girls at the Women’s Murder Club. Do you remember them? There’s Lindsay, the cop, Claire, the Medical Examiner, Yuki, the prosecutor, and Cindy, the reporter. Twelve books ago they were introduced to us by James Patterson. The whole story is that, together, the four friends work to solve murders.
The series has been fairly successful. They even mad a couple of seasons of a TV show under the same name. Unfortunately, they retired the TV show and, in my opinion, its time to retire the book series as well.
In 12th of Never the club members barely see each other, much less solve a crime together. They are each centered on their own lives and careers.
- Yuki is prosecuting a case of murder against a sleazy lawyer, represented by his even sleazier lawyer.
- Linsay gives birth to a little girl as the book opens. A week later she is back at work on actually two cases, one involving a serial killer from a previous book.
- Claire finds herself removed from duty because the body of a woman in her morgue is missing. The main suspect is a star player for the San Francisco Forty-NIners.
- Cindy isn’t doing anything connected with solving a case. She seldom appears in the story.
As you can see, there were too many story lines at work in this novel. On top of all that Lindsay’s baby gets sick and one doctor believes its a rare form of cancer. Lots of drama here and it distracted from the other story tracks.
I listened to the audiobook version of this story. It was narrated by January LaVoy. Ms. LaVoy did a good job, changing voices and giving the right passion to her voice during the dramatic times. Without the audio I probably wouldn’t have finished the book.
I don’t feel too bad about wasting my time however. The audiobook was only seven hours, so I didn’t spend a whole lot of time on the book. I managed to clean out a closet with this one so it wasn’t a total waste.
Overall, I can’t recommend 12th of Never. It was such a disappointment.