Book: The 6th Target | Author: James Patterson | Started: 2/27/14 | Finished: 3/1/14 | Rating: 3.5 stars
Synopsis: When a horrifying attack leaves one of the four members of the Women’s Murder Club struggling for her life, the others fight to keep a madman behind bars before anyone else is hurt. And Lindsay Boxer and her new partner in the San Francisco police department run flat-out to stop a series of kidnappings that has electrified the city: children are being plucked off the streets together with their nannies–but the kidnappers aren’t demanding ransom. Amid uncertainty and rising panic, Lindsay juggles the possibility of a new love with an unsolvable investigation, and the knowledge that one member of the club could be on the brink of death. And just when everything appears momentarily under control, the case takes a terrifying turn, putting an entire city in lethal danger. Lindsay must make a choice she never dreamed she’d face–with no certainty that either outcome has more than a prayer of success.
My review: I love Lindsay Boxer and the rest of the Women’s Murder Club. I like this series because every book is different. When I start one of these books, I know that I’m going to get a fast paced, gripping novel. This time; however, not everything clicked with me.
The things I liked about this book: We see more of Yuki in her own element- the courtroom. When Yuki is in the courtroom, I feel like she becomes her own person and one of the best characters in the series. Lindsay has a new job and, with it, new responsibilities. Cindy is still Cindy. Showing up at the crime scene and having to be told “Don’t touch anything and don’t write about anything!” The plot made me not want to put the book down because I wanted to know what happened. To finish the things I do like, I have to mention the things I don’t like and then come back to here.
Now the things I didn’t like about this book: The further we get in the series, the less they are a “Women’s Murder Club.” In the first book, all four women met at Susie’s and talked about the case and helped solve the murders together. Now in the sixth book, meetings at Susie’s has become less and less and they don’t talk about cases anymore. I still love when all four are together, but they aren’t the same type of group they were at the beginning. This book was also slower than the other ones. It seems that I can read four chapters without seeing really any progress on the case and then they’ll spend a few chapters talking to family members again. Maybe Patterson wanting to spend a book showing us what some crimes look like in real life, but it just made parts of this book seem slow.
BUT, even though parts of this book seemed slow, I still didn’t want to put the book down. Something still sucked me in and made me want to continue reading. Patterson and Paetro did a great job of filling in the book with other things (court, mini plots, and a little romance) to compensate for the slowness of the main plot. Not only did they fill in the time, but they filled it in effectively to make the book good and unique.
This book made me think about the justice system. Should someone still get jail time for killing many people even if they have a mental disease? Should people be able to claim legally insane so they don’t go to prison? Where is the line drawn when it comes to this? Can someone really kill people without really knowing they are doing it? Throughout this whole book, these thoughts gnawed at me and hopefully one day I’ll have answers to these.
All in all, I will continue with the series because I know that it’s a good series and this book really was a good one. I am sure I will think so after a few days of reflecting on it as well.
Things I took away from this book: Not every serial killer kills every three days. The justice system is kind of sticky at times.