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3.99 out of 53.99 out of 53.99 out of 53.99 out of 53.99 out of 5 3.99 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Women’s Murder Club Series Release Date: November 2005 ISBN: 9781594834400
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Four women share a determination to stop a killer who has been stalking newlyweds in San Francisco. Each of the four friends holds a piece of the puzzle: Lindsay Boxer is a homicide inspector in the San Francisco Police Department, Claire Washburn is a medical examiner, Jill Bernhardt is an assistant DA, and Cindy Thomas just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle.

But the usual procedures aren’t bringing them any closer to stopping the killings. So these resolute women form a group dubbed the Women’s Murder Club to collaborate outside the box, pursuing the case by sidestepping their bosses and giving one another a hand.

The four women develop intense bonds as they track a killer whose crimes have stunned an entire city. It is a killer who thinks, “What is the worst thing anyone has ever done?”—and then goes far beyond it. Working together, the Women’s Murder Club hunts down this most terrifying and unexpected killer before a shocking conclusion in which everything they knew turns out to be devastatingly wrong.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Delivers a sharp punch.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Polished, briskly written entertainment that’s more complicated than it at first seems.”

    Oregonian (Portland, OR)

  • “Patterson has shown skill at developing characters and crafting ingenious tales. I’m betting this series will only get better.”

    Austin (TX) American-Statesman

  • “A great book...a gripper, right from the opening pages...A great thriller and a terrific read.”

    Providence Sunday Journal

  • “Patterson ably displays the storytelling talent that is the source of his popularity.”

    Roanoke (VA) Times

  • “A clever kickoff to a new series...Patterson...isn’t afraid to reach as a writer.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Patterson keeps up the suspense until the very last page and will have readers looking forward to the second installment in the series.”

    Booklist

  • “James Patterson does everything but stick our finger in a light socket.”

    New York Times, praise for the author

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 Slow Motion | 6/20/2016

    " I'm new to reading fiction for leisure, but this book was one of the best so far. The narrator was upbeat, entertaining, and easy to follow for extended periods. I also enjoyed the plot and story-line of the book. My one complaint is that while listening to the book whenever I attempted to bookmark my location the app would accept the time-stamp but it would be associated with the introductory "Thank you" track, not the actual track, causing me to have to manually record my location in my Notes app. Twice during the book the bookmark pointed to my actual track and time stamp. Wasn't a deal breaker just a little annoying. Overall good book. Time for the next one in the series :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 nursekc | 11/18/2015

    " Love this series and author.. can't wait to read the rest of the women's murder club series.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Fallow | 2/14/2014

    " Great beach reading, but not his best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya D | 2/13/2014

    " Liked it enough that I'm going to continue the series. Even if the ending was predictable, it was written in an interesting enough way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bren | 2/8/2014

    " I finally decided to read the Women's Murder Club series. I'm hooked! I love the Lindsay Boxer character. The plot moved fast and really kept me engaged in the story. Great book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 1/3/2014

    " I thought that this book was really good. There were times where I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 1/2/2014

    " Best murder mystery series featuring strong women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol King | 12/30/2013

    " Loved it! I read it on holiday and it gets a big thumbs up from me. I do think he took on a big task trying to write as a woman, and he does get it horribly wrong sometimes but that doesn't take away from it being a great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 12/28/2013

    " I enjoyed reading about women doing police force work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Baxter | 11/10/2013

    " Its a good mystery series. As the books go on, it becomes increasingly clear that the assistant writers are doing most of the work, and Patterson is stamping his name on it. That's ok with me, because they're still fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 9/29/2013

    " Think I may have to continue this series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyric James | 9/22/2013

    " Great beginning to series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Kent | 8/31/2013

    " Had a hard time getting past the gruesome-ness of the first murder right off the bat, but after that I really enjoyed this book. Quick and easy to read, felt very "Castle-esque" in the way the characters related to each other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 8/24/2013

    " I liked it for what it is: a beach read when I want to relax and just be entertained rather than think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tobi | 8/1/2013

    " Wish the TV Show worked out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joana Oliveira | 6/26/2013

    " thank god for the twists "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rubi5 | 6/14/2013

    " Wonderful, full of suspense and crazyness. I love all the twists and turns. Can't wait for the next one "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marjorie | 4/12/2013

    " Excellent book - first in the Women's Murder Club series. I own this book. The ones I like, I keep. This one is definitely a keeper for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristal Jordan | 2/8/2013

    " This book was suspenseful and a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry Barber | 12/16/2012

    " I read it because people have told me they enjoyed the Women's Murder Club series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 9/28/2012

    " It was ok. I could definitely tell that it was not written by a woman, which is a shame for a book about 4 females who solve murders together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelli | 6/5/2012

    " started it, didnt love it and put it down. then ran out of things to read, picked it back up & finished it up. it got better in the middle. good enough that i may read the next in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen Anderson | 12/5/2011

    " Looking forward to next books but hope they are not all rape/ sex mutilation murders. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catarina Marques | 7/28/2011

    " Livro leve. Boa leitura de praia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 7/8/2011

    " I especially enjoy thrillers and this book was everything I had hoped for and more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerri Watkins | 4/8/2011

    " As always Patterson does not let us down. Another must read! Terrific! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhondi Proctor | 4/4/2011

    " Another great series I found. Great characters to follow with gripping stories. A++. Crime/Thriller/Romance "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rahiza | 6/27/2010

    " Great book. It keeps you guessing and make you part of the club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan Catlin | 2/23/2010

    " I loved it! I love James Patterson and as always he rocked it! I love his short chapters and jaw droppers at the end of almost every chapter "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 10/11/2009

    " I wasn't a fan of the ending, felt like he was wrapping it up too quickly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Toni | 9/5/2009

    " Eh. Story was ok, not his best work. Kind of hokey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mirsa | 5/28/2009

    " Patterson did it again, great book, keeps you interested from beginning to end. "

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About the Author
Author James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the most popular writers of all time, with more than three hundred million copies of his books sold worldwide. He holds the record for most New York Times bestsellers and is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, the Alex Cross novels and the Women’s Murder Club. Patterson has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world’s highest honor, and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films. His lifelong work to promote books and reading is reflected in his website ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children’s books for their kids. Patterson is a recipient of the Los Angeles Times’ 2015 Innovator’s Award.

About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren has recorded over nine hundred audiobooks. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas. She was awarded the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress and has earned more than two dozen Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine.