Skip to main content

Book : 11th Hour (James Patterson + Maxine Paetro)

Alex Cross, yes, I've heard. Lindsay Boxer, first time. I didn't even know James Patterson wrote women, not being sexist or anything, but in my mind, his characters had mainly been gun-totting, macho, beer-guzzling, muscle-bound policemen and investigators. Until now, I didn't know Patterson wrote pregnancy...maybe that was, in large parts, contribution from Maxine Paetro, his co-author for this book, who must know a little more about baby bumps and contractions.

I suppose I ought to try reading his other Women's Murder Club stuff.

I was not too sure if running two murder mysteries concurrently in one book was a good idea. Although there wasn't much confusion, there were points throughout that I expected the two to mesh or come together, to present me with a ta-da surprising twist.

Spoiler alert : There wasn't.

It's refreshing to have a pregnant woman play the tough cop for once and I have to say that, from a chic lit reader's point of view, it' #lol Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich) doesn't count. She's a bounty hunter. And she's not bad ass, she's clumsy as sheez, attract explosions and car accidents for no apparent reason and she's known to weep rivers of tears. And Patricia Cornwall's Kay Scarpetta is a doctor...a medical examiner, to be more accurate.

But I DO like the idea of an all-women's unofficial crime-solving group of BFFs. They're not buying the latest LVs, for once, and putting their heads to together to solve the latest scandal.

Another spoiler alert : So are the bad guys...girls...guys...

Patterson, true to his style, is a writer with few flowery words. Except for exhaustive descriptions of locations, streets, buildings, directions and color of clothing, he doesn't mesh his stories up with too many descriptions of the color of the sky, the chirping of birds, the shape of flowers and the season of the year. It keeps the stories, both of them, going at a pretty heady pace.

If I had a complaint, there wasn't much emotion. She's pregnant and filled with hormones like the mushy water balloon that I was, right? Come on, then! #lol

There was also a lack of explanation towards the end. It was abrupt and even the sudden emotional drama with her husband was a little shortchanged. In fact, I would venture to say that Lindsay Boxer could be a man in women's clothing. #LOLOL Maybe I should read the other books to see if Patterson actually wrote tear ducts into this character.

I give this book a 4/5, nevertheless.
Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Maid Side-Kick

I was kind of a little sad when I read the news about this - there will be no live-in Indonesian maids in Malaysia anymore.

There are pros and cons to having a live-in maid, as with everything else, but for us, we enjoyed more pros than cons. Back then, when my kids were little, we brought in a family of maids to help with...well, just about everything, and we were like two families merged into one. They ate what we ate, we sleep, they sleep, we shop, they shop, they joke, we laugh, we joke, they laugh...for me, the maid I hired was more like a sister and side-kick to me.

For that few years, I was dependent on her to mind-read my schedule and when I need or don't need help. She picked things up quickly and we ended up having lots of moments whereby we were in sync. Today, two of them are on my Facebook and we were gleefully chatting over Facebook Messenger since they've just discovered the wonders of the Internet and Social Media.

Since we were more like partners in crime, I f…

Grilled Salmon With Unagi Sauce

I always disagree with people who say that they are lazy to cook, it's too hard, no time, too difficult, easier to eat out....etc. I can't agree because I have found multiple ways to cook simple, cheap meals without causing too much of a ruckus to my schedule. All it takes is a little bit of planning ahead and research. And a sense of humor when it turns put it

Anyway, here's one simple one that ANYONE (kids included) can cook up. Seriously simple and easy.

I love salmon but my kids don't like the smell and texture. But that doesn't mean that I can't go out to the market and spend RM11 on ONE single piece of salmon fish and make MYSELF one, right? Kids can have the overnight pizza. :-)
This is fresh from the oh man! I LOVE IT!!
Wash it properly, de-bone the thing if you want to but I just left everything the way it is and just covered the fish with some of the following:-

Yup, salt, pepper and McCormick's season-all powder…

It's The Hormones Slinging All Over Ryan Gosling

Every time I do this, you know I'm PMS-ing. I am usually quite sane and well-behaved. I promise you this. But..... After watching The Notebook, I am fully convinced that Ryan Gosling is not a man. He's sex. Pure sex. And love, of course. I knew that.I love Ryan Gosling whether he looks like he just woke up on an island....ESPECIALLY when he's half-naked!!!!I love him even if he's kissing someone other than me (who he SHOULD be kissing)I love him even when he's got literally no hair.I love him eventhough without the beard thing, he looks like a schoolboy still growing out his pubic hair.I love Ryan Gosling to the core and then you tell me one other thing to make me fall in love with him even more! I feel signs of a mild heart attack already!He plays the piano. He sings. And he sings to KIDS for Halloween!I come we good women who are only sometimes a teeny weeny bit (and I mean really tiny bit) bitchy never get one of these? What?! We DO …