1st To Die

This was my first time reading a James Patterson book and I chose the first in the Women’s Murder Club series because I had heard good things about it and Patterson actually wrote this book himself.   (He is notorious for only writing a fraction of his books and writing outlines he gives to his co-authors to write the rest:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/james-patterson-doesnt-write-his-books-and-his-newest-readers-dont-read/2016/06/06/88e7d3c0-28c2-11e6-ae4a-3cdd5fe74204_story.html?utm_term=.65688512e329)

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Presumed Innocent

It took me a while to write this review because my feelings on this book are so conflicted. On one hand, I thought this was a well-crafted legal thriller that kept me guessing but the misogyny and racism that was rampant throughout the book was hard to take.  I had to remind myself that this book was written in 1986 and the characters he wrote (lawyers, policeman, judges, etc…) would probably talk as he portrayed them.    There were also a few scenes in which acts of brutal violence were described that took me off guard and left me feeling sick to my stomach.  However, the mystery kept me guessing and the point of view writing style was interesting enough that I wanted to keep reading.

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