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Title: 2nd Chance
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Published May 20th 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published March 4th 2002)
ISBN: 9780446696630
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2nd Chance reconvenes the Women's Murder Club, four friends (a detective, a reporter, an assistant district attorney, and a medical examiner) who used their networking skills, feminine intuition, and professional wiles to solve a baffling series of murders in 1st to Die. This time, the murders of two African Americans, a little girl and an old woman, bear all the signs of 2nd Chance reconvenes the Women's Murder Club, four friends (a detective, a reporter, an assistant district attorney, and a medical examiner) who used their networking skills, feminine intuition, and professional wiles to solve a baffling series of murders in 1st to Die. This time, the murders of two African Americans, a little girl and an old woman, bear all the signs of a serial killer for Lindsay Boxer, newly promoted to lieutenant of San Francisco's homicide squad. But there's an odd detail she finds even more disturbing: both victims were related to city cops. A symbol glimpsed at both murder scenes leads to a racist hate group, but the taunting killer strikes again and again, leaving deliberate clues and eluding the police ever more cleverly. In the meantime, each of the women has a personal stake at risk--and the killer knows who they are.

30 review for 2nd Chance

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Chapter 1 I drove up to the library in my black Miata. Walking in, I thought, "Hell, I deserve a book, I've had a rough couple of days." I searched the shelves looking for books on my list...nothing. I sighed. Oh but what did I see? A James Patterson, I couldn't wait to tell the girls. I grabbed it and went to check out. The clerk told me I owed a fine; I exhaled. I must have gotten distracted from returning books before - when I was on the job of my lifetime that catapulted me into the spotlight Chapter 1 I drove up to the library in my black Miata. Walking in, I thought, "Hell, I deserve a book, I've had a rough couple of days." I searched the shelves looking for books on my list...nothing. I sighed. Oh but what did I see? A James Patterson, I couldn't wait to tell the girls. I grabbed it and went to check out. The clerk told me I owed a fine; I exhaled. I must have gotten distracted from returning books before - when I was on the job of my lifetime that catapulted me into the spotlight. Now look at me, I was back at the library, putting it all out on the table, ready to shake things up. I paid the fine and left with 2nd Chance. Chapter 196 I met the girls at the bar to discuss the book. Jill looked at me, took a deep breath and said, "Now listen lady, we've got to figure this out together. We've been in tougher reads than this." But had we? I wanted to tell her that Patterson's introduction of how great his book was and that it would be unput-downable gave me cause to worry from the beginning. That it seemed like the book version of "Charlie's Angels." But I didn't dare say anything yet; these were MY girls I couldn't disappoint them. I sighed and took a sip of my beer.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Another excellent book from James Patterson. I am really enjoying working my way through his many books! This one is the second in his Women's Murder Club series and it was fun, easy reading. I read most of this on a train trip and its short chapters, good story, and lots of action and intrigue made it ideal reading for this purpose. This is a fun series. I really enjoy the main characters even when I have to suspend belief over their actions and just enjoy the ride.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Taueret

    holy crap, these are HORRIBLE books. I can't stop reading them. It's like picking a scab. Someone help me!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Miriam Smith

    "2nd Chance" by James Patterson is the second in the Women's Murder Club series. Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the first one (1st to Die) I had high expectations for this. In the usual James Patterson style the story starts off with full on action and emotion and continues through the whole book at a fast pace, tension and twists abound with a final turn in the story I really hadn't thought of. Nice short chapters keep you reading 'just one more' until you realise you've nearly finished the "2nd Chance" by James Patterson is the second in the Women's Murder Club series. Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the first one (1st to Die) I had high expectations for this. In the usual James Patterson style the story starts off with full on action and emotion and continues through the whole book at a fast pace, tension and twists abound with a final turn in the story I really hadn't thought of. Nice short chapters keep you reading 'just one more' until you realise you've nearly finished the book. I know Patterson's books have slightly lost their way of late but these earlier works are just class and I highly recommend them, I can't wait to start the 3rd in the series - I'm quite taken with the female characters and look forward to reading more.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachel C.

    It looks like James Patterson has fobbed this series off on a "co-author." Disappointing. The plot has almost exactly the same structure as "1st to Die," in the style of "We definitely have the killer! The case is airtight! Except... we don't have the killer and the case is full of holes." Lt. Lindsay Boxer also suffers not one but TWO acute attacks of Lois Lane Syndrome and charges into dangerous situations with the sort of recklessness only a fictional character who obviously must survive to co It looks like James Patterson has fobbed this series off on a "co-author." Disappointing. The plot has almost exactly the same structure as "1st to Die," in the style of "We definitely have the killer! The case is airtight! Except... we don't have the killer and the case is full of holes." Lt. Lindsay Boxer also suffers not one but TWO acute attacks of Lois Lane Syndrome and charges into dangerous situations with the sort of recklessness only a fictional character who obviously must survive to continue the series can afford. I'll give it another book or two, but will abandon the series if they continue in this vein.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Li'l Owl

    First, to be clear, I need to say that this review is being written for the *Audio Book format*. This is a high paced very enjoyable book with lots of drama, suspense, and plot twists. Plus my favorite four women characters that make up this the Women's Murder Club series. There were a couple of things regarding prison procedure, evidence and a forensic improbability that caught my attention, but they are few and far between and they are pretty insignificant. It didn't make the book any less enj First, to be clear, I need to say that this review is being written for the *Audio Book format*. This is a high paced very enjoyable book with lots of drama, suspense, and plot twists. Plus my favorite four women characters that make up this the Women's Murder Club series. There were a couple of things regarding prison procedure, evidence and a forensic improbability that caught my attention, but they are few and far between and they are pretty insignificant. It didn't make the book any less enjoyable. Just thought I'd mention it for those of us who eat, sleep, and read this genre and are very sensitive to things like that. (You know who you are ; ) On to what I didn't like. The biggest problem for me is with the narrator's, Melissa Leo and Jeremy Piven. Both were pretty bland and it was hard to tell when the women narrator changed between the women characters and also when the male narrator changed between the male characters. It took a lot away from the excellent writing. That's the reason I dropped one star. Having said that, this is the only audio book in the series with these narrators. From here on, books 3-10 are narrated by someone else who does a much better job and I know that it makes a tremendous difference in continuing on with the remaining audio books. The remaining books, 11-16, are narrated by yet another person and I think she's the best! They will be included in my reviews for this series going forward. I know this because this is my second trip through these audio books. I listend to them about ten years ago and loved them so much that I listened to them back to back, one right after another! I've decided to start over since it's been so long and the sixteenth in the series, 16th Seduction, has just been published. As a side note, which had nothing to do with my star rating, is that the coauthors change for books 2 & 3 in the series. Books 1, & 4-16 in the series are coauthored by James Patterson and Carolyn McCormick. This one (#2) as well as book 3 are coauthored by James Patterson and Andrew Gross. Both coauthors did an outstanding job so it wasn't the writing of the book itself that I didn't like. The problem for me lies in with the narrators. So my recommendation for this particular book is to read the written format. Then, after this one, the narrating is much improved for the Audio format from here on out.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jerry B

    "5" for entertaining plot, "1" for stereotyping the women... The "Women's Murder Club" is back from Patterson's (solo) "1st to Die" -- three professional women friends of our leading lady, San Francisco Homicide Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer. Except for no sex, this book is a cross between "Sex and the City" and John Sandford's "... Prey" series about detectives against serial killers. But unlike the TV show, neither Patterson nor co-author Andrew Gross seem to have a clue about how women think, act, "5" for entertaining plot, "1" for stereotyping the women... The "Women's Murder Club" is back from Patterson's (solo) "1st to Die" -- three professional women friends of our leading lady, San Francisco Homicide Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer. Except for no sex, this book is a cross between "Sex and the City" and John Sandford's "... Prey" series about detectives against serial killers. But unlike the TV show, neither Patterson nor co-author Andrew Gross seem to have a clue about how women think, act, or interact with each other. While some might view Lindsay's rash actions in chasing the killer "to the death" as heroic, she violated every standard police procedure several times: proceeding without backup, failing to call in her location, not waiting for the SWAT team, etc. That action seems unrealistic, as does Lindsay just dodging serious injury on each of those instances. The other three of "my girls" do exhibit really girlish behavior and dialogue, hardly what you would expect of any post-adolescent let alone these supposedly high-achieving experts in their respective posts of District Attorney, Reporter, and Medical Examiner. On the other hand, the identification and capture of the "Chimera", who seems to be targeting police or their relatives with a variety of deadly sharp shooting (although conveniently not as "sharp" when it comes to our protagonists!) kept me guessing til quite near the end. Even if one suspects a rat early, it's still a well-crafted story, Patterson's strength. Lindsay's father, gone since childhood, shows up for some interesting sub-plot material along the way... If you like short chapters, this book's for you, as a span of two to three pages is the most we can muster. Are our authors maybe angling for a screenplay and book all wrapped up in one? - probably you know Patterson has had a fair degree of luck selling his titles to the big screen people... Maybe what Patterson needs for "3rd Time's a Charm" or whatever he decides to call it is a FEMALE co-author. We like the foursome in these stories, but we need a lot more credible womanhood than this on display to do themselves justice.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elle's Book Blog

    I thought this one was really good. The killer was very unexpected.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jacquelyn

    This book is probably more of a 2.5/5 stars, but I’m rounding up because my maiden name is Patterson. If somehow, I’m distantly related to James, I want to stay in his good graces. 😉 So James, my dear and (most likely not) relative of mine, if you are reading this (which is a big fat nope), then stop reading here. Also you’ve missed out on 24 of my birthdays. 😉😅 Ok. I’m going to try to make this review short. Honestly, I’m kind of disappointed. This book overwhelmed me with an intense feeling of “ This book is probably more of a 2.5/5 stars, but I’m rounding up because my maiden name is Patterson. If somehow, I’m distantly related to James, I want to stay in his good graces. 😉 So James, my dear and (most likely not) relative of mine, if you are reading this (which is a big fat nope), then stop reading here. Also you’ve missed out on 24 of my birthdays. 😉😅 Ok. I’m going to try to make this review short. Honestly, I’m kind of disappointed. This book overwhelmed me with an intense feeling of “meh.” I just hoped for more from the plot. Racism isn’t very original and it’s very prevalent, ESPECIALLY here in the States. Compared to the first book, I found the conclusion to be somewhat confusing and a little far fetched. I am going to continue with the series. 🤞🏻Here’s to (hopefully) being the only dud in the series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cary

    I usually read James Patterson books as a guilty pleasure and quick read, interspersed between "good" reads. I tend to prefer the Alex Cross books, but I recently received the 3rd book in the Women's Murder Club series, and decided I should probably read the first two. I'm kind of disappointed that I did, because I'm beginning to find these books tiresome and recycled, and even sort of irritating. I really don't consider myself a book snob, and I can usually find some enjoyment in any book I fin I usually read James Patterson books as a guilty pleasure and quick read, interspersed between "good" reads. I tend to prefer the Alex Cross books, but I recently received the 3rd book in the Women's Murder Club series, and decided I should probably read the first two. I'm kind of disappointed that I did, because I'm beginning to find these books tiresome and recycled, and even sort of irritating. I really don't consider myself a book snob, and I can usually find some enjoyment in any book I finish. And, I did find a LITTLE enjoyment, but I'm starting to feel like these are becoming a waste of my time. James Patterson, you have so many books out there. And I really honestly don't believe you write them all. And even if you do, I'm starting to feel like you have a template where you fill in the characters' names and details as if it were Mad Libs. I'm also really intrigued and kind of want to do a psychological study on you. I believe that common themes in an author's books tend to say a lot about who that author is deep down. And that fact worries me. I'm sorry to say, but at least for now, I think I will be on a James Patterson hiatus.

  11. 4 out of 5

    T.

    More namedropping ensues (the pastor reads Dave Egger's A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and the protagonist is still listening to Sarah McLachlan). This is like Sex and the City, only the four women discuss murders instead of men over drinks. Oh wait, they do talk about men, too! The story arc is almost identical to how the first book went down: there goes murder one, two, three and counting, then we finally had a suspect and wow we're chasing him down, we're finally getting leads afte More namedropping ensues (the pastor reads Dave Egger's A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and the protagonist is still listening to Sarah McLachlan). This is like Sex and the City, only the four women discuss murders instead of men over drinks. Oh wait, they do talk about men, too! The story arc is almost identical to how the first book went down: there goes murder one, two, three and counting, then we finally had a suspect and wow we're chasing him down, we're finally getting leads after days of incompetence, the important clues are discovered by the super friends and not the police, how surprising, but the killer proves to be too illusive, then personal tragedies start to happen, and the woman has to keep her shit together and be strong, because you might forget, this is a typical novel about a woman protagonist written by a man, and there are stereotypes, so Lindsay Boxer must be the typical tough-but-weepy-in-the-inside-but-wait-no-she-really-is-tough character, her last name should've clued you in the first time around, didn't you notice? I went off on a tangent there, so let's resume: the leads were legit, the sources were legit, typical female who wants to prove something rushes into different situations blindly, putting herself in danger, but miraculously survives, because if she dies then this whole series dies, no? She busts the killer, but no, it's not him, it was never him, because as we get to the end the author wants to give you another "surprise" twist that was unwarranted and unjustified, but you have to take it, and so we come to the last page where I am evidently disappointed and wondering why the hell did I read this when I had so much fun the last time. Not.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    I didn't like this book quite as much as the first in the series, mostly because the story seemed so similar. It was still fun with a quick pace and I like the characters. James Patterson can certainly write, I just didn't find this as good as the previous book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Πάνος Τουρλής

    Στο δεύτερο βιβλίο της σειράς με τη Γυναικεία Λέσχη Φόνων, ένας άγνωστος εκτελεστής, με το ψευδώνυμο «Χίμαιρα», αρχίζει να θερίζει με σφαίρες άγνωστους ανθρώπους, μεταξύ των οποίων και παιδιά. Τι το κοινό έχουν αυτοί οι στόχοι και ποιος θέλει να τους σκοτώσει; Πόσο προσωπική μπορεί να γίνει αυτή η υπόθεση για τη Λίνζι Μπόξερ και πώς θα καταφέρει να βρει τον ένοχο με τη βοήθεια των φιλενάδων της; Κλασικός, αγαπημένος Patterson, κλασική αγαπημένη αστυνομική πλοκή. Με τις ανατροπές της, την κινηματο Στο δεύτερο βιβλίο της σειράς με τη Γυναικεία Λέσχη Φόνων, ένας άγνωστος εκτελεστής, με το ψευδώνυμο «Χίμαιρα», αρχίζει να θερίζει με σφαίρες άγνωστους ανθρώπους, μεταξύ των οποίων και παιδιά. Τι το κοινό έχουν αυτοί οι στόχοι και ποιος θέλει να τους σκοτώσει; Πόσο προσωπική μπορεί να γίνει αυτή η υπόθεση για τη Λίνζι Μπόξερ και πώς θα καταφέρει να βρει τον ένοχο με τη βοήθεια των φιλενάδων της; Κλασικός, αγαπημένος Patterson, κλασική αγαπημένη αστυνομική πλοκή. Με τις ανατροπές της, την κινηματογραφική, σχεδόν σεναριακή γραφή της, τον αγώνα ενάντια στον χρόνο, την κλιμάκωση της υπόθεσης, το κλείσιμο του ματιού, ό,τι θέλει να βρει δηλαδή κανείς σε βιβλίο του αγαπημένου συγγραφέα. Πάντως, κάποια χαρακτηριστικά του πρώτου, αρχίζουν να επαναλαμβάνονται σε αυτό το βιβλίο, όπως ότι ο ένοχος δεν είναι αυτός που φαίνεται, ότι η σωστή κατεύθυνση προς την επίλυση έρχεται σχεδόν ουρανοκατέβατη κλπ. Ειδικά ως προς το τελευταίο όμως τον συγχωρώ τον Πάτερσον, γιατί, με μια ευρηματική τοποθέτηση, η ταυτότητα του δολοφόνου ήταν εκεί, μπροστά μου, εθισμένος όμως στην ανάγνωση του καταιγιστικού ρυθμού αφήγησης το παρέβλεψα! Επιπλέον, εδώ οι Patterson και Gross αρχίζουν κάπως να γρατζουνάνε την επιφανειακή αντιμετώπιση των περιστάσεων και να δομούν τις προσωπικότητες των ηρωίδων. Εξακολουθούν να μην υπεισέρχονται σε βάθος, ξεκίνησαν όμως να χτίζουν ένα κάπως πληρέστερο οικογενειακό περιβάλλον για τα μέλη της Λέσχης. Στο ανατρεπτικό αυτό θρίλερ η Γυναικεία Λέσχη Φόνων δεν έχει και τρομερά ενεργό ρόλο ως σύνολο, παρά μόνο ως κοινό σημείο συνάντησης για ενημέρωση των γεγονότων στις ζωές των γυναικών. Και πράγματι, τα θέματα είναι πολλά: επιστρέφει ο πατέρας της Λίνζι, η Σίντι βρίσκει ταίρι, η Τζιλ μένει έγκυος αλλά εξακολουθεί να δουλεύει με έντονους ρυθμούς ενώ σύντομα δύο από τα μέλη θα εμπλακούν άθελά τους στο αδυσώπητο κυνήγι του δολοφόνου. Ο πατέρας της Λίνζι ήταν αστυνομικός, ώσπου εξαφανίστηκε με τη θέλησή του για πάνω από είκοσι χρόνια χωρίς να δώσει σημεία ζωής, αφήνοντας ένα μεγάλο κενό στη ζωή της κόρης του. Και στη «2η ευκαιρία» επιστρέφει. Γιατί άραγε; Από τύψεις; Μετάνιωσε; Ανησύχησε για την υγεία της Λίνζι, μιας και η Χίμαιρα είναι αδυσώπητος κυνηγός και τα θύματά του αυξάνονται γεωμετρικά; Η ίδια πώς θα νιώσει; Θα βρουν κάποια κοινά σημεία αναφοράς, θα τον δεχτεί πίσω στη ζωή της, θα του δώσει τη δεύτερη ευκαιρία που της ζητάει; Και πώς θα νιώσει όταν καταλάβει τους πραγματικούς λόγους που τον επανέφεραν στη ζωή της; Η σχέση πατέρα και κόρης καταγράφεται ρεαλιστικά και συγκινητικά, ένιωσα σα να συνομιλούσα με δικούς μου ανθρώπους που έχουν βιώσει αντίστοιχες καταστάσεις. Αυτό που δε μου άρεσε καθόλου στη Λίνζι και μου φάνηκε είτε εντελώς καινούργιο χαρακτηριστικό της είτε κάτι αταίριαστο ως προς την ψυχολογία της, ήταν η σωρεία γκαφών που έκανε στο βιβλίο. Πιστεύω πως όταν προάγεσαι και αποκτάς πιο υπεύθυνες θέσεις ή προσέχεις περισσότερο να μην εκτίθεσαι άσκοπα (λειτουργείς ως παράδειγμα) ή εξακολουθείς να έχεις τους κανόνες ασφαλείας κορώνα στο κεφάλι σου. Η Λίνζι λοιπόν εντελώς τυχαία, ορμώμενη από ένστικτο, παρακολουθεί έναν ύποπτο που την οδηγεί σε κάτι που δε περίμενε. Ναι αλλά είναι μόνη της και χωρίς μπαταρία στο κινητό! Στη συνέχεια, όταν κοντεύουμε στο τέλος και η Λίνζι τα έχει πάρει τόσο πολύ που θέλει να ξεμπερδεύει με τον ένοχο, αγνοεί τη στολή προστασίας και τα πυρά που σφυρίζουν γύρω της ώστε επιτίθεται στον αντίπαλό της σχεδόν απροκάλυπτη και ακάλυπτη. Η Λίνζι δε μου φάνηκε ποτέ τόσο επιφανειακή και αυθόρμητη, ειδικά ως προς την ασφάλεια της ζωής της. Γκουχ, γκουχ! Η κεντρική ιδέα του δεύτερου βιβλίου της σειράς έχει να κάνει με πολλά θέματα: ρατσισμό, διαφθορά στους κόλπους της αστυνομίας, τις απάνθρωπες συνθήκες κράτησης στα πιο απομονωμένα σωφρονιστικά καταστήματα της πολιτείας και τις σχέσεις που αναπτύσσονται ανάμεσα σε παιδί και πατέρα. Τρεις μήνες μετά την υπόθεση των νεονύμφων, που χάρισε στη Λίνζι τον βαθμό της υπαστυνόμου, η Γυναικεία Λέσχη Φόνων έρχεται αντιμέτωπη με ένα τέρας που δεν ορρωδεί προο ουδενός, πιστεύοντας στη δική του χίμαιρα. Τα ίχνη του δολοφόνου αποκαλύπτονται ένα ένα, οι αποδείξεις συσσωρεύονται, η υπόθεση φτάνει σε μια κορύφωση, μόνο και μόνο για να αποδειχθεί ότι έχουμε δύο υποθέσεις σε μία: αντεκδίκηση και φυλετική βία. Το πώς χειρίζονται οι δύο συγγραφείας αυτήν την πολυεπίπεδη ιστορία με την ικανοποιητική λύση αφήνω τον αναγνώστη να το ανακαλύψει μόνος του. Το δεύτερο βιβλίο της σειράς με τη Γυναικεία Λέσχη Φόνων είναι ένα εξίσου γρήγορο βιβλίο, με καταιγιστική δράση, γρήγορους ρυθμούς, ανατροπές και ένταση ενώ αρχίζει να αχνοφαίνεται ένας ρεαλισμός και ένα βαθύτερο συναίσθημα ως προς την ψυχολογία των πρωταγωνιστριών.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marisa Meiga

    Segunda entrega del Club de las mujeres contra el crimen, en el que las cuatro integrantes del club, con la teniente Lindsay Boxer a la cabeza, intentan resolver un nuevo caso. Igual que sucede en el primero, los capítulos son muy cortos, el lenguaje es sencillo, y la trama atrapa, así que se lee muy rápido y cuando te das cuenta ya has llegado al final del libro.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The second outing of the Women's Murder Club is a satisfying mystery with a decent number of twists and turns. While the Club seems to be bonding every more tightly, they didn't have all that much to do in this story, compared to the last one. The women are positive, strong female characters, but there are moments, just moments, when I feel that the writer is not a woman. Still Patterson and Gross do a fairly good job. ---Possible spoiler alert--- One big plot hole: If Coombs was on parole and ha The second outing of the Women's Murder Club is a satisfying mystery with a decent number of twists and turns. While the Club seems to be bonding every more tightly, they didn't have all that much to do in this story, compared to the last one. The women are positive, strong female characters, but there are moments, just moments, when I feel that the writer is not a woman. Still Patterson and Gross do a fairly good job. ---Possible spoiler alert--- One big plot hole: If Coombs was on parole and had not reported in to his parole officer or had not informed him of his current address, then the cops had a legitimate reason to arrest him, detain him, and perhaps send him right back to the slammer. Yet the legal eagle states that there's absolutely nothing that ties him into the murders and no way to get at him. In the interests of stopping the sniper attacks, wouldn't it have made sense to have grabbed him on the parole violation and put him away? Then they could build their case without worrying about him committing another murder.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ivy

    5 stars Another very good book. Really enjoying this series. RIP Chief Mercer. Cool that Lindsay Boxer became a Lieutenant. Nice to see the Women's Murder Club again. Glad we got to see Marty Boxer for a little bit. Case was weird and somewhat scary. Poor people who died. Hope Cindy and Aaron Winslow will stay together for a long time. Can't wait to read 3rd Degree!!!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kellee

    This is only my 2nd book by Patterson, but I am now a huge fan. I usually don't LOL when reading books. It takes a lot for me to get to that point, but I did towards the end. Not to mention, I just couldn't put it down. I think Patterson knows what he is doing by having such short chapters. It makes it so much easier to continue reading the book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marleen

    15 years ago I read this book for the first time. I didn't write reviews then. I do now. I remember giving this book a high rating. Now, so many years later, I still think it's a better story than book 1. The motivation behind the killing spree is more rooted in a credible vendetta; and it's more than just a random psycho-killer on the loose. When one of the victims is the African-American chief of police, Earl Mercer, the homicide team become more certain that the killings are related to the SF 15 years ago I read this book for the first time. I didn't write reviews then. I do now. I remember giving this book a high rating. Now, so many years later, I still think it's a better story than book 1. The motivation behind the killing spree is more rooted in a credible vendetta; and it's more than just a random psycho-killer on the loose. When one of the victims is the African-American chief of police, Earl Mercer, the homicide team become more certain that the killings are related to the SFPD. Oh, believe me, there's still too much violence and death to my liking, but at least there was a history, there was background information that made sense to me. I like these four women coming together and giving each other support. My favorite is Claire Washburn, the forensic pathologist. She is so grounded, but she's also a wise and mostly positive person. I like that she has a husband and two sons. She seems like a great friend to have. The surprise reappearance of Lindsay's father, Marty Boxer, into her life was interesting, as we understand better what makes Lindsey tick. All the members of the Women's Murder Club have still lots to divulge about who they are and what they've been through. I feel like we haven't scraped the surface. ***3,5 rating***

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erth

    Once again James Patterson & Andrew Gross combine to engage the reader with another page turning thriller. Lt. Lindsey Boxer and her Women's Murder Club cohorts, Clare, Cindy and Jill are drawn together to solve a case involving a sharp shooter who's terrorizing the city. The twists & complications in this case are typical Patterson intrigue but with a fascinatingly surprise conclusion. Anyone who has enjoyed this series will find this as worthy as the previous installments.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    Another Great Read by James Patterson!! I love The Women's Murder Club Series. I highly recommend reading them. Great Lead Characters!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    BAM The Bibliomaniac

    3.5 stars

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    Lindsay, Cindy, Claire, and Jill are back for the second outing as the Women's Murder Club, and this time the murderer is going to hit them right at home. Lindsay has recovered from the shock of losing her love at the end of the previous book and finds herself in a new role. She is now the Lieutenant in charge of Homicide, thanks to the prestige of bringing an end to the bride and groom murderer. Her next nemesis might even be considered even more evil. His work starts on the grounds of a local ch Lindsay, Cindy, Claire, and Jill are back for the second outing as the Women's Murder Club, and this time the murderer is going to hit them right at home. Lindsay has recovered from the shock of losing her love at the end of the previous book and finds herself in a new role. She is now the Lieutenant in charge of Homicide, thanks to the prestige of bringing an end to the bride and groom murderer. Her next nemesis might even be considered even more evil. His work starts on the grounds of a local church, where a youth choir group is just getting out of practice. As they start heading about their business, a rain of fire falls down upon them as a lone gunman seemed to want to instill fear with the randomness of the shots. In fact, only one of the young people falls victim, as an 11-year-old girl is killed. Few people expect it to be more than random violence until a pattern starts to form. A short time earlier, an African American woman hung herself in her home. She was the widow of a former police officer of the San Francisco police department, as was the young girl's uncle. To tighten the connections between the two incidents, the image of a chimera is found in evidence in both locations. One was on the getaway van at the church and the other was drawn in chalk. And so starts the hunt for Chimera, the serial killers nom de guerre. As more victims fall to the city's newest monster, it quickly becomes clear that he is tied to the dark history of the police department, in particular, that of a local cop who killed a young man with questionable ties to drugs 20 years previously. History also starts to play a role in Lindsay's personal life, when her father pops up out of the blue after being missing since she was 13 years old. It is a tough reunion since she felt betrayed and abandoned. Now, he has hopes of rebuilding their relationship. The fact that he was also a former police officer with a dark history doesn't help things out, particularly with all of Chimera's victims popping up dead all over the place. The real question about the case that is preventing Lindsay, her team from Homicide, and the members of the club from figuring it out is some confusion about whether or not the murders are racially connected. All of the victims are African Americans, but the connections start being made. Before that can be done, though, not before Claire is shot at, Cindy falls in love, Jill has some difficulties with her pregnancy, and Lindsay goes head-to-head with Chimera himself. This was a nice sequel to the previous book, 1st to Die. I did think that the story was less of a group tale since it focused a lot more on Lindsay herself. The other ladies had roles to play, but they were definitely more of a supporting cast in this volume. I did really enjoy this book, all the same.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Teena in Toronto

    After choir practice as the children are leaving, a gunman open fires on them, killing a young black girl and Lindsay investigates. It seems like a random act until Cindy, Lindsay's friend and another member of the Women's Murder Club, tells Lindsay that the hanging of an older black woman and the killing of the girl may be related. There is the same symbol at both deaths plus both have a connection to police officers. Then there are more shootings ... one hits its mark killing the person and ot After choir practice as the children are leaving, a gunman open fires on them, killing a young black girl and Lindsay investigates. It seems like a random act until Cindy, Lindsay's friend and another member of the Women's Murder Club, tells Lindsay that the hanging of an older black woman and the killing of the girl may be related. There is the same symbol at both deaths plus both have a connection to police officers. Then there are more shootings ... one hits its mark killing the person and other just misses. As Lindsay continues the investigation, she has to deal to some of the most hardened criminals to get to the bottom of what's going on. On top of that, she has a surprise visit from someone from her past. This is the second in the Women's Murder Club series (and the third one I've read). Though it is part of a series, it does work as a stand alone. I enjoyed the writing style and it went at a good pace. I liked the short choppy chapters. The point of view shifted ... it was first person perspective when the focus was on Lindsay and third person perspective when the focus was on everyone else ... but it was easy to figure out. As a head's up, there is swearing and violence. I liked Lindsay, Claire, Jill and Cindy. They are very supportive of each other both professionally and emotionally. There were a couple of dumb things that Lindsay did which put her in danger. As a cop, she should know better. I liked this one and will continue to get caught up in the series. Blog review post: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2015/06...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    James Patterson's second installment of his Women's Murder Club series is a fast pased but ultimately unsatisfying read. The central mystery is an intriguing one--a killer is targeting police officers and those connected to police officers who are connected to a mysterious series of events that took place years ago. It's an idea that has merit and has been done better in other mystery stories--most notably anything by Elizabeth George. The mystery has twists and turns, most of them fairly laughabl James Patterson's second installment of his Women's Murder Club series is a fast pased but ultimately unsatisfying read. The central mystery is an intriguing one--a killer is targeting police officers and those connected to police officers who are connected to a mysterious series of events that took place years ago. It's an idea that has merit and has been done better in other mystery stories--most notably anything by Elizabeth George. The mystery has twists and turns, most of them fairly laughable and rather redundant. The Women's Murder Club seems to have everything that could possibly go wrong happen to them--apparently Patterson has decided that at least one of them must suffer a major medical ailment per novel. There are numerous red herrings that come and characters drop broad hints to past events, right before being killed or forced to leave the narrative. This lead to me feeling frustrated with the novel, but no as much so as when I got to the end. Patterson pushes a red herring for several pages only to pull a culprit out of left field to finish the book on a rather unsatisfying note. I've read both of the books in this series and have been, quite frankly, underwhelmed. The mysteries are paper-thin at best, the suspense not really that mind-shattering and the charactes are, at times, one-dimesional. If you are looking for a good and largely forgettable read, try this one. If you want a real mystery with depth that keeps you guessing to the end, find anything by Elizabeth George.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Don Voorhees

    2nd Chance reconvenes the Women's Murder Club, four friends (a detective, a reporter, an assistant district attorney, and a medical examiner) who used their networking skills, feminine intuition, and professional wiles to solve a baffling series of murders in 1st to Die. This time, the murders of two African Americans, a little girl and an old woman, bear all the signs of a serial killer for Lindsay Boxer, newly promoted to lieutenant of San Francisco's homicide squad. But there's an odd detail 2nd Chance reconvenes the Women's Murder Club, four friends (a detective, a reporter, an assistant district attorney, and a medical examiner) who used their networking skills, feminine intuition, and professional wiles to solve a baffling series of murders in 1st to Die. This time, the murders of two African Americans, a little girl and an old woman, bear all the signs of a serial killer for Lindsay Boxer, newly promoted to lieutenant of San Francisco's homicide squad. But there's an odd detail she finds even more disturbing: both victims were related to city cops. A symbol glimpsed at both murder scenes leads to a racist hate group, but the taunting killer strikes again and again, leaving deliberate clues and eluding the police ever more cleverly. In the meantime, each of the women has a personal stake at risk--and the killer knows who they are. 2nd Chance speeds along at a Formula One pace through many tight curves, but unlike recent entries in the Alex Cross series, it doesn't sacrifice good characters to a twisted plot. Lindsay's the star, but there's a fine esprit de corps among the four women, who are even better developed here than in the first book. What makes them both convincing and interesting as a criminal-justice juggernaut is their willingness to stick their necks out, even if they suffer for it. If you haven't picked up a James Patterson novel in a while, this is a great time to start anew. --Barrie Trinkle

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bill Tillman

    The sensational killings that have rocked San Francisco appear to be unrelated except in their brutality. But detective Lindsay Boxer senses there's some thread connecting them all. She calls her friends in the Women's Murder Club together to see if they can discover what it is. Surely some clue has been overlooked by their bosses and male colleagues. Working with Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas, Assistant District Attorney Jill Bernhardt, and medical examiner Claire Washburn, Lindsay discovers The sensational killings that have rocked San Francisco appear to be unrelated except in their brutality. But detective Lindsay Boxer senses there's some thread connecting them all. She calls her friends in the Women's Murder Club together to see if they can discover what it is. Surely some clue has been overlooked by their bosses and male colleagues. Working with Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas, Assistant District Attorney Jill Bernhardt, and medical examiner Claire Washburn, Lindsay discovers that there is indeed a link. The victims were of different ages, lived in different locations, and were killed with different weapons. But each had a close relative in a particular profession, a profession that sends a chill through Lindsay's heart. The partners in the Women's Murder Club realize that this killer is after something unspeakable, something deeper than revenge, and that the next target could be one of them. They deduce where the killer is likely to strike next and bait a trap that can't be resisted. But if their calculation is wrong, the consequences will be lethal. And there will be no second chance.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. SPOILER: In the first book she continuously confesses her love for her group of friends. In this book she continuously confesses her love for her group of friends. In the first book she exerts all her energy on the suspect just to find out in the end he is not the killer, in this book she exerts all her energy on the suspect just to find out in the end he is not the killer. In both books the actual killers are related to the original suspect and were doing the killings for them/in their honor! W SPOILER: In the first book she continuously confesses her love for her group of friends. In this book she continuously confesses her love for her group of friends. In the first book she exerts all her energy on the suspect just to find out in the end he is not the killer, in this book she exerts all her energy on the suspect just to find out in the end he is not the killer. In both books the actual killers are related to the original suspect and were doing the killings for them/in their honor! Wonder what the 3rd book in the series is about...(sarcasm).

  28. 5 out of 5

    Freda Malone

    I'm all for the 'unconventional' way of doing some things, but having a murder club consist of 4 women just doesn't appeal to me. However, I'm reading this series because it IS so unconventional. Getting to know these women is fun. Each with their own problems, they also show strength with each other and if it works, then go for it. More to follow.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    excellent read!!! Alot of suspense!!! just when you thought it was solved it actually isnt!! love this series!!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Halezz

    Great fast paced read. Action, Action, Action!

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