BLAST FROM THE PAST BOOK REVIEW: 7th Heaven by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro


Title: 7th Heaven

Author: James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

When I read it: May, 2013

Genre: Thrillers, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Crime


I am currently reading the 17th installment of the Women’s Murder club. Since there were so many books ahead of the 17th one, I want to post a review of each one separately, instead of creating a monster post. Most of this post will be about the plot, so that when I get to the 17th installment, readers will be caught up, in case they did not read all the books.

You can read my review of the 1st book, 1st to Die, here.

You can read my review of the 2nd book, 2nd Chance, here.

You can read my review of the 3rd book, 3rd Degree here.

You can read my review of the 4th book, 4th of July here.

You can read my review of the 5th book, 5th Horseman here.

You can read my review of the 6th book, The 6th Target here.

The Writing: As with most of the James Patterson books, the writing is nothing special. Patterson’s books are classic beach reads. Quick and entertaining for a day at the beach.

The Audiobook Recording: Nothing to report.

Expectations/Recommendations: Since I have read many of Patterson’s books before, I knew what to expect, and I was not disappointed. If you are looking for a quick read, and aren’t expecting anything intellectual, this is the right book for you.

See below for the plot of the book, but be careful because there are several spoilers.

Summary of the Plot from Wikipedia: the Wikipedia language has been altered for clarity, as it didn’t sound right.

Lindsay is confronted – as frequently happens in this series – by 2 cases.

We meet 2 thugs called Pidge and Hawk whose idea of fun is burning people alive. They kill three couples until they try the big one in the house of a senator, Campion, whose son has recently disappeared. Campion reacts, though, and kills Hawk. Pidge flees but after some search led by Boxer and her team, they find a lead in the college they attended together with the kids of the victims; they were some sort of geniuses who wanted to try the perfect murder without being caught. They had no reason other than being inspired by similar gory stories collected in a novel, *The 7th Heaven*, which was full of latin quotations. They actually left behind this book at the murder scenes. After a final confrontation at his house, Pidge, too, is captured and incarcerated.

The parallel story concerns the same Michael Campion, son of a the famous politician (Campion from the paragraph above). Michael was reported missing but now he’s been said to have visited a prostitute – Junie Moon – right before his disappearance. Junie Moon is interviewed by the Police and confesses that Campion died in her arms and then, caught by panic, she had called her boyfriend. Junie and her boyfriend decided to chop up Michael’s body and throw him away in plastic bags. Junie is taken to court and tried but found not guilty.

At the very end, we discover Junie Moon had contrived the whole thing; Michael’s alive, he had actually been at Junie’s that night because they are actually lovers and now, with everybody believing he’s dead, they reunite and fly towards a new life together!

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