BLAST FROM THE PAST BOOK REVIEW: The 8th Confession by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro


Title: The 8th Confession

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.

You can read my review of the 7th book, 7th Heaven 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 and her Women’s Murder Club are busy with three cases at the same time!

Stacey Glenn, a dropout from high society has killed many people and she’s undergoing a trial in which she has many cards to play; Yuki Castellano – the lawyer of the Murder Club – manages to convict her in the end, but only to find that Glenn, once secluded, is brutally killed – beheaded! – in prison.

The two major plots develop around 2 cases: a homeless bum who goes by the name of Bagman Jesus is beaten to death and then targeted with multiple shots; Linsday and her mates investigate the case but they initially find a wall of silence; many people living in the slums where he lived seem to consider him a sort of saint. Boxer’s team finally gives Bagman Jesus an identity; he is Rodney Brooker, a meth dealer who provoked a terrible explosion with a school bus he used as a drug laboratory; he was not loved by the people who knew him but on the contrary he was feared and hated; he had been actually killed by his mates; who also planned to put the blame on each other in order to make all confessions void and impossible to be used in a courtroom.

Then there’s a girl, whom the reader meets as *Pet Girl*, who kills rich people without leaving any trace behind; the corpses seem immaculate and intact. She kills some couples until Boxer and her partner Rich Conklin manage to trace her while she’s trying another murder; her victims were killed with poison from lethal snakes; one of them bites Rich; but he manages to survive and Pet Girl is arrested. In the end, she’s revealed to be Norma Johnson, daughter of a man who had taught her how to manage dangerous snakes but wanted to throw her out of his house since she was hated by his lover; Pet Girl-Norma had killed him and from then on she had become a serial killer out of revenge.

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