2nd Chance by James Patterson and Andrew Gross {Book Review}

The review for the second book of the Women’s Murder Club series is here!

I did enjoy the first book in the series enough to continue with the series; so far so good!

The Women’s Murder Club series follows four successful women, putting their heads together as they navigate through crime scenes, love scenes and other personal situations. As of this post’s published date, there are 21 books in the series and probably counting. I have most of them already, with a few missing here and there that I still need to track down.

The only real difference with this book is that it is co-authored with Andrew Gross, which I was a little wary about considering that you don’t get the full ‘James Patterson’ experience.

Click on the image to read 1st to Die review.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

Book review: 2nd Chance by James Patterson and Andrew Gross #bookreview


A killer shoots at a church of innocent bystanders and one person is killed.

In an unrelated case, an elderly women is hung. Could this be the same killer, with two crimes that don’t have similarities?

It’s up to Homicide Inspector Lindsay Boxer, and the three women – Claire Washburn, Cindy Thomas and Jill Bernhardt – of the Women’s Murder Club to put the pieces together if they are to stop the chain of deaths occurring.

Lindsay is still recovering from the loss of her former partner, and returning to the force where she is handed the assignment.

When a link is discovered, Lindsay realises that this case is closer to home than expected when one of the women of the Club become a target of the killer.

There are no second chances to catch the killer at large, and if their plan goes wrong, the consequences could be deadly.

My Opinion: Positive Thoughts

Sticking to the same structure with short and to-the-point chapters, makes it an easier read.

The plot is pretty twisted, and had me guessing for a while. What could be the motive? How far can it really go? It was eye opening to get a glimpse into the mind of a person hell-bound to get revenge, brutal revenge.

The sub-plots bring the reality of the characters into focus, without overshadowing the main plot of the book.

My Opinion: Negative Thoughts

Again, Lindsay is just not growing on me, especially as a strong female character that she is written to be. She’s constantly breaking basic police procedures but no real consequences even follow. I still can’t wrap my head around this.

I was hurt by the tragedy of one of the characters. It’s not necessarily a negative reaction to it, I just couldn’t believe the authors would write in such an heartbreaking scene into the book. Sniff sniff.


There is some major female stereotypical scenes in the book that I hope won’t be a continued effort as the series evolves. It’s hard to think that two men are writing the books, based on the non-existence of understanding how women actually behave and interact with each other. Please let this change, I beg you!

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 4.04 on GoodReads. I gave it a 4.

While the plot was good, the character growth is still lacking-this part of the series needs some attention.

2nd Chance by James Patterson and Andrew Gross {Book Review} #bookreview

Have you read 2nd Chance?

You can purchase it here.

More reviews from the Women’s Murder Club series

1st to Die – James Patterson

3rd Degree – James Patterson and Andrew Gross
4th of July – James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The 5th Horseman – James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
6th Target – James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

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