The 5th Horseman by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro {Book Review}

Remember when I said that the 4th of July was my least liked booked from the series? It’s not anymore. It’s now this one.

While the plot held potential, it lacked in depth and realistic conclusions to seal the deal. The interactions between the female characters seem to be going into the wrong direction and I fear it will soon not be able to make the turnaround it desperately needs.

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

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A strange pattern is emerging at a San Francisco hospital; just as patients are about to be released with a clean bill of health, their conditions take a turn for the worst.

Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer, along with the newest member of the Women’s Murder Club, Yuki Castellano, leads an investigation into the mysterious deaths of the patients and discover that the hospital administration determined to protect its reputation at all costs.

With an intense court battle clutching the nation, the women of the Women’s Murder Club are on the hunt for a killer that moves undetected through the hospital’s corridors.

Will they be able to catch the killer before another patient dies?

My Opinion: Positive Thoughts

A fast pace with short chapters makes you feel like you’re making great progress with the book.

The point of view changes have increased a little but thankfully it’s always little information that doesn’t complicate keeping track of everything.

There was a nice twist at the end that I didn’t expect and that was one of the few exciting moments the book had to offer.

My Opinion: Negative Thoughts

The sub-plot wasn’t well thought-out and turned out to be a tad boring, it lacked the suspense you’d expect.

What’s up with all the inappropriate unprofessional behaviours at crime scenes? Does no one see that and isn’t bothered by it? Lindsay’s continuous breaking of police standards comes out to play, but what’s new there? I can’t understand why there is never any reprimand from her superiors.

How did Yuki become so close so quickly with the other members, and everyone easily sharing way personal information with a stranger? It’s a detachment from the ways that women interact with each other in real-life and lacks guidance in showing it.

There is one, actually a few really, medical case that seemed far-fetched and held no sense to it. You have to remember that it’s fiction but you still expect it to be written well and as realistic as possible, not riddled with errors that could’ve been avoided.


The book wasn’t all that bad, but it wasn’t all that great either. There were far-fetched scenarios that didn’t work well for the plot and could’ve been written better.

I couldn’t understand how the killer was actually caught since it just ‘happened‘. With no real lead up to the scene and then Lindsay being given the credit. What actually happened? We needed more!

Also, please just stop with the nicknames. Each time brings a gag effect when reading them. I think I may have reached the tipping point of not liking Lindsay, her character isn’t moving forward and is becoming irritating with every book.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 4.07 on GoodReads. I gave it a 3.

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Have you read The 5th Horseman?

You can purchase it here.

More reviews from the Women’s Murder Club series

1st to Die – James Patterson
2nd Chance – James Patterson and Andrew Gross
3rd Degree – James Patterson and Andrew Gross
4th of July – James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
6th Target – James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

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