12th of Never by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro {Book Review}

It has taken 12 BOOKS in this series to finally reach one that I felt deserved a five star rating! 12!

Ironically, this is the book that has received many complaints and low ratings from other readers, who thought that the previous books were great and I found a little ‘meh‘.

I stand alone in my opinions often.

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

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An eccentric professor enter’s Detective Lindsay Boxer’s homicide department to report a murder – a murder that hasn’t yet happened. As his predictions start coming true, the chilling details of the murder and the professor’s predictions are exact.

After lying in a coma for two years, a serial killer awakes and calls for Lindsay, ready to reveal the locations of the buried bodies, but as her meetings with him continue, Lindsay suspects some foul play.

While juggling new cases and pressure from her boss, Lindsay gets slammed with the news that her baby could be very ill. How can she split herself from the two worlds and focus on all that is on the line for her and her future?

Yuki Castillano is once again fighting in court, fighting to keep a murderer off the streets, but doubts start seeping in when some of the case’s details reveal inconsistencies.


I’m happy to report that the pace of the book is good and moving the plot/s forward at a steady pace. Short chapters make it easier to end up reading more than planned.

Once again, Lindsay is thrown into the deep end with juggling serious cases at work and complications in her personal life.

Not only is the start of her motherhood journey quite a crazy experience, but it just doesn’t get much easier (I get ya, Lindsay). I did feel empathy for her with a newborn and the struggles she was facing, and I can only imagine the worry Lindsay and Joe felt throughout the book as they waited for the outcome.

The first case was a pretty interesting one. I mean, someone predicting a murder, and then the murder happening to the very detail is pretty fascinating. You can come up with many theories (none were correct though) but I did like the idea the authors decided to go along with as it just made the truth at the end of the book more shocking.

The serial killer waking up from a coma and being ready to confess and reveal his secrets seemed a little boring in the beginning until he started acting really strangely and I was left wondering, what is for show and what is real? I liked the idea about how the character was written and it gave me a feel of Show of Evil by William Diehl, with a similar idea in the plot. Brilliant idea, really!

I’m not sure what the heck is going on with Cindy and if this is her way of having some cold feet with things moving pretty fast between Richie and her, but her behaviour is appalling. I felt bad for Richie at some point, and then not so much anymore when I realised he’s willing to throw his attention to anyone who is willing to catch it, no matter how much time passes.

Yuki’s case was insanely complicated and a nail-biter, and there were many details that changed and made no sense, and at some page it felt like the authors were maybe trying a little too hard to make or break the case. Thankfully it slowed down and there was more sense with the conclusion.


There’s still much drama, both in careers and in the personal lives of the characters. I want to say some light was shone on Lindsay for me in this book and I might start liking her again.

I enjoyed both the murder cases, great execution of the ideas. Even though the book was pretty all over the show from the word go, and there were much more sub-plots than I have experienced with the previous books, everything came together at the end.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 4.05 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.

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Have you read 12th of Never?

You can purchase it here.

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