The 5th Horseman: The Women's Murder Club, book 5

The 5th Horseman: The Women’s Murder Club, book 5




If you’re looking for an appearance from Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, or any of the previous 4 Horsemen, you will be sorely disappointed.


The Women’s Murder Club faces an unspeakable horror in an irresistible hospital and courtroom thriller by #1 best-selling author James Patterson.
A young mother is recuperating in a San Francisco hospital when she is suddenly gasping for breath. The call button fails to bring help in time. The hospital’s doctors, some of the best in the nation, are completely mystified by her death. How did this happen?
This is not the first such case at the hospital. Just as patients are about to be released with a clean bill of health, their conditions take a devastating turn for the worse. Accompanied by the newest member of the Women’s Murder Club, Yuki Castellano, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer probes deeper into the incidents. Could these cases just be appalling coincidences? Or is a maniac playing God with people’s lives? When someone close to the Women’s Murder Club begins to exhibit the same frightening symptoms, Lindsay fears no one is safe.
It is a wild race against time as Lindsay’s investigation reveals a hospital administration determined to shield its reputation at all costs. And while the hospital wages an explosive court battle that grips the entire nation, Lindsay and the Women’s Murder Club hunt for a merciless killer among its esteemed medical staff.
The newest addition to the top-selling new mystery series takes the Women’s Murder Club to the most terrifying heights of suspense they have yet to encounter. The 5th Horseman proves once again that James Patterson is “the page-turningest author in the game right now” (San Francisco Chronicle).
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When people who are seemingly on the road to recovery start dying at a San Francisco hospital, it starts to raise questions about what is happening at the privately owned facility. When some of the victim’s families file a lawsuit against the hospital, the case attracts national media attention. But when Yuki Castellano’s own mother becomes one of those victims, the case gets personal for the Women’s Murder Club.
‘The 5th Horseman’ is different from the previous novels in the Women’s Murder Club series for two reasons. The first is that even though there is one major case (there is another and much more forgettable investigation that takes place), it is approached from both the police investigation standpoint as well as what is happening in the court of law. So the reader is frequently taken from the civil trial to the police investigation to move the story along.
The other reason this book is slightly different is that it is the first in which someone other than Lindsay Boxer is the focal point of the story. This is really Yuki Castellano’s story due to the death of her mother and the turmoil of being a trial observer. There is plenty of Lindsay to be sure, but it is Yuki who is the more compelling character to follow as the story unfolds.
Without spoiling the end to a major degree, I will say that I thought it worked really well. The legal aspect of the civil trial and the police investigation intersected in a way that provoked a genuine “ah ha” moment when I actually figured it out. That doesn’t happen very often for me, so I am always impressed when I’m actually surprised by a major twist.


Patterson and Paetro continue with the multiple plot structure they set up in 4th of July. I think this is a stronger effort simply because it allows all four of the Women’s Murder Club members to play a significant part in the story.


McCormick is finally in her groove with all four of the characters, and seems to have developed various ways to differniate each one of them vocally. Having said that, there’s not a lot about any of her performances thus far that is memorable, even a few days after the fact. There’s a big difference between a solid performance and a standout one.


There’s really not much I can say about the track that I haven’t said before. There are musical cues throughout the narration, and the audio chapter stops take you roughly twenty chapters ahead in the actual book. The track does sound pretty good on the whole.


This is my favorite of the Women’s Murder Club series to date. I enjoyed the intersecting plot of the lawsuit against the hospital and the police investigation to find the killer. This one kept me guessing for quite awhile, and I enjoyed all the twists and turns.


Title Author Narrator Publisher Genre Release Date Running Time Score
The 5th Horseman: Women’s Murder Club, Book 5 James Patterson, Maxine Paetro Carolyn McCormick Hachette Audio Mystery & Thriller 01/25/2006 8 hours, 5 minutes 8.75/10


A copy of ‘THE 5TH HORSEMAN: WOMEN’S MURDER CLUB, BOOK 5’ was purchased from Audible for review.