8th Confession by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (audio)

James Patterson and Maxine Paetro’s 8th Confession is read by Carolyn McCormick, and does a fine job differentiating between the characters.  In this book, Lindsay Boxer is confronted with a personal, life-changing decision and is bogged down in several high-profile cases.  Rich men and women are being murdered in their homes, but there is no cause of death — at least any that Claire can find during autopsy or through toxicology tests.

“Claire waved a computer printout, said, ‘Toxicology was negative.  No poison, no opiates, no narcotics, no nothing.  Cause of death? No idea.  Manner of death? No idea.  Something stinks, and I don’t know what,’ she told us, ‘but the likelihood of these two individuals, with completely negative autopsies and completely negative toxicologies, expiring at the same time is statistically astronomical.'” (Page 111)

Meanwhile, Cindy Thomas uncovers the murder of Bagman Jesus, a local homeless man, who she believes is revered by his community.  Investigating the murder becomes her obsession, but she also finds herself tied up in another passion — Richie Conklin, Lindsay’s partner and secret desire.

Readers will see the sparks fly between these friends and between the sheets in this thriller.  Unfortunately, there seems to be too much of a focus on the bedroom, and very little focus on the investigation — whether Lindsay is mulling over her feelings for Rich or her love for Joe, her live-in boyfriend.  Once the focus is back on the killer, readers will be sucked into trying to uncover for themselves how the murders are being committed.

The audio, just like the book, is fast-paced.  However, 8th Confession is not as strong as some of the other books in this series.

This is my 12th book for the 2010 Thriller & Suspense Reading Challenge.


  1. You know with the popularity of his books you would think I would have read some by now.
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    • I really prefer listening to him, although lately they’ve started including sound effects, which are a bit distracting.

  2. I’ve enjoyed an audio version of his Alex Cross series…sounds like another one I may want to investigate further!

  3. I do enjoy this series, but sometimes I think the books try to do too much – maybe each one should focus on a different one of the friends.

    • I think that would be interesting…to break up the books by character focus, though I think I would skip all the ones with the prosecutor because I don’t find her that interesting.

  4. I thought this was one of the weaker books in the series, and it almost made me not want to read any more of them. But I figure I’ve invested too much time in these characters to stop now. Fortunately, The 9th Judgment is much better.
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