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



Title: The 5th Horseman

Author: James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Published Date: April 17th 2007

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Paperback, 432 pages

Goodreads Rate: 4.03


It is a wild race against time as Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer and the newest member of the Women’s Murder Club, attorney Yuki Castellano, lead an investigation into a string of mysterious patient deaths–and reveal 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, the Women’s Murder Club hunts for a merciless killer among its esteemed medical staff. The newest addition to the topselling 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).


This is the second book that I borrowed from a friend of mine. Truth be told, I picked up this book from his shelf because of the title and the author. I’ve heard about James Patterson before being a great author so I wanted to test if he’s greatness is my cup of tea. The result?


I seriously love this book and James Patterson!!! I can’t even describe what I’m feeling right now! I’m still having the aftermath of the book. I don’t know how to start my review! My mind is screaming! Gosh!

Okay. I’ll start now.

I’m not new with the genre of the book. I’ve read a few mystery thrillers before and even medical thrillers. But I’ve never read a mystery thriller and a medical thriller in one book. Never! So this is way too shocking for me. Lol.

While I was reading it, I felt that it’s really a good book. I couldn’t put it down that I made it to the books 20th plus chapter on my first few hours. And by the time it’s almost twenty-four hours, I’m also half-way through the book. Seriously! I can’t –it’s really a good book. I don’t know how to put the greatness of it in words! I am seriously having a hard time reviewing it because the parts where all the mysteries were solved still kept repeating inside my head.

The book has two mystery cases that need to be solved. The first one was an easy one because they captured the suspect immediately and was put behind bars. The best mystery is the second case. The case that deals with suspicious deaths at San Francisco Municipal Hospital. Though somehow I knew that the main mystery is the second case. And man was I right!


I seriously loved the book. It made me feel emotions I didn’t expect to feel towards any book. I was having adrenaline rush while reading this book and it doesn’t even have any action scenes! I know, it was that good. Truth be told I expected this to be not so good because it’s an old book. And I don’t really read a lot of old books because, well, they’re old. So I’m a bit judgmental on that part but hey, I was way too wrong with that. Old books have real magic. I know that now. They hug their genre like a human skin. Old books stand justice to their genre and to the praises put inside them. I appreciate old books more now.


You know that moment where you thought you got the books story all figured out so you started creating conclusions and deductions in your mind saying you know what’s gonna happen next to the story but then you’re only right on the 10% of what you figured out and wrong on the rest? Yes, that kind of moment. I felt it in this book. The part where I thought there were only two mystery cases in the book only to find out that there were actually three mystery cases! And I was like,


And then the part where everything got revealed to the readers, I was seriously reading it slowly to check if some of my conclusions were right. There were little! I love this part though, the part where everything got revealed. It was exciting to know who were the killers, how’d they do it, and when. Though my very very favorite chapter in this book is the epilogue, the unfinished business. I really thought they got the right guy on the second mystery case but then no. There was still a third case and it was solved on the epilogue. Amazing!

I also love the characters of the story. It has four women protagonists. Talk about girl power! The Chronicle reporter, Cindy; the lawyer turned Assistant District Attorney, Yuki Castellano; the medical examiner, Claire; and the very main protagonist, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer. Dude, this girls are badass! Not the badass who-kicks-ass type but the badass who-catch-bad-guys-by-the-book type. They were really great characters. They all have different works, mostly has busy schedules but they still find time to hang out with each other. Their friendship is inspiring.

I love the other characters too. The supporting ones who helped the main characters solved the mysteries up to the end of the book. Though I love the villains’ characters more. Sure I hated their personality because they are criminals but I love how they concealed their true colors all throughout the book. They are very good bad guys.

I want to put a review with spoilers but I can’t. Because if I will, surely it will be long and I may not even stop typing it. So I’ll just put this review instead. I think you already know the rate of this book and the reason behind it.


I’m still screaming inside!

RATE: 5/5


About the Author…

James Patterson has created more enduring fictional 22569characters than any other novelist writing today with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series. As of January 2016, he has sold over 350 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers. In addition to writing the thriller novels for which he is best known, he also writes children’s, middle-grade, and young-adult fiction and is also the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on the New York Times adult and children’s bestsellers lists.


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