The 23rd Midnight by James Patterson

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In The 23rd Midnight, after Detective Lindsay Boxer arrests serial killer Evan Burke, reporter Cindy Thomas writes a bestseller that put him on the bestseller list. But someone is using the book as a guide for their own twisted crimes, putting Lindsay and her Murder Club in danger.

Book review of The 23rd Midnight

The 23rd Midnight is the latest addition to James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series, co-written with Maxine Paetro. As a fan of the series, I can confidently say that it did not disappoint. The story kept me hooked from start to finish, and I found it difficult to put the book down.

The plot of The 23rd Midnight is one of the best in the series, in my opinion. It had me emotionally invested to the point where I found myself in tears at times. The book follows Detective Lindsay Boxer as she and the rest of the Murder Club investigate a series of murders that seem to be connected to a disturbing true-crime story written by a reporter. The storyline was complex and kept me guessing until the very end.

James Patterson’s writing style is always gripping, and this book was no exception. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire story, and the pacing was just right. It was fast-paced enough to keep me engaged, but not so fast that I felt like I was missing important details. The characters were well-developed and felt like old friends.

However, not everyone may share my enthusiasm for this book. Some readers may find themselves disappointed, particularly those who prefer Patterson’s original formula without co-writers. While the collaborations have been successful for the most part, some may argue that they do not live up to the standards set by Patterson’s solo works.

Final verdict

Overall, The 23rd Midnight is a must-read for fans of the Women’s Murder Club series. The plot is intricate, the characters are well-developed, and the pacing is just right. While it may not appeal to those who prefer Patterson’s solo works, I would still highly recommend it. It’s a fantastic addition to the series and a testament to Patterson’s talent for crafting gripping crime thrillers.

Our Score


  • Gripping storyline: The book has a compelling storyline that keeps the readers engaged from start to finish. The plot is full of twists and turns that make it difficult to predict the ending. The authors have done an excellent job of maintaining the suspense throughout the book.
  • Well-developed characters: The characters in the book are well-developed and have distinct personalities. The protagonist, Lindsay Boxer, is a strong and intelligent detective who is determined to catch the killer. The supporting characters, including her friends in the Women’s Murder Club, add depth to the story and make it more enjoyable to read.
  • Fast-paced narrative: The book has a fast-paced narrative that makes it easy to read. The short chapters and cliffhangers at the end of each chapter keep the readers hooked and make them want to read on. The authors have a talent for writing in a way that makes it difficult to put the book down.


  • Lack of originality: The book follows a formulaic approach that is common in the Women’s Murder Club series. The plot and characters are similar to those in previous books in the series, which can make it feel repetitive and predictable.
  • Shallow character development: While the characters in the book are well-developed, some readers may find that their development is limited. The authors focus more on the action and the plot than on the characters’ personal lives and emotions.
  • Unconvincing ending: Some readers may find the ending of the book unsatisfactory. While the authors try to tie up all the loose ends, some may feel that the ending is rushed and not entirely convincing.
The 23rd MidnightPublisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown and Company (May 1, 2023)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0316402788
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316402781
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.22 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.35 x 1.5 x 9.55 inches

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Jenna Carter

Jenna Carter spends most of her time immersed in the imaginary worlds that authors construct. Her favorite place in the world is a library full of old books where she hopes to one day find a hidden door to the world of Narnia.
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