22 Seconds by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro #BookReviews #22Seconds #CrimeThriller #Series #NetGalley @JP_Books #MaxinePaetro @randomhouse #onceuponatimebookreviews

Today I am reviewing 22 Seconds by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. This was released on the 28th of April, published by Random House.


22 seconds… until Lindsay Boxer loses her badge – or her life.

SFPD Sergeant Boxer has guns on her mind.

There’s buzz of a last-ditch shipment of drugs and weapons crossing the Mexican border ahead of new restrictive gun laws. Before Lindsay can act, her top informant tips her to a case that hits disturbingly close to home.

Former cops. Professional hits. All with the same warning scrawled on their bodies.

You talk, you die.

Now it’s Lindsay’s turn to choose.

The Women’s Murder Club is one of my all time favourite police procedural series. With 22 books so far, it is amazing how each new instalment is as fresh as the last and it has in no way overstayed its welcome.

As with all of James Patterson’s books, I don’t even read what they are about anymore. You know you are going to get a thrilling, action packed and addictive read each and every time and 22 Seconds is no exception.

A white knuckle read, 22 Seconds hits the ground running right from the get go and doesn’t stop until the final page. The plot unfolds around new restrictive gun laws resulting in citizen protests, a Mexican drug cartel, murder and dirty cops. It really is a very compelling and riveting read.

I love all the women that make this series the success that it is, although this time around the focus is more on Lindsay and her husband Joe with the other women taking on smaller roles. This isn’t a bad thing and even though I did miss the banter of the women, it still works and is a very entertaining and enjoyable read.

Thank you to James Patterson, Maxine Paetro,, Random House and Netgalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of 22 Seconds, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.


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James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author. His enduring fictional characters and series include Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, Maximum Ride, Middle School, and Ali Cross, along with such acclaimed works of narrative nonfiction as Walk in My Combat Boots, E.R. Nurses, and his autobiography, James Patterson by James Patterson. Bill Clinton (The President Is Missing) and Dolly Parton (Run, Rose, Run) are among his notable literary collaborators.

For his prodigious imagination and championship of literacy in America, Patterson was awarded the 2019 National Humanities Medal. The National Book Foundation presented him with the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community, and he is also the recipient of an Edgar Award and nine Emmy Awards.

He lives in Florida with his family.




Maxine Paetro is an American author who has been published since 1979. Paetro has collaborated with best-selling author James Patterson on the Women’s Murder Club novel series and standalone novels.

3 thoughts on “22 Seconds by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro #BookReviews #22Seconds #CrimeThriller #Series #NetGalley @JP_Books #MaxinePaetro @randomhouse #onceuponatimebookreviews”

      1. It really is!
        Alex Cross I would have to start at the beginning. That’s one of those series you accidentally started in the middle for me. 😅
        I have a pretty big soft spot for his writing though so it’ll be worth it.
        Happy reading!


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