Lately I have been very disappointed in James Patterson's books. Especially the Cross novels after Violets are Blue. Those three Cross stories, and the Lake House seemed like they were a rush of sentances, and a blur of action, leaving behind the character driven stories of the people we have grown to love in their previous outtings. However, with just finishing Honeymoon, and 4th of July back to back, I do have to say that James Patterson has gotten back to his roots of deep character driven stories. I have always loved the women's murder club series, and have felt that they have stayed true to the first novel, and every one following. Even though 4th is centered mainly on Lindsay Boxer, with brief showings of the other girls, Claire and Cindy, the book still managed to keep me interested enough to stay up until 3am (with work the next day at 7:30), to find out what the verdict of Boxer's trial would be. It is a touching story, that made me feel for Lindsay, and although I had guessed the first killer straight away, I was taken back by the others. I do highly recommend 4th of July to Patterson fans, and newly aquainted readers. Hopefully James will continue to give us the material we want, and not the contrived bits we've been seeing over the last little while.