Detective Alex Cross is back to solve the most baffling and terrifying case of his career
Alex Cross’s niece, Naomi, is missing. Cross fears the disappearance could be linked to a string of recent abductions and murders. Two brilliant and twisted killers, operating on opposite sides of the country, are collaborating and competing, encouraging each other to perpetrate increasingly horrific crimes.
Cross must hunt down these two brutal masterminds – not only to rescue his niece, but also to save the lives of the many others still in danger…
It's no secret that I am a huge James Patterson fan, and when book 1 and 2 come up on netgalley for reviews I decided it was time to re visit the early Alex Cross series.
I had previously read these books years ago, way before I even thought leaving a book review was something important.
So after being approved to read them I dived right in. Getting to know the wonderful Alex Cross all over again has been great, but I have to admit I like the more mature Alex Cross in his later books. He's the sort of detective if you were ever to need a crime solving you would like to think it would be by a real life Alex Cross.
I've secretly wanted over years, Alex Cross, Michael Bennett and Lyndsay Boxer to work a case together. How awesome would that be.
I love the short chapters is JP's books, as it makes it easy to say just one more chapter, just one more chapter. You fly through these books no problem. The stories, the cases, the personal lives of the characters really draw you in to each page.
This book like most of his others are brilliant. I would recommend anyone who likes a good crime thriller to read this series. And to make things even better I would start right at the beginning, that way you would have over 20 books to get stuck into. And it's great fun following Alex on his life journey.
Two children have been kidnapped from an elite private school in Washington DC, and Alex Cross is charged with finding them.
The kidnapper is their maths teacher, a man named Gary Soneji. As Cross gets pulled deeper into the strange world of the kidnapper, it becomes clear he is not what he seems…
I am certainly a Alex Cross super fan. And decided that this book needed reading again. I have read each and everyone of the Alex Cross series, and think that Cross is just awesome. Sometimes he's so good he gets on my nerves, but I still think he's awesome.
If I ever needed a case solving then Alex Cross is the man you would want on the job.
One of the things I particularly like about JP's books are the short chapters, it makes it so easy to say 'just one more, just one more' before you know it you have devoured half the book. I have just re read this in little over a day.
It's scary when I think the first time I read this is over 20 years ago, (published in 1993) can you believe that. so it was certainly due a re read. And although I could remember a little of what happened, it was great getting to Know Alex all over again, and the fantastic characters of Sampson and Nana Mama.
Once you get into the story you are left wanting more and more, you are drawn into the story and each chapter leaves you needing to read the next one.
I remember hating Gary Soneji, an evil kidnapper, and second time around I hated him twice as much.
James Patterson is well known for his Alex Cross Series, but I also love his Michael Bennett Series, and The Womans Murder Club Series. All books well worth reading and if you haven't yet read a JP book, well this little lot would certainly keep you going for quite some time.
Four bodies are found in a luxury hotel
The first is a man who checked in under a false name. Two are in a room next door, full of surveillance equipment. And the fourth is the house maid, who saw too much.
Detective Lindsay Boxer is sent in to investigate and hunt down an elusive and dangerous suspect. But when her husband Joe goes missing, she begins to fear that the suspect she is searching for could be him.
As the case gets ever more complicated and personal, San Francisco is suddenly faced with an atrocity no one will ever forget.
I'm a huge fan of JP and especially of his book series. The Women's Murder Club, The Alex Cross series and the Michael Bennett series.
I got a little behind with this series and as book 16 in The Women's murder club was released I thought it was time I read book 15 before I bought book 16.
As usual I wasn't disappointed. I know a lot of his books are receiving a lot of critical comments recently over just how much of them JP actually writes or just put's his name to. Personally I'm not really bothered. As long as I can carry on reading them and enjoying them then that is all that matters to me.
As usual this one, kept me interested. Kept me wanting more and needing to read on more. Lindsay Boxer is a character that over 15 books I've grown to love. She's an amazing character. And I'm very eager to read the next book after the way this one ended.
Detective Alex Cross has lost everything and everyone he’s ever cared about.
His enemy, Thierry Mulch, is holding his family. Driven by feelings of hatred and revenge, Mulch is threatening to kill them all, and break Cross for ever.
But Alex Cross is fighting back.
In a race against time, he must defeat Mulch, and find his wife and children – no matter what it takes.
THE END-GAME HAS BEGUN.
Wowzers. Book 22. I'm currently trying to play catch up on series of books that I have fallen behind on. This is no easy task as I read an awful lot of books that are part of a series. It seems to be the norm now, It seems very rare to read a book that is not part of a series.
Anyway enough of that, What did I think of this one? I loved it. This is certainly one of Alex Cross' toughest cases yet, and all because it involves his family. Family that he loves and would die for.
JP is certainly back up there with this book, it's gripping, gruesome and addictive reading.
I'm a bit of a stickler for reading books in order, and although you could probably read some of these books alone, its much better in order as you can follow the growth and changes within the Cross family. But this one you really need to have read book 21 so you can follow the story better.
It's funny now when I read a JP book on my kindle, it seems the first 5% is taken up just listing his previous books. Christ if he gave a brief description with each one it would probably add another 200 pages to his books.
Alex Cross’s whole world is crashing down around him.
He has been hunted, stalked like prey, his predator priming himself for the kill.
Cross has devoted his life to protecting others. Now he’s unable to protect even those closest to him.
As a police detective, he has made many enemies, but never like this.
Everything he loves is being taken from him.
Soon he will have nothing and no one left
I think the Alex Cross series is certainly one of my guilty reading pleasures. It's one of those series that you just can't help but like, and always ready for the next book.
It's been a while since I read them, as I have had so so many books to read and enjoy that I had to give myself a little talking to and get back to them. I'm glad I did I remembered just how much I really do enjoy this series, in fact I'm the same with JP's other series to. I love the Women's Murder Club, and the Michael Bennett books.
But I have to say this is one of the best I've read for a long time. Towards the end of this book, I started talking to it, getting annoyed getting upset, wanting the Characters to hear what I was saying.
There are certainly a few hold your breath moments, and I think this has to be one of Alex Cross biggest challenges yet.
I've seen quite a lot of one star reviews for this book, where people seem upset or disappointed on the way the book end's. As you need the next book to carry it on. But isn't that the idea with a series of books. That you want and can't wait for the next one, to find out what has happened.
If you haven't read this book yet, then I really do recommend it. If you have read it, What did you think?
Share your thoughts in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.
Detective Alex Cross is hunting three killers. But is someone hunting him?
Three killers are on the rampage in the capital and dead bodies are piling up.
Alex Cross is in charge of all three investigations and has never been under more pressure. But with a crisis at home that threatens to tear his family apart, Alex’s attention is divided. While Cross tracks the killers, he doesn’t notice that someone is tracking him.
Can Alex unravel the cases and find the killers in time? Or will he be the next dead body on the list?
Wowzers... Book 20, I had read this what seems like forever ago, and wanted to get back into the series so rather than just go right in and read book 21, I decided to do a re read of this first. I have to say this is one of my many many favourite detective series. There is just something about Alex Cross that amazes and fascinates me. How the hell he is not dead yet I don't know. But luckily he's not or the series would have to stop, and I don't want that to happen.
Another interesting read.
Thank you to netgalley for a review copy of this book.
I have ready many many JP books, and enjoyed most of them. There was something a little different about this one, I didn't not like it, but I certainly didn't love it. It was readable, and I think having some (very basic) knowledge of golf helped me understand some of it.
It just felt like the book was missing something, like the story was waiting to get started.
If I hadn't seen the name on the cover, I would never have guessed that this was a JP book.
NYPD Red – the task force attacking the most extreme crimes in America's most extreme city –hunts a killer who is on an impossible mission.
A vigilante serial killer is on the loose in New York City, tracking down and murdering people whose crimes have not been punished. The number of victims grows, and many New Yorkers secretly applaud the idea of justice won at any price.
NYPD Red Detective Zach Jordan and his partner Kylie MacDonald are put on the case when a woman of vast wealth and even greater connections disappears. Zach and Kylie have to find what's really behind this murderer's rampage while political and personal secrets of the highest order hang in the balance. But Kylie has been acting strange recently – and Zach knows whatever she's hiding could threaten the biggest case of their careers.
Well in typical me form, I went and bought NYPD Red 3, Then thought i'll just check that I read book 2. And no I hadn't so here I am with book 2 so I can read book 3.
Did I mention I realllllllllllllllllllllllllllly need to catch up on all my reading. I've been reading so many review book's, the book's i've purchased are piling up and up and up.
So I've always enjoyed James Patterson book's The Alex Cross and The women's Murder Club oh and Michael Bennett being my favorites.
This one as usual kick's off at a pretty fast past. James Patterson books, seem to be those kind of books that when you just don't know what to read,these will see you though. You know that 9 times out of 10 you are really going to enjoy his books.
And with so many to choose from you can't go wrong, with something that will appeal to everyone.
The book seemed to just flow along, not so many holding your breath moments, more a comfortable read. All ready knowing the killers from early on, the main part is figuring out how it's all going to come together, how the cop's are going to figure it out.
I liked the main characters again in this book, and felt that we got to know them a little more. I'm now looking forward to reading book 3.
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