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“I wish there were a 2.5 star rating here. I liked the Durham-Chapel Hill setting, but James Patterson's writing still doesn't appeal to me as much as I'd hoped.”see full review » see other reviews »
“A particularly gruesome book but engaging nevertheless!”Raji C wrote this review Wednesday, October 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“absolutely fabulous. awesome”Mitesh Patel wrote this review Thursday, October 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is another very engaging suspense thriller. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't put it down until the end of the book.”Tee Mack wrote this review Monday, October 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It is almost always true that the book is better than the movie. And in this case, as much as I enjoyed the movie, the book is a hundred times better. With movies, you only get to scratch the surface of characters. In books, you see depth that can't be portrayed without words. And with this book you are able to see inside the minds of both the heroes and the villains, the motivations, the reasoning, the planning. It all comes together so masterfully. I can't wait to continue the series and follow Alex Cross through his cases.”Stephanie wrote this review Wednesday, October 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wow, this one was a little creepy but hard to put down. I totally enjoyed it and did not know who the bad guy was until the end and then I had to read it twice to be sure I read it right! On to the 3rd book!”Shari H wrote this review Monday, September 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If it weren't for two scenes in this novel, I'd add a star and a half. Patterson is no prose stylist, and his novels are formulaic, but until a few novels after this one Alex Cross got unbearably Gary Stu, with supervillain psychopaths making it their life work to take him down, I found Patterson's detective protagonist likable and the books featuring him entertaining page-turning police procedurals.
In some ways, this second book book in the series is even stronger than Along Came a Spider, the first Alex Cross novel. In this one, Cross becomes involved when his niece is kidnapped, and he believes it's a case of "twinning" where two serial killers are cooperating and competing on two coasts--"Cassanova" and "The Gentleman Caller." Cross teams up with a victim of Cassanova, Kate McTiernan, who escapes his lair only to find it's seemingly disappeared. The forensic psychology is more to the fore in this novel, the hunt suspenseful, the twists clever. Moreover, Kate in a lot of ways is an appealing, kick-ass heroine--a survivor who does everything to save herself, not just wait passively for rescue.
What mars this is that when I think of this novel, I think of two scenes in particular, and it's not a good memory. One is the rape of Kate by Cassanova. The other is the anal rape of another woman by Cassanova--using a live snake. Yes, you read that right. I went back and looked to make sure I was remembering the right novel. There it is in Chapter 54. Three paragraphs burned into my retinas.
The thing is I can see the rationale for both scenes. One to show Kate's resilience and bravery, so that we understand what she underwent. The other so we understand just what kind of monster Cross is dealing with in Cassanova.
But those scenes are so graphic, so explicit, to me they come across as pornography of the kind the two serial rapists are said to read and relish--The Story of O and School Girls in Paris among others named. The scenes overwhelm the story as well as repel.
Rape in fiction is a chancy thing. I'm not saying it should never be used. It's too often part of life, history, crime--but it's rarely done effectively and isn't done well here but comes across as a cheap attempt to titillate and shock.”
“REALLY Good!.. Makes, you want to "Press On" with Alex Cross?! Super!.. Must, acquire "Jack and Jill" sometime, soon?!..”Timothy N wrote this review Monday, August 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The most elusive of killers has abducted Cross's niece, Naomi, a talented law student. Only such a devastating blow could bring the detective back - this time to the Deep South, where old slave prisons are buried in the forests, and houses of horror can disappear as in your worst nightmare. One of the better Alex Cross books.”Bev wrote this review Tuesday, August 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Thrilling as ever!”Tinky Ruz wrote this review Wednesday, July 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“LibraryCin said: 4.5 stars
Detective/psychologist Alex Cross heads to North Carolina to help with a case possibly involving the kidnapping of his niece. Someone calling himself Casanova has been kidnapping, raping and murdering women in North Carolina; at the same time the “Gentleman Caller” is doing the same to women in California.
This is the second Alex Cross book, and I think my favourite that I've read by Patterson so far (I've only read the first Alex Cross, plus the first four Women's Murder Club books). I was enjoying the Women's Murder Club a little better than the first Alex Cross book, but this is easily my favourite of them all.
Wow, what a roller coaster! So much suspense in this one – at multiple times/scenarios throughout the book. The book is told from various points of view, including Alex Cross's, some of the kidnapped women, and each of the rapists/murderers. I remember not being very interested in Alex Cross's personal life in the first book, but I had no issues with it, and quite enjoyed it, in this one.”