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“A long time ago, a man called James Patterson used to write his own books, and they were good. Me and my best friend read this when we were in third year, and thought it was excellent, fast paced and thrilling. Nowadays his books are written by a room full of typing monkeys so he can release 365...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I can't deny the narrative propulsion through most of it. Though it slows down and feels muddled after Gary is captured and sits in prison. I wanted to keep reading. I wanted to get to the end. I don't think that counts as "liking it" in this case. Some of the writing is straight-up bad, and all...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Great book”mamashark wrote this review 6 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is one of the best suspense thrillers I've read. The author James Patterson knows how to keep the reader engaged all the way to the end!”Tee Mack wrote this review Monday, October 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I can't deny the narrative propulsion through most of it. Though it slows down and feels muddled after Gary is captured and sits in prison. I wanted to keep reading. I wanted to get to the end. I don't think that counts as "liking it" in this case. Some of the writing is straight-up bad, and all the pop culture references that sound just like a list of what Patterson read and listened to this past month doesn't work. Most of it serves no narrative or thematic or descriptive purpose, and it fails when it tries to, and now it all feels dated. The fascination with the serial killer feels dated as well, and that prurient look at a monster and the guilty desire to watch what he does and get him caught is the main thing, I think, that kept me reading. Formulaic and bland. The race issues are the only thing that made it slightly different from anything else in the genre, and those aren't really explored.”Nathan F wrote this review Sunday, October 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good”Dianne Stephenson wrote this review Saturday, October 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was really good. This book is the number 1 book in the Alex Cross series. I really liked it. ”Shari H wrote this review Monday, September 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book...this wasn't as good as previous novels though...I really didn't get the sonji gary character...but it was pretty good”Jessica wrote this review Sunday, September 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I've read over a half dozen of Patterson's Alex Cross novels, and of those I've read this first one is the best. A lot of the reason I kept reading after this one is the protagonist detective, Alex Cross. He's likable and relatable here. He's a black detective and psychologist in Washington DC. One who doesn't want to leave the old neighborhood and raising two young children with his grandmother having lost his wife. Cross is smart, but most of all, in the first person parts of the novel, he conveys a warmth and a sense of humor.
Otherwise the novel plays out as a fairly standard police procedural thriller, where Cross is faced with a kidnapper of children. Gary Soneji is cut from the same cloth as most fictional psychopaths--scary but brilliant. Cross works with a beautiful female romantic interest in law enforcement (tm), Jezzie Flanagan of the Secret Service, who is more than she appears.
This is well-plotted and paced and was a very fast read with a neat twist. Patterson is notorious for his bite-sized flash fiction chapters of less than a thousand words that keep you flipping the pages. As I said, I even liked Cross enough to read more books. The second book though, Kiss the Girls, frankly repulsed me, (It dealt--graphically--with a serial rapist) and Alex grew more and more a Marty Stu, even gaining a supervillain obsessed with him in a later book, and the books read more and more to me as if Patterson was phoning them in. This first book though makes for an enjoyable beach or airplane read.”
“First Alex Cross mystery. Gary Soneji is at large again, still wreaking havoc. Alex Cross must face the ultimate test as a psychologist: how do you outmaneuver a brilliant psychopath? Especially one who appears to have a split personality - one who won't let the other half remember those horrific crimes. ”Bev wrote this review Tuesday, August 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Alex Cross takes on a kidnapping murderer who "Wants to be someone". This is a good read in the Alex Cross series that besides being a good thriller, continues on the character development for the series. Twists and turns that are unexpected throughout the book keep it interesting.”Chuck C wrote this review Friday, May 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No