From the reviews; you either love it or you hate it. Those who hate it seem to have been expecting something else. Since I had no such expectations - having never read an "Alex Cross" novel, I read it as a fan of James Patterson.
I don't usually write reviews. If I like a book I will read it; if I see it's going nowhere, I won't bother. This book kept me on the edge of my seat and I could not put it down. The imagery in the book made me feel like I was there. I laughed, I cringed, I got angry, I was moved. For me, it was just a great story, very well narrated.
I listened to this book with dread in my gut. I knew the outcome; I knew of the tremendous bigottry in the old south; I knew things would get ugly, but I just couldn't put it down. I kept hoping something would be different, that the ending would change. It didn't. But, there was hope in the ending words of Abraham Cross.
Even living in the 21st Century, we still have ignorance and bigottry in our lives, but it has changed in the last 50 years and continues to slowly change with every little step. My kids can't believe that things like this happened in their country, in their parent's lifetime. Having Grandparents from the deep south, I know it was not that long ago when such hatred and violence was considered justified.
The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is that I would have liked a little more insight into the back-stories and motivations of the surrounding characters especially LJ and Elizabeth. Also, I would have liked more closure on certain main characters at the ending: LJ, Elizabeth, Ben's father, Moody, and Luis- the lawyer from Jackson.
Loved the book! I was captivated from the beginning. It isn't want we are use to in the Alex Cross series, but definitely worth the read.
although not the traditional alex cross story . very intertaining while giving insight to the south right after the war between the states. enjoyed it
August 27th was a sad day not only the death of Mr. Kennedy but after reading Mr. Pattersons book,it reminded me of Lillies of the Fields. The symbolism of lilly.The times have not changed in Florida they live in gated communities.The confederate flage still hang on some properties.I had stickers on my car Elect, Barack Obama, Bring our Troops home safely.If you want to shoot get a CAMERA.2 dozen eggs were thrown on my car.YANKEE YiD GO HOME!They left a note please wash your car.The eggs are baked on the stickers are pealing off, but I will replace the on top of baked eggs. A----MEN Mr Patterson & Suzane THANK YOU!
A sad reminder of the racism that was and is still prevalent in America today, especially in the South. Makes you wonder just how stupid and ignorant people were and are. A must read so as not to forget how horrible injustice can be.