This was a GREAT book. I loved everything about it. However, I could not seem to get past the extra child that showed up. In the begining, he and his wife have 2 children. Later in the book, he starts talking about a much younger child even though over 10 years have past. What's up with that. Confusing. It was still a great book.
I couldn't wait to read this book as I have loved Pattersons previous books BUT
This one is awful. A 10year old child could of written better, the novel is slow, predictable and totally lacking in imagination.
The narrator is equally as bad, I kept hoping that it would get better - but it doesn't.
It is such a disappointing book that I couldn't even finish it.
Save your money and buy something else.
I had read Patterson's Cross novels from the beginning, but had stopped a few hears ago. I read the blurb on this one on the Audible site, and thought I'd give it a try again.
As usual, it was an excellent book, with excellent voice talent that really let's you 'live' inside the characters for a few hours a day.
Pros: Well written, fast paced, incredible voice talent(s), good quality audio...
Cons: Not many. The story is not as tight as a usual Cross novel, but I think that that is more the nature of this book than the writer.
The narrators’ were outstanding. The dialogue was very sappy. There was a fair amount of fluff added as filler, such as his new car that we hear about over and over. The body count seems to exceed Iraq and somehow not a single cop can figure out what happens. Barney Fife could have solved this. There are so many holes and many events are unrealistic. Cross job hops for the convenience of the story. He and his children are threatened by a killer and he does nothing to protect his family. Everyone knows of the killer, but little effort is made to find him. I thought the real ending was anti-climatic. It is a shame that the writer failed to respect the intelligence of the reader.
Not having read a Cross book before, I had no preconceived ideas about the book or its characters. Audible recommended it and I took the bait. Can I have my money back? The Cross character is almost as pitiful as the killer he seeks. The reader is reminded on just about every "page" that Cross' wife, Maria, died in his arms and that Nana, his Grandmother, taught him everything he knows. The man is a basket case. He goes from detective to psychologist and then beats up the boy friend of one of his patients to teach him a lesson. After the first dozen or so grusome murders, the reader can be expected to shrug his or her shoulders. Who cares? I only wish the killer had won. With Cross dead, there would be no more Cross books. Hooray!
I use to love reading.. now I love listening... Audible is the best.
I have read/listened to several of Patterson's books and especially am fond of the Cross series.. I found the narration exceptional and the story line captivating.. even though I missed the previous book Mary Mary I backed up to listen to it.. there is where I filled in the gaps.
Kudos to James Patterson!
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Mushy dialog and sterotypical characters, combined with jerky plot, makes this a trudge through sludge. I want my money back.
I believe I've read all of the books with Alex Cross as the main character and they are getting less interesting each time. This plot is ridiculously unbelievable as it has the worst villain ever. I hope we can get back to ordinary mysteries without the bizare nonsense. I really don't recommend it.
I've never read the print, but love the audio.
Lots of great scenes, including the creepy step by step of the killer stalking victims, scene outside Blues Alley in Georgetown, and the final scene at the awards ceremony.
yes, i couldn't wait to get back in the car to listen.
I have now listened to three Alex Cross stories and love them all.
I just loved finding out who killed Cross's wife. As always Patterson keeps you interested with his suspense style... I highly recommend it. I rate it with 5 stars.