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Cross My Heart | [James Patterson]

Cross My Heart

Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart--nothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife Bree. His love of his family is his anchor, and gives him the strength to confront evil in his work. One man knows this deeply, and uses Alex's strength as a weapon against him in the most unsettling and unexpected novel of James Patterson's career.
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Publisher's Summary

James Patterson raises the stakes to their highest level, ever - when Alex Cross becomes the obsession of a genius of menace set on proving that he is the greatest mind in the history of crime.

Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart - nothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife, Bree. His love of his family is his anchor, and gives him the strength to confront evil in his work. One man knows this deeply, and uses Alex's strength as a weapon against him in the most unsettling and unexpected novel of James Patterson's career.

When the ones Cross loves are in danger, he will do anything to protect them. If he does anything to protect them, they will die.

©2013 James Patterson (P)2013 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

“Michael Boatman gives a first-rate narration in this latest installment in the Alex Cross series. A second narrator, Tom Wopat, artfully portrays the homicidal maniac who plans to destroy Alex by destroying his family. Boatman captures the tension in the plot and keeps the listener engaged with the action. His portrayal of a bereaved Alex Cross--voice trembling with despair--will have listeners spellbound. And his total command of the story is like a zip line to Alex's hell. Though the symphony of terror isn't over at the conclusion of the audiobook, fans of Michael Boatman will revel in his delivery of this captivating thriller.” (AudioFile)

"[Patterson's] books don't pussyfoot around when it comes to the villains. These are bad, bad people... [I, Alex Cross] is political, with a lot of intrigue in high places." (Al Roker, The Today Show)

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    Thomas S. Orem, Jr. 12-03-13
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    "half a book!!!"

    DO NOT GET THIS BOOK TILL THE FOLLOW UP IS AVAILABLE, AND MAYBE NOT EVEN THEN. If you dislike paying full price or 2 credits for half a book or double paying for one book, then don't. the book ends at a good halfway point with nothing resolved. the author clams this is to give us a opportunity to learn how to live with tragedy... I see it as nothing more than a gimmick that I am absolutely not a fan of. buyer be warned it's a" cliff hanger", and if you hate that as much as I do, just wait.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Belle river, ON, Canada 02-19-14
    Carol Belle river, ON, Canada 02-19-14 Member Since 2010

    I listen to a book a day just about. I am 49, I love mystery, thriller, true crime. G.Guidall best reader for me.

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    "NO ENDING, forced to buy next Cross book!!!"
    What disappointed you about Cross My Heart?

    JP makes enough money that he needs not force us to buy the next Cross book to see what happens.


    What could James Patterson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    End the book or give credit for free book!!!


    Any additional comments?

    So upsetting that James Patterson is so money hungry. What a slap in the face to his fans. I will for sure never buy another book by JP. Bootleg, copy, download and share all his work is the word many of us are spreading on this greedy selfish person. What comes around goes around James, lost all respect for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-30-14
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    "Losing a loved one is so unexpected--but more?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cross My Heart to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the printed version so I can't answer this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the multiple plots in the novel. Just when one crime is solved, there is more going on. Who can you trust? Just when the characters think they have the answers, they are wrong.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Boatman and Tom Wopat – was your favorite?

    My favorite character is Bree Cross because she is a strong woman who doesn't give up.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book is a cliffhanger that has me ready for the next installment.


    Any additional comments?

    So of the Cross series are predictable, but this one really got my attention. I enjoyed it and I am ready to read the next book in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Phillips Groveland, MA 12-10-13
    D. Phillips Groveland, MA 12-10-13 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "What a turn..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cross My Heart to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cross My Heart?

    The wonderful interlacing of two "sets" of villains.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, but the voices were terrible on some points.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Alex needed someone and she was there....


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book was good.  I was beginning to worry that the ending would be rushed and full of holes, then .....  What an interestingly frustrating, tantalizing, maddening concept for a story plot.  It took me minute or two to get past the shock, then i had to laugh and applaud the concept. Enjoy the book it is worth the investment.  The language is not so foul you cannot listen and the storyline is excellant.  

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lannette Ajo, AZ, United States 01-09-14
    Lannette Ajo, AZ, United States 01-09-14 Member Since 2009
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    "You Won't See It Coming!"

    Probably one of the best Alex Cross Novels in a long time. This one took me completely by surprise. It takes Alex Cross to the darkest place in his life but no spoilers here - you'll have to read it to find out. Enjoyed more details about the kids and moved along at a nice pace - keeps you guessing to a point. If you haven't read any books in the Alex Cross series I think you can pick this one up without being totally lost though after this one you will want to read all of the others. Very much enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next...you'll see why once you read it :)

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sookie Northwestern Minnesota - United States 01-07-14
    Sookie Northwestern Minnesota - United States 01-07-14
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    "Twists and Turns"
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    I am always waiting for the next book to come out - which never seems quick enough... but I also hate a rushed story - that doesn't make me feel satisfied at the end.. This wasn't my most favorite Cross story, but it was right up there... The narrators were very good - the story was pretty good - the mystery kept me reading, and the ending will once again keep me waiting for the next!!! Don't make us wait too long!!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. Mc 12-29-13
    K. Mc 12-29-13

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    "Another Alex Cross Winner!"

    I loved the book and the narrators. I have listed to all the Alex Cross novels and have never been disappointed. I fell in love with all the characters many years ago and would be very disappointed if the series ended.

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    Susie 12-25-13
    Susie 12-25-13

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    "This story kept me on the edge of my chair."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was suspenseful and the ending was a shocker.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense. My heart broke with the kidnapping and murders.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Boatman and Tom Wopat ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Couldn't wait to get back to it.


    Any additional comments?

    This story was terrifying I don't remember any other Cross book being so scary. The ending was a complete shock. I didn't expect the story to end with a cliffhanger.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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