Title: I, Alex Cross
Author: James Patterson
Series: Alex Cross Series #16
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Details: Large Print, 374 Pages
Detective Alex Cross is pulled out of a family celebration and given the devastating news that his niece, Caroline, has been found brutally murdered. Cross vows to hunt down the killer, and soon learns that Caroline was mixed up in one of the Washington’s wildest scenes. And she was not this killer’s only victim.
The hunt for her murderer leads Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, to a place where every fantasy is possible, if you have the credentials to get in.Alex and Bree are soon facing down some very important, very protected, very dangerous people in levels of society where only one thing is certain – they will do anything to keep their secrets safe.
Completely engrossed. Starts with a girl, Hannah, chasing by murderers and a bullet then penetrates her back. She’s seriously injured but manage to escape the death with the help of a man. Then, Detective Alex is stunned with the news of Caroline, his niece, whose body is chipped into remains. Devoted his life to chase for the murderer, Alex gets caught in a high class murder conspiracy where people in the White House involved and Caroline is not the only victim. Leads after leads, and when Hannah comes out from her hideout, the mask of the the murderer is lifted revealing his naked face.
The book begins with really impressive, adrenaline rush scene. This gives me a really good first impression on the story. As the story progresses, lots of characters popping in and out and sometimes I just cannot connect these characters with each other. In the first part of the book, the story constantly shifted from one character to another and this make me loose of tracks of the story and as the result I have to put it down several times. But, as Alex started to connect all the characters in his investigation, the story become very exciting and I just can’t simply put the book down. At this point I understand why the first part is written in such a way and keep on reading the book until the end.
Since this is my third read from James Patterson and the first from the series, I’m not very familiar with Patterson’s writing style. I read through some reviews, and most of them said that this is a typical Patterson’s writing style which is not a bad thing since they enjoyed it. For me, I, Alex Cross is a very successful thriller and the way James Patterson told the story is really fantastic and it makes me feel restless and put me at the edge of my sit with all the suspense, action and twists all along the story. This is my first time reading a thriller with a bunch of murder scenes, how the victims sexually tortured and the body were the chipped into unrecognizable remains. I was chilled to the bone. The story is written in short, short chapters and I think it is brilliant of him to write in such a way because you will think that the story is not dragging at all. Patterson also did a good job by injected the family relationship elements by telling us the story about Alex’s family and this makes the story more exciting and enjoyable.
All in all, this is a fast-fired thriller with an engrossing storyline. The end is cliffhanging and left you wanting more from James Patterson. This is indeed one of the best thrillers I ever read.
“Whatever happened before today, or whatever happens tomorrow, doesn’t mean a thing right now. When those goodbyes are over, then we’ll worry about what comes next.” -Nana, pg. 62
5 Cups of Coffee: Truly a fast moving thriller with suspense, action, and twists. The book that I thoroughly enjoyed and the cliffhanger end makes me wanting more from the author. Highly recommended.
Credits: I borrowed this book from my friend, Darkartz. All thanks to him.