Alex Cross is a skilled, and dedicated, detective from Washington, DC When he discovers his niece is missing from her college in NC and might possibly have been kidnapped by a serial killer, he jumps into the case with NC authorities and the FBI Women are disappearing All beautiful, very intelligent women Some are found murdered And others are just gone, with no clues as to their whereabouts When one victim escapes, Alex and the FBI find out that this case might be much complex and dangerous The NC kidnappings and murders might be related to similar crimes in California Alex and the FBI race to solve the case and find the missing victims before of them are killed I am really enjoying this series I read the first book because it was listed as part of the Great American Read, and continued on because I like the characters, especially Alex Cross Cross is a complex character He is a ruthless investigator, but a kind and gentle father to his two kids The plots are interesting and very suspenseful Kiss the Girls is not for the feint of heart It contains quite graphic depictions of torture, rape, kidnapping and abuse There was one scene with an assault involving a snake that made me have to turn the audio book off for awhile and watch a Disney movie It was.intense and disturbing The bad guy in this story is crazier than an S house rat.and very, very dangerous The point of view jumps around quite a bit changing from victims, to killer, to Alex Cross I m not usually a fan of stories that jump around like that, but for this book, it worked perfectly It just heightened the suspense, and developed the characters The crimes were chilling and horrible The story definitely kept me on the edge of my seat I usually listen to audio books outside while I do yard work But this one was a bit too intense and graphic It wasn t appropriate for listening to outside because our neighbors on one side have small children, and the neighborhood gossips are on the other side I had visions of the gossips calling around telling people I was listening to dirty sex books in my front yard ha ha I chose to enjoy this suspenseful story in the privacy of my kitchen, saving me from any neighbor side eye Very, very good book just a note of caution for those who have small kids at home or have qualms about books with rape torture themes Narrated by Michael Kramer, the audio book version I listened to is just shy of 11 hours long I would have preferred a black voice actor narrating, but Kramer did a good job I have hearing loss, but was easily able to hear and understand the entire book I m definitely going to read of this series Very enjoyable so far The books are bestsellers for a reason I wish I had started reading sooner Not sure why I never read this series Fixing my error now In the entire history of my mature reading, spanning back to when I picked up Fahrenheit 451 at 15, I don t think I ve ever read a single sentence as soul crushingly, brain batteringly, rage inducingly bad as He made a noise It sounded like yaaaaaaagh HE MADE A NOISE IT SOUNDED LIKE YAAAAAAAGH Readers of popular fiction, this is what your favorite authors think of you They think you re only capable of processing things at a fourth grade level, that simply having a character shout YAAAAAAGH isn t enough emphasis has to be placed on how the noise sounded like yagh, but didn t necessarily have to be yagh, it could ve been something closely related like yargh or even yogh People who write sentences like that shouldn t be allowed publishing deals, they should be sent back to freshman creative writing class and kept there until they never type a sentence like that again Of course, it might not be the fault of Patterson, but of his small army of ghost writers And don t tell me it s just pulp fiction Raymond Chandler wouldn t write a sentence like that If Philip Marlowe was real, he d probably give Patterson a smack for that one It s just asinine There are plenty sentences like that, and bad sentences aren t even the worst thing about the four chapters of this book I read before I set it down in disgust the holy shit italics and flat characterization just might be even painful Is this really how low the bar for popular fiction sits I ll stick to the literary stuff, thanks. In Los Angeles, A Reporter Investigating A Series Of Murders Is Killed In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, A Beautiful Medical Intern Suddenly Disappears In Washington DC Alex Cross Is Back To Solve The Most Baffling And Terrifying Murder Case Ever Two Clever Pattern Killers Are Collaborating, Cooperating, Competing And They Are Working Coast To Coast If this is what some people consider beach reading, they should drown themselves.If I could scrub clean that part of my brain where the stench of this novel resides, I would While Patterson probably applauds himself for coming up with something as clever as an underground lair and the device of two serial rapist murderers working together, every other aspect of this book I have to call it a book, which is a four letter word and refers to something that is written but can also be used as a doorstop is goofy, stupid, and formulaic Two things are very clear 1 Patterson thinks Duke is the only university in the piedmont uuuuuuuugh and 2 he can t write a love scene in fact, I ve never been so turned off by the written words of love Ever. If you see me rating a book 5 stars, make sure you jump on it Very very thrilling Thoroughly enjoyed This story is a bit touchy as brutality is at it s best Two astute example executioners are teaming up, participating, contending and they are working across the nation Just imagine how terrifying is this In Los Angeles, a correspondent exploring a progression of homicides is murdered In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a wonderful restorative assistant all of a sudden vanishes In Washington D.C Alex Cross has returned to comprehend the most confounding and frightening homicide case ever. My book ish Blog InstaThis is my second time reading this and I have to admit I m having a bit of an existential crisis Because, like, I used to genuinely enjoy this I wanted to re read this to scrub my brain clean from all the Women s Murder Club cheese barf I was thinking, yeah some classic Patterson will fix me right up WTF I used to think this was good I used to devour the Alex Cross series when I was 14 15, and fully evolving my love for murder and mayhem as a mature reader I would close a book thinking, yeah, so good.But no, guys, seriously, so bad.It s absolute shit I have seen the light James Patterson is single highhandedly murdering the mystery thriller genre, no pun intended His prose are atrocious There is zero depth to his plotting There s is no less than 2 overwrought cliches per page And if you think female characters should exist as anything than cardboard caricatures, then look elsewhere Because here, here we only have room for stereotypes and sexual objectification This whole things reads as if it exists just to be Patterson s male fantasy playground with perfect women and his alter ego with a big dick And the killers get to act out his sadistic side Now, I know some people will disagree Patterson has a lot of fans But, you know, they obviously have no taste Okay, I said it Just kidding kind of But seriously, you can and should seek out better authors in this genre Let good prose and clever plotting blow your casual reader minds First of all, the level of pulp in the tone of the writing had me thinking nothing but It s pure Fast Talking High Trousers Second, the last time I heard the words baby, sweetie, honey and daddy so many times I needed to clear out my browser history afterwards Honestly, it made me uncomfortable I m constantly complaining I even annoy myself, really about how the Women s Murder Club characters do not interact with each other like normal human beings I thought this was because Patterson can t write women, but now I m starting to think he just can t right humans Period The dialogue is laughable at best, uncomfortable at a bare minimum Alex Cross comes across as the creepy uncle you avoided at family events as a little girl The way he speaks to his niece is very much come over here and sit on Uncle Alex s lap He s in the middle of a serious serial murder investigation and he s constantly thinking about whether a victim, who s face is still busted open, wants to fuck him The women in this story exist purely to be victims and sexual objects From Alex s erection leading him everywhere he goes, to the two psycho killers written as so ridiculously prepared and intelligent and sexy it s honestly stupid, who are loving women by anally raping them with snakes yes, snakes Anal With snakes I like dark and twisty, don t get me wrong But if you re going to write about rape, it needs to be done with purpose and intention It needs to propel the story forward or trigger a character s change, or revelation, that means something There is creating a dark human experience that touches readers, and then there is sadistic shit that is just a means to shock There is such little thought to Patterson s writing, so little character development, that the brutal shit doesn t have a human counter point It is all just misogynistic nightmare play.The only character Patterson gives any attention to is Alex but only in a very surface way, so you are constantly reminded about how fuckinggggg awesomeeeeee he is eyeroll He s a damn good cop So good, the FBI wants him He s damn sexy too Just count how many times he references looking like Ali And he s a damn good father Oh, there s nothing he wouldn t do for those kids He s a damn good son A damn good brother A damn good psychologist just watch him blow the minds of the other cops around him with his pedestrian insights into Casanova and the Gentleman Caller It s almost as if he took a Psych 101 online course My god, he s just so damn good at everything Even making sweet sweet love.I can almost see Patterson getting his rocks off writing this trash A real sentenceHe made a noise It sounded like yaaaaaaagh This is literature This gets you a book deal Patterson is richer than any of us could ever dream to be And he got there off ofHe made a noise It sounded like yaaaaaaaghI need a shower for my brain And Patterson needs to be sent back to creative writing class Hate readers to the left That s where I ll be. Alex Cross is a cop A damn good cop He s 6 3 tall, taut with muscles, and strikingly handsome He s a doctor, too A damn good doctor A psychologist to the slum kids His washboard stomach gleams in the afternoon light, as he plays Nora Jones and Coltrane on his piano, stroking his children s heads with his other arms The phone rings, and he wonders if it s the FBI again, offering him that job running the DC police He lets it ring again, and again, and again He really doesn t have time for the FBI Because he s a damn good father, too.What utter, utter, utter trash.As in Like Water For Elephants, every character in this Mills Boon spinoff action novel is beautiful, perfect, confident, doubt and flaw less, cultured, smart, handsome, and wears a sixpack Every honorable character knows the right thing to do, when to do it, how to do it, why it needs to be done Like the black belt karate expert Cormac McCarthy reading academic honors med student model, who s kidnapped and repeatedly raped by a serial killer, then falls 30 yards into a shallow rocky stream, and hours later joins the FBI on the killer s manhunt What sniveling, pathetic, horrid trash.Picked this up hoping for a complex and addictive Dragon Tattoo thriller, or perhaps even some cheap and fun David Goodis styled pulp, but no This was Mills Boon trash. Good luck trying to put this one down after starting it From start to finish this book will have you sweating with anticipation of whats to come James Patterson does a great job of putting realistic characters in believable situations that will have you on the edge of your seat i guess you could say The story is about a detective named Alex Cross who is called on to try to find two notorious serial killers Patterson describes them as twin killers But are they really related You will encounter some of the most grusome and horrific murders The story has another twist to it Cross s niece goes missing from her college campus Now the investigation is personal This book is quick read and one worth reading If you like constant excitement this is the book for you This book will not disappoint This is genuinely the worst book I have ever finished.To be fair, it is tolerable when there is action, which is often But every time James Patterson tries to put words coming out of a characters mouth, it makes you want to punch yourself in the face When he writes descriptive, emotional paragraphs, it makes you want to punch him in the face.I actually dog eared a couple pages because the writing was so bad, I wanted to be able to quick reference it to people to show them how bad it was.Want another example of how bad a writer he is One of his other books is called, Night of the Machete I am not a God fearing man, but if you believe in God, maybe throw in an extra prayer for James Patterson s English language murdering soul. Okay I am getting hooked on Alex Cross and may now have to read this series straight through I really enjoy the pace of these books, the way each short chapter jumps straight to the next so the reader has no opportunity to put the book down I read this one in one day staying up far too late in order to finish it and loved every minute of it There is a lot of violence against women in it that is its main theme after all since the murderers are insane rapists So if that kind of stuff offends you then do not read it Otherwise I recommend Alex Cross to anyone who enjoys a good murder mystery.
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- 481 pages
- Kiss the Girls
- James Patterson
- 12 March 2019 James Patterson