Thursday, May 31, 2012

Books #3, #5, #11, #13, #18, and #20 - The Alex Cross Series

                   (above: just some of the books in the massive Alex Cross series by James Patterson)

So far, in my quest for 100 books, six of them have been part of the Alex Cross series by James Patterson. I can't review them individually without giving things away to those who are not yet familiar with the books, but I will share a bit about them as a whole and why you should read them ASAP. =)

BOOK #3: The Big Bad Wolf
BOOK #5: London Bridges
BOOK # 11: Mary, Mary
BOOK # 13: Cross
BOOK # 18: Double Cross
BOOK #20: Cross Country
All 5/5 stars

After completion of Cross Country, I still have at least five more books to go in the series, as there are four more already published about Cross, and one set to be released next year. There are even more books about him that I read before making the 100 list. Needless to say, I'm addicted to Alex Cross. Why? James Patterson is a great writer of suspenseful mysteries and crime novels. His other books are great; his Alex Cross series is phenomenal. Cross is a detective in a poor area of Washington, D.C. He lives with his hilarious Nana, and his two children. His wife was murdered in a drive-by shooting years before the first novel begins, and it was never solved, a fact which haunts him. Cross is so interesting because he also has a psychology degree and has experience as a practicing psychologist. This comes in handy as he hunts serial killers.

For the most part, each book deals with a different terrifying serial killer, often with nicknames such as "The Wolf", "Matermind", or "Casanova" to name a few. Cross not only utilizes his skills as a detective to find and capture these killers, he also uses his psychology background to analyze these people and why they do the things they do. Often, the serial killers like to do things a certain way and discovering what way that is and why often helps significantly in finding them. Cross also goes through a few romantic relationships throughout the novels, which appeals to romantics like me. =) His family life is also entertaining, and at times scary, because Cross's work sometimes puts his family and himself in danger.

Anyone interested in mysteries, serial killers, crime novels, or even psychology would probably enjoy this series. The reason I've read so many of them so quickly is because they are page-turners for sure! The short chapters often end on cliffhangers so you never want to put the book down, and as soon as you finish one, you're dying to get your hands on the next! I love the series more than anything else Patterson has written, and I recommend it to almost anyone!

I'm a huge lover of mystery and crime novels, so if anyone has a suggestion of a book or author I should check out, just comment and let me know! Happy reading! =)

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