Thursday, December 11, 2014

Short & Sweet Review: Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson

Title: Alex Cross, Run   
Author: James Patterson    
Series: Alex Cross, #20     
Published: February 2013, Little, Brown & Company  
Format: Hardcover, 407 pages   
Source: Personal copy  

Detective Alex Cross arrests renowned plastic surgeon Elijah Creem for sleeping with teenage girls. Now, his life ruined, Creem is out of jail, and he's made sure that no one will recognize him--by giving himself a new face.

A young woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window, and Alex is called to the scene. The victim recently gave birth, but the baby is nowhere to be found. Before Alex can begin searching for the missing newborn and killer, he's called to investigate a second crime. All of Washington, D.C., is in a panic, and when a third body is discovered, rumours of three serial killers send the city into an all-out frenzy.

Alex's investigations are going nowhere, and he's too focused on the cases to notice that someone has been watching him--and will stop at nothing until he's dead. With white-hot speed, relentless drama, and hairpin turns, FREE ALEX CROSS is James Patterson's ultimate thrill ride.
***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.

My thoughts: I am a bit behind on my beloved Alex Cross series - the 22nd book just came out and I am only up to book 20!!! It's not that I have become disheartened by this series - it's just that there are way too many books out there and just not enough time to read them all. Luckily, though, these books are relatively quick reads.

This latest is jam-packed with action both workwise and on the homefront for our beloved Alex Cross. He's dealing with multiple murders that are pulling him in all different directions at work, and on top of that, there's suddenly trouble with Ava, the foster child the Cross family has taken in. Oh, and there's a reporter that seems to have it in for Alex. Will Alex be able to juggle all three of these without letting the pressure get to him? 

This book kept me on the edge of my seat as I tore through the pages to find out what would happen next. The short chapters only add to the tension, along with all the unexpected twists that play out. I think this is one of the better books in the series and I can't wait to read the next installment - I only hope it's as good as this one!

Books in this series:
  1. Along Came a Spider                   14.  I, Alex Cross
  2. Kiss the Girls                                   15.  Alex Cross's Trial
  3. Jack and Jill                                    16. Cross Country
  4. Cat and Mouse                               17.  Cross Fire
  5. Pop Goes the Weasel                   18.  Kill Alex Cross
  6. Roses are Red                                 19.  Merry Christmas, Alex Cross
  7. Violets are Blue                             20.  Alex Cross, Run
  8. Four Blind Mice                             21.  Cross My Heart
  9. The Big Bad Wolf                            22.  Hope to Die
  10. London Bridges                           
  11. Mary Mary
  12. Cross
  13. Double Cross


  1. Wow, this sounds riveting, Kristin! My daughter has read many James Patterson books. I will keep this series in mind for (my) future reading.

  2. I may have to give these another whirl. They have kind of been hit/miss with me since Big Bad Wolf.


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