Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Short & Sweet Review: Cross My Heart by James Patterson


Title: Cross My Heart
Author: James Patterson
Series: Alex Cross, #21
Published: November 2013, Little, Brown & Company
Format: Hardcover, 419 pages
Source: Personal copy

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.

CROSS MY HEART is the most powerful Alex Cross novel ever, propelled by the ever-ingenious mind of James Patterson, the world's #1 bestselling writer.




***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: As I make my way through the backlog of all my James Patterson books, I'm now on to the Alex Cross books. I've been finding that by concentrating on one series at a time, it makes getting caught up a bit easier.

It's been a while since I've read an Alex Cross book and what a book to pick up...this one was quite the ride! And I will say it's almost a good thing I am so behind in this series that I was able to read the next book right away as the ending to this book was so crazy that had I read this when it first came out and had to wait a full year until the next book...I would have been going crazy! How could James Patterson have done that to his die-hard fans? I usually don't mind cliffhanger endings in series, knowing another book is coming, but this one was a little too drastic for me.

If you read this series, no doubt you have come to love the Cross family and so this book will haunt you as it did me. I could feel Alex's pain as he not only had to deal with the horrors of what was happening to his family but try to keep his cool and not make things worse. This book definitely has a much more emotional feel to it than most of the other books in this series and I liked it. It's still got the non-stop action, but because it involves Alex's family, it hits close to home and the fact that it's not resolved at the end...leaves your mind spinning!

This was probably one of the best books in the series yet!



Books in this series:

  1. Along Came a Spider                    16.  Cross Country
  2. Kiss the Girls                                   17.  Cross Fire
  3. Jack and Jill                                    18. Kill Alex Cross
  4. Cat and Mouse                               19.  Merry Christmas, Alex Cross
  5. Pop Goes the Weasel                    20.  Alex Cross, Run
  6. Roses are Red                                 21.  Cross My Heart
  7. Violets are Blue                              22.  Hope to Die
  8. Four Blind Mice                             23.  Cross Justice
  9. The Big Bad Wolf                            24.  Cross the Line
  10. London Bridges                              24.4  Cross Kill     
  11. Mary Mary                                       24.5  Detective Cross
  12. Cross                                                 25.  The People vs. Alex Cross
  13. Double Cross                                   26.  Target: Alex Cross
  14. I, Alex Cross                                    27.  Criss Cross
  15. Alex Cross's Trial
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