I finished reading the book yesterday afternoon, April 21, 2016, and decided to give the movie a look as well. I was disappointed, not because the book and movie were poor–they weren’t– but because the movie was such a huge departure from the book. If the title, character names and places were changed for the movie you would not know that it was based on this book. I don’t understand how authors can watch their work be changed that much. But I digress.
This was an very enjoyable read that kept me wanting more. I like the short chapters which usually hooked me (do all Patterson’s follow the shorter chapter model?). I found the book to be a fast paced roller coaster ride with memorable characters, especially the bad guy, Gary Soneji.
I’m glad I started this series binge. I will give the book a solid 4/5 stars. “Kiss The Girls” is next, right?
Along Came a Spider
by James Patterson @JP_Books
~~~ Book Description ~~~
The classic thriller that launched the Alex Cross series, the #1 detective series of the past twenty-five years!
A missing little girl named Maggie Rose . . . a family of three brutally murdered in the projects of Washington, D.C. . . . the thrill-killing of a beautiful elementary school teacher . . . a psychopathic serial kidnapper/murderer who is so terrifying that the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police cannot outsmart him – even after he’s been captured.
Gary Soneji wants to commit the crime of the century. Alex Cross is the brilliant homicide detective pitted against him. Jezzie Flanagan is the first female supervisor of the Secret Service who completes one of the most unusual suspense triangles in any thriller you have ever read.
Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan are about to have a forbidden love affair–at the worst possible time for both of them. Because Gary Soneji is playing at the top of his game. The latest of the unspeakable crimes happens in Alex Cross’s precinct. It happens under the noses of Jezzie Flanagan’s men. Now Alex Cross must face the ultimate test: How do you outmaneuver a brilliant psychopath?
~~~ Taken From Amazon Product Page ~~~