Book Review: Alex Cross, Run (Alex Cross #20); by James Patterson


About the author:
James Patterson is an American author of thriller novels best known for his series on the fictional psychologist Alex Cross.

My thoughts on the book:
Even when a book is your first of a particular author, if that particular author is a very famous one, there comes along a certain expectation from the book. When I got this book to read, I had an expectation of the book to be a damn good thriller.

We begin with Alex Cross busting two guys, Elijah Creem and Josh Bergman, and in the process, outing them and bringing them into disrepute. The plot then revolves around the two of them seeking retribution, by beginning to kill, and kill at random, however leaving distinct signatures on their victims.

Alex Cross is called to investigate on the first three victims of Creem and Bergman’s killing spree. In the meantime, he’s having problems at home, with his foster child Ava not settling in. Unknown to him, he’s also being stalked by another person who wants to make Cross’ life miserable, and finally end it.

With the “who” and “how” parts of the crime already obvious in the plot, the story depends largely on the “why”. The characters sync with each other, and the personal aspect of Cross’ family life also seems very believable, that such incidents could very well have happened in any other criminologist’s real life.

Even with the story dependent largely on the “why”, the thrill factor is quite good. Like the back cover says, “The pages turn themselves”, it flows quite well, and you don’t feel any drag factor whatsoever. I never felt like putting the book down, and finished it quite quickly.

Some parts seem to be left unsolved still. Not sure whether it’s a ploy to continue on to the next novel in the series, but it felt odd to me. These parts though, don’t stand out obviously unless you are looking at it too closely.

A real page turner, with nothing much holding it back other than just minute details that may or may not mean much on a larger perspective.

Rated a 9/10
Rated a 9/10

Book details:
Title: Alex Cross, Run
Author: James Patterson
ISBN: 978-0-099-58066-9
Genre: Mystery/Crime Thriller
Publishers: Arrow Books
Price: Rs. 350


This book was given to me for review by Random House India. This is not a paid review.
The opinions expressed in the review are my own, and remain unbiased and uninfluenced.

Shared with the First Reads challenge at b00k r3vi3ws.

(March 5th, 2013)


2 thoughts on “Book Review: Alex Cross, Run (Alex Cross #20); by James Patterson

  1. you should have started from book 1 like me 😛 am done with 2 of Alex cross and boy !m those are bloody awesome. am planing to cover all in this series gradually.

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