Book Review: Mary Mary (An Alex Cross Novel) by James Patterson

Posted January 14, 2016 by @Angelized_1st in 2016 Finish the Series Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 2 Comments

Book Review: Mary Mary (An Alex Cross Novel) by James PattersonMary, Mary by James Patterson
Series: Alex Cross, #11
Published by Grand Central Publishing on October 1st 2006
Genres: Fiction, General, Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural, Thrillers, Suspense
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
ISBN: 9780446619035
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

Somebody is murdering Hollywood's A-list. Her calling card: "You've got mail." On a family vacation, FBI agent Alex Cross is asked to investigate the shooting of a top actress and an e-mail sent to the Los Angeles Times with shocking details about the murder, signed Mary Smith. More killings and more e-mails follow, and Mary Smith is getting better every time. To hunt down this merciless killer of Tinseltown's elite, Cross must navigate a world where the stars sip San Pellegrino at the Ivy as hopefuls hover around studio gates with 8 X 10 glossies. And when the case catapults into blockbuster proportions, Cross and the LAPD scramble to find a pattern-before Mary sends one more chilling update.

I have several series I plan to complete this year, so I decided to start with James Patterson’s Alex Cross series. Partly, because I have two of the books on my shelves that I got years ago for Christmas, and partly, because some of the ones I want to read need to be released. Its been years since I read one of these books, but I managed to jump right on in as if I’d never left. Marry Mary is the 11th book featuring detective Alex Cross. After years of chasing (and catching) serial killers, Alex investigates a case of one killing of some of Hollywood’s elite.

Studio execs, actors, tv personalities… virtually no one in Hollywood is safe from killer Mary Smith, who likes to email the L.A. Times after every murder. Despite vacationing at Disneyland with his family, the FBI pulls Alex Cross into the investigation to assist the LAPD. Meanwhile, Alex is grappling with family problems. Former flame Christine Johnson wants to battle Alex for custody of their three-year old even though she hasn’t been the most stable parent.

I really enjoyed this book, because it was fun guessing who was the killer. The murders were very gruesome, and the killer was very smart. Plus, Patterson kept me guessing until the end. I love that! As for Alex, I felt bad for him. He’s been through a lot over the past 10 books, and I hated what was happening with the baby. However, I do appreciate how Patterson show the consequences of the work Alex does, and the effect it has on the people in his life. It helps make the world building more believable, which ups the stakes of the crimes because the reader is left feeling like anything could happen at any time.

I would recommend Mary Mary for readers of mystery, suspense, or detective stories. Patterson writes very suspenseful thrillers that manage to suck you in immediately. I also would recommend this book for readers searching for diversity in literature. Alex Cross is a successful, African-American male, who is a single father to three children. Patterson does an amazing job of writing Cross, and the black community.

About James Patterson

The subject of a Time magazine feature called, “The Man Who Can’t Miss,” James Patterson is the bestselling author of the past year, bar none, with more than 16 million books sold in North America alone. In 2007, one of every fifteen hardcover fiction books sold was a Patterson title. In the past three years, James has sold more books than any other author (according to Bookscan), and in total, James’s books have sold an estimated 220 million copies worldwide. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children’s lists and is the only author to have five new hardcover novels debut at #1 on the list in one year—a record-breaking feat he’s accomplished every year since 2005. To date, James Patterson has had nineteen consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling novels, and holds the New York Times record for most Hardcover Fiction bestselling titles by a single author (63 total), which is also a Guinness World Record.


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2 responses to “Book Review: Mary Mary (An Alex Cross Novel) by James Patterson

    • @Angelized_1st

      Luckily, I had been give Cross and Double Cross some years ago as Christmas gifts, so I’ll be able to continue. Reading Mary Mary made me realize how much I missed Patterson’s writing.

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