Thursday, January 31, 2013

Review: Cross by James Patterson

Alex Cross was a rising star in the Washington, DC, Police Department when an unknown shooter gunned down his wife, Maria, in front of him. Alex's need for vengeance was placed on hold as he faced another huge challenge-raising his children without their mother.

Years later Alex is making a bold move in his life. He has left the FBI and set up practice as a psychologist once again. His life with Nana Mama, Damon, Jannie, and little Alex finally feels like it's in order. He even has a chance at a new love.

Then Cross's former partner, John Sampson, calls in a favor. He is tracking a serial rapist in Georgetown, one whose brutal modus operandi includes threatening his victims with terrifying photos. Cross and Sampson need the testimonies of these women to stop the predator, but the rape victims refuse to reveal anything about their attacker.

When the case triggers a connection to Maria's death, Alex may have a chance to catch his wife's murderer after all these years. Is this a chance for justice at long last? Or the culminating scene in his own deadly obsession?

I've always been interested in Alex's wife, Maria, James mentioned her in his previous books, but just in passing. What was she like? What role did she play in Alex's life? Most importantly, what happened to her? Yeah, so many questions in my head and some of them were answered in this book. The story started with a touching replay of Maria's death, I finally learned how Maria died. It was really awful; she died in the arms of Alex. Before her death, Alex and Maria was madly in love with each other, they were almost inseparable. They were each others' soul-mates. When Maria was shot right in front of Alex's very eyes, he felt like his world had come to an end. That's how much he loved Maria. It's like a part of him died with her, her memory will always have a place within his heart.

Nana, Alex's grandmother wants him to quit his job, this has been an on-going issue on their household, and she wanted Alex to give up his dangerous work ever since his close encounter with death. She is constantly worried about his safety whenever he steps out of the house, his job could very well be the death of him. Surprisingly, Alex did quit his job, he loves it very much but I think this time around, he's fed up with it, to some level, of course. Alex returns as a psychologist and had a first patient who was strangled by her fiancé. 

Alex thought that his life would turn around for the better when comes along Michael Sullivan, a serial rapist who shows photos of gruesome manner to his victims. Michael was abused by his father when he was very young. His father was the local butcher and when the right time came, he killed his father for the crime he had done to him. Michael has two kids and a wife, but it seems like he doesn't genuinely care or love them, he just uses them as a cover story for all the crimes he committed. This book is like an episode of Anderson I've seen once. About a husband who turned out to be a killer and the wifey and the kids didn't know. Scary right? Alex and Michael's lives intertwined together as they are bonded by the mysterious death of Maria. Alex and Michael have something in common. They are both fathers. James let us view two different side of the story. The good father and the bad one and how they live their lives so very different from one another. It also shows us the disadvantages of working for a mob boss and that they can turn back on you.  Kayla, Alex's love interest, was stabbed, Alex was devastated by this and he relieved the trauma that he had with Maria. Kayla left for good; Alex didn't try to stop her nor told her he loves her. Maybe Alex doesn't want Kayla to get hurt again because of him.

The book is one of the best one in the series, it was adapted as a movie in the big screen and had many good reviews, I haven't seen the movie but someday I will. Cross is a must read book.
My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

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