Fiction · Gwen B · In the Library · Mystery

Merry Christmas, Alex Cross | by James Patterson

Merry Christmas, Alex CrossMerry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson
(Little, Brown, and Co., 2012, 352 pages)


It’s Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who’s robbing his church’s poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again—a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family. Alex risks everything—and he may not make it back alive on this most sacred of family days. Alex Cross is a hero for our time, and never more so than in this story of family, action, and the deepest moral choices. MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS will be a holiday classic for years to come.

My friends who know me, know that I’m a diehard James Patterson fan. When they read that this one did not really do anything for me, they are going to be shocked! Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a diehard James Patterson fan and always will be. I don’t think that will ever change. Maybe it’s just that I need to take a break from reading his books for a while. This one was okay, but it seemed like it took me forever to finish it. Usually with James I don’t have that problem because his books are normally so full of action, suspense, and drama. This one seemed like another one of his books that I had just read, except for it taking place during the Christmas season. So it made it seem very repetitive.

I’ve had this book since my Christmas break and I’m just now finishing it! Maybe it was because I had other things going on being it was the holiday season and all and just couldn’t devote the time to it. Or, maybe I should stop making excuses for James, huh? This was not the best that he has written. His Christmas thriller novel that he wrote last year, Christmas Wedding, was much better. So I had high hopes for this Christmas thriller and couldn’t wait to read it. Well, let me say, it didn’t deliver the same. It left me not wanting to even finish the book. But, seeing as I am a fan, I was determined to finish it and was hoping it would get better as I kept reading.  That didn’t happen. Even the ending was flat. Maybe James wrote it too fast, I don’t know, but I do hope he gets back on track. I love the Alex Cross series, but this one wasn’t as good.


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