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Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross) Paperback – July 1, 2000
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I read the first page or two. I bought the book. And I can't remember much after that, except that, heart pounding, palms sweating, I entered the obscenely diabolical world of two serial killers: The Gentleman Caller, and Casanova, terrorizing both Coasts at once. With skill and his own brand of genius, Patterson takes the reader into the crazed yet terrifyingly logical minds of each killer. We are there while they stalk their victims: young women who are smart, educated, self-assured, and perfectly beautiful. At least in the eyes of their killers. We are there during some of the most gruesome and terrifying murders. We are there as Casanova sexually tortures his live victims in his House of Horrors, in which one infraction of the "house rules" results in horrible death.
What is the connection between these two killers? What is their sick purpose? It falls to police detective/psychologist Alex Cross to solve the mystery. But Alex has more than a professional interest in the case. His beloved niece Naomi is one of the missing women.
I challenge anyone to put this book down once begun. I was absolutely amazed at the hold it had on me--and still does. I immediately ordered the next in Patterson's Alex Cross series, "Jack and Jill." And I have recommended "Kiss the Girls" to every book-loving friend I have.
This book, like the first Alex Cross offering, is over the top in concept, much of the stuff here could never happen (or at least should never happen assuming the cops and FBI aren't filled with totally incompetent people). One of the things that Patterson keeps doing, here and in other works, is that he creates false tension and suspense by having the characters do stuff that is so unbelievably stupid, it's hard not to let it ruin the story. Think for a moment, you're a woman that's just survived a brutal kidnapping and rape from your home, by an intelligent and resourceful killer, who knows where you live. Now, after leaving the hospital you insist on going home and staying there, unprotected. That and the FBI and local police, who know the killer would like to see you dead (after all they did guard you at the hospital-you're a potential witness) don't bother to stake out your home, leaving you at the mercy of the killer. Yeah, okay, that's believable, I guess, if you're fourteen or something.
One other huge impossibility, and this happens in the prologue, so this is hardly a spoiler or anything, the young killer, future antagonist in our story is hiding in a house watching them, waiting to kill. He's hiding, get this, in the ducting system.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This wasn't quite as good as book 2 but it was still good. I have read the negative reviews about too much going on or the story being choppy. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Amazon Customer
There was a lot of suspense. And the characters that were in this book were amazing. I would definitely recommend James Patterson anytimePublished 2 days ago
Wonderful customer service and got the book in good condition!Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Alex Cross pits his brains and tenacity against another human monster. This time it is a serial kidnapper, rapist and murder or is it two? Read morePublished 5 days ago by Nancy R.
I love Alex Cross!
I plan to read all of the books about him.
This is number two.
Hard to believe this was a best seller. Although the story moved fast, it was so far fetched and predictable, it was almost funny. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Stach
A little drawn out to start with. Too much without anything happening. The last half was better, more action good ending.Published 12 days ago by Carol