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I bought this book at a jumble sale for about 16p (6 books for £1). I watched the film years ago, starring Morgan Freeman, so I already knew what the book was about and knew it was the kind of book I enjoyed reading - crime/thriller.
The book is written by James Patterson. I had never read any of his books before this one but I was well aware of his name. He had been mentioned to me on numerous occasions through recommendations from friends and family. I was not disappointed!
The book was easy to read because it flowed so well. Every chapter had me gripped and I just had to keep reading. Some of the scenes were quite graphic at the start of the book but it wasn't continuous throughout.
The book is set in America and it is about 2 serial killers. The 2 killers seemed to be linked but the killings are happening on opposite sides of America. One of the killers brutally murders women and the other killer abducts, repeatedly rapes and then sometimes kills his victims. He keeps them locked away in individual rooms so that they can't talk to each other. They are given house rules and if they break any of the rules - they are killed.
The main character is called Alex Cross who is a detective and also has a psychology background. He becomes involved in the case after his niece is kidnapped by one of the killers.
I was really impressed with the way the book was written. It follows the main character as well as each of the serial killers and a few other characters. I thought this was a great way to write a book because I felt there were no lulls. There was a lot going on to keep the reader's attention.
I have since found out this is the second book in a series of Alex Cross novels. I feel a bit gutted that I didn't read book 1 first. I certainly will be reading more James Patterson books and I hope they all live up to the standard of this book.
If you haven't read this book, I would definitely recommend it - if you enjoy crime/thrillers with a few graphic scenes.
The second of James Patterson's Detective Alex Cross books flows as fluidly and as fervently as his first Cross book, Along Cam A Spider, but this book, Kiss The Girls, threads the line with much more adult themes and disturbing storylines than the first. Patterson writes the story very well but be warned: there are elements in this book which could disturb.
Alex Cross is back into action as he takes up the investigation of a series of abductions, picking up where the last person left off, due to their demise. The case becomes personal as Cross' niece becomes one of the abducted victims, and we see a different, more angry Cross than in the first book. The case is tricky as there appears to be two different crims at work: competing with each other to try and best the other one. Cross must stop them both before it's too late and anyone else gets hurt.
Once again, the words just sink in as the pages fly by. I have never read an author as quickly as Patterson, and it's not because I skim read - it's because he doesn't worry about long, descriptive passages: he just puts the story on the paper and lets the action do all the talking. The action is thick and fast, and if you were to compare it in cinematic terms, it would be like cramming a feature film into a slot designed for a TV show episode.
But this is still harrowing material, and at times I was glad that there were no lengthy descriptions. Be warned: Patterson does tackle the issue of rape and he's not an author to tread softly, so if this bothers you then it may not be your type of book to read.
However, it is still a very well written book, and a worthy second story for Cross. There isn't much character development involved in the story: if you want this about Cross then you need to have read Along Came A Spider, the first in the series, and although it's not necessary to read them in order, it does help and could avoid spoilers as some of the books' characters are linked.
Kiss The Girls was also made into a feature film starring Morgan Freeman as Cross and also featuring Ashley Judd. The book is available readily and retails at £6.99, although you are likely to find it much cheaper online or in charity shops.
Even if you've never heard of the popular crime thriller writer James Patterson, you might still have heard the title of this book 'Kiss the Girls'. That's because it's a really well known film starring Morgan Freeman. And that film was the reason I first read anything by James Patterson actually. I would say before continuing with the review though that it's important to understand that the book and the film are a bit different - the film is only based on the book after all.
The story basically revolves around a pair of serial killers who are in some kind of sick competition with one another. Detective Alex Cross is on the case because this time it's personal - one of them has his niece. I should warn potential readers that this isn't your average thriller. It's really quite graphic and full of all kinds of descriptions, including slightly unsettling sexual ones. As a Father, a few bits regarding rape did make my stomach skip a bit I have to admit but then it's important to remember that this is fictional.
The readability factor of this book is excellent. I found the story really easy to read with loads happening on every page. In fact apart from the disturbing bits that put me off a little bit, everything else made me want to keep on turning the pages. There were several nights when I was laying bed reading for two or three hours at a go when really I should have been asleep! I don't think it's right to tell everyone the storyline when you review a book so I think it's best just to say that there are loads of little twists and turns as the story progresses. The bottom line is, one thing you can't call this book is boring.
If you've never read this book then I recommend it. But that's only if you love a really graphic novel and have a well-lined stomach to take the horrific details contained in some of the pages.
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Kiss the Girls is a thriller novel by James Patterson. The story is about detective Alex Cross, who is trying to find his kidnapped niece Naomi, with the help of Kate McTiernan, a former victim of the kidnapper, a sexual predator who goes by the alias "Casanova." This is the second book in a series to feature Washington DC Homicide Detective and Dr. Alex Cross. The first book was Along Came A Spider.
I did not read the Alex Cross novels in order and this did in no way impede my enjoyment of any of the novels. The stories are easy to pick up, addictive, absorbing and frankly amazing. Patterson manages to do something that very few authors can achieve, he manages to get the reader into the mind of a criminal. The thoughts that are going through their heads as they commit some of the most grotesque crimes, some of the reasons why these crimes are committed and also how the criminal believes they shall escape capture, even from the great Alex Cross.
Kiss the Girls is no different. When you have a winning formula (like Patterson does) why change it?
The plot is absorbing and every chapter is a joy to read, the problem being that you can't put the book down and stop reading, "Just one more Chapter, just one more."
One draw back of this book is that the killer is a rapist, and Patterson, as in his other books, does not shy away from describing rape and torture like many other authors do. However one scene is particular sickening and in my opinion not needed, i wont' tell you the scene in case you wish to read it! Apart from that blip this book is a really good read and is definitely an original story and is worth staying up late to finish!
I would whole heartedly recommend any of the Alex Cross novels by James Patterson and would recommend purchasing the books from WHSmith (www.whsmith.co.uk) and take advantage of their frequent 3 for 2 offer.
It doesn't matter if you are an Alex Cross virgin, or god forbid and Patterson virgin, if you haven't read his books you need to; and fast!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
James Patterson was born in 1947. He grew up in Newburgh, New York and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English from Manhattan College and summa cum laude with an M.A. in English from Vanderbilt University. He began his advertising career as a junior copywriter with J. Walter Thompson, North America in 1971 and went on to become the executive creative director and chief executive office. Patterson currently lives in Palm Beach County, Florida, with his wife and their young son.
A number of James Patterson books have been made into films (Along Came a Spider & Kiss the Girls have already been filmed and I think that they are about to release Jack and Jill on film. The film 'Kiss the Girls' stares Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd.
BOOK DETAILS: KISS THE GIRLS:
Paperback: 480 pages (2004 Edition) 466 Pages (1995 Edition)
2004 Edition ISBN: 0006493157
1995 Edition ISBN: 0446601241
Catagories: Fiction, Crime, Murder Mystery, Thriller
First Published: 1994
ORDER OF ALEX CROSS BOOKS:
Along came a Spider (1992)
Kiss the Girls (1994)
Jack and Jill (1996)
Cat and Mouse (1997)
Pop goes the Weasal (1999)
Roses are Red (2000)
Violets are Blue (2001)
Four Blind Mice (2002)
The Big Bad Wolf (2003)
London Bridges (2004)
MAIN CHARACTERS OF KISS THE GIRLS:
Dr Alex Cross
Dr Kate McTiernan
Detective Nick Ruskin
Dr William (Will) Rudolph
FBI Agent Kyle Craig
Detective John Sampson
ABOUT MYSELF (READING HABITS):
I am a very keen reader and love nothing better except to sit and read a great book. As such I have read quite a number of Authors and Books, but must admit that in regards to Crime / Thriller Books James Patterson is one of my favourites. Since I first discovered his books (I think my Mum actually first introduced me to them) I have read all of his books published as they have come out in paperback, although still not read London Bridges for some reason!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
This is the second book from James Patterson from the Alex Cross Novels.
Lets start with some background again (please note that this is similar to the previous review of Along came a Spider, but the main characters are the same and for completion sake I am including them within this review) to help you understand the book:
Alex Cross is a Washington DC cop with a doctorate in psychology. Alex Cross is officially a Deputy Chief of Detectives but is still very much on the frontline of detective work. Due to his background in Psychology he is very good in getting into the mind of killers to work out what they are doing so he can catch them. He is very much your typical hero, widowed father of 2 children, whose wife was killed, living with his Grandmother (who is an excellent character in the books) and working hard.
Detective Sampson is another Washington DC Detective and Alex Cross's partner and best friend.
Dr Will Rudolph is one of the killers in this book, called Casanova.
Naomi Cross is Alex Cross's niece who is kidnapped by Casanova.
Boca Raton, Florida, June 1975
FOR THREE weeks, the young killer actually lived inside the walls of an extraordinary fifteen-room beach house.
He could hear the whispery Atlantic surf outside, but he was never tempted to look out at the ocean or the private white-sand beach that stretched to three hundred feet or more along the shore. There was too much to explore, to study, to accomplish, from his hiding place inside the dazzling Mediterranean-revival-style house in Boca. His pulse hadn't stopped hammering for days.
OPINION ON BOOK:
I find that James Patterson books are simply irresistible and this book is excellent. The Authors style is very much one for short chapters (sometimes only 2 or 3 pages) as he finds this makes the books easier to read. I must admit that sometimes I like this and other times it can really irritate me, really depends on my mood. It can be good as you can finish a chapter and reflect for a moment other times I just wish he would get on with it and get a little more in depth in a chapter. You will have to make your own mind up whether you like this or not.
James Patterson really builds up the characters in his book and I definitely recommend him for this.
I really like this book, as I do indeed all of James Patterson books. The way the story here unfolds with following the story about Naomi Cross's kidnapping and the Casanova case and then continuing into the details of the Gentleman Caller is excellent.
I love his writing style and found that this book really gripped me. The first time I read it I could not put it down (I just had to finish it and find out what happened), and I have read it many times since. Each time it still grips me and this is definitely a book to keep and read.
If you like Crime &Thriller books then this is definitely for you. James Patterson is absolutely excellent and I completely recommend his books. If you are only now starting out with James Patterson books or have not read any of the Alex Cross books, then I would suggest that you start with 'Along came a Spider' as this is the first of the series. Each book is independent of each other, and you can understand the story and plot of each, regardless of whether you have read the previous book. However the books do run along a timeline, and they do reflect back on previous books. Therefore read 'Along came a Spider' first if this is your first time.
WHAT HAPPENS (Do not read if you do not want to spoil the book):
So what is this book about, basically Naomi Cross( who is Alex's Cross niece, which you should know if you read the above part) goes missing. Alex goes to investigate and finds that this is not the first beautiful and intelligent girl to go missing. Some have turned up dead and some have never been seen again.
He investigates and while he is there another girl is kidnapped, Dr Kate McTiernan. Kate is very impressive and manages to escape from Casanova which gives the police some interesting leads.
It turns out that Casanova is competing with another killer called The Gentleman Caller (turns out they are on separate sides of America, East Coast and West Coast) and they both kidnap girls at similar times.
Turns out that Alex Cross chasing down the Gentleman Caller and he leads him in the end to Casanova.
There is a nice little twist in this story if I remember correctly which I will not go into but I completely recommend this book
Unfortunately for James Patterson (and his intention of holding his readers’ interest in mystery and intrigue), “Kiss the Girls” is not as an exciting or captivating a read as you may be led to believe. Whilst it is well written and sufficiently interesting to hold attention, it does not have the thrill of some of his other novels, particularly so since many people appear to figure out whom the guilty culprit is well before the novel’s climax. The story is relatively interesting and involves Detective Alex Cross searching for a missing family member who may or may not have been abducted – she has no reason to run away. All of a sudden, whilst following a line of enquiry (a killer on the loose) relevant to her abduction, a second killer is roaming freely on the other side of the country. Are the two linked? Are they working together? Or are they competing against one another? It sounds like an incredibly thrilling experience, and at some points the reader is actually embroiled in the excitement of the chase to find the killer before time runs out. However, much of what happens is somewhat unsurprising, including the innovative nature of everyone associated with Alex Cross and, of course, the ending is predictably happy and romantic. Indeed, one relevant criticism is that the hero’s friends, relatives and those he has relationships with all seem to be smarter and more morally acceptable than the rest of the world put together! The theory that birds of a feather flock together seems to be over utilised here, and it may have been a little more believable had Patterson made one or two of Alex Cross’s associates a little dim-witted or politically incorrect! Many of the descriptions relating to Alex Cross’s personal life are, at times, obsequiously biased towards a perfectly ethical and honourable human being; and the character could certainly do with a little more ‘attitu
de’. However, at least he isn’t martyred, as I thought he might have been just to make matters worse (hope I haven’t given away too much!). In his favour, James Patterson has managed to produce a “thrill-of-the-chase” ambiance in many places throughout the novel, and to his credit he has also produced the kind of thriller which will top bestseller lists (but perhaps this is only because this kind of sensationalist writing always reaches the top!). In addition, Patterson does allow the reader to feel less of a witness or spectator and feel more interactive in a number of places, so solving the mystery can be relatively interesting. Unfortunately, these phases are sporadic and infrequent, so just as the reader is becoming comfortable with ‘being’ a detective, the feeling is lost again. It should be noted, the sense of “being there” will appeal more to female readers than to male, as the former are more likely to empathise and then clearly imagine the victims’ plights. Needless to say (write) all the victims are female. Returning to the sense of being a detective: this is lost the moment readers discover who the culprit actually is – which, of course, is dependent upon whether they do figure it out as early as many others do – and from this point on, regardless of Patterson’s attempts, the feeling is lost altogether. Of course, this makes it less of a struggle to read, but also renders the conclusion pointless (the only thing left is how? and why?). Remember “Kiss the Girls” is not a “thinking persons” novel and does not share the exquisite ‘detective’ flavour as many of Patterson’s other books. So do not expect to be sitting on the bus (having left the book at home) pondering over who did the dastardly deed. It shouldn’t keep you awake at night! Despite the aforementioned, it is quite pleasant to read
(albeit the subject matter is somewhat disturbing, but if you do chose to buy or borrow it, I expect you intend to delve into the world of crime and other related topics!), and Patterson’s changes in pace are masterful. Without disruption, he manages to easily move from an ambling scrawl (it is in the Deep South after all) to rapid-fire action. This is “Kiss the Girls” saving grace, and readers might experience a sense of watching a film where the background music varies to reflect a change in the level of action. I thought Patterson did this by imaging how it would look on the big screen (and, of course, it has been made into a film starring Morgan Freeman). My advice, avoid the film “Kiss the Girls” but try the novel and do not expect too much.
Ever wanted to feel you are part of the story? If you are female you will in this book. I really felt for the women in this story who were captured, imprisoned, abused and tortured. I wanted to scream when they did, cry with them and fight the chains that held them. James Patterson is an excellent writer and I am unashamed to admit that I am addicted. The Alex Cross novels are worth reading. You can follow his life through his family and his work. He balances the tightrope of graphic detail and imagination perfectly. You can read through the lines which none of the films that have been made from these stories have ever captured. The killer is never who you expect it to be, he entices you to follow one scented trail then when you least expect it you divert to another. Without spoiling th entire sory, we all hate being told the ending...it's well worth reading.
James Patterson, Kiss the Girls, like others, was the first James Patterson book I read. This was the first book I had read in a long time that I couldn't put down before I reached the end. The gripping story line and in depth emotion in the book kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last page. It wasn't until I read the book that I realised it had been made into a film, usually I wouldn't watch the film making but I had to see if it did justification to the book and it did. The directors took great effort to plot scenes as they were discribed and many were similar to images i had created in my head while reading the book. Not only does the book give you a thrilling decetive story but it portrays(?) the life of an ordinary family man with young children.This I feel was the only let down in the film, as it didn't go into hardly any detail at all. Over all the book can only be described as thrilling and the film described as a great credit to the book. Worth reading and watching them both.
James Patterson as well as being my favourite author is one of the top-selling novelists in the Crime Fiction genre and more impressively the Fiction world as a whole Kiss the girls is the second "episode" following Alex Cross - a police detective and psychologist. As we all know the book is nearly always better than the film. But Paramount Pictures gave it their best shot, starring Morgan Freeman as our hero Alex Cross. I am currently awaiting the second film release with Along Came A Spider. Back to Kiss the Girls. I know I am supposed to try and provide as much information on this topic but I do not want to give the game away! but the main story line is Alex Cross tracing a family member that has been abducted and a murder the other side of America! He suspects they are related, and has to track two killers working or or worse competing at the activity they do best - Terror! This is an excellent book! James Patterson is an amzing author. Not many times have a felt compelled to keep reading into the wee hours but with this book and JP I just had to keep reading!
Although this is not James? first book about the detective Alex Cross, it was the first one that I have read, and arguable the best. The reason why I decided to read the book is that I saw the movie of the same name, staring Morgan Freeman, and thought it would be interesting to read the book that it was based on. I usually watch the movie after I have read the book, and am usually disappointed, but in this case I was pleasantly surprised. The only drawback of seeing the movie first is that whenever I pictured Alex Cross in my mind he looked like Morgan Freeman, I like to make my own mind up of what the character would look like. The book itself is a great read. The basis of the story is that young girls are going missing is Southern America and when Alex Cross?s niece goes missing from her college he goes down and starts investigating. The story twists and turns, everybody is a suspect and then nobody is a suspect, and it leads to a very climatic ending. I will not spoil the ending and would say that it is worth reading. When you have finished this book go back and start reading the whole Alex Cross series.
Two serial killers, one on the East coast of America the other in L.A. seem to be competing.