Book Review: Along Came a Spider by James Patterson

Along Came a Spider by James Patterson

Detective/thriller; 449 pages

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Summary: Alex Cross is a black homicide detective in Washington, D.C. He and his partner catch a case in one of the run down neighborhoods of the city. Two black females and one little boy were found murdered in their home and the women’s bodies were mutilated. But before the case even gets going, Cross is called away to work the kidnapping of two high priority white children. But Cross is pissed. He doesn’t want the high priority case that could make his career, he wants the case in the slums, trying to stop a serial killer. 

Review: In reality I probably should have given this book 3.5 stars not 4. I enjoyed the story immensely. It was your typical fast paced, action packed, James Patterson detective novel. I was not a huge fan of the main character though. There was just something about him. He came across as whiny and full of himself and I was so tired of having to read about how difficult it was for him to be dating a white woman. The whole love story was totally unnecessary and took away from the actual story. I don’t know, something about the book ticked me off. Maybe it’s because of my reading slump … Maybe I’m just not meant to read this series. 

Recommendation: I always recommend James Patterson books and it will not change now. It’s worth a try if you like other series by him. 

Next up: Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (book 2 in the Outlander series) 

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