I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.
(Finished Reading: 10/07/19
My 33rd book this year)
A serial killer who calls himself Casanova is on the loose. He only takes the most perfectly beautiful and intelligent girls out there. He keeps them captive, he gives them rules. If they disobey the rules they get punished, tortured or killed. Casanova loves the girls, they are all special in their own ways.
Alex Cross is a psychological profiling detective. His niece has disappeared. It is suspected she has been taken by Casanova. Now he is even more determined to break the case. Cross has even more motive to work faster in hope of finding his niece alive.
Things get worse when the detectives suspect there is more than one killer working alongside one another. The other is known as the Gentleman Caller. He is more brutal, more violent, they seem to be competing for body counts. They both have similar agendas. They take the beautiful ones. There are more and more missing girls, there are also more bodies appearing. The police need to act fast to save those who are possibly still out there, alive.
The plot was great and the story was great, however the language and the way the author uses his words has made this book less amazing. He has a difficult way with delivering character speech. He is trying too hard to street talk. This book felt like it was written by a totally different author compared with his first book of the Alex Cross Series “Along came a Spider”.
I hated how Kate had been through such an ordeal yet within such a short span of time she is able to feel anything emotional or sexual towards another person already.
I dislike how Alex seems to be in a complicated relationship with someone involved with the current case because this had already happened in the first book of the series. This could have happened to another character.
I loved the twist. I loved the end of the story. But the very final reveal was probable unnecessary because it is only there to remind us that this is a series and something else horrendous is possibly going to happen to Cross all over again.
I would recommend this series but would like to warn readers of the difficult processing of the language that James Patterson has chosen for this book. I cannot associate the characters with real people. But the plot itself is awesome enough to make up for this flaw. I am excited to pick up the next book in the series but definitely not straight away.
Written by Ling Lee (10/07/19).