I, Alex Cross by James Patterson – Review (Book)


‘I, Alex Cross’ is the 16th book in the Alex Cross series (according to Wikipedia) but is the first one I’ve come across and was recommended to me by a friend.

This is one of those books, like Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels, that I find I can blast through quickly. They are easy to understand and give you a quick fix of what you’re looking for. I guess it’s the written equivalent of a ‘popcorn’ movie.

That is not a negative thing in my opinion and I found this novel to be engrossing and fun as well.

The book tells the story of Detective Alex Cross who ends up investigating the death of his niece, who he had lost contact with. A tangled web unfolds as it becomes apparent that her line of work has played a part and that as time goes on the web reaches higher than he imagined.

‘I, Alex Cross’ is well written and I enjoyed it for the most part. While there was the occasional cliché there wasn’t anything that took you out of the story for too long.

I certainly wouldn’t say this was a must read but I’d recommend it if you’re a fan of fast paced murder mysteries.

Rating: 6/10

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Relentless – Simon Kernick (Book)

If you’re looking for a nice breezy read Relentless is not the book for you.

The story starts at a breakneck pace and barely pauses for breath in the entire 450 or so pages.

I actually found this style, initially at least, to be a bit overbearing. It felt a little forced and I thought the characters response to the first set of events was slightly unrealistic.

However that is obviously just a personal point of view – the writing itself was fine (apart from an extensive use of the term ‘bodily’ which was quite jarring after the fourth or fifth time) and once I adjusted to the pace I found the book to be a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Tom Meron is an insurance salesman with a very average life – university lecturer wife, two kids, nice house etc – in London until the day he receives a phone call from an old school friend who he hasn’t seen in 3 or 4 years.

His friend sounds like he is taking a beating and eventually he utters six words to his attacker that change Tom’s world forever: the first two lines of Tom’s address.

Believing his friend to have been murdered and the murderer on his way to Tom’s house he grabs his kids and so starts a game of cat and mouse with Tom never entirely sure who to trust.

This was never going to be a book that required a lot of brain power, most of the twists are hinted at in advance of being revealed, but then sometimes it’s nice to read a book that is enjoyable without being taxing.

Rating: 7/10