Book Review: Cross Justice (Alex Cross #23) by James Patterson

Cross Justice (Alex Cross, #23)Cross Justice by James Patterson
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publish Date: Nov. 23, 2015
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My Review:

I have read this series since the very beginning and I have to say that Cross Justice reminds me why I keep reading this series 23 books in. Some series get repetitive or just out there. And there were a few books that just weren’t too great for me in this series. It happens. I mean 23 books. There are bound to be a few that aren’t up to someone’s taste. But this one. This was was so good that I almost could not put it down. If it wasn’t for a house that was kidless, my husband and my current addiction to The Americans on Amazon Prime and the fact I have to go to work, I probably would have finished this in one night instead of three. And I only read about 20 pages the first night so we’ll really say two nights.

Alex goes back to his roots and his hometown which he hasn’t been back to in years and with good reason. Lots of bad memories and bad juju is Starksville, NC. First let me say I love the setting of the mountains of NC and truly I could see a town being like this. But there are a lot of good people around too as the book shows. Like all towns, a bad element will overshadow the good. And I loved that Naomi, Alex’s niece, is back after being the one kidnapped that Alex saves in Kiss the Girls. I like revisiting old characters. I also loved seeing Alex’s family, his aunts and uncle, his cousins and how they interacted.

In this book Alex and Bree are actually on leave and not acting on any official capacity but Alex is there to help Naomi with his cousin’s Stefan’s murder trial. It’s gruesome and grisly stuff and it takes a little bit to get to the truth but I like that. This one is more family than the case and there is even a secondary case thrown in for good measure. Of course there is danger but it’s not quite as harrowing as some of the books have been so while it will keep you on the edge of your seat it won’t keep you completely on edge. There is enough family stuff interspersed to bring down the nerve-wracking stuff and keep your blood pressure in check which I found nice for a change.

If you’ve enjoyed the Alex Cross books but kind of missed some of the old stuff or are looking for a change from the direction the books have taken, pick this one up. It is definitely a step back in the right direction. It’s an amazingly quick read. It has family love, several lines of suspense and enough action interspersed to keep you reading. I loved it. I almost want to read it again just to absorb it all one more time. And hey at least I read it late enough I don’t have to wait too long for the next one 🙂

About the Book:

Alex Cross left his hometown, and some awful family tragedies, for a better life with Nana Mama in Washington, DC. He hasn’t looked back.

Now his cousin Stefan has been accused of a horrible, unthinkable murder, and Cross drives south with Bree, Nana Mama, Jannie, and Ali to Starksville, North Carolina, for the first time in thirty-five years. Back home, he discovers a once proud community down on its luck, and local residents who don’t welcome him with open arms. As Cross steps into his family home, the horrors of his childhood flood back–and he learns that they’re not really over. He brings all his skill to finding out the truth about his cousin’s case. But truth is hard to come by in a town where no one feels safe to speak.

Chasing his ghosts takes Cross all the way down to the sugarcane fields of Florida, where he gets pulled into a case that has local cops needing his kind of expertise: a string of socialite murders with ever more grisly settings. He’s chasing too many loose ends–a brutal killer, the truth about his own past, and justice for his cousin–and any one of the answers might be fatal.

In Cross Justice, Alex Cross confronts the deadliest–and most personal–case of his career. It’s a propulsive, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that proves you can go home again–but it just might kill you.

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