Hey guys! This week James Patterson did something that I find both brilliant, and a bit stupid. We have two books coming out on the same day that have many of the same characters, one is a new YA series and one is a long standing series. Let’s get into it!
Ali Cross is the new YA (maybe even younger?) series that revolves around the son of one of James Patterson’s best characters- Detective Alex Cross. Precocious and a bit single minded, he’s determined to someday be as good of a detective as his dad…. he just never thought he’d be starting so soon.
Gabe Quail, a friend from school, has been missing for several days and the cops are on the case, but they have other cases keeping them busy- there have been several robberies lately and Alex has been benched while awaiting trial for possible police misconduct. Yeah… the adults are a bit busy…. Determined to help his friend, Ali takes matters into his own hands starting a quasi-investigation with his buddies.
I am a bit less than 50% through the book right now, but I am enjoying it. I will say that the writing style is not what I thought I would find…. Ali is in middle school now, and in the Detective Cross series he seems sharp, eloquent even. I feel like it was dumbed down here, though they still talk a lot about what a genius Ali is. I know this is written for a younger group, but I feel like maybe we took that too far. The parts where Alex is narrating are even stranger. He seems different here, less sure of himself, less strong, and seemingly without a plan. I like the idea of this series, but am as of yet unsure of the execution.
Criss Cross is the 27th book in the Detective Alex Cross series. I am just going to put the summary from Amazon down here.
A killer with all the skills of a master detective has made Alex Cross the subject of his deranged “investigation.”
In a Virginia penitentiary, Alex Cross and his partner, John Sampson, witness the execution of a killer they helped convict. Hours later, they are called to the scene of a copycat crime. A note signed “M” rests on the corpse. “You messed up big time, Dr. Cross.”
Was an innocent man just put to death? Alex soon realizes he may have much to answer for, as “M” lures the detective out of the capital to the sites of multiple homicides, all marked with distressingly familiar details — details that conjure up decades-old cases. Details that conjure up Cross family secrets. Details that make clear that M is after a prize so dear that — were the killer to attain it — Alex’s heart would no longer have reason to beat.
This one sounds so good! I have been reading these books most of my adult life and have a real soft spot for these characters. I am really excited to start reading.
The issue I had this week, though, and why I feel like Patterson may have made a mistake, is that these are the same characters in different times. There was no information about which book should be read first, nor if there would be little nods from one book in another. They came out on the same day and I had no idea if I needed to read one first. Who does this??? Ah well, I will let you guys know if, after reading both books, I feel like there was a preferable way to read them.
So that’s me for the week, have I missed anything? Let me know!!!