Along Came A Spider by James Patterson

Rating: 4.5/5


Genre: Mystery


Recommended Age: 18+ (language, mature scenes, gore, children’s death, etc.)


Favorite Quote: “The doors of every house have a unique sound when they open and close.”


Along Came a Spider begins with the double kidnapping of the daughter of a famous Hollywood actress and the young son of the secretary of the Treasury. And that’s only the beginning! Gary Soneji is a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century. Alex Cross is the brilliant homicide detective pitted against him. Jezzie Flanagan is the female supervisor of the Secret Service who completes one of the most unusual suspense triangles in any thriller you have ever read. –


If you’re anyone who loves Denzel Washington, then you’ve probably seen some of the Alex Cross books-turned-movies. I know I have seen probably all of them. And thus it started a love affair with mystery novels. So when I found the audio book of the first Alex Cross novel in a used bookstore… I HAD TO HAVE IT! And I managed to finish it in several days! And these are the reasons why: The characters are all so well developed, even down to some of the background characters that are needed to just move the plot along. The story, although told in multiple POVs, is written so well that one can “hear” the different voices of the characters. The plot is complex, but it works and is very well intricate. This is the main difference between this audio book and The Last Star: both have very intricate and complicated plots, but Along Came A Spider had so much backstory and it never changed direction in a completely unexpected way that the complication makes sense.


So if I fell in love with this audio book so much, what didn’t I like about it? It’s not that I didn’t like anything about it, but I did feel that there should have been more POV from the kidnapped girl and the main villain of the story. I feel that having that would have only increased the horror of the story. Overall, I love James Patterson’s series and I will definitely be getting more of these audio books.


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