Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Book Review: Hope to Die

James Patterson is one of my favorite authors. Quite a few people in my family read his stuff. It seems like he got into a boring rut for a while. And how do you not when you are 21 books into one series, and are writing on like six other series at the same time? His last book in the Alex Cross series, Cross My Heart, was phenomenal. It was back to his best writing. These two books, Cross My Heart and Hope to Die, appear to have been split in half, obviously, because Cross My Heart ended with quite the cliff-hanger. And some have speculated that Hope to Die was the last in the Alex Cross series. I truly hope this isn't true because it was another example of brilliant writing by Patterson.
Here is a little blurb from a book review site:
Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius, forced to play the deadliest game of his career. Cross's family--his loving wife Bree, the wise and lively Nana Mama, and his precious children--have been ripped away. Terrified and desperate, Cross must give this mad man what he wants if he has any chance of saving the most important people in his life. The stakes have never been higher: What will Cross sacrifice to save the ones he loves?

Widely praised by the greatest crime and thriller writers of our time, Cross My Heart set a jaw-dropping story in motion. Hope to Die propels Alex Cross's greatest challenge to its astonishing finish.
For anyone who reads these books, you know how important Alex's family is to him, and this really pushes Alex to a place where he has never been before - committing murder to save his own family, at the demand of the psycho who is holding his family hostage. So the review above, stating an astonishing finish, really hits the nail on the head. This was a fantastic book!

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