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In Los Angeles, a reporter investigating a series of murders is killed. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a beautiful medical intern suddenly disappears. In Washington D.C. Alex Cross is back to solve the most baffling and terrifying murder case ever. Two clever pattern killers are collaborating, cooperating, competing - and they are working coast to coast....

Title : Kiss the Girls
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ISBN : 9780446677387
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Number of Pages : 458 Pages
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Kiss the Girls Reviews

  • James LafayetteTivendale
    2019-07-03 13:36

    I received an ARC of Kiss the Girls via NetGalley and I would like to thank James Patterson, Random House UK, Cornerstone and Arrow. Although this is a well-known classic thriller, first released in 1995, a new version with that strikingly awesome cover is being published on 29 June 2017. Kiss the Girls is the second outing featuring detective and psychologist Alex Cross and it follows on from the excellent Along Came A Spider. The story starts with Alex arriving home one day to find a houseful of crying relatives. The reason being that his niece Naomi has gone missing whilst she is away from the family studying law in Carolina. They are shocked and devastated of course. To make matters more complex, this is not an isolated incident. This has happened to at least six attractive, intelligent women recently so the police are suspecting a serial kidnapper. As this is personal, Alex talks his way from Washington D.C. to Carolina where he aligns himself with the local force and the FBI investigating these mysterious disappearances which have left no evidence or even the smallest lead. Kiss the Girls includes familiar characters that are frequent throughout the series such as Alex's partner, the "Man Mountain" Detective John Sampson and also his FBI contact, Special Agent Kyle Craig. I really enjoyed reading more about these characters as well as about Alex himself. Similar to the majority of these thrillers, we are introduced to new highly interesting and deep characters such as the "two killers" and a female student Doctor and karate expert, Kate.The action switches between Washington D.C and Carolina. The novel flows at breakneck speed and the chapters are always short, sharp and precise keeping the action intense and gripping. Alex does what he does best which is trying to get into the minds of these notorious "monsters" to try and find a trail that shed some light of these horrific happenings. I have read approximately six Alex Cross novels and my experience throughout these books, Kiss the Girls included, is that Patterson does compose some gruesome and upsetting scenes including rape and murder so this is not for the lighthearted. I don't want to divulge any real details about the plot or the direction this book takes. When I read, I always try and predict what will happen. Kiss the Girls was so hugely unpredictable that I didn't bother trying to guess but just buckled myself in so I could enjoy the journey. Apologies for the cliche, but the narrative is like an intense roller coaster. It plummeted my mind in one direction, then there was a twist, then I thought a certain revelation was awesome only then to realise I was blind sighted and things weren't as they seemed at all. It leaves you slightly disorientated but in a great way. As Alex's parts are in the first person, I emphasised with his distress and confusion at certain points as it tries to solve this case yet, I was also given a real buzz when something unraveled in Alex's favour and when his deductions proved fruitful. The other characters are presented in the third person which means that we have a complete view of everything that is happening and are with Alex when he puts the pieces of the puzzle together to try and rescue his niece, amongst the other missing ladies. To call this a thriller is an understatement. This is my favourite Alex Cross book so far and I can't wait to read Cat and Mouse next and complete the series chronologically. (I have already read Jack and Jill before anyone states that I have the order wrong lol!) Highly recommend.

  • Joel
    2019-07-12 10:15

    This is genuinely the worst book I have ever finished.To be fair, it is tolerable when there is action, which is often. But every time James Patterson tries to put words coming out of a characters mouth, it makes you want to punch yourself in the face. When he writes descriptive, emotional paragraphs, it makes you want to punch him in the face.I actually dog-eared a couple pages because the writing was so bad, I wanted to be able to quick reference it to people to show them how bad it was.Want another example of how bad a writer he is? One of his other books is called, "Night of the Machete." I am not a God-fearing man, but if you believe in God, maybe throw in an extra prayer for James Patterson's English language murdering soul.

  • Phrynne
    2019-07-15 08:36

    Okay I am getting hooked on Alex Cross and may now have to read this series straight through. I really enjoy the pace of these books, the way each short chapter jumps straight to the next so the reader has no opportunity to put the book down. I read this one in one day staying up far too late in order to finish it and loved every minute of it. There is a lot of violence against women in it - that is its main theme after all since the murderers are insane rapists! So if that kind of stuff offends you then do not read it. Otherwise I recommend Alex Cross to anyone who enjoys a good murder mystery.

  • Visha
    2019-06-23 05:30

    If this is what some people consider beach reading, they should drown themselves.If I could scrub clean that part of my brain where the stench of this novel resides, I would. While Patterson probably applauds himself for coming up with something as clever as an underground lair and the device of two serial rapist/murderers working together, every other aspect of this book (I have to call it a book, which is a four-letter word and refers to something that is written but can also be used as a doorstop) is goofy, stupid, and formulaic. Two things are very clear: (1) Patterson thinks Duke is the only university in the piedmont (uuuuuuuugh) and (2) he can’t write a love scene – in fact, I’ve never been so turned off by the written words of love. Ever.

  • Sentimental Surrealist
    2019-07-07 06:21

    In the entire history of my mature reading, spanning back to when I picked up Fahrenheit 451 at 15, I don't think I've ever read a single sentence as soul-crushingly, brain-batteringly, rage-inducingly bad as "He made a noise. It sounded like 'yaaaaaaagh.'"HE MADE. A NOISE. IT SOUNDED. LIKE. "YAAAAAAAGH."Readers of popular fiction, this is what your favorite authors think of you. They think you're only capable of processing things at a fourth-grade level, that simply having a character shout "YAAAAAAGH" isn't enough; emphasis has to be placed on how the noise sounded like yagh, but didn't necessarily have to be yagh, it could've been something closely related like "yargh" or even "yogh." People who write sentences like that shouldn't be allowed publishing deals, they should be sent back to freshman creative writing class and kept there until they never type a sentence like that again. Of course, it might not be the fault of Patterson, but of his small army of ghost writers... And don't tell me it's just pulp fiction. Raymond Chandler wouldn't write a sentence like that. If Philip Marlowe was real, he'd probably give Patterson a smack for that one. It's just asinine. There are plenty more sentences like that, and bad sentences aren't even the worst thing about the four chapters of this book I read before I set it down in disgust; the holy-shit italics and flat characterization just might be even more painful. Is this really how low the bar for popular fiction sits? I'll stick to the literary stuff, thanks.

    2019-06-27 09:28

    Good luck trying to put this one down after starting it. From start to finish this book will have you sweating with anticipation of whats to come. James Patterson does a great job of putting realistic characters in believable situations that will have you on the edge of your seat i guess you could say.The story is about a detective named Alex Cross who is called on to try to find two notorious serial killers. Patterson describes them as twin killers. But are they really related? You will encounter some of the most grusome and horrific murders. The story has another twist to it. Cross's niece goes missing from her college campus. Now the investigation is personal.This book is quick read and one worth reading. If you like constant excitement this is the book for you. This book will not disappoint!

  • Krystin Rachel
    2019-07-14 05:22

    This is my second time reading this and I have to admit I'm having a bit of an existential crisis. Because, like, I used to genuinely enjoy this? I wanted to re-read this to scrub my brain clean from all the Women's Murder Club cheese-barf. I was thinking, "yeah some classic Patterson will fix me right up." WTF?I used to think this was good! I used to devour the Alex Cross series when I was 14/15, and fully evolving my love for murder and mayhem as a mature reader. I would close a book thinking, yeah, so good.But no, guys, seriously, so bad.It's absolute shit. I have seen the light!James Patterson is single highhandedly murdering the mystery-thriller genre, no pun intended. His prose are atrocious. There is zero depth to his plotting. There's is no less than 2 overwrought cliches per page. And if you think female characters should exist as anything more than cardboard caricatures, then look elsewhere! Because here, here we only have room for stereotypes and sexual objectification. This whole things reads as if it exists just to be Patterson's male fantasy playground with perfect women and his alter ego with a big dick. And the killers get to act out his sadistic side. Now, I know some people will disagree. Patterson has a lot of fans. But, you know, they obviously have no taste. Okay, I said it. Just kidding (kind of). But seriously, you can (and should) seek out better authors in this genre. Let good prose and clever plotting blow your casual reader minds. First of all, the level of pulp in the tone of the writing had me thinking nothing but:It's pure "Fast Talking High Trousers."Second, the last time I heard the words baby, sweetie, honey and daddy so many times I needed to clear out my browser history afterwards. Honestly, it made me uncomfortable. I'm constantly complaining (I even annoy myself, really) about how the Women's Murder Club characters do not interact with each other like normal human beings. I thought this was because Patterson can't write women, but now I'm starting to think he just can't right humans. Period. The dialogue is laughable at best, uncomfortable at a bare minimum. Alex Cross comes across as the creepy uncle you avoided at family events as a little girl. The way he speaks to his niece is very much "come over here and sit on Uncle Alex's lap." He's in the middle of a serious serial murder investigation and he's constantly thinking about whether a victim, who's face is still busted open, wants to fuck him. The women in this story exist purely to be victims and sexual objects. From Alex's erection leading him everywhere he goes, to the two psycho killers (written as so ridiculously prepared and intelligent and sexy it's honestly stupid,) who are "loving" women by anally raping them with snakes - yes, snakes. Anal. With snakes. I like dark and twisty, don't get me wrong. But if you're going to write about rape, it needs to be done with purpose and intention. It needs to propel the story forward or trigger a character's change, or revelation, that means something. There is creating a dark human experience that touches readers, and then there is sadistic shit that is just a means to shock. There is such little thought to Patterson's writing, so little character development, that the brutal shit doesn't have a human counter-point. It is all just misogynistic nightmare play.The only character Patterson gives any attention to is Alex - but only in a very surface way, so you are constantly reminded about how fuckinggggg awesomeeeeee he is *eyeroll*. He's a damn good cop. So good, the FBI wants him. He's damn sexy too. Just count how many times he references looking like Ali. And he's a damn good father. Oh, there's nothing he wouldn't do for those kids. He's a damn good son. A damn good brother. A damn good psychologist - just watch him blow the minds of the other cops around him with his pedestrian insights into Casanova and the Gentleman Caller. It's almost as if he took a Psych 101 online course. My god, he's just so damn good at everything! Even making sweet sweet love.I can almost see Patterson getting his rocks off writing this trash. A real sentence: "He made a noise. It sounded like 'yaaaaaaagh.'"This is literature? This gets you a book deal? Patterson is richer than any of us could ever dream to be. And he got there off of "He made a noise. It sounded like 'yaaaaaaagh.'" ??I need a shower for my brain. And Patterson needs to be sent back to creative writing class. Hate-readers to the left. That's where I'll be.

  • Andy Deemer
    2019-06-23 13:19

    Alex Cross is a cop. A damn good cop. He's 6'3" tall, taut with muscles, and strikingly handsome. He's a doctor, too. A damn good doctor. A psychologist to the slum kids. His washboard stomach gleams in the afternoon light, as he plays Nora Jones and Coltrane on his piano, stroking his children's heads with his other arms. The phone rings, and he wonders if it's the FBI again, offering him that job running the DC police. He lets it ring again, and again, and again. He really doesn't have time for the FBI. Because he's a damn good father, too.What utter, utter, utter trash.As in "Like Water For Elephants," every character in this Mills & Boon spinoff action novel is beautiful, perfect, confident, doubt- and flaw-less, cultured, smart, handsome, and wears a sixpack. Every honorable character knows the right thing to do, when to do it, how to do it, why it needs to be done. Like the black-belt karate expert / Cormac McCarthy-reading academic / honors med student / model, who's kidnapped and repeatedly raped by a serial killer, then falls 30 yards into a shallow rocky stream, and hours later joins the FBI on the killer's manhunt. What sniveling, pathetic, horrid trash.Picked this up hoping for a complex and addictive Dragon Tattoo thriller, or perhaps even some cheap and fun David Goodis-styled pulp, but no. This was Mills & Boon trash.

  • Lisa (Harmonybites)
    2019-07-19 11:30

    If it weren't for two scenes in this novel, I'd add two stars. Patterson is no prose stylist, and his novels are formulaic, but until a few novels after this one Alex Cross got unbearably Gary Stu, with supervillain psychopaths making it their life work to take him down, I found Patterson's detective protagonist likable and the books featuring him entertaining page-turning police procedurals.In some ways, this second book book in the series is even stronger than Along Came a Spider, the first Alex Cross novel. In this one, Cross becomes involved when his niece is kidnapped, and he believes it's a case of "twinning" where two serial killers are cooperating and competing on two coasts--"Cassanova" and "The Gentleman Caller." Cross teams up with a victim of Cassanova, Kate McTiernan, who escapes his lair only to find it's seemingly disappeared. The forensic psychology is more to the fore in this novel, the hunt suspenseful, the twists clever. Moreover, Kate in a lot of ways is an appealing, kick-ass heroine--a survivor who does everything to save herself, not just wait passively for rescue.What mars this is that when I think of this novel, I think of two scenes in particular, and it's not a good memory. One is the rape of Kate by Cassanova. The other is the anal rape of another woman by Cassanova--using a live snake. Yes, you read that right. I went back and looked to make sure I was remembering the right novel. There it is in Chapter 54. Three paragraphs burned into my retinas.The thing is I can see the rationale for both scenes. One to show Kate's resilience and bravery, so that we understand what she underwent. The other so we understand just what kind of monster Cross is dealing with in Cassanova. But those scenes are so graphic, so explicit, to me they come across as pornography of the kind the two serial rapists are said to read and relish--The Story of O and School Girls in Paris among others named. The scenes overwhelm the story as well as repel. Rape in fiction is a chancy thing. I'm not saying it should never be used. It's too often part of life, history, crime--but it's rarely done effectively and isn't done well here but comes across as a cheap attempt to titillate and shock.

  • Brian
    2019-07-08 06:11

    If there has ever been a more unecessary book written in English, well I don't know what it is. I don't understand how people read Patterson at all. Alex Cross is boring. He's a boring, unlikely, barely likeable character. Also, his Porsche would get stolen every day in the neighbourhood he unrealistically choses to live in. The writing is trite and pedestrian with an average of 3.2 ridiculous cliches every two pages. Tossing one plucky woman into a story does not excuse the endless, graphic violence, degradation and horrific ravings of brutal misogynists. That business with the snake was certainly the worst of Patterson's seeming mission to the women in his books until, I don't even know what the goal could possibly be. James Patterson is the small pox of modern writing and he's going kill us or leave us so scarred by the trial we'll never be the same again.

  • Suzanne
    2019-07-13 13:12

    I loved this book more than Along Came a Spider, even though I really did like that one very much. I am becoming very endeared to the Cross character and his family. The plots were amazing and so intriguing in this installment. I enjoyed reading about the "twinning" dynamic concept of the serial killers and their communications. My quick and simple overall: SO ENTERTAINING to read!

  • Sifat
    2019-06-20 10:32

    Very thrilling! This story is a bit touchy as well. Two astute example executioners are teaming up, participating, contending - and they are working across the nation. Just imagine how terrifying is this !In Los Angeles, a correspondent exploring a progression of homicides is murdered. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a wonderful restorative assistant all of a sudden vanishes. In Washington D.C. Alex Cross has returned to comprehend the most confounding and frightening homicide case ever.

  • Jenny Jo Weir
    2019-06-26 11:26

    Wowzers. I wasn't expecting that. Very entertaining and gripping. I now understand how this put James on the map. He did a fantastic job creating this story and surprising me with his talent. I'm officially a fan.

  • Mitch
    2019-06-20 12:11

    Ok, so at first I was prepared to give James Patterson's "Kiss the Girls" 4 stars. Because, well, it just isn't a literary masterpiece. But after reflection I thought, well heck, it's crazy entertaining, so although I don't always agree with the writing style or predictability, it for sure is 5 stars in the entertainment category. Also, I gave "Along Came A Spider" 5 stars, and this book is a little more memorable than that one. So far I enjoy the Women's Murder Club books better, but I'm still going to stick with Alex Cross. I don't feel like i will get let down anytime soon!The following may or may not contain spoilers.Several beautiful women in the North Carolina area are mysteriously vanishing, some winding up dead. It is assumed that intelligent sex-crazed killer Casanova has a harem of women trapped in a remote forest. Alex Cross becomes involved when his niece Naomi is one of the women abducted. Now it's personal. Not only that, but soon a series of similar crimes start popping up on the West coast as well, but by a man identified as the Gentlemen Caller. Could these coast to coast killers be competing, or even worse, working together? With the help of Casanova's escaped victim Kate, Alex Cross hopes to capture these crazy madmen and get Naomi back. But will his blooming relationship with Kate complicate things?The bad guys in this book are both so horrifying that it makes this book memorable. The possibility and realism of the harem of women makes this book all that more interesting to read. Kate's story is intense, and Alex's emotions help make this novel shine. I feel like the reader gets to know Alex Cross better. The non-stop action in this book is wonderful.Now to the complaints...I feel like at this time in Patterson's career he was still figuring out his writing style. Reading more recent stuff from him, I feel like he has become much more polished throughout the years. His point-of-view changes are still existant in current books, but I feel like he was more experimental and confusing with it in this early Alex Cross book. But with such a minor complaint, why would I knock off a star just for that?5 stars. Full of drama and suspense.

  • Jen
    2019-07-11 08:10

    Okay, I am reading pulp fiction. Many people from my classes have recommended his novels and I thought I would see what all the hype is about. So far it is not well-written, but I am entertained. I liked the movie, although I think Ashley Judd is annoyingly condescending.I have finally finished the book and it was one cliché piled on top of another. I don't know why authors feel they have to make women so perfect. Is it some form of misguided feminism or a male fantasy? I would argue male fantasy, but this sterotyping of the ideal female seems to be found in books by authors of both genders.I am all for feminism, but is having a women that is smart, beautiful, kind, hilarious, scrappy, great with kids, independent, logical, and good in bed really all that realistic? I think some plausible neurosis needs to be included in any narrative, otherwise it is just a male fantasy (especially the beautiful and good in bed aspects) and not reflective of any woman with both talents and flaws.

  • Jack
    2019-07-09 11:25

    This book was extremely creepy, yet very addictive! I loved the way he didn't tie it all together and brough Sonji back at the end, we'll just have to wait until the next book! The only thing I didn't like was that it just turned out to be this guy that we had just learned (very little if anything) about five pages ago. I almost feel like all that other searching was pointless, though it was well told. I knew the whole time that none of the others were Cassanova though, because he continued to refer to Cassanova as "Cassanova." When we learned the Gentleman Caller was Will Rudolph, then the author began refering to him as "Will." The setting of some of the last pages was Outer Banks, NC! An overall amazing read!

  • Rob
    2019-07-15 09:31

    This was when James Patterson was at his best, at the start of his career. The second in the Alex Cross series. Kiss the Girls is a fast paced thriller that keeps you guessing right to the end. Alex is a forensic psychologist with the Washington police force. When Alex's niece goes missing whilst at university in North Carolina Alex has to go and find out what's going on. He discovers that a lot of young women have gone missing, all beautiful all intelligent. One or two have been found dead after suffering a horrible death. At first Alex is not made welcome by the local police and has, for the most part, to go it alone. The FBI are involved which tells Alex that this case is much bigger than first thought. One of the missing girls turns up with a horrendous account of what she and other girls have been put through. To say horrendous is an understatement these girls are in hell.The race is on to find Alex's niece before it's too late.You might think you know who the psycho is but you wont find out until the last few pages.

  • Alaina Meserole
    2019-07-07 10:21

    At the beginning, with the prologues, I though there was one killer with two different scenes. Yeah, no, I was completely wrong when I reread the two prologues. In the beginning of Kiss the Girls you are instantly hooked with two different murder scenes on opposite sides of the coast. One killer calls himself Casanova and he kills mostly within North Carolina. The other killer calls himself The Gentleman Caller who kills within L.A. Both guys are extra creepy and will make you cringe throughout the book - but they do get you hooked onto this book. It was a great beginning to a really wonderful book.Warning! Spoilers below!(view spoiler)[Now we get to see Cross come back into these murders and hope to see how he will catch the killers. Well, first off, Alex Cross's niece Naomi had been kidnapped. So, of course he is going to work night and day, search high and low, for the piece of shit who has potentially harmed a family member of his.Naomi, who was so sweet and I instantly loved, has been kidnapped by Casanova. However, later within the book she meets with The Gentleman Caller as well. Both creeps seem to be best buddies and I had no idea how Naomi was going to survive any of this. Meanwhile, Cross is falling in love with Kate McTiernan for some fucking reason. It always baffles my mind why he picks some woman to date while trying to solve murders. And this time while he was trying to do that and find his niece?! I don't know and I didn't really care about their relationship.Then the ending was so good because you find out there's another murder! And now I'm already hooked for the next book. (hide spoiler)]Overall, I really liked this book and I can't wait to find out what else will be thrown at Alex Cross. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Nicola
    2019-07-09 08:21

    This was good. I really enjoyed Along Came a Spider a few years back and while this wasn't as memorable, it was still pretty good. I was hooked from the very first page and read it right through in one sitting as I couldn't put it down without knowing who was behind the mask. It was fast paced and suspenseful, a definite page-turner. I did have a couple problems with it though. One of the scenes was far too graphic and unnecessary- a cheap shock tactic that served no real suppose. Also, leaving Kate alone like that was so unbelievably stupid, I still can't figure out why they did it (other than to add another scary scene.) Other than that though, it was excellent and very compelling and I'm very interested in the rest of the series.

  • Bill
    2019-07-19 06:22

    Sometimes it's really creepy how some authors get into the heads of psychopaths. Here is an excellent example. Read this disturbing novel. The short chapters and compelling storywill have you whipping through this one in no time. Watch those paper cuts.

  • Maire
    2019-06-29 09:32

    I picked this up because Brendan Dassey mentioned it. Now I have more thoughts about Making a Murderer. However, my opinion of James Patterson remains the same.

  • Kasia
    2019-07-20 10:25

    Second book in the Alex Cross series from Patterson is even better than the first. The story has plenty of thrills and chills, but there is certain realism to it, lots of young women disappear all over the country, things like this happen, there are no supernatural demons and creatures that lurk in the imagination, this can be real. When I was reading the book I kept thinking, what if that happened to me, what would I do? Fight to the death of course, hopefully the bad guy's death...Alex Cross is still getting over his last case when a new set of problems overshadows his daily grind. Hi niece Naomi hasn't been seen in few days and local police didn't feel the need to notify anyone until four days has passed, forcing Alex to rush over Carolina and investigate on his own. Upon arrival he realizes that she's one of many young women missing from the college campus, somehow there seems to be a connection between them and few mutilated bodies found in nearby woods. A collector of sorts is praying on loveliest of the bunch for his personal harem, Casanova as he calls himself, but Alex's leads reveal that the killer isn't exactly on his own. He has a buddy on the west coast and the two predators seem to enjoy comparing their hunting techniques and bragging about their conquests and what they call perfect crimes. Humans can be cruel and evil but their arrogance gives them away sooner or later, and Alex Cross is there to catch them when they slip. When one of the captured women manages to escape she unleashes a manhunt that puts her life at a greater risk than before, the killers aren't going to forgive and forget and a battle between innocent and hungry sadists begins.As usual the slick and charming Cross gets his heart tangled up with one of the women on the case, he never seems to be able to stay away! The relationship leans more on a friendship but man, Cross is unable to shake the ladies off; a pattern that I'm all ready noticing and this was only book two, so I am curious to see if that pattern continues. I also liked all the red herrings Patterson threw in, by the end of the book I had my own thoughts about the suspect and noticed how clever Patterson was and not called him by his real name but only as Casanova, so the reader didn't even realize that perhaps the guy being chased is actually someone else, this might not make much sense till someone reads the whole book. After I read it in record speed I went over some parts and re-read them knowing who Casanova was and the story was even better. I often do that to make sure I am aware of everything in the book, if the book was good of course. I can't wait to read the rest, the series looks very promising.

  • Nandakishore Varma
    2019-07-10 07:34

    I read this just because I was at a loose end and my serious reading was not progressing. I have said goodbye to this type of thriller for quite a long time now.It could be called an okay read, I guess. I could not say in all fairness since I had already seen the movie, so it was spoilt to an extent - even though I didn't remember the plot.

  • Mark
    2019-07-10 08:13

    This book is bad and you should not read it. The fact that its author can be described as a #1 bestseller is an indictment on the taste of casual reader, as is the fact that it has been rated 250,000 times on Goodreads with an average star rating just under 4. If you liked it, I am sorry. But also know that you can and should read better books.Characterization is nonexistent. The prose styling is poor, if at all existent. Women, in particular, exist only as characters to be victims, most likely sexually abused or killed. There are plot threads that don't go anywhere (this one, I admit, likely the result that it's actually the second book in what was an ongoing series). The author's (a white guy, I gather) clunky attempts to address the racial dynamics for a black detective in the South 20 years ago are not very good at all. The fact that no chapter is ever more than about three pages is just... I don't even know what to say about it, honestly.You may ask why I read this book given that it's not at all in my wheelhouse, and that's fair. On my own, I would never have read it. I only became curious about it because of a recent fascination with the Netflix documentary series, Making a Murderer, about which you may have heard people talking. Without giving away too much in THAT series, in a later episode, a young man who earlier on in the show gave (what appears to be heavily coerced, probably bullshit) a confession in which he described a murder that may have occurred. Well, a murder definitely occurred - you'd have to watch the series. It's good. This book is not good.This young man in the series, who is presented in a recording of a jail house phone call talking to his mother, and neither of them knows what the word "inconsistent" means, later takes the stand in his own defense. His defense is that he made it all up because that's what the police investigators wanted him to do. Upon cross-examination the young man offers that he may have read something like what he described in a book. What book, the prosecutor demands. He says maybe Kiss the Girls. He doesn't remember who it was by.Two things about this. If you have seen the series, you surely understand the slam I am putting on this book by saying that I have no problems believing that Brendan Dassey may have read it at some point in time. The second thing is that there's nothing like the murder from Making a Murderer in Kiss the Girls. I was really, morbidly curious whether there would be. I have taken this punch for you. Let your curiosity be sated. It is not any kind of explanation for the confession. Now you have no reason to read it for yourself, and that's for the better for you.

  • Ginny_1807
    2019-07-11 07:36

    IndignazioneForse dovrei smettere di leggere questi bestseller, thriller e polizieschi, visto che mi soddisfano sempre meno. Trovo che a volte - come in questo caso - le storie siano abbastanza interessanti quanto a ideazione e costruzione di base, ma dal punto di vista più propriamente letterario si rivelino manchevoli in modo addirittura penoso.Uno stile di scrittura elementare, frettoloso, quasi telegrafico; dialoghi asettici e banali; descrizioni sommarie, all'insegna del risparmio lessicale e dell'ovvietà immaginativa; personaggi stereotipati, esplicitamente modellati sugli standard del mondo dello spettacolo e dello sport di fama internazionale.Qui, poi, la brevità e la successione dei capitoli richiama più lo stile di una sceneggiatura cinematografica che la scansione logica e funzionale di un'opera letteraria.A volte si sente il desiderio di leggere qualcosa di disimpegnato, per trascorrere il tempo senza complicazioni. Tuttavia, se si pensa a tutti gli scrittori di pregio ignorati, denigrati e (volutamente) dimenticati, non si può fare a meno di provare una profonda indignazione di fronte alla smodata esaltazione di autori e scritti consumistici meno che mediocri.Senz'altro è migliore il film tratto da questo romanzo, che, pur non brillando per originalità, si avvale dell'interpretazione carismatica di Morgan Freeman e del fascino di Ashley Judd; e, soprattutto, riesce a stemperare nell'azione i risvolti più smaccatamente sentimentali del libro.

  • Bev
    2019-07-02 09:28

    I thought I'd read this book a long time ago, but someone recently told me she had to stop reading after "the snake scene" and I didn't remember any snake scene (and she told me that I definitely would--and now I do), so I had to see if it was as bad as she made it seem. Didn't strike me as any more graphic than any other Patterson book, and it was definitely Patterson before he became a corporation, so much better than that last awful book of his I read.It was an interesting situation because this is an early book and later books talk about something that I kept remembering all the time I was reading this one, which made me know who the killer, "Casanova" was. I was not fooled once, but twice. And in the end, I was surprised just like everyone else.The plot involves two serial killers, "The Gentleman Caller" on the West coast and "Casanova" on the east. As bodies turn up and methods are compared, they finally decide that the two killers are working together. Alex Cross gets drawn in investigating the abduction of his beloved niece. In the meantime he finds love, sorta. And he works with local law enforcement and the FBI to get the bad guy(s). Plot points include a disappearing house, the underground railroad, and a bunch of other things that all come together, eventually. As they always do in Patterson books.Except for the murder victims, of course!(Oh...and if you're squeamish, you might want to skip any scene that includes a snake.)

  • Joshua Rodgers
    2019-06-29 08:24

    Like all of Patterson's work this is a sickening pulp thriller with crappy dialogue, cardboard characters, and enough sympathy for the devil to really make you wonder. This potboiler features a pair of sexy, enticing, ludicrously smart, impossibly prepared sickos who torture and kill impossibly smart, ludicrously attractive women. It's hard to tell where Patterson's misogyny starts and where his sadism begins. All I know is that he's easily one of the most repulsive, reprehensible, shameless, and embarrassing genre authors in America.

  • Jessica Avery
    2019-07-11 05:31

    Alex Cross is an amazing character. If you like other James Patterson books I highly recommend this whole series. The story lines are fast paced and I haven't read on yet that I didn't like

  • Taufiq Ahmed
    2019-06-27 11:09

    ব্যক্তিগত ভাবে আমি মনে করি, সিরিয়াল কিলার জাতীয় সাইকপ্যাথদের নিয়ে উপন্যাস লেখার ক্ষেত্রে তাদের খুনের বর্ণনা, লাশ গুম ইত্যাদির বর্ণনা দেয়া যেমন জরুরি তেমনি তাদের শৈশব, বেড়ে ওঠার পরিবেশ, দৈনন্দিন জীবন ইত্যাদি সম্পর্কে বর্ণনা দেয়াও জরুরি। কারণ এতে করে চরিত্রের ভেতরে ঢুকতে বেশ সুবিধা হয়।এই বইতে একজন নয়, দুই জন সাইকপ্যাথ রয়েছে। গল্পের প্লট, উপস্থাপন সবই চমৎকার ছিল, তবে এই দুইজনকে নিয়ে রহস্য তৈরি করতে গিয়ে তাদের সম্পর্কে পর্যাপ্ত তথ্য দেয়া হয়নি বইটাতে। আর এটাকেই আমার বইয়ের একমাত্র দুর্বলতা বলে মনে হয়েছে।

  • Stephanie
    2019-07-09 10:08

    I wasn't a huge fan of Along Came a Spider, but I decided to give Kiss the Girls a shot anyways. I am so glad I did! This book drew me in from the start and after what felt like a long streak of dull books, I finally had a book that I did not want to put down. It was very suspenseful and jam packed with action which was perfect. I definitely did not see the ending coming which was fantastic. I love it when I'm caught off guard!