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Cross My Heart (Alex Cross #21)

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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  7,775 ratings  ·  1,209 reviews
Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart--nothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife Bree. His love of his family is his anchor, and gives him the strength to confront evil in his work. One man knows this deeply, and uses Alex's strength as a weapon against him. When the ones Cross loves are in danger, he will do anything to protect t ...more
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published November 25th 2013 by Little, Brown and Company (first published November 2013)
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Sebastian
Are you kidding me?

I really can't believe Patterson did this to his fans. It almost feels like he keeps pushing his readers and seeing how much they will take without telling him to go to hell. First he started by publishing books others write, then he continued by pumping out ridiculous novels in other series. That being said, the Alex Cross series had remained his bastion of glory. He is the one writing the books and for the most part they have been pretty good.

As I read this book I was rejoic
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Sheilah
This book is hard to write a review on, because reading it I was thoroughly enjoying it, and excitedly turned the page. The characters were great, the story was great, everything was great, great, great.

Then the book ended, or I should say, it didn't end. Seriously, it is like the book is missing the last few chapters, as it just ends with no conclusion. I sat there staring at the book for 5 minutes thinking what idiocy this is? who does this?

There is nothing I hate more than authors who so obvi
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Steve W
I could not believe the ending. At first I thought my ipad skipped 30 pages...what can I say BUT complete bull_ _ _ T!

I have read 90% of Patterson's books and his next one should be FREE.

Can someone send my rating to Mr Patterson. I cannot believe he did this to his readers.
Jim
This is a somewhat short book. The story was ok but should have been finished in this book. I think the author is getting greedy and wants people to buy the next book to make even more money.
Alex Cross is becoming tedious and predictable. I used to look forward to the next book but after reading this book I look forward to the demise of Cross.
Monnie
Countless other reviewers already have let the cat out of the bag, so I won't hesitate to carry it forward: This book is a prequel to another one - and a totally unfinished prequel at that. Needless to say, the bulk of the other reviews I've read have not been kind (and that's putting it mildly). And I get it: Paying $7.50 for a Kindle version (or, at last check, the hardcover price of $14.50) only to find you'll have to buy the next book to learn how this one ends seems tacky, to say the least. ...more
don grant
Anyone who knows anything about writing knows the lesson of never tricking the reader. For example, having a story that ends with the main character waking from a dream that the reader had been tricked into believing was a true event. James Patterson tricks the reader into thinking this is a novel with an ending, when in reality it is only half the story. We do know there will be a second novel finishing this story but did not know that until reading the last page. (interesting that in the hardb ...more
Andrea
Receiving an advanced copy of James' book has its advantages. I am not going to spoil things for others since the book will not be released until 11/25, but I will give you my thoughts. I almost thought for a bit that this was the end of Alex Cross. I had to put the book down with approximately 20 pages until the end. I really had to mentally prepare myself to accept however the book would end. Alex Cross and his family have become like my family over the years. I have invested a lot of time in ...more
Julia Ibbotson
What a disappointment. I have loved this series (and others) by James Patterson but I don't think I will be reading any more. The ending was abrupt and there was no resolution as you should expect in a thriller; it just petered out. I like novels which leave questions at the end (food for thought) but this was simply badly written. It also had Cross implying the culprit was someone whom we know did not do it, so it was all very odd. I assume that this is a technique to get readers to buy the nex ...more
Carol
One star is too much for this. If you, like me, are invested in the family of Alex Cross, Nana Mama, and the kids, you will want to read this book. Well, try to control yourself, because it ends on a ridiculous cliff-hanger and you will have to wait a year or more to get to the next book to see what happens. Not me. I'm done with Patterson's antics. This is seriously not fair to the reader and seems just greedy to me. The only author who could get away with this is a big name like Patterson. Pay ...more
Khamneithang Vaiphei
If you are familiar with the James Patterson’s Alex Cross brand of fast-paced and action-packed thriller, you will no doubt be expecting a nail-biting suspense, and you will love Cross My Heart.

There is something to the fictional Cross family – you feel deeply attached. James Patterson leaves no stone unturned to pull out all the stops to keep you absorbed throughout the book. Having lost both his parents before he was eleven, Alex Cross cherishes his family above all else: his wife, Brianna (Br
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Denis Vukosav
"Cross My Heart" by James Patterson is new installment in popular Alex Cross thriller series and although being the twenty-first novel in the series, the author still manages to make adventures of his popular hero both thrilling and exciting.

However there are some surprises here because what the author has done this time, in order to refresh the series, is that he decided to turn the tables and have a killer hunting on Alex Cross instead of the usual roles.

Reader will meet a psychopathic serial
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Nicole
I find I have been disappointed in these books for quite a while, but I hold out hope because they were so good in the beginning.

I hated that this has a non-ending. I like that typically a mystery wraps up in one book and then we move on to something else. However, I also think that things go too easily for Alex Cross, and I find it hard to believe that his entire family would still be alive while all these "brilliant criminals" are trying to hurt him.

Kiss the Girls and Roses are Red were two
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Amanda Patterson
Although I admit that I have bought into the increasingly far-fetched exploits of the story that is Alex Cross's life, this is too much. The series that started with so much promise with Along Came A Spider, has become a farce.
Alex is being stalked by Thierry Mulch, a man who calls himself an existentialist. Mulch is a super-villain psychopath who wants to make Cross suffer just because he can. He plans the abduction and murder of Cross's entire family through the book, while Alex and his wife,
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James Elliot Leighton
This is NOT a book. It is junk mail advertising an as yet unwritten book. It is frustrating and annoying. I will not look at anything from James Patterson again - he has jumped the shark as they say - he has become a con-man. The arrogant disregard with which he treats his fan base is unbelievable, and it is going to shoot him in the foot. I will certainly take every opportunity to disparage him if his name comes up - as will many others if these reviews are any indication.
J
I notice that people either loved or hated Patterson's latest Alex Cross novel. This is likely to do with the cliffhanger ending that leaves you wanting more from the mindtwisting story that you were just enveloped in. I think the very fact that people are so mad at the lack of an ending in this volume is a testament to how good this book is. I guess we'll have to wait until his next volume of the Alex Cross series and I for one will definitely be getting it.
Lawrence
Another great book by James Patterson, but I was a little disappointed about the ending. This leads me to believe that the next Alex Cross book is going to be the bomb!! I highly recommend this book to all JP fans.
Jon Kurtz
James Patterson's machine gun style is exciting and easy to read. Short chapters, cliff hanger endings, and familiar characters succeed in grabbing and holding the reader's interest. Though a strength to a point, the familiarity of the characters has become a weakness in this series. The reader must eventually ask him/herself, how many times can one policeman and his family be targets of the country's most sinister serial killers? So, to summarize the basis for the four stars, I love Patterson's ...more
Cindy
I am extremely disappointed. Patterson ripped us off with this one. His approach has become very tedious. It is clear to me he is in this purely for the money now. Which is fine, no one would ever claim that a James Patterson book is high literature. Authors work for money not charity...I 'get it'.

It is the blatant approach to sell more books and the complete disregard for his readers I find so disturbing. He attempts to elevate his tactics by stating "it had to be done to be true to the charact
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Marla
I'm thinking the people who are complaining about this book haven't read all the Alex Cross books. This is book #21 in the series. I have read every one of them and I always can't wait to visit with Alex Cross. I'm always sad to see him leave at the end of a book. I don't see this book as a prequel or not complete. I see it as a continuation in the life of Alex Cross. Just as Ava is a continued story from the previous book. So what that James Patterson wanted to continue this storyline into the ...more
Kimberley Baker
There are some days that I think that James Patterson should lay Alex Cross to rest.

Then I read the latest novel and get blown away....again. Entirely gripping the entire way through-I found it difficult to put the book down at all. The twists and turns had be on the edge of my seat.

I loved the Cross family, like usual, and I liked the villains. All I know now is that I NEED the next book in the series.
Suncoast
When an author has written 20 books in a successful series they feel they need to do something different to keep the series alive. This time James Patterson decided to turn the tables on Alex Cross and have a killer hunting him instead of Cross hunting a killer.

Thierry Mulch (not his real name) is a psychopathic serial killer with chameleon style abilities who believes he has committed some perfect crimes and got away with them. To bolster his enormous ego he even participates (in disguise) in U
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Kathy
This book has resulted in a complex fracture between James Patterson and me~! What is with all this "tech no" nonsense? I have always enjoyed the Alex Cross books but after this irrationality; I think I am done. Maybe he is gearing his writinga toward a younger audience with mention of zoombies, and tech no situations which are not fully defined. By the end of the book, I didn't much care if the family lived or died.
Jeanne Ledden
This book is by far the rawest and edgiest of the Alex Cross series. Without doing a spoiler alert, I will just say that the ending was anything but satisfactory and this appears to be an attempt on Patterson's part to drum up more revenue. The Alex Cross series was my favorite one - I think that this will not be the case anymore.
Betsy
This was only the preview. I'm hooked and have to read the latest Alex Cross book now.
Dridge
+++ CAUTION: This review is written by a non-native speaker, so there may be mistakes. Forgive me in advance. +++

I, as an avid reader, have a strange relationship to thrillers: I’ve read a lot of them in the past few years, but mostly not because I adore them so much but more often because I get them frequently as presents. This makes me not entirely unknown to James Patterson, I’ve read one of his novels before. I received his newest crime thriller “Cross My Heart” for free through Goodreads Fi
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Colette


Oh my gosh!! Another Alex Cross Thriller and I LOVE/HATE this book!! There are 2 crime stories involved. The first story is the abduction of 2 babies, a prostitute and murders at "spa" clubs, Alex's wife Bree is the primary detective and she and Alex put clues together to solve the mystery of why babies are being kidnapped and subsequently killed on a specific timeline thirteen days after the spa killings. The 2nd crime revolves around abduction of the Cross family. Alex comes home to an empty h
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Antonello Fiore
Such a wonderful and nail-biting story from start to finish. Alex Cross is on the hunt of chasing someone who keeps kidnapping babies and a killer murdering people from massage parlors. And the end is just the beginning- an individual is hunting for the Cross family. Can't wait to read the next installment! :)
Marla Madison
Can't disagree with other reviewers who felt this book cheated them. Luckily for me, I borrowed the book from the local library or would have felt more strongly about being left hanging at the end.
No matter what your (or my!) beef with Patterson, he remains a master of entertainment. I had a few complaints after finishing the book, but I have to admit to being engrossed while reading.
I'm left with two questions that are troubling. The first is that nearly every Cross criminal, ends up going afte
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Samantha Faller
If you think you have James Patterson's writing pattern down, you don't. I don't care if you read every single book he has written. Until you have read this one, you know nothing. The entire story from start to finish is a slap in the face. I don't mean that in a bad way either! It's a tremendously well written gut wrenching I cannot believe that this happened kind of book. The very best page turner I have read thus far. I cannot wait for the next book. I hope he does Alex Cross justice. If and ...more
David
A fairly typical Patterson thriller for the most part, that ended abruptly, unfinished and without warning. No doubt the story will continue in the next Alex Cross installment. I noticed a similar trend occurring in the Michael Bennett series (Michael Bennett #5). Another 'To be Continued' ending that left me unfulfilled. Quite frankly Mr Patterson, I am getting tired of your latest marketing strategies, that are obviously aimed at selling the next book in the series. If, (and only if) I decide ...more
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