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Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross #2)

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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  230,332 ratings  ·  2,181 reviews
In Los Angeles, a reporter investigating a series of murders is killed. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a beautiful medical intern suddenly disappears. Washington D.C.Us 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.
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Published November 1st 2005 by Little, Brown & Company (first published 1995)
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Norma Katz James Patterson writes books for all age groups but his books starring Alex Cross is for adults so I would say 18.
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Joel
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.

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Visha Burkart
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 door
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TAYLOR
May 18, 2008 TAYLOR rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All
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 enco
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
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 Al
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Jen
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 fantas
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Jack
Nov 13, 2008 Jack rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting a Page-Turner
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Brian
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 vio ...more
Andy Deemer
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 fo ...more
Ginny_1807
Indignazione
Forse 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
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Nicole
I read this book during my junior year of high school and what I read actually shocked me and had me having nightmares for quite some time. People getting kidnapped right out of their homes, being kept in an underground sex house, and being used by one of the most sadistic killers I have ever read about, fiction and non-fiction. It's no wonder why I had those nightmares.

In truth, the fact that this book scared the crap out of me made me absolutely love it. It still is one of my favourite James P
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Nicola
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 ...more
Bill
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 story
will have you whipping through this one in no time.
Watch those paper cuts.
Sentimental Surrealist
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 "YA
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Mitch
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 ...more
Marnie
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Emily
I think I'm so upset about how AWFUL this novel was because I really enjoyed Along Came a Spider, and decided to move right into book 2 in the series. The only good thing about this book was that it was so short that I really only wasted a few, precious hours of my life (that I will never get back).
OK, so we're back to Alex Cross, still a likeable detective. He gets involved in a missing persons case because his niece is one of the victims. He begins to hunt a man who calls himself "Casanova" w
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Bev
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 t
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Kasia S.
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 i
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Joshua Rodgers
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, an ...more
Sam
This was one of the most frustrating books I have ever read. The story was fantastic. Alex Cross is one of my favorite characters and the villains were fascinating. But there is one chapter where on of the villains does something vile and disgusting, that was so unnecessary, that I cannot recommend this to anyone. It makes me quite sad actually, because it was a great book (a 4 star actually), BUT the one chapter ruined it. I do hope that the next one, Jack and Jill, is better.
Stephanie
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!
Linda Anstine
Too much violence against women!
M. Ashraf
This was Great!!! It was a very good crime story, a coast to coast serial killers working together!!! Awesome!!! James Patterson wrote an amazing crime fiction, I liked it more than Along Came The Spiders for the tons of twist in this one, it was also a very big return for Alex Cross, how he connect the 1st book with one to make a line for another book at the end was interesting and made me anxious to figure out how it would play out next.

With every part you found a new twist just round the corn
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Nina
A dedicated policeman and psychologist. A killer in the West coast who calls himself, "Gentleman Caller," and a killer in the East coast who calls himself, "Casanova." Several females murdered and missing. Gruesome killings and tortures in graphic detail. Ah, classic James Patterson indeed.

Every time I read books from the likes of James Patterson, Thomas Harris, and John Sanford, I can't help thinking: "They all look like sweet, cute, huggable grandpas, and they write really scary stuff like thi
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Michelle
Revised as of 6/14.

Let me start by saying I felt it was my professional duty to read a James Patterson book since that is what a lot of people like to read. I picked ‘Kiss the Girls” because it was an older title that was written before Patterson became a ‘brand’ and was not formulaic and written by someone else.

I can see why people enjoy reading these, the action sequences were pretty good and the plot twists were interesting. The book also had 123 CHAPTERS which averaged to about 5 pages a cha
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LibraryCin
4.5 stars

Detective/psychologist Alex Cross heads to North Carolina to help with a case possibly involving the kidnapping of his niece. Someone calling himself Casanova has been kidnapping, raping and murdering women in North Carolina; at the same time the “Gentleman Caller” is doing the same to women in California.

This is the second Alex Cross book, and I think my favourite that I've read by Patterson so far (I've only read the first Alex Cross, plus the first four Women's Murder Club books). I
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Wal.li
Die schönen Mädchen

Dr. Alex Cross eilt in den Süden. Seine Nichte Naomi ist verschwunden. Große Sorge treibt Alex Cross an, denn auf dem Uni-Campus verschwinden gerade die brillianten, schönen jungen Frauen. Bald bewahrheitet sich, seine Naomi ist wie vom Erdboden verschluckt. Und die Polizei in Durham ist nicht gerade erfreut über Alex´ Auftauchen. Obwohl er doch große Erfolge bei der Verbrecherjagd hatte, ist die örtliche Polizei sicher, dass sie ihn nicht braucht. Ebenso wie die Kollegen vom
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Frank
This was the first Alex Cross novel that I read and in my opinion probably the best in the series. Made into a movie with Morgan Freeman.
John
James Patterson is definitely not a writer's writer. Kiss the Girls, especially, demonstrates very little in the way of actual writing skill, though it does manage to be somewhat entertaining. Patterson comes across as a gifted storyteller who puts very little effort into his craft, seemingly working on several books simultaneously and moving on to future projects far too prematurely. As a result, you can read his books while half-asleep and not miss anything meaningful. In other words, there ar ...more
Michael
The following has been presented to you spoiler free. (:

Let me just start off by saying this is the novel Swimsuit (by the same author) tried to be, but failed miserably. If you really want to hear my rant on that book, check out my review of it.

I waited a long time before reading this book. Mainly because I wasn't that impressed with the first book in this series, Along Came a Spider. But I'm so glad I did. This is by far my favorite James Patterson book that I've read so far.

It follows two pat
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