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Roses Are Red (Alex Cross #6)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  46,606 Ratings  ·  1,050 Reviews
In this heart-pounding but touchingly romantic thriller, Detective Alex Cross pursues the most complex and brilliant killer he's ever confronted - mysterious criminal who calls himself the Mastermind.
In a series of crimes that has stunned Washington, D.C., bank robbers have been laying out precise demands when they enter the building - and then killing the bank employees
Hardcover, Large Print, 437 pages
Published November 21st 2000 by Random House Large Print (first published November 20th 2000)
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May 10, 2016 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always know I am enjoying a book when I find myself staying up past midnight to finish it. That's what happened with this one and though I regret the loss of sleep I do not regret one word of the reading:) I love hearing about Alex Cross's rather unusual little family and it was sweet to hear about a new addition. Apart from that the story was, as usual, action packed, fast moving and full of really nasty murders. Just what I like. The ending was particularly shocking and very sad. It was also ...more
Mar 01, 2008 Tanya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HOLY COW...My mouth literally dropped open when I read the last sentence in this book! To be completely honest, I read that same sentence like 5 times! Holy chit, batman! I am off to start the next book, Violets are Blue to see where this goes! Holy cow!
Mar 26, 2013 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. I've read a handful of Patterson's books and none of them would qualify as good literature, but this one was particularly awful. The writing is cliched and one-dimensional, the characters are uninteresting, and the story tries to be so shocking that it actually ends up being predictable. There are not enough clues to actually figure out who the bad guy is, so basically you just have to wait until they tell you and then you aren't surprised and don't care. I didn't care when his girlfriend l ...more
David Erickson
I felt this wasn't the best of the Alex Cross series, but it was very good. The wirting pattern makes it easy to set the book down and come back to it.

The one thing that annoys me is that the biggest bad guy never seems to get his nailed. While in some of the books, some of the bad guys are figured out and brought to justice, but dang I want to see the worst of the worst - the mastermind - nailed. I know this makes it possible for a same theme sequel, but it leaves an unsatisfactory aftertaste.

Aug 02, 2008 Elaine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can not begin to describe how much I hated this book. Uninteresting, the main character wasn't particularly appealing, and the writing is terrible. The end is a cliffhanger, and I could care less about getting the next book to find out the end of the story. This is the first James Patterson book I read, and the last.
Unfortunately, this is going to be my last James Patterson novel. I think that there just comes a point where you realize you have outgrow certain authors and I haven't particularly cared for the last three Patterson novels I have read. Sad to me, because I remember staying up ALL NIGHT to read Kiss the Girls in college. I realized tonight that I don't want to read any more JP and I don't want to read any more John Grisham, so all of the rest of my unread novels of both of these guys (great writ ...more
Thom Swennes
May 10, 2012 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Generally I like books to have complete stories. These stories have a beginning, middle and end and when I read the last page my mind evaluates or digests what I have read and I can then form an opinion. Roses are Red by James Patterson isn’t like his average stories. Most of Patterson’s novels begin by corralling the reader into his world and leading them down corridors with short chapters and never ending action. Along this fast paced ride through the hall of suspense the reader gets flash imp ...more
La Tonya  Jordan
Mar 22, 2015 La Tonya Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suspense, Mystery
Recommended to La Tonya by: Book Readers Inc. Book Club
Shelves: favorites
Detective Alex Cross is a magnificent person. This book is well written. It shows family dynamics, friendships, love, and the suspense of never knowing whom the killer truly is until the end. Days later you still can’t believe who the killer truly is.

The unanswered question is will Detective Cross ever figure it out.
Must read for anyone who likes suspense.
Feb 21, 2017 Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel like every time I read an Alex Cross book I am less impressed than before. The bank robbing is fun, but overall there just isn't much to this book.
Kevin Wijas
Oct 21, 2009 Kevin Wijas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Roses are Red by James Patterson is an exciting mystery that is led by D.C’s top detective Alex Cross. A group of professional bank robbers and their leader “The Mastermind” plan and execute perfect robberies while committing malicious murders of “innocent” people. Crosses life is a mess throughout the book as he deals with family problems while trying to stop the craziest psychopath he has every seen. This book is not only a great read but it also shows the importance of family life and how qui ...more
Ron Bajrami
Apr 08, 2010 Ron Bajrami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grade-8-ir-books
This book is about a man named Alex Cross, who is a homicide detective, who recently saved his beloved, from a mass murderer named, Weasel. In the book, Alex Cross comes across a new case, where a so called, "Mastermind," robs banks and kills all the hostages. As he investigates the case, he recently breaks up with his beloved, and is depressed. One of Alex Cross's main external conflicts, is for him to find the Mastermind and send him to jail. One of his internal conflicts, is him trying to fin ...more
This series just keeps getting better. This takes the reader through twists and turns and just when you think you know what's going on, well, think again. The ending was a total surprise! Patterson's staccato chapters move the story along and there's developments on the home front for Alex - some good, some bad. One bone to pick - I hate discrepancies / inaccuracies. It comes off as lazy. So I was a little annoyed when the story states that Hayfield, Virginia was 80 miles southwest of Washington ...more
Paul  Perry
Aug 09, 2010 Paul Perry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rubbish-bin
A couple of friends have been recommending Patterson to me for ages, so when I saw this and the sequel - Violets are Blue - together in a charity shop i picked up the pair. Patterson writes in short, punchy chapters and vivid detail, and i flew through the book, pulled forward by the pace. It was, however, an entirely unsatisfying experience. The writing is incredibly formulaic - detective battling personal problems? check. the only man who can solve the case? check? increasing complications in ...more
Oct 19, 2007 Adam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the truly desperate
Amy and I found this book by the curb in a town in Germany, and picked it up on a whim. After reading the first chapter (4 pages, maybe 1000 words, probably less), we both put it down because it has such an unbelievably unpromising start. And there it remained, taunting me from a shelf in our apartment for about a month. I finally picked it up yesterday at 4pm and four hours later, it was done. After 130 chapters of absent character development, a random and generic plot and the regular use of i ...more
Anna Koch
This book was just as good as the other Alex Cross books. The story line wasn't as interesting in the beginning though. It got better towards the end. The ending was very surprising and you would never guess who would be the Mastermind. I recommend this book to who ever read the first books for the Alex Cross series because the ending will shock you all. I was going to take a break from reading the series and read something else, but the ending made it so I had to find out what was going to happ ...more
Aug 27, 2008 Margaret rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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ROSES ARE RED is of roughly the same literary quality as a Harlequin romance; even still, it's the best Alex Cross novel (up to this point) since KISS THE GIRLS. Finally, we get a bad guy who's actually somewhat interesting and can give Cross a run for his money. Story-wise, the book is entertaining enough...if you can get past Patterson's frequently abysmal writing.
Apr 23, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well holy crap! This is one of the few times that this series has left me with a cliffhanger at the end of a book. I guess I'll have to start the next one really soon - normally by the end of the book you get the sense of how it's going to end. Not this one. Not this one AT ALL. Ughhh why must I work in an office where I can't READ all day?!
Apr 28, 2009 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad read. The story held my interest but I lost respect for the main character, Alex Cross, in how he responded to his daughter's medical situation. I found his response a little implausible.
Jan 31, 2014 Lulu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whew!!! I'm ready to start on book 7 ... Violets Are Blue
Apr 09, 2017 Faye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Alex Cross, was so looking forward to his romance with the gorgeous Betsey. Also glad AJ has come to stay.
Apr 14, 2017 Canan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Roses are red" by James Patterson was a good mystery. It was the first book I red of the Patterson series about the Detective Alex Cross. In this book Cross had to identify a criminal who calls himself the Mastermind and is involved with bank robberies in Washington D.C. I did not enjoy the first couple of chapters as much but when I picked it up again during spring break I could not put it out of my hands until I finished it. "Roses are red" was an interesting and thrilling story with several ...more
Mar 03, 2017 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Alex Cross. Great characters. Lots of good plot twists.
Clayton C.
Oct 10, 2013 Clayton C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
James Patterson's Roses Are Red depicts a detective in Washington D.C. who is on the case of multiple bank robbery/murders around the area. At first they seem like simple jobs gone wrong but patterns soon appear getting the FBI involved. Many hostages are being murdered leaving no margin for error. It is written in third person limited letting really grasp Alex's (the main character) thoughts. Alex goes through many disasters throughout that tear him apart.
Before I read this book I was not a bi
Patrick Flanigan
I try not to judge a book by comparing it to other books I've read. I try to judge based on how it met or exceeded my expectations. This is the first Patterson book I've read, and based on what I had heard from fans of his, I didn't expect high literature, but I did expect a simply written, well-crafted mystery. Suffice to say, I was very under-whelmed. It was an interesting enough story to keep me reading until the end, but the writing was full of painful cliches, one dimensional characters, an ...more
Stephanie Nalepa
Roses are Red is the sixth book in the Alex Cross series. It follows Alex Cross as he tries to capture the “Mastermind”, who is behind several bank robberies and murders.
This was the second thriller that I’ve read by James Patterson. I definitely understand what so many others like about him. His novels are fast paced, easy to read, keep you guessing, and this book was no different. I found myself continually wanting to read more to find out what would happen next. Although I did enjoy this boo
Aug 28, 2013 Kristin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading this series for a change of pace. I really like the character of Alex Cross and the recurring, supporting characters. I enjoyed the books leading up to this, although I was getting frustrated with some of the repetition and coincidence and was wondering how many more bad things can happen to the main character. The brutality was starting to wear on me a bit, too. This book just didn't carry the emotional punch of the other books, partly because the accumulated badness is over t ...more
James McPherson
Apr 29, 2016 James McPherson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With every novel more thrilling than the last, Patterson takes the reader through some of the most intense situations in modern literature, all through the lens of Washington, D.C. homicide detective Alex Cross. This novel is a powerful statement that shows human nature at its rawest. From the parental protective instinct of Cross to the twisted psychopathic delusions of The Mastermind, Patterson crafts a compelling tale of humanity and good versus evil.
Raza Syed
Jun 09, 2014 Raza Syed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid addition to the Alex Cross Series.... This is the first of a 2 parter..

Cross's nemesis refers to himself as The Mastermind ! You keep waiting for the bozo to choke on his title but then you realize that It is Not Hubris and the title is Well Deserved...

There is only one main storyline and that is rare in the Cross Series. That also helps in keeping everything focused. This book succeeds on doing the little things right and staying on point.
Good book to read....
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