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Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross #2)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  272,675 Ratings  ·  2,678 Reviews
We begin with Alex Cross, the detective introduced in Along Came a Spider. He's back, and this time it's personal.

Alex's favorite niece, Naomi, a beautiful young woman, disappears from school at Duke University. The trail of evidence points to Wylie, a serial killer who takes sexual perversion to new heights. Wylie works in the Chapel Hill and Durham area of the South; his

Hardcover, 451 pages
Published January 11th 1995 by Little, Brown and Company
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Grouser64 I don't believe he ever read the book, but probably saw the movie that came out at that time. It was probably the first thing he could think of. I'm…moreI don't believe he ever read the book, but probably saw the movie that came out at that time. It was probably the first thing he could think of. I'm sure he's seen movies with similar scenarios. Dassey had an IQ just 3 points above mental retardation. If you can't see the judicial system and law enforcement motive to just "solve" their case and make somebody pay so the appear to have done their job then you have you head in the sand, or an IQ of 73.(less)
Mark Perkins First Alex Cross book is Along Came A Spider.
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Jan 12, 2008 Joel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 a
Feb 18, 2009 Visha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 05, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Apr 14, 2008 TAYLOR rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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.'"


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
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Mar 24, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
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
Andy Deemer
May 01, 2013 Andy Deemer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 22, 2010 Brian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
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
Aug 14, 2008 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting a Page-Turner
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Aug 11, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 09, 2008 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 16, 2012 Mitch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 05, 2008 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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.
Jan 19, 2016 Maire rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 31, 2010 Kasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nandakishore Varma
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.
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
Jan 06, 2016 Mark rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maryland-vanity
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
Apr 01, 2011 Bev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
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
Joshua Rodgers
Aug 09, 2010 Joshua Rodgers rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 25, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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!
Mar 01, 2010 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 27, 2008 Marnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 02, 2015 Kelsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bargain-buys
Absolutely POWERED through this!! My advice is, if you've seen the film before reading the book, completely forget about the film. Try to think of them as two completely different things.

The story itself was incredibly well written and thought out; the proper grit and dark vibes a story like this should have. I'm growing to respect and admire Alex Cross more and more. He is a character that I WANT to succeed. I WANT him to come out on top. I'm constantly rooting for him and that makes this book
Jennifer Jaynes
Dec 12, 2011 Jennifer Jaynes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first of James Patterson's books. It also was my favorite by far.

I started it late one Friday night and finished it the next night. I wanted to finish because I wanted to see the movie tie-in. (The movie, IMO, was NO comparison.)

Too bad Patterson isn't writing books like "Kiss the Girls" these days. I really miss his earlier work.
Una Tiers
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long. In about the middle one phrase was repeated about 50 times. No more Patterson for me.
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
Jun 15, 2012 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 24, 2008 Sam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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