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Jack & Jill

(Alex Cross #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  70,399 ratings  ·  1,668 reviews
In the middle of the night, a controversial U.S. senator is found murdered in bed in his Georgetown pied-a-terre. The police turn up only one clue: a mysterious rhyme signed "Jack and Jill" promising that this is just the beginning. Jack and Jill are out to get the rich and famous, and they will stop at nothing until their fiendish plan is carried out.

Meanwhile, Washington
Paperback, 466 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Grand Central Publishing (first published September 28th 1996)
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James Tivendale
"Jack and Jill" is the third story in Patterson's gripping novels about police detective and psychologist, Dr. Alex Cross.

Here, we see Alex working on two of the most complex homicide cases of his already glittering career. Involving perhaps four or more different killers. Like the majority of the cases that Dr. Cross is assigned to, all involved seem to be complex and have peculiar, sometimes hidden motives. A number of the ensemble are working together to achieve their ultimate goals. In addi
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The third book in the Alex Cross series which I am accidentally reading totally out of order. It does not seem to matter too much except that some of the baddies pop up again in later books which can be confusing:)
I am an Alex Cross fan. He comes across as a really nice guy and I enjoy the domestic bits with the children and grandmother. He is also a very good cop and I like how he never takes rubbish from anyone, even his superiors.
This book is standard James Patterson fare which means it is e
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reading all the Alex Cross books to date is one of my reading goals for 2018, but I’m only now done three. I enjoy them a lot and they aren’t too big so they go by quickly. So I’m hopeful. This one had two very intriguing crime plots. I usually do not get too into political thrillers but I actually really enjoyed the Jack and Jill plot. The Truth School killer was absolutely unsetting. Both plots had some very good twists and when both are revealed there is shocking moments. I did not find this ...more
A murderous duo calling themselves Jack and Jill are killing important people in Washington, D.C. Detective Alex Cross is put on the case when they threaten the President. But he would rather stay on a more personal case....children are being killed at the school Cross' young son attends. Deaths continue as Cross investigates both cases. Is anyone in Washington safe?

This book is definitely filled with action and twisted suspense. Originally published in 1996, the book is a bit dated in places. B
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.5 stars

When I was in the 10th grade, I went through a big James Patterson phase. My parents were buying used copies of this books for me as stocking stuffers for Christmas, and I blew through a bunch of his books. My grandmother also loved his books dearly, so when I miss her, I pick up one of his novels.

Say what you will about James Patterson, whether he actually wrote his books or not (I actually believe he wrote his earlier novels like this one) he’s accomplished a great thing with the Al
When Detective Alex Cross was woken by his friend and partner Detective John Sampson, their destination was to Alex’s son Damon’s nearby school. The murder of the little six year old girl was sickening and hit Alex particularly hard. Their relentless search needed to be thorough; the killer needed to be found.

Meanwhile, a US senator was murdered in a particularly gruesome manner – Jack and Jill were on the hunt and had threatened that this was just the beginning – they promised they would strike
jv poore
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This chilling tale pulls our hero, Alex Cross, in two totally different directions. A child killer in his very own neighborhood should take precedence, or so Detective Doctor Cross and his faithful companion Sampson believe; however, Cross' superiors want him on Presidential detail. Both stories unfold in completely unexpected ways. The Conspiracy Theorist potential of the President's predicament is realistic, humbling and frightening; while the child killer case rips the readers' heart in two. ...more
Anna Koch
Oct 30, 2012 rated it liked it
I thought this book was good, but not as good as the first two. It didn't draw me in like the other ones did. The ending though was intense and the only part of the book I really got into. It announced what the fourth book was going to be about by having Gary Soneji from "Along Came a Spider" reappear in the story again. I recommend this book to anyone who liked the first two of the Alex Cross series because this book leads into the story line of the fourth book which is very good.
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-suspense
While reading this one I couldn't help thinking, was Kiss the Girls really that good?

Patterson does have a terse writing style, but it didn't seem this bad before. It's bad here. All through reading it I was feeling like Patterson just hacked this one out of the word processor in one draft without a second glance. For a guy who writes so sparsely, he sure is repetitive throughout the story:

'Was Jack up ahead? Was Hawkins Jack? Was this Jack up ahead?
Could this be Jack up ahead? Had we just been
BAM The Bibliomaniac
2018 Reading Challenge: book set in the 1990s

I’m going to force myself to read this series. I may eventually enjoy it
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: serial-thrillers
Number 3 in he Alex Cross series and this time Alex has not one but two killer to hunt down.
Two young children have been brutally murdered. Alex and his friend ,and fellow cop, Samson feel the need to get to the bottom of this asap. All the more so because Alex's kids attend the very same school that victims attended.
To make matters worse there are two psychopathic killers (Jack & Jill) running around killing high profile citizens.
Needless to say the FBI and the NYPD need Alex on the case.
Jun 14, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction, 2012
Reading this book is like reading a used undergraduate textbook, only it's got italics instead of highlighter. I don't think I've ever seen so many random italics to indicate words the author thinks we should focus on. Because apparently readers aren't smart enough to decide what's important and what's just ordinary narrative. And yes, it really is annoying enough that even I, a compulsive book-finisher, am considering just returning this one to the library.

Also, there's a pretty basic research
Eleanor Wheeler
May 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audio-book
Don't know if I'll ever see properly again, may have eye rolled myself blind with this. Not sure I can even bring myself to write a full review.... Time will tell....
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jack and Jill by James Patterson is the 3rd book featuring Alex Cross. Alex Cross investigates the murder of a US senator with a note signed by Jack and Jill claiming this to be the start of further killings as well as the murders of children who are being battered to death. A fast paced and action packed typical Alex Cross novel with lots of twists and thrills.
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Love the characters, but the story missed
Aug 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-abridged
This is an older Alex Cross novel. I just finished Postcard Killers (a newer novel) about a month ago, and there are a lot of similarities with the J&J killers. The biggest mystery of the book was trying to figure out why the killers did it, which is never answered completely. At the beginning J&J are playing with a game board of some kind, but that is completely forgotten after a few chapters & has nothing to do with the motive. There are too many red herrings to the point of sloppiness. When i ...more
Dierdra McGill
This will contain a few minor spoilers but should not ruin the book for anyone.
I have to admit I did not read the first two books but I did see the movie and I tend to get bored reading books AFTER seeing the movies so I skipped them. It was not hard to "catch up" on this one tho.
While James Patterson is a good writer and a well known author I don't think this was one of his better books sadly. I think there were a lot of questions left unanswered and things just thrown in. I wanted to know mor
Jammin Jenny
I liked the story okay. I liked the setting being in Washington DC as I grew up near there and it's always fun to read stories where you know some of the locations. I also still like Alex Cross as a character. I was hoping for a bit more excitement but I am going to stick with the series.
Laura Crosse
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This may have been the best Patterson novel I've ever read including all stand-alone's and other series of his, it was that good! It was full of action from the get-go especially that there wasn't just one killer, there wasn't even just two, there was three. Two working together as Jack and Jill who are murdering well known celebrities and then also the Truth School killer who's murdering little kids. Both are shocking cases but maybe for different reasons.

There is an element of racism in this
Sep 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
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Jan 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the things that enriches the character of Alex Cross is his family. It makes him seem more real and shows a dimension of his humanity that goes beyond his work. This story is made more intense by the threat his work sometimes brings home to his family. When tracking a serial killer, it can become difficult to determine exactly who is the prey and who is the predator.

The two simultaneous cases that Alex works in this story serve up plenty of tension and excitement. A child killer strikes c
Lord' Williams
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack & Jill (Alex Cross #3)

There isn't much I can say about the book or the author. I love the Alex Cross series. I was hooked with "A Long Came a Spider," and "Kiss the Girls."

Jack and Jill is a fast pace, riveting, suspense/thriller. This is a novel I would love to watch on the big screen!

James Patterson is an Master at character development, which is such an essential element in the craft of writing. Plot development received excellent support from its chapter development and suspenseful sub-
Wanda Hartzenberg
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
James Patterson Jack and Jill
I listened to this book on audio and really enjoyed the experience.
Patterson is a master of his genre and his older work, like Jack and Jill is especially great. Patterson has a winner in the two main protagonists in this book Dr Alex Cross and man mountain…
The evil doers, Jack and Jill and the Truth School killer is written with enough humanity interwoven to make the reader somewhat conflicted. That is an excellent skill, making the bad guys, human enough for the re
With JACK & JILL, the Alex Cross series--which began with the quite entertaining ALONG CAME A SPIDER--simply falls of a cliff. The writing is absolutely HORRENDOUS, even by James Patterson standards. Had I not known better, I might have thought it was written by a high school kid. The character of Alex Cross doesn't fare very well here, either. Like most people, I enjoy smart detective novels that feature smart detectives doing smart detecting. Unfortunately, there's precious little of that to b ...more
Carol (Bookaria)
I love thrillers but this one missed all the marks. I found that the villains' motivations were not explored thoroughly or believable or were just plain too simplistic. It is basically evil for the sake of being evil and in real life things are a lot more complex than that. I listened to an audiobook version found on my library which was only 3 hours long, so maybe the actual book was more thorough, we'll never know because I don't plan to find out.
Apr 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
I hated this book. It was recommended I read this by a friend who said this was a great series and this one was one of the best of this series. Wow, I can see we do not have the same taste. It was awfully written, implausible, and quite ridiculous. I will not read any more Alex Cross if the rest are like this.
Quit the series here. Too disturbing for me.
Stewart Sternberg
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Mostly a good book, with two parallel storylines that probably should have been two different books. The novel wrapped up, then kept wrapping, and kept wrapping. A little too much filler here and a final stretch that dragged.
Aug 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Alex Cross is back in this, the third installment from top-selling American author, James Patterson.
The action starts with the murder of a US Senator. Closer to home, a young girl is also found dead. The body-count soon starts to mount and Homicide Detective Alex Cross becomes the go-to man. Cross is torn between the two seemingly unrelated serial murder cases. The young children being murdered attend Cross's own sons school and therefore have personal significance for Cross. But the political
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jack & Jill gives a creepy insight into the inter-workings of our government. Although, it is a fiction novel, Im sure the plans that took place in this novel have been attempted before.

Jack & Jill are two high profile killers in Washington D.C. They kill people that are held high in the public eye and are working their way towards their ultimate goal -- Killing the real Jack & Jill -- Mr. and Mrs. President of the United States.

Can Alex Cross catch them before it is too late?

At the same time,
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