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Along Came a Spider

(Alex Cross #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  434,113 ratings  ·  5,992 reviews
What have we got? A missing little girl named Maggie Rose . . . a family of three brutally murdered in the projects of Washington, D.C. . . . the thrill-killing of a beautiful elementary school teacher . . . a psychopathic serial kidnapper/murderer who is so terrifying that the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police cannot outsmart him - even after he's been captured.

Paperback, 449 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Grand Central Publishing (first published February 1st 1993)
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Ryan Gillespie
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: james-patterson
James Patterson. The man writes a book and you read it. It's plain and simple. He knows how to write a mother-fucking story. This wasn't the first book I read but damn. The dude keeps makin' a brother come back for more. It gets even better when you're reading a book about the REAL OG: Alex Cross.

Short attention span? James Patterson's books come automatically equipped with small chapters.

Enjoy reading before bed? Forget about it. You're laying down in bed, right? HAIL NO. This shit has you on t
James Tivendale
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, detective
I am honestly speechless after reading that. Everything that a thriller should be. I am embarrassed to say that this is the first James Patterson book I have read (excluding his book shot series).

Although I was unfamiliar with his work- I think everyone who likes fiction has heard of Alex Cross.

He was one of many standout characters in this novel. Alex Cross, detective, doctor of psychology, hypnotiser, friends of the poor people when he helps out at a food shelter, respected by the black people
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was so bad. But not bad in an angry-making way where you want to throw it in a fire, bad in a Nic Cage movie way where it's just so unapologetically terrible that it's both unintentionally hilarious and entertaining in a strangely endearing way. Like, you have to finish it even though you're like "what am I doing with my life right now, I only have a limited time of being alive and yet I can't stop reading this".

If you pay any attention whatsoever to the plot, you will have lots of que
Ahmad Sharabiani
Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross, #1), James Patterson

James Brendan Patterson is an American author. Along Came a Spider is a crime thriller novel, and the first novel in series about forensic psychologist Alex Cross. First published in 1993. Alex Cross is a homicide detective with a Ph.D. in psychology. He works and lives in the ghettos of D. C. and looks like Muhammad Ali in his prime. He's a tough guy from a tough part of town who wears Harris Tweed jackets and likes to relax by banging out Ge
Mary Statza
Nov 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
Wow, where do I begin? This book inspired me to write a literary review for English class discussing why a a book like this should NEVER have made it onto the bestsellers list.
Some major points include:
* Alex Cross is an incredibly boring, cliché, slightly-racist, unrealistic character
* The italicization of random words without regards to taste or context
* Incredible off-putting love scenes
* Boring, repetitive text,
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read
This is the first book I've read in the Alex Cross series and it won't certainly be the last. James Patterson is a fabulous author as I'm sure many would agree and when it comes to writing a page turner he sure knows how to keep the reader turning the pages at a fast pace.

Along Came A Spider is a book with the lot, mystery, crime, suspense, oh and did I mention it's a cracking thriller. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this series. If you haven't read this book then do yourself
David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
I have been recommending this book for years. Yes, the movie adaptation was terrible…yes, some of the later Alex Cross entries were somewhat weak (I’m looking at you, “Violets Are Blue”). But the first book of the Alex Cross series is still an amazing read. What really made this book work for me was the antagonist, Gary Soneji. He’s chilling and creepy, yet he’s still utterly fascinating. The game of cat-and-mouse between Alex Cross and Gary Soneji is gripping and exciting.

However, the book is n
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
ALONG CAME a SPIDER (Alex Cross, #1) is the classic thriller that launched the Alex Cross series, the #1 detective series of the past twenty-five years! Excellent book. full of action and a ending I never saw coming! This novel is a game of cat-and-mouse between Detective Alex Cross and psychopathic villain,Gary Soneji, and will have you flipping the pages to see what will happen next.
Sanjay Gautam
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
It was a few years back that I read Along Came The Spider. I found the plot is predictable just like those typical Hollywood thriller movies. I could not find the book much engrossing, and was rather disappointed by the climax which was a cliched twist, and ruins whatever was, if any, good in the plot before. It was only the psychopathic villain, Gary Soneji, that appealed to me. Whereas Alex Cross, the detective, was very boring. All in all, it was a below average read which I would not recomme ...more
Macy_Novels at Night
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Along came a spider popped my James Patterson cherry. I struggle to sway from my usual favorite authors, and I am working on venturing out and getting some new favs. As a writer, I also feel this is the only way to check out other styles and grow by other author's genius. I have never seen the movie to this book, but I felt like I was watching an action movie the whole time. There were parts that bothered me a bit that I feel could have been left out, but I also understand the authors need to mo ...more
James Patterson started his best-selling Alex Cross series in 1993 with Along Came a Spider. There are now 25 books in the series. PBS included the Alex Cross mysteries on its list of 100 books and series for The Great American Read. This prompted me to check out an audiobook of the first Alex Cross book and take a listen. Wow....I'm sorry it took me 25 years to try this series. I loved the character and the book!

Alex Cross is a metro detective in Washington, D.C. He's raising his two kids with
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3 stars

I went through a whole James Patterson phase when I was in high school. His original work, where it’s just him writing without another author, is great. There’s a reason he became such a success over the years. Along Came a Spider was never my favorite by him, Kiss the Girls and 1st to Die are his best works in my opinion. But when doing a reread, one wants to start at the beginning.

This book follows the kidnapping of two children, both with very influential parents. Alex Cross of the W
Edward Lorn
Jul 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No wonder the literary world is polluted with so many shitty writers. They see how well this fucking hack has sold, read his work, and aspire to fucking mediocrity. James Patterson outsells Pulitzer-Prize winning authors, but his writing (I refuse to call this bullshit "prose") is barely one step above motherfucking picture books. He's detrimental to the literate world. Authors and readers alike think this shit is okay. Do you see how many five-star reviews there are on this time sink? Authors a ...more
Janie Johnson
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, 2019
This is a re-read for me from 2 years ago. I had forgotten that I already read it, but either way I am so glad that I am finally to get to the Alex Cross series. I enjoyed this one probably even more than the first time I read it. This is the first book to the series. I have had several of the books for awhile now. I have read plenty by James Patterson and have enjoyed just about all of it, so I expected this book to be just as good, and it really was.

The plot to this one was very fast paced, it
I was going to say that it started of well, but then I realised that it was only because I thought the beginning sucked the least. I mean, if you want to read a story with unbelievably cringe-worthy romance lines, pointless and unnecessary racism and a script that only added to the unrealisticness of the characters, then by all means, throw your money away on this book.
The beginning kept me going for a while because I thought it had a pretty decent storyline (probably the only good point about t
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So interesting! I haven't seen the movie so this whole plot and the characters were new to me. I found it very entertaining with some great twists! Now that I am done the Women's Murder Club I am trying to decide between Patterson's other series to read now. Really thinking this is the one I will read first!

My quick and simple overall: psychology and criminal justice is so it for me! My two majors in undergrad and graduate school!
Shawna Finnigan
James Patterson is being added to my list of authors that I refuse to support. Why did he have to make racist comments while “supporting” a white man who sexually molested his adopted daughter?? It’s messed up on so many levels. He should’ve just stayed quiet instead of saying problematic stuff.

(Also, there’s no rating on this review so this won’t effect the rating of this book so that goodreads won’t take this down ✌🏻)
Mar 15, 2022 rated it it was ok
This book was very boring, I couldn't care less about what's going on. The way we continuously changed perspectives made me just want to finish. I don't think I'll be trying Patterson's other books in this genre. ...more
4.5 Stars

The first book in the Alex Cross series and it’s a beauty! I have read a few books by James Patterson but I was really looking forward to starting this series because I have heard so many good things about it. Well I didn’t regret this one.

This has everything you want in a thriller a creepy murderous psychopath, quick intense chapters, a brilliant detective, plenty of twists and turns and a killer plot! This book kept me guessing throughout and I loved it!

The character description in
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ok so I watched the movie starring Morgan Freeman before reading this book which sort of ruined it for me but trust me I learned my lesson. The only thing the movie got right was the name of the characters, and the main theme/plot of the book which was the kidnapping. I could not believe how off the movie was compared to the book, but enough about that. This was probably the most I was engaged into a mystery/thriller/suspense book since I read A Cold Day In Paradise by Steve Hamilton which got m ...more
Jack Heath
5 Stars. I couldn't stop reading. It's that good. What a debut. Dr. Alex Cross, a black psychologist and police detective, and his life-long friend, John Sampson, also a detective, are investigating another brutal homicide in the projects in Washington DC, when word comes that two young students have been kidnapped from an up-scale private school. Why should they leave their pressing case and join forces with the FBI and the Secret Service? It's not fair, but one of the fathers is US Secretary o ...more
Serial Maniac

I've read this two, maybe three, times over the years. It's a gripping tale and a fantastic start to the series.

UPDATED 5/2022:
It's time to try audio for this book. I own the book but wanted to try something different as I catch up with the series from the beginning.

I forgot how unsettling the beginning is. Being a parent now probably has something to do with that. Ok, it has a lot to do with it. My perceptions and what I observe over time have shifted.

Honestly, there is a lot
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
This book had a very interesting plot and a decent cover.

That's about it. What a major disappointment this was. I guess it goes to show you just how good an actor Morgan Freeman is. Hell, he drove Ms. Daisy around for two hours and made it seem fun, and he made the movie version of this very watchable. Sadly, he was not around to act out the novel for me.

By the way, the cover isn't really that cool, I was just being polite.
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have read a few Alex Cross books now and decided it was time I read the very first one to see how it all began. I am very glad I did because I found this to be an excellent book. It has a fast paced and exciting story which has the reader guessing from the first page and then it ends with quite a remarkable twist which I did not see coming. I sat up very late finishing it because I just could not put it down! Altogether a really good read.
Cathal Kenneally
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was kept in suspense for most of it. I was disappointed that Alex was hoodwinked so easily, considering how professional he is supposed to be! It’s my first James Patterson and it may not be my last. I prefer Jeffrey Deaver to be honest
Crime Addict Sifat
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A perfect crime-thriller story. 👌

Along Came a Spider starts with the twofold capturing of the girl of a well known Hollywood on-screen character and the youthful child of the secretary of the Treasury. What's more, that is just the start! Gary Soneji is a dangerous serial criminal who needs to perpetrate the wrongdoing of the century. Alex Cross is the splendid murder investigator set against him. Jezzie Flanagan is the female administrator of the Secret Service who finishes a standout amongst
Matt Rudy
Dec 21, 2018 rated it liked it
"I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them."

2.5 stars

Alex Cross is a detective/ psychologist whose new case involves a man named Gary Soneji. This man is responsible for the kidnapping of two children and several murders. Alex Cross needs to find the missing kids and outsmart this sociopath. This story is a cat and mouse game. It is filled with action and several twists.

This is my first James Patterson book and sadl
Carol  Jones-Campbell
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First Read: I have read most of the Alex Cross books now and found this installment in the library and learned that it is the first book of the series. I am very glad I did because I found this to be an excellent book. It has a fast paced and exciting story which has the reader guessing from the first page and then it ends with quite a remarkable twist which was a big surprise to me. I was up a lot of the night listening to a playaway - 12 hours long. Altogether a really good read. I have a hunc ...more
Anne ✨ Finds Joy
(3.5) decently entertaining, Alex Cross is a likeable MC. It wasn't overly thrillerish, but the plot was well developed with some good twists. ...more
Kathy Davie
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
For some reason, Amazon refused to post this review, and I can't see why. If anyone can figure it out, let me know.

First in the Alex Cross thriller series and revolving around Alex, a Washington D.C. detective with a background in psychology.

My Take
This is one of the few stories in which the movie adaptation is better. It wasn't until almost the end that Along Came a Spider started to more closely resemble the movie. Yeah, I usually hate it when a movie leaves out so much of the book, but in thi
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