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Kiss the Girls

(Alex Cross #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  327,011 ratings  ·  3,928 reviews
In Los Angeles, a reporter investigating a series of murders is killed. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a beautiful medical intern suddenly disappears. In Washington D.C. 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.
Paperback, 481 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 11th 1995)
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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 s…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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James Tivendale
I received an ARC of Kiss the Girls via NetGalley and I would like to thank James Patterson, Random House UK, Cornerstone and Arrow. Although this is a well-known classic thriller, first released in 1995, a new version with that strikingly awesome cover is being published on 29 June 2017. Kiss the Girls is the second outing featuring detective and psychologist Alex Cross and it follows on from the excellent Along Came A Spider.

The story starts with Alex arriving home one day to find a houseful
Jan 12, 2008 rated it did not like it
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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Krystin | TheF**kingTwist
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This is my second time reading this and I have to admit I'm having a bit of an existential crisis. Because I used to genuinely enjoy this? I would devour the Alex Cross series when I was 14/15 and fully evolving my love for murder and mayhem as a maturing reader. I would close a Patterson book thinking, yeah, so good.

But no, guys, seriously, so bad.

Patterson's prose are atrocious. There is zero depth to the plotting. There are no less than two overwrought clichés per page.
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Sentimental Surrealist
Jan 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Andy Deemer
May 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Crime Addict Sifat
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you see me rating a book 5 stars, make sure you jump on it.

Very very thrilling ! Thoroughly enjoyed. This story is a bit touchy as brutality is at it's best. Two astute example executioners are teaming up, participating, contending - and they are working across the nation. Just imagine how terrifying is this !

In Los Angeles, a correspondent exploring a progression of homicides is murdered. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a wonderful restorative assistant all of a sudden vanishes. In Washingt
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars

“Everything I loved was taken away from me, and I did not die.”

I first read this book in my sophomore year of high school. I went through a HUGE James Patterson phase and have read a large amount of his original works. My grandmother had loved him too, so it gave us something to connect over and I will always love James Patterson, if only for that fact.

Kiss the Girls is one of his best stories. A young doctor is abducted by a killer who calls himself Casanova. Casanova considers him
Feb 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Alex Cross is a skilled, and dedicated, detective from Washington, DC. When he discovers his niece is missing from her college in NC and might possibly have been kidnapped by a serial killer, he jumps into the case with NC authorities and the FBI. Women are disappearing. All beautiful, very intelligent women. Some are found murdered. And others are just gone, with no clues as to their whereabouts. When one victim escapes, Alex and the FBI find out that this case might be much more complex and da ...more
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
Apr 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
jv poore
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Before giving my opinion about this book, the 2nd one featuring Alex Cross, it is only fair to disclose that I ADORE the Alex Cross/John Sampson duo. I'm convinced that Mr. Patterson could place these two in even the most mundane storyline and still come up with a winning book. Luckily, such is not the case with Kiss the Girls. This is a fabulously written mystery with multiple opportununities for the reader to figure out who, what, when, where and why. The human monsters in this book are ruthle ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book more than Along Came a Spider, even though I really did like that one very much. I am becoming very endeared to the Cross character and his family. The plots were amazing and so intriguing in this installment. I enjoyed reading about the "twinning" dynamic concept of the serial killers and their communications.

My quick and simple overall: SO ENTERTAINING to read!
I first read this in high school back when it came out, and I loved it. I also loved the movie. I did not love the reread of it.

I'm not crazy about Patterson's writing. It is a cool storyline, I think, but it's mainly getting three stars for nostalgia.

For me, this book can be summed up in two sentences:
Kate McTeirnan is the most amazing woman who ever lived and no one will ever compare to the amazing awesomeness that is Kate McTiernan. Alex Cross is also awesome but to a much lesser degree.
Jan 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
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
Aug 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Joshua Rodgers
Aug 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 10, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid four stars.
Entertaining and absolutely got me invested in the story.
Jun 09, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jenny Jo Weir
Wowzers. I wasn't expecting that. Very entertaining and gripping. I now understand how this put James on the map. He did a fantastic job creating this story and surprising me with his talent. I'm officially a fan. ...more
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As best as a thriller regarding serial killing can be. :)
Jan 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
This was when James Patterson was at his best, at the start of his career.
The second in the Alex Cross series. Kiss the Girls is a fast paced thriller that keeps you guessing right to the end.
Alex is a forensic psychologist with the Washington police force. When Alex's niece goes missing whilst at university in North Carolina Alex has to go and find out what's going on. He discovers that a lot of young women have gone missing, all beautiful all intelligent. One or two have been found dead afte
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4.5 stars - I've read this two, maybe three, times over the years and decided to add audio to the mix. Michael Kramer does a good job with the narration but, I find myself again disappointed that he's just not Alex Cross. I do like his Southern accent for our antagonists, which helps.

As for the latest mystery that captures Alex's attention, I really like all of the twists and turns as he works with the FBI to identify and apprehend Casanova and the Gentleman Caller. I als
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At the beginning, with the prologues, I though there was one killer with two different scenes. Yeah, no, I was completely wrong when I reread the two prologues.

In the beginning of Kiss the Girls you are instantly hooked with two different murder scenes on opposite sides of the coast. One killer calls himself Casanova and he kills mostly within North Carolina. The other killer calls himself The Gentleman Caller who kills within L.A. Both guys are extra creepy and will make you cringe throughout
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