[Book Review] Along Came a Spider by James Patterson

Along Came a Spider is the first novel in James Patterson’s series about forensic psychologist Alex Cross. First published in 1993, its success has led to eighteen sequels as of 2012. It was adapted into a film of the same name in 2001, starring Morgan Freeman as Cross.

Synopsis

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 calls himself the Son of Lindbergh. He is so terrifying that the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police cannot outsmart him — even after he’s been captured.


Gary Soneji is a mild-mannered mathematics teacher at a Washington, D.C., private school for the children of the political and social elite. He’s so popular that the kids all call him “Mr. Chips.” And he’s very, very smart. Growing up, he always knew he was smarter than the rest of them — he knew that the Great Ones always fooled everybody. He kidnaps Maggie Rose, the golden-haired daughter of a famous movie actress, and her best friend, Shrimpie Goldberg, the son of the secretary of the treasury, right out from under the noses of their two Secret Service agents. But Gary Soneji is not surprised at his skill. He’s done it before. Hundreds of times before.
Alex Cross is a homicide detective with a Ph.D. in psychology. he looks like Muhammad Ali in his prime. Cross works and lives in the ghettos of D.C. He’s a tough guy from a tough part of town who wears Harris Tweed jackets and likes to relax by banging out Gershwin tunes on his baby grand piano. He has two adorable kids of his own. They are his own special vulnerabilities.
Jezzie Flanaganis the first woman ever to hold the highly sensitive job as supervisor of the Secret Service in Washington. Blond, mysterious, seductive, she’s got an outer shell that’s as tough s it is beautiful. She rides her black BMW motorcycle at speeds of no less than 100 mph. What is she running from? What is her secret?
Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan are about to have a forbidden love affair-at the worst possible time for both of them. Because Gary Soneji, who wants to commit the “crime of the century,” is playing at the top of his game. The latest of the unspeakable crimes happened in Alex Cross’s precinct. They happened under the protection of Jezzie Flanagan’s men. Now Soneji is at large again, still wreaking havoc.
Alex Cross must face the ultimate test as a psychologist: how do you outmaneuver a brilliant psychopath? Especially one who appears to have a split personality — one who won’t let the other half remember those horrific acts?
Soneji has outsmarted the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police. Who will be his next victim?
Gary Soneji is every parent’s worst nightmare. He has become Alex Cross’s nightmare. And now, reader, he’s about to become yours.

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Thoughts [Spoiler alert!!!]

Along came a Spider was one of those thriller fiction that had me tied up. I’m not really a fan of the genre but there were instances where I could really love a book. And this was one of them.

Alex Cross was so likable despite the flaws and everything. He’s a detective/doctor that left me breathless every-time I flipped the pages. Sometimes I would continue reading even though I’m not really staying up after twelve in the morning. That’s how hooked I was with this.

Every chapters were intense that I couldn’t help but get curious on what would happen next. I would also guess what would happen next and would solve the crimes together with Alex.

In the middle of looking for Gary, I kind of suspected the two detectives about being involved with the kidnapping. But when the story stated about Jezzie Flanagan, Alex’s supposed to be partner in love, I had to stop reading and breath because I seemed to have forgotten to. I was like, what? How come? How did that happen? I wasn’t expecting that. Did I trust her too much that I did not saw that one coming? Those kind of thoughts.

And for Alex Cross, I wanted to know if Jezzie really loved him. Was that all an act? Was that because of the ten-million dollar? Or was her feelings genuine? In the end, I received the answer to my question. It was not as direct as I wanted it to be but I was satisfied and it was enough.

I loved the writing style. The scenes were just enough to scare me and at the same time, made me love what was happening. It was written beautifully that I could clearly play the scenes through my mind while reading. It was like I was in the scene and I was also witnessing what was happening.

Now that I had finally read the first book, I had to look for the second book and read it as soon as possible. This had me hooked up. Maybe not with the genre yet but with the characters of this book but I really wanted to continue. James Patterson did a great job catching my heart with this one.

Rate 4/5

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