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Brought to you by Penguin.

The legendary thriller that launched the international Alex Cross phenomenon.

Two children have been kidnapped from an elite Washington D.C. private school. Detective Alex Cross must find them.

The kidnapper's identity is quickly determined as the students' maths teacher, Gary Soneji, but capturing him is the true challenge.

Alex's pursuit of the sinister Soneji escalates and it becomes increasingly clear that he's something far more dangerous. Alex discovers that the crime runs deeper and begins to uncover connections that no one could have anticipated.

Adapted as a major Hollywood movie starring Morgan Freeman.

©2017 James Patterson (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"No one gets this big without amazing natural storytelling talent - which is what Jim has, in spades. The Alex Cross series proves it." (Lee Child, international best-selling author of the Jack Reacher series)

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Easy-read, fast moving detective thriller.

I can see why it's so popular - easy-read, fast-moving psychological detective thriller.

My first Patterson. As a library worker for several years, I've avoided reading this author, who fills several shelves by himself, but recently I also listened to a Lee Child and saw this first Alex Cross was also coming out on Audible for the first time. Why not?

As a student of psychology myself, I was very interested in the villain of the piece, and did enjoy travelling along with Cross as he talks us through his thought process when two children of famous/important parents are kidnapped from their school by a teacher.

The twists didn't all come as surprises, the writing was pretty straightforward and standard, but the story did keep its intensity and it was very cinematic (probably why it has been filmed!). I liked the constant flipping from Cross to the kidnapped girl to the 'villain'.

I don't think I'll be reading any more but I'm glad now to be able to say I've sampled a new author. It was a quick few hours as it flowed well, despite its length.

The Audible version was a good listen for this style of narration, as Cross talks to us with his thoughts a lot, but I did find that the reader used the same voice for more than one character, not making them distinct enough. I could work out who was speaking, but thought this was unusual in an audiobook narrator.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.

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doesn't matter if you saw the film is very differe

enjoyed, great narrator. and the storys very good. uncomfortable at times. worth a listen. already got the next one loaded and ready to go.

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Along came a spider

Great book, good story telling, but oh how I wished it was Morgan freeman narrating

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Disappointed

I originally read the hardback version of this book years ago and loved it and subsequently bought all the following Alex Cross novels, it’s hard to put my finger on it but this audio version just seemed flat and boring, I persevered until the end but just didn’t enjoy it and was left disappointed.

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Gripping read

I thought the characters were credible, the bad ones were scarily so.

The story’s pace gripped me from start to finish. The twists and turns caused my heart to beat faster at times. I shed a tear for the rescue

The reading of the book by Ako Mitchell added to the excitement and suspense.


As always, James Patterson did it again. EXCELLENT!

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Excellent

This is the first Alex Cross book I have listened (have read the womens murder club) and had this over Christmas as a way to relax.
The story line had me guessing from start to finish and even the ending came as a surprise.
Without giving the game away, 2 children are taken in broad daylight in site of teachers and nothing is said, which starts a story of twists and turns.
I believe that there is also a film but not seen that - but totally recommend the book

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A classic

I have to agree I do not think we have got the right narrator for the new versions of this book the man simply cannot get into character there is no emphasis no empathy so the story is flat you simply do not believe what you are hearing and a good narrator is there to tell a story whilst I do applaud the fact that at last we have a new version of along came a spider and a few others by James Patterson I have yet to listen to kiss the girls and Jack and Jill but I just hope the narrator gets better but don’t be put off because a new version was needed because the old version was even worse it’s a long book compare to how it changed his books into shorter chapters were the one more punchy the first three books were monthly chapters a change this deliberately and it worked so maybe this is why the first three books are a lot more difficult to follow because the chapters are longer and not as punchy otherwise a story is fantastic and I still say to this day, I do wish they will do and continue to redo some of his earlier stuff so we can listen again with a more modern viewpoint but this time with the narrator that actually gets inside the character

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very good

this is my 1st james Patterson book and I have to say I am impressed by the way it pulls you into the scenes and keeps you hooked

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brilliant loved every second

the narration was awsome, James patterson can denfintly write a story can't wait to read the rest

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Absolutely Brilliant!

I was hooked from the start with this well written (and read) story. I haven't read any of Patterson's work but keen to keep to the Cross series.
Fast paced and what a detective story should be about.

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  • 15-06-21

Great Listen but very long

I found the book very entertaining it was a very well written story with loads of drama. It was just to long it felt like it will never end even
though you are entertained all the way it was to long.

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  • 11-08-20

Although it's not really my genre, enjoyed it!

Understand why people like this book / James Patterson's style. Fast paced, lots of surprises and events. Likeable characters. Jokes.

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  • magda begeman
  • 21-01-19

briljant and captivating

Great caracters, well reseached story with a gripping plot and great ending. Well read

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  • 22-11-18

good read

gripping storyline with Twista and turns. narration was really good. it's a keeper. could easily happen!