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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

The 21st novel in the best-selling Alex Cross series.

Detective Alex Cross is being hunted down and his world is crashing around him.

Alex Cross has devoted his life to protecting others, his only refuge from the horrors of his job is his family - and his enemies know it.

He's never faced a foe like this before. One by one, everyone he loves is being taken from him.

If Alex doesn't act fast, he'll have no one left....

The first part of a thrilling duology by best-selling author James Patterson, followed by Hope to Die.

©2013 James Patterson (P)2013 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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Frustrating

Don't buy this until part two comes out Soooooooooooo Frustrating. Great story but doesn't have an ending.

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Do not buy this book until part 2 is published

What disappointed you about Cross My Heart?

I love James Patterson books, but at no point does Audible, the publisher or Patterson warn you that this is only the first part of the story. Unless you want to spend 10 hours of your life, as I did, listening to a story that doesn't finish, do not buy this book at least until its sequel is published.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It's a good story, with good characterisation (the criminal is particularly intriguing), written in the rather banal Patterson style, but for the beach or a long journey it's good company. I just wish it had finished!

Which character – as performed by Michael Boatman and Tom Wopat – was your favourite?

The multi-named criminal...

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Phenomenal

I couldn’t stop listening. I was on the edge of my seat. I cannot wait to start the follow up

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Keeps skipping!

Brilliant book but very difficult to listen to as it keeps skipping. Such a shame. Sort it out audible!

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good book

another griping book one in long line of books intresting one for a cosy evening by a fire

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Die hard Airport Fiction fans only

What disappointed you about Cross My Heart?

Absurd plot contrivances, unbelievable characters, clumsy spoon-feeding of references and lack of literary technique like metaphor and simile.

Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson again?

Only as part some kind of academic study.

What didn’t you like about Michael Boatman and Tom Wopat ’s performance?

Maudlin, indulgent and melodramatic.

Also the mis-pronunciation of espresso (eXpresso) unforgivable.

What character would you cut from Cross My Heart?

The 'nemesis' Thierry Mulch. The least believable character I've ever come across, Mulch is supposed to be the disguise of the criminal mastermind Marcus Sunday. This criminal mastermind sends notes to Alex Cross for no apparent reason other than to give him a gigantic clue and help James Patterson move the story forward. He then comes to give a talk at Cross' sons' school, again for no plausible reason at all. On top of this he appears to dress as some kind of Colonel Sanders-esque clown, again for no reason whatsoever.

Any additional comments?

Random inconsistent sound effects and 'dramatic' music have been added to the audiobook, like a radio play for children.

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alex cross hits the mark once again !!!

absolutely loved it listened to them all will never stop til james p does amazing

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Not good could not finish this book very boring

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one

Has Cross My Heart put you off other books in this genre?

No I have read all of the Alex cross but this one is not worth the time so tedious

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This book really is so boring not up to the usual AlexCross you keep thinking it may get better but after a while I just gave up it was like pulling teeth sorry but not good at all i would like a refund on this one

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Would you recommend Cross My Heart to your friends? Why or why not?

NoPoor English and pronouciation

How could the performance have been better?

Less overindulgent actingVoices not convincing as to type of character

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

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Did not in,addition, like the commercialised ending designed it seemed smelt to get you to buy next book. I won't be

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Amazing!!

If you could sum up Cross My Heart in three words, what would they be?

One of the very best Cross books since Kiss the Girls-a riveting, excellent read

What did you like best about this story?

The unbelievable and shocking events at the end! Just glad I read it now and only have to wait a few months for the next book!!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The end shocker.......also the part when Sampson pretended he didn't know anything was up-despite the fact Alex was secretly handing him evidence! Brilliant

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

See above

Any additional comments?

Such a clever storyline......I suspect the next book will reveal that all is ok-how good would it be if the events turned out to be true-as Alex first thought.....and as a consequence he turned against the law and became a vigil anti that was being chased by the police?!