Mary, Mary Paperback – Oct 10 2005
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Admittedly, there's nothing about "Mary, Mary" that will elevate it beyond the ranks of enjoyable brain candy thriller to the status of literature. But it is worth noting that unlike the outrageously weak fare that we suffered through in "London Bridges", "Mary, Mary" seems to be a long awaited return to the quality of thriller that justifiably vaulted James Patterson onto best seller lists around the world. We're treated to an enjoyable plot that moves along with compelling page-turning speed. Alex Cross, in the manner of Inspector Rebus, Harry Bosch and all of the other loner cops in mystery and thriller literature successfully marches to the rhythm of his own drummer. We are also witness to some realistic character development as we watch the relationship with his current squeeze, Jamilla, go down in flames and we hurt with him as he is hauled into a nasty court custody battle for his beloved son, Alex. And our heart aches as Patterson gives us a wrenching example of the trials of a complete mental breakdown!
Literature? No. Brain Candy? Yes. Memorable? Not particularly. Enjoyable? Absolutely! Highly recommended.
All Patterson's books are good, but Alex Cross is his best character. I feel like I know him and his family after all this time, and I can feel the conflict between his beloved family and his dedication to his job of catching and stopping killers before the go on to kill more innocent people. Alex is a man torn between doing what's right for humanity while doing right by his family too.
I do see growth in Alex and it's refreshing to see him split with various loves for various good, understandable reasons. It makes him appear more human because that's exactly how it happens in real life. The path of true love never runs smooth, and Alex will find his soulmate in due time ... just like we real-life mortals do.
Patterson had the right amount of twists and turns in this book, and he really surprised me. I thought I had figured out who the killer was, but NO!!! So, once again, I had a surprise ending.
I really enjoyed the excitement of this book. (An aside: My favorite co-author of Patterson's is Maxine Paetro, and I'm pleased to know this dynamic duo has paired for some of his "numbers" series.)
Most recent customer reviews
The book was as described and it arrived on time. I am happy with my purchase.Published 13 days ago by E. Catherine Sones
When I planned to put it down, end of chapter lead me to another. Great book and series. Suggest but not neccessary to read books in orderPublished 18 months ago by Skeeter
Have really gotten into James Patterson's "Alex Cross" books, over the last few years. Have been trying to collect all, or most, of them. Read morePublished 19 months ago by B. H.
Alex Cross and John Sampson have become my heros. To know that they can each find happiness through so much madness is food for the soul.Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
Just as expected from James Patterson. The story was compelling and kept me thinking. It was a hard book to put down.Published 21 months ago by lh1963