Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Book Review: Cat and Mouse by James Patterson

Cat and Mouse by James Patterson
Published: Little Brown and Company, 1997
Paperback, 451 pages
Borrowed from Library
Challenges: Mystery & Suspense, Alex Cross Challenge

That monstrous villain Gary Soneji is back in Cat & Mouse, the fourth book in James Patterson's series about Alex Cross, a police forensic psychologist, but he's not alone. In seeming support of the premise that you can never have too much of a bad thing, Patterson has thrown a second serial killer into the mix: Mr. Smith, a mysterious killer terrorizing Europe while Soneji practices his own brand of evil along the Eastern Seaboard. With two killers to track, Cross has his hands full.
I thought I was kind of done with the Alex Cross series. After reading his bone chilling Kiss the Girls, I couldn't quite get into Jack and Jill. But then Patterson brought back Gary Soneji and things got a lot more interesting. Soneji is out of jail and is hellbent on making Alex Cross pay for putting him jail in the first place. Across the pond, another killer is loose.

I have got to say, the twist in the book is probably the best he's done yet! I also loved the obligatory romance between he and Christine. She is probably my favorite character in the book. She's graceful and respectable and the best love interest Cross has had. The love scenes between them are so intimate (and exciting)that I feel like I've invaded her privacy.

As far as the other characters, eh, well...I don't know if this will happen in future books, but I find myself itching to get past Cross' chapters and to the more interesting, more realistic chapters told from the murderer's point of view. I always love Patterson's villains. Mr. Smith is horrifying. Gary Soneji is tragic and deliciously unpredictable. Sorry to say but, I'm not completely in love with the Cross Family itself. Not the hugest fan of Alex Cross or Nana Mama. I find the daughter Janine to be slightly annoying and Damon under represented SO FAR. Of course Patterson has written 74 billion books in the Alex Cross series so I'm certain my opinion will change.

All in all, I give Cat and Mouse 3 out of 4 stars. Definitely recommended for fans of the Alex Cross series, James Patterson and suspense thrillers!


  1. I have read this one yet. It's on my list for one of these challeges though. I love the Alex Cross series. 3 out of 5 now I'm just itching to see what I think of it

  2. But really, mine is on a scale of 3 out of 4 stars! So it was pretty good just not the best!


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