Friday, May 20, 2011

Book Review: Roses are Red by James Patterson

Roses are Red by James Patterson (Alex Cross #6)
Published: Vision, October 2001
Paperback, 378 pages
Challenge: Alex Cross Challenge, Hogwarts Challenge
Borrowed from Library

In this heart-pounding thriller, Detective Alex Cross pursues the most brilliant killer he's ever confronted, a mysterious criminal who calls himself the Mastermind. In a series of crimes that has stunned Washington, D.C., bank robbers have been killing bank employees and their families if the robbers' instructions are not followed to the letter. Alex Cross knows this is no ordinary criminal-the pathological need for control and perfection is too great. Cross is in the midst of a crisis at home-but the case becomes all-consuming as he learns that the Mastermind is plotting one huge, last, perfect crime...

Okay, holy mackerel! This was by far the best ending in an Alex Cross series book. I'm actually writing this review on the train where I've just finished reading.
My mouth dropped completely open. I will not spoil it for you but I would like to say that I've been waiting for this twist for about 5 books now.

As far as characters go, the Mastermind and his various teammates are viciously cold. There's no redeeming factor about them. I enjoy a villain that I can understand and almost feel sorry for. But that only added to how real he is. We heard less about the family during this book (comparatively speaking) and, as I've said in previous reviews, this makes me happy. Update: I think I have a crush on Alex Cross.

Plot-wise, this book couldn't be more unputdownable. It was like a high speed chase that slowed down at the most interesting curves. I cannot WAIT to read the next book.

Patterson gets better and better with each installment! I give Roses are Red a chilling 4 out of 4 stars! Highly, highly recommended for fans of Patterson, the Alex Cross series and suspense thrillers.


  1. So I have not read any of his books but I own tons of them! And I always think I'm going to get to them and forget. Now your post makes me want to read them now!!!
    Great review,
    Natalie :0)

  2. This is such a great series! Natalie you should read them!

  3. Wow, this sounds really great. I'm up to Jack and Jill.


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