Kiss the Girls - James Patterson
Paperback - 458 pages
Published by Warner Books - 1995
Bought at the Library Book Sale
In Los Angeles, a reporter investigating a series of murders is killed. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a beautiful medical intern suddenly disappears. Washington D.C.Us Alex Cross is back to solve the most baffling and terrifying murder case ever. Two clever pattern killers are collaborating, cooperating, competing--and they are working coast to coast.
As a huge fan of James Patterson, I didn't expect to be as disappointed as I was. Don't get me wrong, I was completely creeped out for majority of the book --- and I was thrown off by the ending (but only slightly!).
James Patterson has a way of coming up with the creepiest, skin-crawling things to occur. Cassanova is the killer in this book, and he goes around trying to find "perfect" women to become his lover. He keeps them locked up in a hidden house in the woods, and rapes/tortures them. The details are extremely gruesome, so this is not a book for the weak stomached.
I was completely disturbed by the first couple of chapters, describing Cassanova as a child -- it was horrifying to think that there are really people out there that are so crazy. Cassanova was an incredible character, and Patterson did a phenomenal job stringing me along.
My only complaint is that I feel like this book could have been a lot shorter. It seemed to drag on and on, and that annoyed me. I just wanted to know who Cassanova was, and I wanted Alex Cross to find his niece. Granted I didn't have as much time to read these last two weeks (with my job change and what not), but I read as much as I could and just couldn't plow through this one.
I would highly recommend this book to those that love a thrilling, chilling murder-mystery, but I would be hesitant to tell a Patterson lover to pick this one up. It was quite disturbing, and just didn't seem very "James Patterson-like".
4 out of 5 stars