From Goodreads: The first Alex Cross novel, Along Came a Spider, immediately made James Patterson a household name. Cross — a black Washington, D.C., police detective with a solid background in psychology — finds love and a whole heap of trouble as a deadly psychopath holds two kidnapped children under his razor-sharp blade. Along Came a Spider hit the silver screen in April 2001, with Morgan Freeman revisiting the role of Alex Cross.
What I Loved: This is the first book in the Alex Cross series and it was a fantastic introduction of the Cross Character. I had seen this movie but I don’t think I had ever read the book. The case was compelling and the twist (even though I knew it was coming) still kind of caught me off guard. James Patterson truly has a way of sucking you into a story and never quite knowing which way he is going to turn.
What I Liked: The pacing was a little off in this book but with that in mind I liked how each new element of the book was introduced. I also like how no storyline was dropped and forgotten. It was interesting to read the physical characteristics of the characters because they were a little off from what I thought they would look like so I had to adjust my mental images of the main characters.
Movie Comparison Thoughts: Physically I don’t think any of the casting matched the actual characters in the book—that being said I think everyone did a great job in their roles. I know these are older movies but as thrillers I think they have stood the test of time.
Why I gave it a 4: I didn’t like it as much as Kiss the Girls (I seldom like book 1 in a series as much as the rest of the series) but it was still a really good read.
Who would I recommend it too: Thriller/Mystery fans.
Books in this series:
Along Came a Spider
Kiss the Girls
Jack & Jill
Cat & Mouse
Pop Goes the Weasel
Roses Are Red
Violets Are Blue
Four Blind Mice
The Big Bad Wolf
I, Alex Cross
Challenges: 1rst in Series Challenge, 2011 E-Book Challenge, Outdo Yourself Challenge, Book to Screen Challenge