Title: Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross, #2)
Author: James Patterson
Format: Hardcover, 451 pages
Published: 1995 by Warner Books
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Adult
Rating: 5 Stars
Read Count: 1
This time it's personal for Cross. The most elusive of killers has abducted Cross's niece, Naomi, a talented law student. Only such a devastating blow could bring the detective back - this time to the Deep South, where old slave prisons are buried in the forests, and houses of horror can disappear as in your worst nightmare. Naomi's kidnapping rips Alex Cross away from his kids and his jazz piano and sends him south with several questions burning in his mind. Why did the police wait seventy-two hours before beginning their search? And what is the head of the FBI doing at the scene of a small-town crime? Meanwhile, somewhere out there Casanova is living a secret fantasy. In his private hideaway, the world's greatest lover has assembled seven of the South's most extraordinary young women for his personal use. It's an accomplishment he can share with only one other soulmate - and that's definitely not his wife back in suburbia. But Casanova doesn't count on the exceptional abilities of one of his harem - or having Alex Cross as a nemesis.
Kiss the Girls was another fun thrill ride full of surprises. It follows Detective Alex Cross as he searches for his niece after learning she's disappeared from her college campus in North Carolina. Our psychopath on the east coast is Casanova, self proclaimed ultimate lover of women as he kidnaps the most beautiful and talented women to add to his harem. He kills and tortures easily. The Gentleman Caller is on the west coast and he likes to keep very personal souvenirs from his victims.
This story keeps you glued to the pages and it had me thinking terrible thoughts about what the wackos deserved to get in return for the things the did to their victims. I loved Alex and Sampson as usual and escaped victim Kate was a feisty, kick ass woman.
Warning though, there are some disturbing scenes (Chapter 54 for me) in the book so if you don't like violence much then you should probably skip this one.
Overall I thought Kiss the Girls was a fantastic read with great mystery to it and I'm enjoying learning more about Alex Cross.
About the Author
James Patterson has created numerous enduring characters in novels that showcase the intertwined power of plot and emotion. He is the world's most popular writer, with over 240 million copies of his books sold worldwide.