Glass Houses by Louise Penny (#13 – Armand Gamache)

Glass Houses (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #13)

Glass Houses by Louise Penny

 Published:  August 2017



Glass Houses by Louise Penny is the 13th in the Armand Gamache (Three Pines) Detective Series.

My Synopsis:

Armand is now the Chief Superintendent of the Surete du Quebec.  He has lofty goals to refresh the police department, which was once so full of corruption that it created an  atmosphere where the criminals, particularly the drug cartels have taken over.  Armand is building a new team, a new police force.  He has a plan.  But it will take time.  It will take sacrifices.  It may take his job, and the life of one of his team. Lives will be lost.  But there is no choice.  This time the war on drugs must be won.  He will do what he must.

Meanwhile, in his little town of Three Pines, a mysterious figure appears at their Halloween party, dressed from head to toe in black.  He speaks to no one, answers no questions.  The next morning he is still there, in the middle of the town common, standing erect, not moving, just watching.   Everyone is spooked, including Armand.  This figure is called a cobrador…a debt collector, who by his mere presence is supposed to shame the one with the guilty conscience into paying up.  This one ends up dead.

My Opinions: 

This is a book about many things, but one of them is integrity/ethics/conscience.  It is about how far a person will go to find justice.  It showed how far Armand was willing to go.   Penny tells this tale from two time-lines which added suspense, as information was doled out slowly.  Armand is on the witness stand in the murder case of the cobrador, and going back in time to show the correlation between the murder and the decisive moment when he discovered how he could possibly stop the war on drugs.  As always, the characters of Three Pines play an important role in the murder case.  Penny wove the many threads together seamlessly, and ended up with a masterpiece.

I put off reading this one for a few months so that it wouldn’t be so long til her next….which now I understand is November 2018.  That’s a long way away!  Needless to say, I love this series by this wonderful Canadian author!

Read: March 2018

Favorite Quotes from Glass Houses:

“Clearly for Ruth the concept of keeping the mouth shut was completely foreign.”

“There was a growing resemblance between Ruth and Rosa. Both had scrawny necks. Their heads white. Their eyes beady. They waddled when they walked. They shared a vocabulary.
If it wasn’t for Ruth’s cane they’d be almost indistinguishable.”

“They all had them. Secrets. But some stank more than others.”


Louise Penny

About the Author:  (July 1, 1958 –  ) Louise Penny is a Canadian author.  Once a journalist with CBC, she now devotes most of her time to  writing.   She has been awarded the John Creasey Dagger, Nero, Macavity, and Barry Awards, as well as two each of the Arthur Ellis and Dilys Awards. Additionally, Louise has won five Agatha Awards and four Anthony Awards. 



The Visitor by K.L. Slater

The Visitor

The Visitor by K.L. Slater

 Published: March 2018 by Bookouture



The Visitor by K.L. Slater is psychological thriller.

The ending of this book floored me!

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Synopsis: 
Holly is trying to start a new life, and things seem to be going her way. A lonely widow named Cora invites her to stay, rent-free. She finds a job. It looks like she will be earning some good money. She has a plan. But her past seems to be around every corner, and Holly thinks someone may be following her.

Cora wants a visitor, not a tenant. She is lonely, and seems to be on the verge of dementia. She likes Holly very much, but something isn’t sitting right. 

David is 40 years old and lives next door to Cora, in a house with his mother (and now her “boyfriend”). David takes “neighborhood watch” to the extreme, by spying on everyone. His past is a bit of a mess, and people consider him a little “odd”. But as long as he takes his meds, everything is fine. He is hoping to become closer friends with Holly. 

Things start to fall apart, the past is revealed, and not everyone survives.

My Views: 
Told from the perspectives of Holly, Cora, and David, this book is about the faces people put forth, and the secrets hidden beneath them. It also explores how a troubled past can influence your present-day actions. 

This book is a really easy read, and although I felt like the first half dragged, it was actually paced well. I think it was because there was nothing really exciting happening initially, just groundwork being laid, and I got a bit bored. Slater revealed the pasts of the characters slowly, perhaps a bit too slowly for me. On the other hand, in the end, it all worked.

Slater writes really well, and the whole premise of the book was great. I have to say, the twists at the end were non-stop, and I loved every one!


Read: March 2018


Favorite Quotes from The Visitor:

‘Don’t you just wish you could rewind it all and start over again?’
That simple question had somehow struck a chord with Holly and forged a way through the darkness where all the therapists and doctors could not.

‘I’m not a lodger. I’m a visitor there.’ She paused and spoke softly. ‘I’m always just a visitor in everyone’s life … I come and go, but nothing ever changes.’

“Sometimes, really bad things happen to good people and they’re not always strong enough to bounce back to the person they were.”


K.L. Slater

About the Author:  Kim Slater went back to school at the age of 40 where she studied for an English & Creative Writing degree followed by an MA in Creative Writing.  She is now a best-selling author of both psychological thrillers and YA Fiction.  She lives in England with her husband Mac.

Dead Souls by Angela Marsons (# 6 Kim Stone)

Dead Souls (D.I. Kim Stone, #6)

Dead Souls by Angela Marsons

 Published: April 2017 by Bookouture



Dead Souls by Angela Marsons is the 6th in the Detective Kim Stone series.

Okay, a really disturbing, yet gripping read.  Hard to put this one down.

My Synopsis:

Bones are found in a field.  The location is under two different police jurisdictions.  Stone wants the case.  So does her rival, Travis.  Their bosses determine that they will share this one.  Neither Stone nor Travis are happy, as they have history together which has never been resolved.  But as the case evolves, they learn to work together again.   For the bones show that these deaths were anything but accidental.  Both the owners and the renters of the property are withholding information, even when one of them is shot.  Things complicate fast.

Meanwhile, Stone’s team is left to handle day-to-day activities.  Bryant and Dawson are looking into the beating of a Polish immigrant, when they discover it is actually a hate crime.  Further investigation leads them to discover that this is not the first.  Stacey on the other hand, has been left in the office, and is bored silly.  She decides to probe a little deeper into the recent suicide of a teenager, as it had hit close to home.  When she starts to find evidence that Justin may not have been as innocent as he seemed, she keeps the information to herself.  She may have stumbled onto something huge.  However, her secrecy will put her own life in jeopardy.

My Opinions:

Angela Marsons could not have tackled the topic of bigotry and hate crimes at a better time.  In today’s climate, this is a hot topic.   She tried to shed light onto why some people could act so despicably, how hate is taught, how it grows, and how it spreads.  In some ways this is a really dark novel, and at times I found it uncomfortable to read, yet it was written well, and in the end, some of Marsons’ research explained a lot, and if nothing else, it definitely made you think – whether you wanted to or not. 

As always, Marsons tells a great story.  It is clear, concise, and moves quickly.  With each book in the series, the characters get deeper, and I love them all.  I love how the bond between them is getting stronger, and even Kim Stone realizes how much she needs her team.

Highly recommend this series!

Read: March 2018

Favorite Quotes from Dead Souls:

“…there were four manners of death: natural, accidental, suicidal, and homicidal. As yet Kim had no clue what they were looking at, but she knew one thing: this poor soul had not buried themselves.”

“Frost looked incredulous. ‘Really, Dawson? The shirts didn’t give it away?’
‘Truthfully, Frost, I’ve never judged a man’s sexuality on the colour of his shirts.”

“People are not born bigoted. They are made that way.”


Angela Marsons

About the Author:  Angela Marsons (1968 – ) is a British author who discovered writing in Primary School when a short piece on the rocks and the sea gained her the only merit point she ever got.   Her books have now sold over 2 million copies worldwide.   She still lives in England with her partner, a Labrador and a “potty-mouthed” grey parrot.



Hunger Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff (#5 Huntress/FBI)

Hunger Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers, #5)

Hunger Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff

 Published:  October 2017 by Thomas and Mercer



Hunger Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff is the 5th in the FBI/Huntress Series.

Amazing series!

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Thomas & Mercer, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Synopsis: 
To re-cap, Cara Lindstrom is a vigilante, systematically trying to eradicate the evil of the world. She has killed many men who have evaded justice for too long. Matthew Roarke is the FBI agent who was tracking her. Was is the operative word. Roarke, whether he admits it or not, is in love with Cara, and is no longer actively in pursuit.

Roarke has a new goal. He wants to create a better FBI, overhaul VICAP, tackle the backlog of unprocessed rape kits, create a year-round task force to pursue human trafficking rings, and then use that task force to spread the idea across the nation. His boss thinks that’s great. However, in order for Roarke to pursue his goal, his boss needs him to handle something else first. 

The FBI is really concerned with CyberTerrorism right now, and there have been nationwide demonstrations, all organized on-line using encrypted emails and servers, and through various social media. The aim of the demonstrations is to promote women’s rights, and to end their persecution. The FBI thinks the group BITCH may be spear-heading the movement. The world has gone a little crazy since the new president has taken office, and the announcement of a certain man for a possible Supreme Court seat has everyone on high alert. This man is a mysoginistic nightmare who is known for giving light sentences and outright dismissals of rape charges, usually saying the victim was to blame. The demonstrations are now targeting the universities. 

So Roarke heads out to the Berkley campus to look into an attack on two male students. What he finds is a group of privileged boys taking what they considered their right. While parents and faculty look away, young girls are being gang-raped. Since no charges are ever filed, nothing is done. But retribution is coming.

Meanwhile, Cara is on an Indian reservation, where no US lawman can arrest her. While there, she is taking care of the white men who use this law to aid in their own appalling crimes. But Cara is being hunted too. The loathsome Sheriff Ortiz is still after her, and using the dark web to entice other like-minded men to rape and brutalize women, and now to hunt down Cara for him.

My Opinions: 
Alexandra Sokoloff doesn’t shy away from the tough topics. The whole series has had Cara and Roarke battling child abusers, drug dealers, child trafficking. This book tackles the rape culture. In an “afterword”, the author says she did not exaggerate any of the statistics used in this book. That is really scary. The book also tackles the new US President and his agenda. I am not a US citizen, and am not political. However, unless you have been living in a cave, it would be hard not to be aware of the 2016 presidential race and outcome. Sokoloff decided to incorporate the outcome into her book, and it played in nicely – which is also scary.

There is so much depth to each character, so much emotion. Singh in particular showed another side. That was great! Sokoloff makes you feel it all. If you are a squeamish, or really political, this series may not be for you. It was really gritty, and the rape and brutality may be difficult for some readers. The author didn’t hold back, and the story just flowed.

This, as always, was a great, fascinating, fast, and really disturbing read. I loved it! 

p.s.  I understand this series may become a television series…..I can’t wait!!!!

Read: February 2018

About the Author:  Alexandra Sokoloff is the bestselling author of both supernatural and crime novels.  Her awards and nominations continue to build up. As a screenwriter she has sold original suspense and horror scripts and written novel adaptations for numerous Hollywood studios.   Although originally from California, she now divides her time between Los Angeles and Scotland.   In her free time, she dances.


The Tracker by John Hunt

The Tracker


The Tracker by John Hunt

Published: March 1, 2018  by  Black Rose Writing



The Tracker by John Hunt is a horror novel.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Black Rose Writing, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 My Synopsis: 

Taylor is a young man who is alone in the world.  His mother has recently died.   He has no real friends, and  his life is spent working, eating and sleeping.  When he starts to lose days, Taylor starts to question his sanity.  When he hears noises coming from the basement, he adds locks.  But the monster breaks out.  A dark shadow of a man with no real face.   He calls himself The Tracker, and he wants to play hide and seek.  Taylor is given 48 hours to run, and some rules.  If he can stay alive that long, the monster will let him live.  The rules are simple.  He can’t leave the city, he can’t tell anyone about this, and he can’t ask for help.  Break the rules, and the result is death for those he approaches, and a worse death for Taylor.   Taylor is intent on surviving.

 My Opinions:

I think I may be a little prejudiced because John Hunt writes about a city just down the road from me.  I recognize the street names, buildings, etc.  It’s really cool, as it doesn’t happen often.  On the other hand, I may be a little harder on this author because I want it to be good.  And it was.  I loved his first book, Doll House, which also included monsters – very depraved individuals.  The monster in this book is different.  It is pure horror.  Hunt’s writing is really clear, really descriptive, and he makes you feel the emotions of the characters.  You feel Taylor’s pain, his anger, his bewilderment.  You feel the police officer’s puzzlement, anger and urgency.   Great ending!

This one may not be for the squeamish….but I enjoyed it!

Read: February 2018

Favorite Quotes from The Tracker:

“The thought made his heart race and not in the cliche way, it actually jiggled in his chest like it was trying to jump out.”

“In the dark, in the middle of the night, impossible thoughts became possibilities.”

“I have been called the Tracker from time to time. And a devil. A vampire. A demon. The boogeyman. I prefer the Tracker. It is the most apt considering what I do.”


About the Author:  A busy father of four, John Hunt had not started writing until late 2009.  Most of his writing is done during his spare time.  His short stories have been published nine times.  This is his second novel. He works and lives in the city of Guelph, Ontario, Canada with his family.



The Pact by S.E. Lynes

The Pact

The Pact by S.E. Lynes

 Published: February 27, 2018 by Bookouture



The Pact by S.E. Lynes is a psychological thriller.

Can’t get this one out of my mind. Really grabs your attention, and holds on.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Synopsis:

The chapters alternate between three different points of view – Rosie, Toni, and Bridget. A fourth voice is also heard, but is not identified.

Rosie is laying on a hospital bed, still comatose, and her thoughts tell her story. She is trying to tell her mom how sorry she is for lying to her, for rebelling against her Mom’s restrictions, for how she ended up in this position, but of course, no words will surface.

Toni, her mother, sits by her bed, holding her daughters hand, telling her own story to herself, and to Rosie. She is trying to tell her daughter that she is sorry for being so insecure, sorry that her insecurities are the reasons why she is so strict, the reasons that Rosie is in this hospital bed. She needs to share her secret with Rosie. But it is not her secret alone. She made a promise to her sister. The secret is also Bridget’s.

Bridget, Toni’s sister is gathering some things to take to the hospital, and telling her side of the story. She, too, has her secrets. She made a promise to her sister when they were children.

This is the story of Bridget and Toni, who suffered a rough childhood, but made it through by relying on each other, by making a pact to always protect each other, and to never tell anyone what happened to them as children. They decided at that point they would never ask anyone else for help. But their childhood definitely had an impact on their lives, and when Rosie comes along, the sisters vow to include her in the pact, to do anything to protect their little family, to keep Rosie safe. Unfortunately, the world intrudes.

My Opinions:

Lynes tackled a number of issues in this book, including the pitfalls of social media, stranger danger, and childhood abuse. She showed the relationship between a mother and daughter with precision – the good and the bad. An over-protective mother who will do anything to protect her daughter. A daughter who will do anything to find some freedom. An Aunt who tries to be the voice of reason. Lynes showed how childhood trauma can have repercussions later in life. She also showed that the love and loyalty of family, can make a difference.

The characters, the writing, pacing, and twists made this a great book! Highly recommend this one!

Read: February 2018


Favorite Quotes from The Pact:

“But what does it actually, actually mean? As in this pact, yours and Mum’s one?
It means… She looks out of the window. Her eyes dart like fish as the traffic goes by outside. It means I’ll never let your mum down again.”

“And they’ve done it. They’ve made something better for the kid despite everything. They’ve done brilliantly under the circs. They’re not rich, they’re not setting any career highs or living an Instagram life, but they are safe – they love each other. They’re not totally unhappy.”


S.E. LynesAbout the Author: SE Lynes is a British author who worked as a reporter, researcher and finally a producer at the BBC before moving with her husband, Paul, and two young children to Rome. After her third child, she returned to the UK, and now spends her time writing and lecturing.

Bring Me Flowers by D.K. Hood (#2 Kane & Alton)

Bring Me Flowers by D.K. Hood

Bring Me Flowers by D.K. Hood

  Published: February 26, 2018 by Bookouture



Bring Me Flowers by D.K. Hood is the 2nd in the Kane and Alton Detective Series.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Synopsis:

When the brutalized body of a young girl is found laid out on a rock, just off a forest trail, Sheriff Jenna Alton and her team are horrified.  When a second body is found the next day,  they decide to keep a lid on it,  and the parents are only too happy to comply.  After discovering this could be the work of a serial killer,  it is felt that keeping the details of the murders quiet may help them put this guy away.  Whoever this killer is, he seems to be targeting certain young women in out-of-the-way locations, and leaving no clues behind.  His number of kills is escalating, and fast.   With the pool of suspects growing, they are going to have to find him fast.

Alton and Kane have a new member in their crew, and this one is definitely needed.  A forensic scientist who can double as a deputy, and with military training.  Shane Wolfe also has extensive computer expertise, and this will become an invaluable asset, as they try to track down this killer.

 My Views:

I absolutely loved the plot, loved the writing, loved the twists, and loved Hood’s portrayal of the teenagers attitudes.  I also really enjoyed the way the author explored social media and gamers, and the pitfalls that could befall teenagers if they are not careful.  Overall I really enjoyed this book.

However, I still have a bit of a problem with the characters.  Wolfe’s attitude vacillates between tolerant and arrogant.  The author has Kane constantly saying that Alton is a great sheriff, and then Kane makes all the suggestions, and he does most of the work.  Alton is supposedly a strong female lead, but she seems really weak.  If Hood is trying to show Alton’s softer side, she missed the mark.  The character whines and pouts that she should be tough as she sheds tears in front of her deputy, and ends up in bed with him – to cuddle (although at least there was no sex).  Unless she is in a relationship with her deputy, a strong woman would probably cry and feel sorry for herself in private.  Then Hood has Jenna trying to correct her outbursts, but it’s too late.  I had hoped the second book would show a stronger Jenna, but she still seems to be just another weak female – which seriously annoys me – and which is why this book has only a 3.5 star rating.

On another positive note,  although I had guessed the identity of the killer early on,  Hood inserted enough twists to keep you motivated to carry on.  I guess I’ll stick around for book 3 in hopes that Jenna grows some.

 Read: February 24, 2018

Favorite Quote from Bring Me Flowers:

You don’t have a heartless bone in your body. A tongue like a viper, maybe but—”

D.K. Hood


About the Author:  D.K. Hood was born in London England, but now lives in Australia.  She is a member of the International Thriller Writers.


11th Hour by James Patterson (#11- Women’s Murder Club)

11th Hour (Women's Murder Club, #11)

11th Hour by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Published: May 2018, by Little, Brown and Company



Eleventh Hour by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is the 11th in the Women’s Murder Club Mystery Series.

The cast of the Murder Club includes: Lindsay Boxer, Homicide Detective; Claire Washburn, Medical Examiner; Yuki Castellano, Assistant District Attorney; and Cindy Thomas, Reporter. These ladies come together to fight crime “after-hours”, and often at a favorite restaurant.

My Synopsis:
Lindsay is in charge of two murder investigations. Seven heads are unearthed in the estate of a well-known actor, but no bodies are located, and identification is going to be hard. In the second case, drug-lords are being murdered by someone that the media has dubbed “Revenge”. While he may be doing the world a favor, this man must be stopped. When the investigation determines that the killer may be a fellow policeman, suspicions abound.

Meanwhile, a journalist, trying to make a name for himself, has decided the SFPD is a great target, and in particular, Lindsay Boxer is fair game. This guy will write anything to make headlines, and it doesn’t have to be true. On a personal level, Lindsay is finally pregnant, but not everything is going well. 

My Views: 
This is one of the better books in the series. The girls actually do work together to solve the crime, although Yuki takes a bit of a back seat since there is no trial. As well, the storyline was really interesting, and even though there are two separate cases, nothing gets confused. As always, the pace was enhanced by the short chapters. Since thinking is not required because everything is always laid out so well, it is a really quick and easy read. I guess my one complaint would be the Lindsay/Joe relationship, but since I am not a romance reader, I’ll not comment more.

Anyway, too late to stop now. After a suitable break, I’ll be back to read #12.


Re-Read: February 2018


About the Authors:

James Patterson is one of the bestselling writers of all time, with more than 170 million books sold worldwide.  His lifelong passion for books and reading led him to launch a new website,, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children’s books for their kids.  Each year, The Patterson Family Foundation awards scholarships to students at 22 different colleges and universities around the country.

Maxine Paetro is a novelist and journalist, who lives in New York.  She has collaborated with James Patterson on a number of his Women’s Murder Club novels.

Dying Day by Stephen Edger (#2 Kate Matthews)

Dying Day (Detective Kate Matthews, #2)

Dying Day by Stephen Edger

  Published: November 2017 by Bookouture



Dying Day by Stephen Edger is the 2nd in the Detective Kate Matthews series.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Bookouture, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Synopsis:
Kate is supposed to stay away from the office, as she was just involved in a high-speed chase that resulted in both her and the suspect vehicle to be in collisions. As usual, Kate disobeyed orders to cease the pursuit, so the Office of Professional Standards will be involved.

When a body is found in the trunk of a vehicle, Kate wants to be in on the action. Her boss says no, but Kate goes around him and gets involved anyway.

Meanwhile, it is the anniversary of Amy Spencer’s death. She was a young officer who held Kate in high regard, and volunteered to go undercover in a case to prove herself, and to help Kate keep her job. There had been three girls murdered, and Kate seemed to be the only one who thought they were all killed by the same person. Amy died. Kate was removed from the case. No one was ever arrested. Now, a year later, a team is looking into the murders again. Kate is being purposely excluded from the investigation. That, of course, won’t stop her.

My Views:
Well, I didn’t really like Kate Matthews in the first book, and my opinion still has not changed. Her ego knows no bounds. Apparently she is the only detective that can solve any case, and she repeatedly tells everyone that they need her. Confidence is one thing, this is just obnoxious behaviour. If the plots and writing weren’t so good, I would give up on this series. Disliking the protagonist makes it very hard to read the book. If it was just an ego thing, I might be able to handle it, but her disrespect for authority, subordinates, boyfriend, and her daughter really annoy me. Her priority may be her work, but apparently it is her only priority.

That being said, the writing is really good, the pace right, and the plot amazing. This story alternated between the present day investigation, and the events that occurred a year ago, which were told in the voice of Amy. That was really well done. I loved Amy. Other than Kate, I actually like the supporting characters in these books.

Okay, looks like I am going to have to get used to Kate, because Edger writes really well, and without Kate, this would have been a 5 star book.


Read: February 2018


Favorite Quotes from Dying Day:

“But at what cost, Matthews? Your car is a write-off and you… what if he’d driven into someone? A family? Would that have been enough?’
‘Enough for you to stop this one-woman campaign to put away every criminal who crosses your path?”

“Good policing is what will finally catch him, not passion.”


About the Author:  Stephen Edger is a British crime and thriller author. He works in the financial industry, and has a law degree.  In addition to this, he has a wife, 2 children, and 2 Westies.  Not sure where he found time to write over a dozen novels.

Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson (#20 Alex Cross)

Alex Cross, Run (Alex Cross, #20)

 Alex Cross,  Run by James Patterson

 Published: February 2013

 Publisher:  Little, Brown and Company




Run, Alex Cross by James Patterson is the 20th in the Detective Alex Cross Series.

Yes, I am still reading this series, although I do give myself 1-2 months between books. And I must say, I really enjoyed this one. Yes, I have a few complaints, but on the whole, this is one of the better Alex Cross books.

My Synopsis: 

There is a lot going on with this one. 

A young woman is found hanging outside her 6th floor apartment room. It is quickly determined that this was a homicide, and to make matters worse, she had recently given birth. There is no sign of a baby.

A woman is found in the trunk of her car, the body mutilated with a knife, and her long blond hair shorn off and displayed around her. This will not be the first blond woman found in similar circumstances.

A young male is found by the river, with a bullet to his face, and various stab wounds to his crotch. This will not be the last body found with these injuries.

As if Alex does not have enough with the above cases, someone is targeting him in the media. Alex is being accused of unprofessional behaviour, and the accuser is blogging relentlessly. This guy is obsessed, and willing to deliberately create circumstances that incite Alex to retaliate. This guy has no plans to stop til Alex is dead. 

On a personal level, Ava, the foster-child that Bree and Alex are raising, is starting to act up. Unknown to Alex, there are outside forces at work here.

My Views: 

This was one of the better Alex Cross novels. With so much going on, I was never lost. Everything read smoothly, and as always, the short chapters added suspense and created a fast read. The plot was interesting, and I actually felt involved in the outcome. Really surprising ending. Okay, my only two complaints are the usual ones – it’s always about Alex (there is always someone pursuing him) , and he always oversteps. 

This book could probably be read as a stand-alone novel, as everything is explained really well. 

I would recommend this book, and I am suddenly looking forward to #21 – that’s amazing!


Read: February 2018


About the Author:  James Patterson has sold more than 170 million books worldwide.  His lifelong passion for books and reading led him to launch a new website,, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children’s books for their kids.  Each year, The Patterson Family Foundation awards scholarships to students at 22 different colleges and universities.