Review: James Patterson Bookshots – Cross Kill by James Patterson

9781786530011 (1)This bite-sized Alex Cross thriller sees the return of his long-thought-dead nemesis first introduced in Along Came a Spider, Gary Soneji.

Stories at the speed of life. All killer, no filler. The ultimate form of storytelling. These are just some of the taglines associated with James Patterson’s line of Bookshots titles. And while the latter instigates an irrepressible eyelid twitch, I’ll admit, there’s something to be said for the sheer pace of Cross Kill. As a lapsed Patterson reader, and a one-time big fan of his Alex Cross series, Cross Kill served as a nice reminder of what I enjoyed about his particular brand of storytelling all those years ago. It annihilated two hours of my evening like the snap of a finger, and so, I suppose I got what I paid for, and what was promised on the blurb.

It helps that Cross Kill flashes back to Patterson’s early Cross novels, when I was devouring them one-by-one from my father’s bookcase. Gary Soneji was Cross’s first epic villain – but he was seemingly killed more than a dozen novels ago, or more than ten years ago according to Patterson’s continuity. His return is impossible, but Cross is adamant it was Soneji who took a shot at him – and put a bullet in his partner’s head.

Unfolding at a wicked pace, there’s little meat on the bones of Cross Kill, but its events should have huge repercussions for the Alex Cross series moving forward; assuming everything’s not just swept under the rug for the next full-length novel. If you’re already a valiant Patterson reader, you’ll no doubt dig this, and it’ll sate your cravings until later in the year. If you’re not a fan, this won’t do much to persuade you to switch sides: it’s chock-full of his stylistic trappings, just thoroughly condensed, with all the nuance of a semi-trailer careening through a brick wall. But when you’ve been absorbed in gargantuan literary novels, as I have recently, this served as effective relief. And I’ll admit, I’m interested in picking up the next Cross novel to see how Patterson confronts this story’s dramatic moments.

ISBN: 9781786530011
Format: Paperback (188mm x 129mm x mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: BookShots
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 2-Jun-2016
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

7 thoughts on “Review: James Patterson Bookshots – Cross Kill by James Patterson

  1. I was bitterly disappointed in this book, not realising it was just 144 pages long.
    NEVER AGAIN WILL I PURCHASE ONE OF THESE BOOKSHOTS.
    BUYER BEWARE-NOT EXPENSIVE BUT NOT WORTH PURCHASING-NO PROPER ENDING!

  2. inaccurate intro… Cross’ father did not kill his mother.. you are contradicting yourself from earlier book, Cross Justice”

  3. I hate the hanging ending. I dove into the new book cross the line hoping for the rest of the tale. However, it’s like the book shot never happened. The new book is extremely great as always. I feel the book shot was out of place,point less and unfinished. I love all Patterson’s work. He’s an amazing writer but I hate an unfinished story.

  4. Really annoyed that the two books seem to released in wrong order. How can John Sampson be as fit as a fiddle after Cross Kill. Utterly ridiculous. Think someone made a mistake!!!

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