James Patterson’s Mary, Mary

The eleventh book of the Alex Cross series focus on Mary Smith, a serial killer who’s ravaging the Los Angeles elite. It’s a countdown for Alex Cross – a former homicide detective from D. C., and current FBI agent – to identify the killer and stop the ever-rising body count.

Mary, Mary is actually the first book I’ve read by this author. At present count, there are twenty-one in this series, so I have some catching up to do. (And I will catch up.) This one had me staying up late reading. I simply couldn’t put it down. Twists and turns kept me guessing on the identity/profile of the killer. I was half-right!

Patterson employed a couple of POV styles with this one – which, I’m guessing match the others in the series. Chapters in Alex Cross’ point of view are written in First Person. The others are in Third Person Limited. Normally, First Person is the more intimate POV, but I thought he did a better job getting into the antagonist’s head with Third, than the protagonist’s in First.

Normally, I wouldn’t opt for a crime drama, but I’m glad I did. Due to the subject matter, of course, this one isn’t suitable for younger audiences.


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