Book: Jack & Jill | Author: James Patterson | Started: 2/24/14 | Finished: 2/27/14 | Rating: 5 stars
Synopsis: In the middle of the night, a controversial U.S. senator is found murdered in bed in his Georgetown pied-a-terre. The police turn up only one clue: a mysterious rhyme signed “Jack and Jill” promising that this is just the beginning. Jack and Jill are out to get the rich and famous, and they will stop at nothing until their fiendish plan is carried out.
Meanwhile, Washington, D. C., homicide detective Alex Cross is called to a murder scene only blocks from his house, far from the corridors of power where he spends his days. The victim: a beautiful little girl, savagely beaten–and desposited in front of the elementary school Cross’s son, Damon, attends.
Could there be a connection between the two murders? As Cross tries to put the pieces together, the killer- or killers – strike again. And again. No one in Washington is safe – not children, not politicians, not even the President of the United States. Only Alex Cross has the skills and the courage to crack the case-but will he discover the truth in time?
A relentless roller coaster of heart-pounding suspense and jolting plot twists, Jack and Jill proves that no one can write a more compelling thriller than James Patterson-the master of the nonstop nightmare.
My review: This is the third book in the series and all three have started with the killer/ one of the killers. I’ve found this a great way to start a book because you’re warped into the murder scene before anything else. I couldn’t quite put my finger on why I liked that he writes like this, but I was watching Criminal Minds today and I realized that’s the reason. I’ve watched Criminal Minds go from the FBI to the killer with both POV being shown and that’s what I enjoy about these books. If you like that part of Criminal Minds, you may like this series.
Now about the actual book: I wasn’t sure how much I would like this book since Kiss The Girls was the best book I’ve read all year and it’s hard to make the next book as good as the best book, but all my doubts went away once I started reading this book.
The plots were different than the first ones; while I read the book, I could see examples of them happening in real life and while that frightened me some it also enlightened me to how close to the truth Patterson is willing to go. Alex Cross is a black D.C. detective. During this series, racism is mentioned and shows that it is still an every day thing in his life and the life of minorities every day. Somehow, Patterson, especially in this book, brought in real life issues into a fictional book and showed that they are absolutely real.
There were two plots in this book and both of them were scary, realistic, and sad. Both sets of killers were frightening- one a child killer and another called themselves Jack & Jill. A couple that set out to kill famous people leading up to the most important people in America and, so far, Jack and Jill have shown that they will stop at nothing to fulfill their plans. The creepy part of Jack & Jill is that there are real people that probably feel the same way and wish they could do what Jack & Jill did.
I loved the writing in this book. Patterson switches from plot to plot with ease and didn’t make it confusing to keep up with both plots. At times I wanted to know what happened next and then he’d switch to the other plot. It kept me on my toes for the entire book and made it very hard to put this book down.
There was nothing that I didn’t like about this book. It is a perfect Patterson novel: short, quick chapters, intense plot, and crazy ending. All the things that make me want to pick up another Patterson book right away were in this book. I was worried this wouldn’t be as good as Along Came a Spider or Kiss The Girls and I am happy to say that Alex Cross is a perfect 3 for 3 so far. I would recommend this book and this series for anyone that likes fiction with real life issues, mystery, and/or thrillers.
Memorable quotes: “It really doesn’t end- the cruel, relentless nightmare, the roller-coaster ride from hell.” Especially for a D.C. cop. Sorry, Alex Cross. I will also remember the plot as a whole from this book. I’ll be thinking about it for weeks to come.
Things I took away from this book: Patterson writes Alex Cross as a character better and better with every book. Patterson is not afraid to weave in real life problems and situations into his books. I would definitely like to hang out with Alex Cross in real life.