#ThirstyThursday is a new installment where I sit down with a cup of coffee and talk all things books! Feel free to leave comments on what you would like to see here as well.
Nicki asked me to do a post on one of my favorite series’ and why I like it and I decided that I would spend one week a month going over series’ that I like, so here’s the first one!
Alex Cross series by James Patterson
Alex Cross has been around since 1993 but I only started reading it at the beginning of this year. What makes this series so great is that Alex is a very believable and lovable character. He’s thoughtful and caring and protective. He’s not overbearing but you don’t forget that he’s got your back. He’s an easy character to cheer for.
Alex Cross is black and Patterson does not brush racism under the rug. It’s apparent in the books that racism was still a thing when the first book came out and I would be surprised if the newer books didn’t still have undertones of pointing out racism. I think it’s important for people to notice these things in the books because it’s important for people to know.
The plots in these books are so different than other series’ that I’ve read. A lot of the plots have something to do with politics because the books are set in Washington D.C. Since the setting is so close to the White House, many of the crimes deal with famous people in government (obviously fake names, though.) That’s what’s different about this series from his other series’ and others that I’ve read- the plots can be uncomfortable because of where the setting is.
With the seriousness of the plots, you’d think that the books wouldn’t be funny but they do have their funny moments. It’s usually when Alex is at home with his grandma, Nana Mama, and his two kids, Jannie and Damon. His kids are hilarious and bring a lot of humor to the books. It’s refreshing after read a few chapters of intense and scary stuff to get a scene where people are happy and laughing and making jokes.
I would say the strongest part of this series is the characters’s relationships with one another. Alex and Nana Mama have an awesome relationship; Alex and his kids have a wonderful and comforting relationship; Alex and his partner, Sampson have a fabulous relationship. The plot is always really good, but what makes these books 5 stars to me is the relationships between characters.
I would recommend this series to everyone that doesn’t mind gore. Many of the books have content that is not easy to read unless someone can handle it. These are not cozy mysteries and even though they have funny parts, they are not “funny” mysteries. These books are mystery thriller and should be read by people that do not get uncomfortable with these types of books.
Have you read any Alex Cross? Favorite book in the series? Ideas for next week’s post?