Publisher: Hachette Audio
Category: Fiction, Suspense & Thrillers
Format: Audio Book
Subformat: CD (Audio)
Publish Date: 11/16/2009
Description (from the publisher):
You can't runDetective Alex Cross is pulled out of a family celebration and given the awful news that a beloved relative has been found brutally murdered. Alex vows to hunt down the killer, and soon learns that she was mixed up in one of Washington's wildest scenes. And she was not this killer's only victim.
You can't hide
The hunt for her murderer leads Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, to a place where every fantasy is possible, if you have the credentials to get in. Alex and Bree are soon facing down some very important, very protected, very dangerous people in levels of society where only one thing is certain--they will do anything to keep their secrets safe.
Alex Cross is your only hope to stay alive
As Alex closes in on the killer, he discovers evidence that points to the unimaginable--a revelation that could rock the entire world. With the unstoppable action, unforeseeable twists, and edge-of-your-seat suspense that only a James Patterson thriller delivers, I, Alex Cross is the master of suspense at his sharpest and best.
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My Rating: Shouldn't - Wouldn't - Couldn't (Finish, that is)
My Thoughts: Nothing in the description of this story prepared me for the all-too-frequently-mentioned means of disposing of dead bodies: the woodchipper. Two discs in, and I'm pulling the plug on this one. Gory as the concept is, if it had just been mentioned once or twice, I could have dealt with it, cataloging the information and moving on. Trouble is, the machine has been used at least half a dozen times so far, with the clear inference of long-term use before the story even begins. Ugh!
Generally, I like a good thriller as long as things don't get too sadistic or squishy. I've listened to other Patterson books on audio and enjoyed them. With this one, though, I really felt my stomach turn. I kept asking myself why I didn't just turn it off. I even put it aside and listened to something else and then gave it another try. No go. It just made me sick.
Sure, I want to know who the bad guy turns out to be, but I'll peek at the ending of the print version at the library. With a book, you have the option of skimming over the parts you don't want to dwell on, but that's not so easy with audiobooks. I'll trust that Alex Cross sees some sort of justice done and leave this story to those whose sensibilities (and stomachs) are tougher than mine.
Thank you to Anna and Hachette Book Group
for supplying my review copy.