March 27, 2016

Series Sunday: Cross Justice

(Alex Cross #23)

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

My Series Sunday pick is Cross Justice, the 23rd book in the Alex Cross series by James Patterson. Alex Cross returns home to support his cousin, Stefan Tate, who stands trial for drugs, rape and murder. Alex left his hometown 35 years ago after some awful family tragedies. Going back to Starksville, North Carolina opens up more than old wounds and fried rabbit. It is especially difficult in a town where still no one feels safe to speak.

Although Cross Justice is the 23rd installment of the Alex Cross series, it is the most personal yet. We find out more about Alex's childhood, Nana Mama's roots and the extended Cross family. Yes—we meet Alex's cousins and 'nem! It is an intense family reunion under the saddest of circumstances.

"Of course, I'd told her very little about my boyhood, because, really, my life began the day Nana Mama took me and my brothers in." ~ pg. 27

Cross Justice would have been a solid 5♥ had the beginning not been slow and one of the subplots were interesting. I usually like when authors add a touch of current event and pop culture but I am so over the whole Caitlyn Jenner farce that I didn't care for the character Coco. I would have been perfectly content if the entire book focused on his cousin's trial. The narrative in the courtroom reminded me of a good 'ole fashioned Matlock scene. The ending was perfectly executed!

Title: Cross Justice
Author: James Patterson
Published: November 2015
Pages: 420
Edition: Hardcover
Challenge: Keeping Up with Patterson
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♡


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