Review: Along Came a Spider

A missing little girl named Maggie Rose.

A family of three brutally murdered in the projects of Washington, D.C.

The thrill-killing of a beautiful elementary school teacher.

A psychopathic serial kidnapper/murderer who calls himself the Son of Lindbergh. He is so terrifying that the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police cannot outsmart him – even after he’s been captured.

– Along Came a Spider by James Patterson

My thoughts

I have read two of James Patterson’s fiction books before namely Swimsuit and … They were more of his recent works and were stand alone novels.

This was his first book introducing the hero detective Alex Cross.

The book started with a first person account of the kidnapping of baby Lindbergh in 1932.

Although the main story took place in the early nineteen nineties I was still able to relate to the times. There were no cell phones. It was around the time when McDonalds was first introduced (and shortly after that in South Africa too). Instead of cold calling there were door to door salesmen.

I also read this book fairly quickly as I had a bit of down time and it was another one of those books I found difficult to put down. Psychological thrillers intrigue me. There is so much that I don’t know or understand about how psychopaths operate and how people can be pathological liars which makes books like this all the more interesting and exciting.

Right until the end there were twists and turns but totally believable and human. People can and will do crazy things for money and for fame.

In conclusion

If you haven’t read this book yet (it is quite old) and want to experience incredible twists and mind games, investigations and politics in the police force in America then this is a great read

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