This time it's Alex Cross on trial.Alex Cross is on the wrong side of the law. Serving a suspension from the force while he awaits trial for murder, Cross has been branded as a trigger-happy cop, another bad apple walking the streets with a gun, an accusation that Cross will do anything to refute. To make himself feel useful again, Cross opens a counseling office in the basement of his home. When his former partner Sampson shows up needing his help, Cross jumps at the chance, even if it may end up costing him what's left of his career. When a string of young, blonde women go missing, the investigation leads Cross and Sampson to the most depraved, darkest corners of the internet. Struggling to prove his own innocence and uncover the truth lurking online, Cross must risk everything to save his most at-risk patient of all...himself.
There was a whole lot going on in this book. Alex Cross was on trial for murder while there was a massive case going on involving the dark web and some demented person wanting to kill blonde women.
As most Cross books go, there were a lot of unbelievable twists and turns, but they’re written for entertainment purposes, not to be hyper-realistic. Once you get over that bit, it was a good read – although very disturbing. The Dark Web is very real, and things like this happen, which just makes your stomach turn.
Once I became hyper-aware that this was the 25th book in the series, I started thinking about the formula they all follow. All of the cases are different, and Alex’s personal story certainly progresses throughout the series, but most of the books are pretty much the same. There’s still something that keeps me coming back. I’m invested in the characters and the family.
The older Ali gets, the better his character gets. He has such a personality that it has almost rejuvenated the series in a way, even though it never really died. He is just very youthful and his character is full of promise. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised to see a spin-off series at some point following his life story.
The People vs. Alex Cross was an engaging book, and there were some interesting technological aspects to it. If you are this far into the Alex Cross series, you have to keep going. If you haven’t started it, I would highly recommend it for any crime novel lovers.
It was also nice to see Alex get back into the therapy game. I will be more interested in this going forward too.
Memorable Quote: “I smiled and gazed beyond the breaking waves to the sea and the far horizon, feeling that these kinds of moments, these small triumphs, were more than enough to keep me working for the good in the world despite all the dark webs I’d been thrust into over the course of my life.”
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