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the eternal flames of hell burning within
am 19. Mai 2000
Kiss the Girls is a wonderful, suspenseful novel, yet it lacks in a few areas. First of all, a positive point is that author James Patterson keeps the reader's attention without stop. One unexpected event leads to another and another. This accounts for the reason why this book is considered a novel in the suspense genre. James Patterson is talented. That one sentence describes the whole book. Many people, including I, could not put the book down, if we had used all the will power within us. Kiss the Girls is one of the best I have ever read and indescribable to the point where one has to experience. The reality of the book is astonishing. It's as if the tension and outrageous environments are palpable. Many times I felt as if I were transported in time and with the women in the "horror house."
As each chapter passes by, Patterson feeds his readers a tid-bit of information, just to keep the reader on his toes. The two to three page chapters is a useful technique to keep the reader flipping the pages. Anticipating the next move of Casanova and reading on to find out his conquests is bone-chilling. Just the descriptive words will make you cringe inside.
The way Patterson portrays the characters makes them just like people we know. Alex Cross is a person who is true to life; how he sometimes acts impulsively and is a careeroholic makes him all the more real. Kate's character makes us want to sympathize with her and fall in love with her, the first time we meet her. Naturally, the humane compassion side of us wants to reach out to her and pluck her out of the horrid conditions. Overall, the character portrayal is a depiction of reality.
At times, the book slows its pace to a snail's crawl. This can be viewed in both a good way and a bad. First, a slowed down pace is necessary in a fast-paced book like this one. On the other hand, the slower parts detract the reader's attention to the faster paced parts.
Reading this book made me think how horrible and corrupted our world is. There are people out there who actually kill for a living and indulge in it while they're at it. This is just plain scary.
Talking about scary, I would recommend this book to people who doesn't get nightmares easily. Also, people who are of younger age shouldn't read this book either because at times, it gets graphic. Basically, kids shouldn't be exposed to the harsh realizations of life, like serial killings, even though this is only a fiction book. Stories like this are all over the news, and so this book isn't just fiction. These serial murderers exist, and unfortunately these killings happen in real life too.