crime · Detective · mystery · suspense · Young adult

Ali Cross: Like Father, Like Son – James Patterson ★★★★

Blurb; Ali Cross just solved his first real case.
Alex Cross knows it’s only a matter of time before his son finds his way into more trouble.
Neither of them expected Ali to get caught up in another case so quickly.
Ali and his friends were just hanging out in Anacostia Park…then they became witnesses to a crime.
Alex wants Ali to stay far away from the investigation. But Ali isn’t going anywhere, not when his new friend Zoe is in trouble. It’s up to Ali to figure out why she’s lying to the police-and who she’s protecting.
This is Ali’s toughest case yet. As long as he trusts his Cross instincts, he may just have a shot at solving it…

My Review; This is book two in the Ali Cross series it would read okay as a Standalone but I love this series so would recommend in order. After loving book one I had to read book two and it did not disappoint. After book one and the case solved there is bound to be more cases/mysteries and there is…

Another of Ali’s friends gets into trouble this time over a gun shot… Can he figure it all out? There is so much to this story. Plenty of twists, turns and heart stopping moments for the reader. Fast paced, edge of your seat read. An easy read with short chapters. One I devoured in one sitting.

I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for this series. Fingers crossed for more. Brilliant YA mystery/crime. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

Amazon Link UK

Amazon Link US

crime · Detective · mystery · Young adult

Ali Cross – James Patterson ★★★★

Blurb; Alex’s son Ali is eager to follow in his father’s footsteps as a detective, but when his best friend goes missing, what price will he have to pay to solve the mystery?


Alex Cross
The brilliant DC detective who never gives up on a case.

Ali Cross
The tenacious kid who’s determined to follow in his father’s footsteps.

The case that finally gives him a chance
Ali knows Gabe Qualls better than anyone, so when his friend goes missing, Ali jumps right into action. Being Alex Cross’s son has taught him the skills he needs to solve the mystery: intelligence, persistence, and logic. One thing he didn’t inherit? Patience.

Because Ali knows that with every day that passes without the police finding Gabe, the less likely it is that he’ll ever be found. And being Alex Cross’s son, he refuses to accept those odds.

My Review; Again a huge James Patterson fan even for his young adult novels. This is book one in a series and it focuses on Ali a future wannabe detective and his dad Alex who is a detective and ali dad’s. Alex is under scrutiny from the press and the community for an incident that happened on a scene and faces a future court date over it. Ali looks up to his father and wants to be just like him when he’s older, he believes he is innocent.

Ali’s best friend disappears and this is his time to play detective but will he go to far? Is his friend dead? Can he solve the mystery? He may need help… a brilliant story. Devoured it. An easy read. I cannot wait for book two already to see what happens next to Ali and Alex.

A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend. A series to keep an eye on. Exciting. Fast paced. Crime. Young Adult.

Amazon Link UK

Amazon Link US

crime · Detective · mystery · suspense

True Crime Story – Joseph Knox ★★★★★

Blurb; In the early hours of Saturday 17 December 2011, Zoe Nolan, a nineteen-year-old Manchester University student, walked out of a party taking place in the shared accommodation where she had been living for three months.

She was never seen again.

Seven years after her disappearance, struggling writer Evelyn Mitchell finds herself drawn into the mystery. Through interviews with Zoe’s closest friends and family, she begins piecing together what really happened in 2011. But where some versions of events overlap, aligning perfectly with one another, others stand in stark contrast, giving rise to troubling inconsistencies.

Shaken by revelations of Zoe’s secret life, and stalked by a figure from the shadows, Evelyn turns to crime writer Joseph Knox to help make sense of a case where everyone has something to hide.

Zoe Nolan may be missing presumed dead, but her story is only just beginning

My Review; I have seen this book everywhere, so ofcourse I had to check it out myself! I am so glad I did. This is the first book I have read by this author but it won’t be the last. This was amazing. 5 stars and more. It went straight into my top reads of the year. Loved it. Highly recommend. A must buy. A must read. You will not be disappointed.

It’s set at Manchester University and as a local I knew all the places within the book and the University itself making it more real for me as a reader. The author has written this book so cleverly that I had to actually message a friend who had already read it to make sure it wasn’t a true crime. Very clever indeed. Very impressed.

The story is told through each of the characters involved throughout. So it was an easy read for me which I devoured and finished before I knew it. I was hooked. It really was a brilliant, page turner of a read. One I don’t think I could ever forget. One I will recommend for a long time. This author just blew me away. Now I understand the hype… Thank you Joseph.

Amazon Link UK

Amazon Link US