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Two joggers have been found dead in San Francisco - bitten and hung by their feet to drain the blood. Further murders in California, and then on the East Coast as well, completely baffle Alex and the FBI. Is this the work of a cult, or role players, or even of modern-day vampires? Desperate to stop the deaths, Alex teams up with Jamilla Hughes, a savvy woman detective, andTwo joggers have been found dead in San Francisco - bitten and hung by their feet to drain the blood. Further murders in California, and then on the East Coast as well, completely baffle Alex and the FBI. Is this the work of a cult, or role players, or even of modern-day vampires? Desperate to stop the deaths, Alex teams up with Jamilla Hughes, a savvy woman detective, and the FBI's Kyle Craig.But Alex has never been closer to defeat, or in greater danger. He must survive a deadly confrontation - only to learn at last the awful secret of the Mastermind....

Title : Violets are Blue
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ISBN : 9780747266914
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Number of Pages : 480 Pages
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Violets are Blue Reviews

  • Maria
    2019-05-03 20:58

    According to this book, here are James Patterson's 7 Golden Rules of Writing:1. Write simple sentences. Don't use big words or describe people wearing colors other than black or "powder blue."2. Dialogue should be monotonous. Have your characters say the same thing over and over. Especially the hero. He has to bemoan his life yet cheer himself on in the next breath, reminding himself how great he is. Over and over. Bemoan, cheer, repeat! If that doesn't work, have other people say the same thing. Bemoan, cheer, repeat!3. Keep your chapters short. Three pages is pushing it.4. Take a subculture -- like goths -- and exploit them in the most obnoxiously ignorant way. Use the real names of their clubs in Los Angeles, and make sure every person depicted is a lunatic, a drug addict, or both. Get everything wrong, even if getting it right would make your story more complex and interesting. Don't even try to understand said subculture. They won't know! They'll never read your book, anyway!5. Don't worry about the accuracy of anything you write. Geography, culture, language -- it's fiction! You can do what you want!6. Kill a lot of people.7. Make your villians go to Vegas. No reason. Just get them there. You've got to write off that trip to Vegas for your taxes somehow...Wow! I'm ready now to write a commercially successful thriller. It'll take about a month.But please shoot me first.

  • Maureen DeLuca
    2019-05-03 18:43

    Alex Cross #7- oh what a disappointment! Not going to trash this series or James Patterson- I really to love the Alex Cross series- all the psycho, crazy, serial , insane, cut up the bodies and send them to you type books- but this one wasn't one of his best... IMO. Not giving up on this series- I'm late to the party with these books- started from book number 1 and I'll keep on going.... some people may like this story- it just wasn't for me. On to book number 8 in the sometime future!

  • Salymar
    2019-05-10 15:43

    This is my second novel by American author James Patterson. The first Patterson novel I have read is HIDE AND SEEK which I rated two (2) irreplaceable and stinky stars because it failed to court my inner bookworm side. I am a merciful (lol) critique so I decided to give the author another chance. And I must say, he failed me again.Right now, the efficiency of what Stephen King said about James Patterson's writings during an interview for USA Weekend is starting to sink in me. I quote Stephen King, he referred James Patterson as "a terrible writer [but he's] very successful". And don't forget Patterson being a popular author too. -and just because 'something' is popular does not mean it's good.Here is the list of major disappointments and irksome instances from the novel:1. James Patterson uses TOO much common or simple words. Too common that novel became uninteresting and dull. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the over-rated sayings that go beauty lies in simplicity, but there's always a line between everything that goes too much. There's a fine line between applying the beauty of simplicity and using it excessively.2. The character's lines are awful. I remember a scene where Alex Cross and a lady detective began to seriously examine a dead body; of all the things Alex Cross would think during that moment is the weather. I mean, I know the novel's genre is mystery but umm, I can't seem to find the connection of the weather to the mystery they're suppose to solve. And it does not stop with that. There are more awful lot.3. Character's dialogues are overly monotonous. Have you ever read a novel with characters saying the same thing over and over again? Not to mention having a protagonist whose blahs and blahs are exactly the same from every effing chapter?4. The novel started with a threat to Alex Cross's life. And in the middle of the story it just became an old memory, like it never happened; like James Patterson just accidentally wrote and paste a wrong side of the story in the novel.5. Lastly, I like Alex Cross because I have a weird detective-fetish (hello Sherlock Holmes! Hoho) but he's the first one who I forced myself to like. lol. I know it's complicated, it's a woman's intuition after all. Hoho.From this point on, I'll quit reading some of James Patterson's works. I will give him a chance soon, but it might take a while.

  • Kevin
    2019-05-10 18:43

    The bodies of men and women are turning up all over the U.S. showing signs of attack by animal and human teeth. As it turns out, a pair of brothers who just so happen to also be vampires are responsible for the attacks. Known by the FBI for his ability to profile killers better than just about anyone else, Dr. Alex Cross is brought in to investigate and is terrified beyond anything he has ever experienced before in his life. His investigation takes him to San Francisco where he meets and, in typical Cross fashion, develops attractions for a homicide detective named Jamilla Hughes. While the suspense is just as evident in this novel as in any other Patterson book, the story does get a bit freaky. For you to be able to finish this book, you have to believe that there are actually people who think of themselves as vampires. Even though I do believe that, it was still a bit strange to read. The best parts of this book involve Cross's continued hunt for the so-called Mastermind, who continues to stalk him and threaten his well being. Other than that, well... This is probably my least favorite of the Alex Cross series.

  • Karschtl
    2019-05-16 13:39

    The book before this one ended with a Cliffhanger. Unusual for Patterson, not to solve the case within the book but continue the chase in a second novel. Fortunately I had the sequel at hand (half of my books are in Germany, the other in they're not always available right away for me)New main characters (for this new case) are presented, including 2 vampire-like siblings and 2 guys that reminded me of "Siegfried & Roy", and I'm sure Patterson got his inspiration for them in Las Vegas. Additionally he still has to catch the killer from "Roses are Red". Lot to do for Alex, but at least it prevents him from thinking about his problems in private life too much.

  • Jean
    2019-05-19 20:59

    This will be my last JP book. It seemed like a recap of all the other books and I kept thinking "why can't he come up with some new material??" I've read all the others and didn't need to spend another 8 hours recapping. Yes - there was a new pretty good story but I got hung up on the numerous references to all of the past books.

  • Alaina Meserole
    2019-05-07 13:42

    The Mastermind is back.But this book was kind of boring to me. The same villain returns and another loved one is dead. Violets are Blue opens with Alex walking into the murder scene of his latest romantic and professional partner, FBI agent Betsy Cavalierre. She was murdered by the Mastermind, who was introduced in Roses are Red. Of course he calls Alex to taunt him which of course was predictable.However, Alex doesn't just have to deal with his old nemesis in this book. Oh no, he has to deal with a pair of killers, Michael and William Alexander, who are teenaged vampires. Yep, this book went there.Now don't get me wrong, I liked the book it just wasn't my favorite. It was kind of meh and even though it had some twists and turns - I saw most of it coming a mile away. The thing I didn't see coming was Craig, and no, I wont tell you what happened. I really just hope that the next book will be a lot better.

  • 🔮⚡️Voracious
    2019-04-19 15:00

    Hugely disappointing follow up to the amazing Roses Are Red. The whole plot was a little far fetched to be honest and what I was most looking forward to with this book, was Alex's inevitable meeting with The Mastermind - the nemesis that had been taunting him for the entire previous book. That too turned out to be a complete anti climax. Alex's reaction just didn't compute with how he must have truly have felt upon discovering the identity of The Mastermind. All in all, I can't help feeling a little bit cheated with this particular instalment of Alex Cross and can only assume that Mr Patterson was perhaps too engrossed in other projects at the time of writing this one. Who knows.

  • Thom Swennes
    2019-05-03 20:43

    This book reads like a Thanksgiving supper. What an appropriate simile and book for this time of year. I say this because the author lays a table of different elements that combine to make a well-rounded and delicious literary meal. Alex Cross travels across the country on the trail of vampires. If the murders occurring in major cities from coast to coast are not the works of a traditional (Bram Stoker) vampire than they are first rate imitations. Bodies of men and women hung and bloodless become a repetitive scene and after further investigation the trail leads back many years. The Mastermind, Alex’s nemesis, is still stalking Alex and his family. Little intrigues and personal dramas add side dishes to fill the table with mundane life while the bad guys do their best to disrupt the day. If I am to be completely honest, this isn’t one of his best books. At times I had trouble following the flow and it didn’t grip me as tightly as many of his other works. Even the best ball players don’t always hit home runs and occasionally strike out. I’m not suggesting that this book is a strikeout but it is only a single or double base hit. If you’ve never read James Patterson this is a good story to start with while keeping in mind that it will only get better. If you are already a fan you will accept this as an anomaly and go happily on to the next one.

  • Carolyn
    2019-05-14 16:40

    Vampires! Or are they? Alex Cross encounters a most bizarre case in which the bodies of slain joggers are hung and drained of blood. And not just one case but many of similar circumstances throughout the country. And on top of this, Cross's nemesis, the Mastermind, continues to taunt and stalk. This book is especially captivating to those who have already read Roses Are Red -- I can say no more.

  • Tonya Smith
    2019-05-17 16:52

    I enjoyed this book but I was surprised with ending.Soon I will move on to the next one in the series.

  • Alana Juneau
    2019-05-17 14:33

    I can't believe I finished this book. I wanted an easy, no-brainer read during the crazy, busy school year and it fulfilled it's purpose. It was so stupid, all about vampire murders. Not sure how I got through it? I've read other books by Patterson and this wasn't one of the better ones.

  • Nancy (Hrdcovers)
    2019-04-24 17:55

    VIOLETS ARE......PURPLE!!!! I usually try to make it my business not to read any books relating to either werewolfs or vampires. As a matter of fact, I stopped reading Patricia Cornwall's Kay Scarpetta series for this exact reason....the werewolfs had invaded the pages. Since I like to read all of my series "in order", Violets Are Blue was the next one up at bat in the Alex Cross series. Little did I know that it would have the "dreaded" vampires as the main characters. This book had two stories going on at the same time....the vampire invasion and the return of "The Mastermind". One thing Patterson is definitely good at is bringing you up-to-date with what's happened in his past books so you're not totally lost when you're reading his current offering. I appreciated all of his reminders of how much The Mastermind had taken over Alex Cross' life with all of his threats and purported killings of people close to Alex. Another thing Patterson is great at is writing short chapters. I read this book while on the beach in Mexico and it's just the type of book to bring on vacation because it goes quickly. I finished it in two days and was able to give it to a friend who was with me who also finished it on that same trip. Now, getting back to the vampires. As much as I dislike reading about them, I did find it quite fascinating but scary at the same time. Just to think that something like this could possibly exist (please tell me it doesn't) is enough to keep me from reading another vampire book in my lifetime. But in usual Alex Cross fashion, the vampires didn't stand a chance against our hero. The Mastermind, however, was another story. I do have a problem with how this part of the story panned out and it's something many authors do that really bothers me. I can't elaborate because I'd give it away but it's a cop out I don't appreciate. Wow, did I just use a pun there? I actually didn't mean to but if the shoe fits, wear it. Next up....Four Blind Mice. I know there's really only three blind mice. I can just imagine who this fourth mouse is going to be.

  • Jasmine Diaz
    2019-04-23 17:42

    The book was about investigation of several murders that occured.They noticed that on each victum their was bite marks on the neck and that all the bllod was drained out of the body.The two brothers who are vampires would go on man hunts and suck peoples blood out while they were still alive. Kyle Craig who is known as the mastermined was the one sending the two brothers to kill specific people. Alex Cross got bit by a boy who claims hes a vampire and got an infection because he didnt go to the hospital right away.When he was at his house sleeping the mastermined went broke into his house in the middle of the night with intentions of killing him but did not because his daughter laid by his bed the whole night waiting for him to recover. Jamilla one of Alex friends from the investigation team was kidnapped so Alex and Kyle who supposebly didnt know nothing went to a barn to find her. They found her and a group of guys with fangs. Alex shot one of the brothers in the head on accident bvecause they were trying to run him over but the only way to stop the car was to shot at the car so when he did he killed one of the brothers. When he killed both of the brothers he found the sir which is the guy that was the vampires boss and before he got to even question him Kyle shot him.I liked this book it was better than the first one because it had more action. It was very interesting at first i didnt want to put it down but eventualy stopped reading it as much because i was bussy with alot of home work.I cant wait to read the third book because every book of James Patteson is very interesting and makes you not want to stop reading it.

  • Noah Cordray
    2019-04-26 22:03

    Violets are Blue is good book and is an enjoyable read. The plot is never boring and seems to be always moving at a solid pace. This was a detective/ crime story but it was so immersive due to its baffling murders and intriguing plot. The main detective (also the main character) is a man named Alex Cross who is a nationally acclaimed detective who seems to be able to solve any crime, until it comes to these. The victims would be killed but then drained of all of their blood and Alex could not figure these crimes. This is where I suspected that vampires would be in this story. The only thing I didn’t like about it was that it had to include vampires. I feel like most books nowadays that are written for young adults have some kind of inclusion with vampires in the story, and to me this is a huge turn off when reading a book due to the major overuse of this type of character. Overall though, this is an intriguing read and I enjoyed it once I got over the whole vampire thing.I would recommend this to anyone who likes murderous vampires and a great story plot. It is not necessarily appropriate for young readers due to the massive amount of swearing but i still enjoyed it after I could get past reading the f-word on every two pages.

  • Holly Haze
    2019-04-26 18:42

    At the end of Roses are Red, we figure out who the Mastermind is. Violets are Blue kicks off in true Patterson bang up form, but Cross still has no idea who Mastermind is. Cross figures out who it is at the very end of this book. If you are reading this review and have read the series, you also know who it is. In the event that the books have not been read in order, I am not going to reveal it here. This crime spree involves tigers and vampires. You read that right. At first I didn't think I was going to like this book as much as the previous ones. That quickly changed. This was another fine installment for Patterson/Cross.

  • Cindy
    2019-05-20 14:41

    Another quick read featuring psychologist/detective Alex Cross and a continuing nemesis, the Mastermind. Although the reader found out who the Mastermind was at the end of the last novel, Alex has yet to tease it out. He's also got his hands full running across the country (San Francisco, Las Vegas, Savannah) after some real sickos. No surprises here - this is full of the staccato chapters and twists and turns that Patterson is known for. And don't expect deep themes - it's simple (but fun) mind candy.

  • Anna Koch
    2019-05-07 20:34

    I thought this was one of the best Alex Cross books that James Patterson has written since "Kiss the Girls." The story line was just so different from the others. Alex also got into a new love interest. Patterson is very good with imagery. It makes me creeped out to go downstairs in my dark house after I'm done reading, as weird as it sounds. I recommend this book to people who are already reading the Alex Cross series because the books just keep getting better and better.

  • Shannon Bernier
    2019-05-04 17:42

    wow another amazing book:)

  • ❆ Crystal ❆
    2019-04-28 20:52

    4 stars. Another fun book in the Alex Cross series.

  • Charlotte (Buried in Books)
    2019-05-01 15:53

    I thought the series was picking up again, because the last book wasn't that bad......But then I start reading this and I just kept thinking "WTF". Vampires I can deal with, I enjoy vampire stories a lot. In fact The Black Dagger Brotherhood is one of my favourite series. But 2 cocky little f**kwits going on a murder spree? Stringing people up and biting, bleeding them? In an Alex Cross book? Don't even get me started on the tiger.... the f**king TIGER. Or Alex's trip to hospital because of an infected vampire bite (last book it was his daughter in hospital - wonder who it will be in the next one).This book felt like 2 separate books in one, because as soon as the whole vampire storyline was tied up the action moved back to the mastermind. And I mean it moved STRAIGHT back, it was almost as though they hadn't spent the vast majority of the book vampire hunting.But it was the last part of the book that stopped this being a 1 star for me. Because we actually learned a bit more about the mastermind and Alex finally realised who it was. There were way too many references back to the Gentleman Caller and Casanova though.I hate to say this - but if the next book isn't a lot better I think it could be my last Alex Cross - in fact it could be my last James Patterson.

  • Karen Barber
    2019-05-12 15:44

    My first reading of James Patterson, and I won't give up immediately but I wonder if this is a side-effect of being so many books into a series. It just felt like someone going through the motions and ticking off a set of expected features.In this book we focus on some bizarre characters who claim to be vampires, biting their victims and draining them of blood. The police realise there's links between a number of crimes, and suddenly we're into crazy mass-killing sprees. We are submerged in a murky underworld, where we have ex-commune members, s&m fans, graphic violence, increasingly odd ways to dispose of someone...and alongside this we have Alex's issue with someone called The Mastermind.For large periods of time we focus on the rather mundane elements of Alex's life and him fretting about how he's missing out on the lives of his children. I was surprised by the revelation, but then got frustrated because I just don't see how someone could sustain that level of deception and not have people get remotely suspicious of them.It has been suggested I should try Along Came a Spider-perhaps seeing this character in his 'fresh-faced' phase might be more appealing.

  • Carol Fellenz
    2019-05-15 15:55

    Keeps you on the edge of your seats.

  • Erin L
    2019-04-25 17:45

    These books might just be more fun to read than to listen to. Or in the time since I read the last one and now, I've lost my love for James Patterson, but this just didn't really do it for me.

  • Jasbr
    2019-05-02 19:43

    Vor einigen Jahren habe ich die Bücher von James Patterson regelrecht verschlungen und sie haben mir sehr gut gefallen. Deswegen dachte ich, auch dieses wird eine sichere Nummer - hat mich dann aber sehr enttäuscht. Das Positive vorweg: Der Schreibstil ist wie gewohnt sehr flüssig und ich liebe die kurzen Kapitel mit den Perspektivwechsel, die Spannung aufbauen und zum Weiterlesen animieren. Das war es dann aber auch schon fast.Die Story konnte mich gar nicht überzeugen. Ein brutaler Mord jagt den nächsten, ohne das aber näher auf den einzelnen eingegangen wird. Im Gegenteil: Alex Cross hetzt von Tatort zu Tatort quer durch die USA, ohne das der Leser wirklich abgeholt wird. Die Morde an sich sind ziemlich bestialisch und schnell wird klar: Es sind Vampire am Werk. Manchmal hatte ich wirklich das Gefühl, ich bin jetzt in einem Fantasy-Roman gelandet und nicht in einem Thriller. Sehr schade!Was mir auch auf die Nerven ging war, dass das Privatleben von Detectiv Cross viiiel Raum einnimmt, es sich aber immer um das gleiche dreht: Er arbeitet zu viel und sieht seine Familie kaum. Ach nee - das ist ja auch untypisch für solche Ermittler :D Ich habe die Bücher nicht in der Reihenfolge gelesen - muss man auch nicht, da die Fälle an sich abgeschlossen sind. Und es wird seeehr viel aufgegriffen, was bisher passiert ist. Vielleicht sogar ein bisschen zu viel. Denn auch hier hatte ich das Gefühl, das mehr über die Vergangenheit als über die aktuellen Fälle berichtet wird.Und dann ist ja da noch "Superhirn", der immer wieder Alex Cross anruft und alles über ihn zu wissen scheint. Bedrohungen inklusive. Auch das hat den Fokus sehr abgelenkt. Schade!Das Ende ist dann gar nicht überraschend, zieht sich dafür aber noch ganz schön in die Länge. Ich war dann ehrlich gesagt froh, als er vorbei war und kann das Buch guten Gewissens auswildern, weil ich es sicher nicht nochmal in die Hand nehmen werde. Von mir gibt es nur 2 Sterne!

  • Andrea Ika
    2019-05-20 15:55

    My rating3 starsBlurbD.C. Detective Alex Cross has seen a lot of crime scenes. But even he is appalled by the gruesome murders of two joggers in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park - killings that look more like the work of savage beasts than humans. Local police are horrified and even the FBI is baffled. Then, as Cross is called in to take on the case, the carnage takes off, leaving a trail of bodies across America and sweeping him to Savannah, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Los Angeles . . as his nemesis, the merciless criminal known as the Mastermind, stalks him, taunts him, and once again, threatens everything he holds dear...My opinionJames Patterson bring the supernatural world to a view that makes some sense. great thriller. the plot just didn't work for me. too much of an attempt to keep the reader guessing as to who the ultimate villain is.I didn't like the vampire part of this book, but I did like the end where the true identity of the Mastermind is revealed.try and read the Alex Cross novels in order as I've found that there are spoilers in the later novels which removed some of the tension in this book. Nevertheless a typical Patterson read; fast-paced, suspenseful and with plenty of murders!Quotes A friend of mine once defined love as finding someone you can talk to late into the night.“Human existence must be a kind of error. It is bad today and every day it will get worse, until the worst of all happens."Rules made you predictable, less of an individual. Rules made you less free, less authentic, less yourself.Charles Manson’s words came to mind: Total paranoia is just total awareness.A man tells his psychiatrist that everybody hates him. The psychiatrist says he’s being ridiculous — everybody hasn’t met him yet.the three C’s that some men are so fond of: compete, criticize, control.”“I especially recommend Carol Page’s Bloodlust: Conversations with Real Vampires.“A real vampire,” he told me, “is a person born with an extraordinary gift. He, or she, has the capacity to absorb, channel, transform, and manipulate pranic energy — which is the life force. Serious vampires are usually very spiritual

  • Jahnn Alexis
    2019-05-15 15:43

    Okay, so I'm at that point in my life where I am so selfish with my time that, in order for me to truly like it, a book has to be either so meaningful that I have an existential crisis after every couple chapters or so frivolous that I justify its asininity using a sharp contrast to, say, the impending academic deadlines in my direct line of sight (or should I say sniping range....please, you treacherous ninja assignment due dates, have mercy! I didn't realize vlogbrother video marathons were THAT long.). This book, sadly, is in no man's land. It's a 'tweener. I met Alex Cross when I was in my early teens. I even watched the "Kiss the Girls" movie with Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd (actually more fraught with emotion and realistic psychopathy than you'd think possible in Hollywood). I know this guy. But Patterson's transition to short and almost meaningless sentences has me wondering if he, like Cross, is getting a bit too old for the job. I remember being particularly disappointed with the way the identity of The Mastermind was revealed. I can't tell you how come but I knew who he was as surely as I know how to spell and pronounce my name and the various ways that people misspell and mispronounce it. Yet there was no real climax in seeing the bastard's name there in print. I'm going to stop criticizing the man who's been on the bestseller's list since he learned how to read and write because I am not. Or MAYBE!!!!!! I'm out of context because I haven't read "Roses are Red" in a while. But then again, my complaint is with the method, not the premise; I get the storyline just fine...I just didn't think it was worthy of all 391 pages. I may owe you an apology for my small-minded, uncultured opinion, my dear Mr. JPatts, but somewhere in the depths of the Amazonian (or possibly sub-Saharan) rainforests is a tree to whom you need to apologize as well. Meh.

  • Evan Bolick
    2019-05-04 18:54

    This is the first James Patterson book I have ever read. All right... The problem with this book was that the first two-thirds were very good and incredibly tense and the pacing of the story was well done. Patterson's hero, Alex Cross, faces three villains, the Mastermind and a couple of brothers who claim to be vampires...SPOILERS AHEADWhat ruined this was the final act. Patterson spends the majority of the story building up the bothers as actually having super-human powers. They pull off incredible feats such as seducing both men and women with merely a glance, commune with a tiger, displays of telepathy, and manage to drain entire bodies of their blood without any equipment. Then, to proceed to the showdown with the Mastermind (who I assume is a recurring villain), he has the protagonists dispatch these brothers in a matter of several pages and in completely unextraordinary ways. No explanation is given for how they were able to act in such super human ways, and that is a major letdown.Then, Cross finally comes face to face with the Mastermind. To this point, the Mastermind was truly cunning and the menace he presents to Cross is palpable. Once his identity is revealed, however, he becomes a run of the mill bad guy whose moves are very predictable and sloppy.*END OF SPOILERS*Nothing irks me like a well written 2/3 and an unsatisfying conclusion, be it movies, music or film (Ex. The Panic Room, great 2/3 leading up to a ludicrous ending). Thus, only 2 stars out of a possible 4.

  • Stefanie
    2019-05-14 13:43

    In typical James Patterson fashion, Violets are Blue begins in an explosive way. Alex Cross’s partner and girlfriend has just been murdered in a completely defiling way. At the scene of the crime, the Mastermind calls Alex to taunt him. The Mastermind begins calling Alex almost every day, at all hours, threatening, teasing… Mystery One. Mystery Two is unveiled as two joggers are killed in San Francisco. People are turning up in various cities, hanging upside down, bitten and drained of their blood. These Vampire-style murders, or “Mystery Two” are interweaved throughout Violets are Blue with “Mystery One”. Again, I reiterate: I enjoyed the Vampire angle. I know there are cults out there where people are disillusioned enough to believe they are truly vampires. That’s what made this angle even scarier. Upon flying to California to investigate these newest killings, Alex meets Jamilla Hughes, and as one might expect, begins to really like her. Because his last few relationships have met with very ugly endings, Alex is a bit hesitant to act on his feelings. I was happy that Patterson didn’t push this issue. He concentrated on the mysteries to be solved, rather than the mysteries of the heart (which can probably never be solved!). As Mystery Two begins to unravel, Mystery One begins to heat up. The Mastermind’s identity is first suspected, and then confirmed. Then the cat and mouse game that has been going on for quite some time is reversed. Alex begins to hunt this monster who has so plagued him.

  • Barry
    2019-05-20 21:54

    This was my first Patterson book.Consequently, this will be my last Patterson book.I gave it 2 stars mainly because the mystery/crime within the book was just barely strong enough to make you want to see what happened. And the balance between Alex Cross's obsession with the killings and trying to be there for his family is enough to make you care about him (that's all, though, really...otherwise, he's a cardboard cutout).Now the bad stuff...About 125 pages in, I came across 5-7 pages with some of the absolute worst dialogue I have ever read.Then, 50 or pages later, I found WORSE dialogue.There is one section in the book where one thinks there is about to be a foursome...the entire scene, ESPECIALLY THE DIALOGUE reads as if it was written by a horny 13 year old.Also, the villains in the book are boring, predictable, and a laughable example of what they are supposed to be(no spoilers here...)Lastly...novels where first and third person are often 1)confusing 2)sloppy 3)unnecessary. This was one such example. It made the book worse.This was terrible.But maybe it's not Patterson's fault. Maybe this one was written by one of his ghostwriters. If so, I hope he wasn't paid much.