Jack & Jill by James Patterson || Book Review

Not everyone is a fan of James Patterson’s books and that’s a fair statement to make.

While he is the author that I own over 15 books of, I wouldn’t say he’s a favourite of mine. Most of the books I’ve read by him have received good ratings, while most fell in the average section.

His books aren’t exactly emotionally gripping and while most of his books fall under the thriller genre, I would only label them under the mystery and crime genres. Some of the plots are good, but it’s the characters I struggle to like (and sometimes even tolerate).

This is the third book in the Alex Cross series and while it didn’t have as much suspense as the previous book in the series, it was still an enjoyable read.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Challenge prompt: The letter J in the A-Z Book Challenge 2022
Originally published: 1996

Pages: 466
Format: Paperback

Plot from GoodReads:

In the middle of the night, a controversial U.S. Senator is found murdered in bed in his Georgetown pied-a-terre. The police turn up only one clue: a mysterious rhyme signed ‘Jack and Jill’ promising that this is just the beginning. The two are out to get the rich and famous. They will stop at nothing until their fiendish plan is carried out.

Meanwhile, Washington, D. C., homicide detective Alex Cross is called to a murder scene only blocks from his house. Far from the corridors of power where he spends his days. The victim: a beautiful little girl, savagely beaten–and deposited in front of the elementary school Cross’s son, Damon, attends.

Could there be a connection between the murders? As Cross tries to put the pieces together, the killer – or killers – strike again. And again. No one in Washington is safe – not children, not politicians, not even the President of the United States. Only Cross has the skills and the courage to crack the case, but will he discover the truth in time?


Alex Cross is one again dealing with difficult cases, as well as dealing with his own demons and being haunted by events from the previous books.

There are two cases running alongside each other, both are brutal and both require his attention but unfortunately one is classified as more important.

It’s interesting to see Alex’s torment about the case being left behind, where personally, I found that it had to take more priority. However, without that twist in fate, many emotions the reader is suppose to feel would be left out.

I’m still enjoying the first person POV as you go along with Alex through the details and get to experience his feelings and thoughts that most of the time contradict what he says out loud.

The book ends on a chilling note and you’re left wondering how the story is going to develop in the next book.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.98 on GoodReads. I gave it a 4.

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Have you read Jack & Jill?

More reviews from the Alex Cross series

Along Came a Spider – James Patterson
Kiss the Girls by James Patterson

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