Book Review | Alex Cross’s Trial
Title: Alex Cross’s TRIAL
Author: James Patterson
I have to confess, when I chose to review this book I was a bit confused. I’ve been reading the Alex Cross series, by James Patterson, since its inception and I mistakenly assumed that this was another Alex Cross novel. What I discovered, however, is that this book is not ABOUT Alex Cross, it is written BY Patterson’s character Alex Cross. Once I got over my surprise about the fact that Alex Cross was the supposed author of this book, I was interested to read this novel and find out how it would proceed.
While I had expected a suspense novel, but I found myself reading was a version of historical fiction that did involve elements of suspense. The novel centres on Cross’s great uncle, Ben Corbett, who is progressive in his stance as a lawyer at the turn of the century as he takes on causes that stand up against racism that was commonplace during this era. Corbett finds himself dealing with the Ku Klux Klan and working to uncover who is behind the lynchings and torture in a small Southern town.
While this novel was not what I expected, I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of To Kill A Mockingbird as Ben Corbett could be compared to Atticus Finch in his willingness to defend against racism in a time when others would not. I also liked the fact that the novel did contain some elements of suspense and, because it is a classic Patterson book, it had short chapters with cliffhangers that made me want to keep reading. While I was not impressed by the fact that I think the Alex Cross name was the hook used to get people to read this novel, I think it is an excellent book and I would highly recommend it!
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*