So, I recently finished re-reading “Cross Kill” BY James Patterson. this was one of the first books in his “Bookshots” imprint that he left in the dust. personally, i would LOVE to see a comeback of the Bookshots brand, as I like shorter books.
Fun fact: i was an editor on my college newspaper, and if you wan to see an article i wrote about Bookshots back in 2016, here it is: https://www.meramecmontage.com/opinions/bookshots-target-new-readers/
Cross Kill is a “bonus” novelette/novella/short story that involves the killer from James Patterson’s debut novel, Along came a Spider.
As I was reading the story, i was thinking to myself “This could be a solid 4 stars!”
Until i read the last few chapters…
It made me think to myself “What was Alex Cross thinking?! Why on God’s green earth would he do that?!”
And you want to know the worst part?
It ends on a cliffhanger, and the story doesn’t continue for over 1 YEAR after the initial publication of Cross Kill!
For context, Cross Kill was officially released on Jun. 7, 2016. Over 1 year later, on Nov. 30, 2017, The continuation book, called “The People VS Alex Cross”, was released!
Oh, and just a tip. If you don’t want to spoil what happens in “Cross Kill”, don’t even read the DESCRIPTION of “The People VS Alex Cross”!
It gives the story’s ending away!
And the even worse part (For me, that is) was that “The People vs Alex Cross” was NOT published as a bookshot.
It’s 446 pages long.
Imagine my frustration! I LOVE to read shorter books, such as novellas, novelettes, and short stories. Hence, why I write and publish them not only for myself, but for others. But if you’re going to write a novella for a series, at least make it optional to the series!
Nobody who is looking at getting out of a very long reading slump wants to get all hyped up on James Patterson’s new Bookshots imprint, read the first book, get a cliffhanger, and then be told “Oh, if you want to know what happens, you haver to read this 400 page book.”
My 2016 self was in a TERRIBLE reading slump. The last book I finished was in 2014, and i only JUST RECENTLY got out of that slump!
At the time, I gave this book a 1/5 stars on Goodreads, but after re-reading the book, and thinking about that marketing in Patterson’s shoes, i decided to give this book a 2.5/5 stars.