Kiss the Girls Book Summary and Study Guide

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Detective/Doctor Alex Cross, along with his best friend and faithful work collegue, John Sampson, is pulled into yet another lot of complicated and deadly criminal cases. There are two vicious monsters on the loose, by the names of "Casanova", who kidnaps extremely intelligent and particularly good-looking women, (one of which happens to be Naomi Cross, Alex's niece), and "The Gentleman Caller", who kills beautiful women in the most gorey and unnatural ways. Swept up in a confusion of an odd romance and pressurising detective work, Alex manages to find leads on the cases. After managing to help a victim that escaped from the lare of "Casanova", who goes by the name of Kate McTiernan, he develops feelings for her.
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The review of this Book prepared by Kylie Chant

The main plot of the book starts when Dr. Alex Cross' niece is kidnapped by Casanova. He goes to Duke Univerity and discovers that there have been many other girls kidnapped. So they investigate the kidnappings. When Kate McTerrian escapes, Dr. Cross sits by her beside waiting for her to wake up so she can tell him of the experience of the house where Casanova keeps the women he abducts. After a couple of weeks Kate and Dr. Cross begin to fall for each other. All the while Casanova is still on the loose and stalking and abducting more women.
The review of this Book prepared by Lindsay Ballendine

The man knowns as "Casanova" is a killer who fancies himself a collector. Living in a mysterious house in the North Carolina woods, which seems to vanish when its "visitors" leave, and wearing stylized masks representing his moods, he collects the most extraordinary women he can find into his own personal harem, killing those who refuse to submit to his whims.

The man who calls himself "the Gentleman Caller" is a bestial serial killer terrorizing the City of Angels, raping and killing women, then cutting off body parts to keep as trophies and arranging flowers around the bodies. Later he will send the latest entry in his diary to a reporter at the L.A. Times, insisting that it be published.

What do these two monsters have in common? Detective Alex Cross, policeman, forensic psychologist, family man, and serial killer-catcher, doesn't know. But Cross will find out, because this time it's personal.

This time, Cross's niece Naomi has become the latest addition to Casanova's collection. This time, a reporter in Los Angeles has received the latest entry in the diary of a Gentleman, which tells of the abduction of a young woman named Naomi C. And this time, Alex Cross is not going to rest until he has put a pair of killers away... permanently.
The review of this Book prepared by James Craver

    Kiss the Girls is the second novel James Patterson wrote about the adventures of Alex Cross, a Washington D.C. psychiatrist/detective/family man.
    Cross' niece Naomi aka Scootchie is kidnapped from the Duke college campus. The major suspect is the man who calls himself Casanova, the great lover. Dr. Cross has to go down to North Carolina and investigate the kidnapping and hopefully bring Naomi back to her family.
    In the south Cross hardly feels welcome. However, Cross works alongside the Durham police and even the FBI to try and track down Casanova.
The review of this Book prepared by Catie Griffiths

Detective Alex Cross is on an emotional case as he searches for his missing neice who is suspected of being the victim of a North Carolina serial killer. As if this brutal murderer is invisible clues are non-existent until one lucky student escapes his clutches and provides more insight into location and other women being held captive.
The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray

In this breath catcher, sit on the edge of your seat novel, Detective Alex Cross puts his talents to work in North Carolina where his niece has been missing and thought to be the suspected victim of a serial killer. An escaped victim provides a breakthrough for detectives and they move closer to the killer only to discover to their horror that more than one murderer is at work. Time is of the essence as Alex knows time is running out for his neice as well as other young women.
The review of this Book prepared by Tracey Ray (TJ)

Alex Cross is back again in this second book about his solving scarey mysteries! In this book, Casanova, an 18 year old hardened criminal is at work, stalking beautiful women for awhile, especially college women, and then killing them.

Casanova's victims are not all dead though. He is holding some of them hostage in this huge house, and won't let them near each other, for fear of escaping of course. One of the victims is Alex Crosse's dear niece, Naomi, nicknamed Scootchie. She is hopelessly trapped in Casanova's prison, praying with the other women to escape.

But escape doesn't come easily for these women, except for Kate McTiernan, who Casanova captured. She is a REAL fighter, and managed to get out, and eventually found help for the other women held prisoner. She gets hurt badly at first though escaping, and is layed up for awhile before being able to talk.

And Casanova doesn't just capture her once, but he finds her, and traps her again before he is caught in the act.
And the complicated thing is, another killer has joined with him across the states in North Carolina. These two men are dangerous partners, and the FBI along with Cross is trying to chase them down.

A nail-biting book; makes you keep turning the pages for sure!
The review of this Book prepared by Boppy

In “Kiss the girls”, the enigmatic Washington detective, Dr Alex Cross hunts down two serial kidnappers, rapists and killers who work in competition and in tandem as they attempt to make their fantasy persona's “Cassanova” and “The Gentleman Caller”, a reality. Alex Cross's determination in this case is personal -- one of these monsters has captured his beloved niece, Naomi, whose fate becomes increasingly less promising as the investigation draws on.
The review of this Book prepared by Alison

This book is a great novel about a detective who gets dragged into an investigation while searching for his niece. The mind games that are played are spectacular and keeps you guessing right 'til the last page. It is novel definitely worth reading.
The review of this Book prepared by Derrell Labatte

Alex Cross must rescue his kidnapped niece Scootchie from a madman named Casanova. He is a madman who abducts and has his way with only the most beautiful women he can find, occasionally doing away with them when they break his house rules.

To make matters worse for Cross, there seems to be another killer with the same M.O. as Casanova. But he not only kidnaps and rapes the women, he mutilates and kills them as well. Cross, his best friend John Sampson and one of the lucky women who escapes Casanova's grasp come together to try and capture the two madmen and stop the killing.

I liked this book, but I felt that it could have been better in the love interest department. The mystery was well done though. Kept me guessing.
The review of this Book prepared by Rahmani Vanterpool

Alex Cross's niece is kidnapped by a "woman collector" who uses his collection to achieve sexual pleasure. Cross faces his greatest challenge, fighting a man who has kidnapped his own blood.
The review of this Book prepared by Jose Notario

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 22.7%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 33.6%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 26.4%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 17.3% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   cooped up in spooky house    -   character killed during/after sexing Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   Black


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of male nudity    -   rape (yeech!)    -   bestiality (baaa!) Unusual forms of death    -   rough sex    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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