Rated of 5
Patterson knows how to create suspense, lots of character depth, and has that magical touch that makes us empathize with the hero's pains and misery. Too bad he's letting himself become so locked into his own successful formula that he can't break out of it (or does he); create a terrible villain, create a beautiful helper for Alex, kill the pretty helper, and let the villain go free. Then find another pretty helper and start the whole process over again. Does he break out of his mold in Roses are Red? You'll have to read it to find out. And when you've finished the story you'll agree Patterson has turned out another great yarn.