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Best James Patterson Books

In this list, I have the top 10 most popular James Patterson books to date, according to people who voted for their favorite James Patterson books. With most of James Patterson books which are in series, you can read them as standalone, unless you want to follow the romance plot in them, then I would suggest reading them in order if you can. It’s your choice.

About James Patterson

Born on the 22nd of March, 1947 in New York.

James Brendan Patterson is an American author and philanthropist. His books have sold in excess of 375 million copies worldwide. His works are the Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Maximum Ride, Daniel X, NYPD Red, Witch and Wizard, and Private series, as well as many stand-alone thrillers, non-fiction and romance novels.

Some of his movies based on his books include;

Alex Cross

Along Came a Spider

Kiss the Girls

James is passionate about encouraging children to read, he also writes a range of books for young readers including the Middle School, I Funny, Treasure Hunters, Dog Diaries and Max Einstein series.

Best James Patterson Books

Kiss The Girls

This time there isnt just one killer, there are two. One collects beautiful, intelligiant woman on college campus on the east cost of the USA. The other is terroising LA witrh a series of unspeakable murders. But the truely chilling news is that the two brilliant and elusice killers are communcating, cooperating, competing.

Readers thoughts on this…

“James Patterson does everything but stick our finger in a light socket.” – New York Times.

“Ticks like a time bomb – full of threat and terror.” – LA Times.


“Non- Stop thriller that never lets up.” – Sidney Sheldon.



1ST To Die

Inspector Lindsay Boxer of the San Francisco Police Department suddenly finds herself in the middle of two horrifying situations: The first is that she’s just learned she has a blood disease. The second is a double homicide case she is now thrown into which involves the murder of two newlyweds on their wedding night. A new partner is reassigned from the mayor’s office, and Lindsay feels that she has too much to deal with so she turns to her best friend, Claire, who is the head ME on the case. Claire offers her helpful advice, the human, friendly contact helps Lindsay put things into perspective, and she gets on with what shes trained to do.

Not long after she throws herself into the case, a newspaper reporter, Cindy, makes contact with her, seeking out a career plot storyline for her paper. However, Lindsay can’t officially comment on the case.

Some time later, a second pair of newlyweds is murdered, and then a third not long after that, the investigation leads to a prominent crime writer, Nicholas Jenks, who has a history of spousal abuse and a predilection for kinky, dangerous sex games. With the help of an understanding assistant D.A., Jill Bernhardt, Lindsay works on making a case against the writer, finding out he even had an affair with one of the slain women. Eventually they all share private interdepartmental information in an effort to track and stop the killer before he strikes again.

Throughout all this, Lindsay is facing up to her illness, while she learns to fall in love again.  She’s a terrified woman confronting the disease.

Readers thoughts on this…

“This is my first Patterson experience. The book was quite captivating and enthralling. There are half a million detective-serial killer novels out there… Patterson’s are by far near if not at the top of the list! His chapters are so brisk you’ll find your self half-way through the book before you know it. As well, the suspense is so well paced, and he also tosses in so many possibilities and clues to murderer’s identity into the mix, there’s no way you’ll be able to set the book down until you have reached the finale.”


“The first James Patterson book I ever read, and one of the best I read this year. It has exceeded my expectations. Honestly I didn’t know serial killer novels could be this fun. It’s filled with suspense and thrill, and Just when you thought you’ve seen the last of the twists, another one jumps at you in the final pages.”


The Angel Experiment

Six unforgettable kids, no families, no homes, running for their lives.

Max Ride and her best friends have the power to fly. And that’s just the beginning of the list of powers they have. They have no idea where they came or why they were chosen. They want to know who’s hunting them and why they are different from everyone else around them… Are they meant to save mankind, or destroy it?

Readers thoughts on this…

“Boy was I wrong not to read it YEARS ago. ‘‘The Angel Experiment’’ is such a fast-paced, action-packed, well, RIDE.”

“This is the book I’m going to recommend when everyone’s recovering from the end of Harry Potter later this month. Really. It’s that good. And the best part is there are two more books after this one. There’s already a waiting list for my copy.”

Suzanne’s Diary For Nicholas

Katie Wilkinson’s perfect man has been found. A writer, a house painter, an original thinker, everything she’s asked for in a partner.

One day, without a word, he disappears from her life, only leaving behind a diary for her to read.

A love letter? Written by a new mother named Suzanne for her baby son, Nicholas. In it she pours out her heart about how she and the boy’s father met, about her hopes for marriage and family, and about the unparalleled joy that having a baby has brought into her life. As Katie reads this touching document, it becomes clear that the lover who has just left her is the husband and father in this young family. She reads on, filled with terror and hope, as she struggles to understand what has happened. Questions running through her mind.

Suzanne’s Diary is written to capture the joys of a new family as it builds to an overwhelmingly moving plot. This is an unforgettable love story, heartbreaking but full of hope at the same time.

Readers thoughts on this…

“Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas is an amazing love story, for me it was a page turner that I read in less than 24 hours (quite a feat with a nursing baby)! It is an incredible fictional love story set in New York and Martha’s Vineyard. Part of the book includes experiences from the author’s life.”

“I absolutely LOVED this book from start to finish.”

Along Came A Spider

This book consists off a missing little girl named Maggie Rose and a family of three brutally murdered in Washington, D.C. . . . the thrill-killing of a beautiful elementary school teacher . . . a psychopathic serial kidnapper/murderer who is so terrifying that the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police cannot outsmart him – even after he’s been captured.

Gary Soneji wants to commit the crime of the century. Alex Cross is the brilliant homicide detective working against him and his crimes. Working with a female detective Jezzie Flanagan, they are about to have a forbidden love affair, at the worst possible time for them both. The killer is playing at the top of his game. It crimes happen right under the noses of Jezzie Flanagan’s men. Now Alex Cross must ask himself… How do we out smart a brilliant psychopath?

Readers thoughts on this…

“James Patterson. The man writes a book and you read it. It’s plain and simple. He knows how to write a mother-fucking story. This wasn’t the first book I read but damn. The dude keeps makin’ a brother come back for more. It gets even better when you’re reading a book about the REAL OG: Alex Cross.”


“I am honestly speechless after reading that. Everything that a thriller should be. I am embarrassed to say that this is the first James Patterson book I have read (excluding his book shot series).”

Schools Out – Forever

Brave bird-kid Max and her flock are discovered by an FBI agent and forced to go to “school.” There is no such thing as an ordinary day as Max deciphers how and when she’s supposed to save the world, wether she wants to or not, and she faces her greatest enemy… a clone of herself.

Readers thoughts on this…

“I give five stars for the second sequel of Maximum Ride this week. I feel so excited when running in the same ride as Max and the Flocks. James Patterson is indeed an amazing writer. His story makes me not only flutter with excitement but also not predict what will happen next. Perhaps, this is one of the factors that make Maximum Ride become the best selling book.”

“I really enjoyed this book so much more than I did the first novel in this series! I loved how funny and entertaining it was. One of my biggest complaints for the first novel had been how juvenile it seemed even for the characters’ ages and the cheesy dialogue, but I didn’t have that problem this time. The dialogue was so much better and kept me invested the entire time. I also liked how the vocabulary seemed to be so much more fitting for the characters. It was pretty action packed and not nearly as predictable as the first book had been. I’m curious to see how the next book is.”


When The Wind Blows

Frannie O’Neill is trying to erase the memory of her husband’s mysterious murder, as another neighbour suddenly dies, and officer Kit Harrison arrives at her doorstep. Kit is hell-bent on solving the case despite the persistent protests from the FBI hovering over her.

Kit secretly pursues the investigation, yet more witnesses keep turning up dead. Frannie then comes across an astonishing discovery in the nearby woods, and their lives are turned upside down in ways they could never have imagined. Simply by knowing the secret of Max, the terrified 11-year-old girl with an amazing gift, could mean death.

As more and more diabolical details are uncovered, the murderer’s bloody trail leads the trio to an underground lab network, known as “the School.” Where scientists conduct shocking experiments involving children and genetic alteration.

Readers thoughts on this…

“When he completed the book, all stunning 416 pages, he probably bragged to his friends about his masterpiece. What an amazing book. Flawless in every aspect, and throughouly enticing.”

“Loved it. Quick read. Loads of action. Lots of children. Crazy scientists messing with DNA. These kids can fly. You will like it!”


Saving The World And Other Extreme Sports


In MAXIMUM RIDE: SAVING THE WORLD AND OTHER EXTREME SPORTS, the time has arrived for Max and her winged “Flock” to face their ultimate enemy and discover their original purpose: to defeat the takeover of “Re-evolution”, a sinister experiment to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race…and to terminate the rest. Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel have always worked together to defeat the forces working against them–but can they save the world when they are torn apart, living in hiding and captivity, halfway across the globe from one another?

Readers thoughts on this…

“Once again, this book has everything Max. Because I originally thought this was the last book in the series, I think I became specially attached to it. Many of my favorite quotes come from this one.”

“Another super fun installment of this wonderful series by James Patterson.”



Nora Sinclair is desired by every man and envied by every woman. She doesn’t just attract the men around her, she enthrals them. So why does FBI agent John O’Hara show interest in her? Well,  because mysterious things keep happening to the people around her, especially the men. Coincidence? John thinks not. He thinks there is something seriously dangerous about Nora, he gets that lured in by her at the same time as filling him with fear. As he spends more and more time with her, is he really trying to work out what her crime is, or is he just fullfilling his own obsessions?

Readers thoughts on this…

“Finished with the audio and if you like Patterson’s stand alones you’ll like this one.”

“Very fun thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed! Best read on a beach, IMO.”


The Lake House

Frannie o’Neil knows a terrible secret that willl change her world and the history of it. The FBI agent Kit Harrison is suspicious and has seen crazy things that no one would ever believe. Max, and five other children have powers we could only dream off. They can fly!

The only place they feel safe, their safe haven… The lake house. Or so they think…

Readers thoughts on this…

“For me this was a different story to what Patterson usually writes Fantasy which I loved the characters were well read & the plot was good kept me turning the pages.”


“The story “The Lake House” is very good book. It is very intriguing throughout the book. You start to care about the kids and the troubles they have to deal with and the drama of being a kid growing up and the extra stress that ensues because they are very special.”


  • Lok Which

    I read James Patterson’s “1st to die ” sometimes last year and since then I have been searching for where to purchase more of his books. I really love that 1st to die to the extent of recommending it to anyone who is searching for book to read. I love reading books and reading this post has brought me the best choice of books to read. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Seun Afotanju

    I love the chapters are not so so long I love that it keeps in the book and keeps me wanting to read more the first book I started was the post card killers, I have always loved his novels  and this time around I am going to go for 1st to die, it is intense and filled with lots of drama, can’t wait to get it.

  • charles39

    ihave been reading the books for while but i have not come across of any james pettersons book  they look intresting to read and for sure iwill be going to  the book store look for those books i am sure they will keep me hooked antill i am done with all of them

  • Barbara

    Such a good idea to give reviews about books and so useful; sometimes I find myself wondering in the store or in amazon trying to make up my mind which book I want to buy but with so much in front of me I can never rush in a decision. I love Patterson some of the movies made  from the novel are some of my favorite movies, especially Along Came A spider.  Still I did not know he wrote so many others. I will definitely buy some more now that I have a clear idea what they are all about

  • Dale

    Im going to be honest.  I had never heard of James Patterson until today.  I guess thats the dynamic power of the internet for you.

    His books sound amazing.  Exactly like something I would love to read.  My niece also loves these kinds of books so Im going to send her this link and see if she has read them.

    Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review article.


  • Renton

    Thanks for this great review of such a great author! I like James Patterson’s work and it is great to see his classics on your list. I especially like that he encourages children to read which makes him even greater in my opinion. If I had to pick I would say my favourite works are Along Came A Spider and The Angel Experiment.

    These works truly get my imagination (and my heart at times) racing. I like how the stories unfold and the pieces seem to fit together. He is truly a great Author. There are twists I absolutely did not see coming (the first read through anyways).

    Thanks for sharing this great list, it brought back such great memories.

  • Bibian

    James Patterson still remains one of the world’s bestselling author, best known for his many enduring fictional characters and series. Just when you think you have figured this one out, another one comes a twist and turn and you are completely knocked off balance. Fell in love with all the characters and storyline. Leaves you wanting another sequel at the end.I love James Patterson, and 1ST To Die remains one of the best books I have read.!.

  • emman

    Hi Jayde,

    I was currently searching a book about busines. But by chance I saw your post. Honesty, I don’t know James Patterson. But I have watched Alex Cross and Along Came a Spider.I didn’t even knew that the movie was from a book. And based on the reviews/comments of those who read his books. I think they are all very interesting to read. Are those books that are listed are kindle ready now? 

  • Kenechi

    James Peterson is such a great  author indeed.  His books are thrilling and one can get addicted to reading his books.  It exposes ones mind to the power of creativity and the power of positive thoughts. It’s good the way you shared this information here which really reminds me that I can do more for my self. It reminds me that I owe myself a lot in unleashing my self as great authors like James Peterson did for himself. Thanks once more.

  • Evald

    Hey there Jayde,

    as a book lover myself, I am constantly on the look for new & exciting books to discover and experience new literature adventures. I have never came across any of Patterson’s work, therefore I am really excited to discover his writing style and his ability to portray unique characters and action-packed stories. The one book which stood out for me the most out of this list would definitely be ”When The Wind Blows”, as I am really into mysterious, violent and story-driven detective books. I am really curious to discover who is responsible behind all of these murders as well as experience this whole journey of on-going detailed FBI investigation, and witness all of the astonishing and puzzling discoveries that come along with it. Thank You Jayde for such informative books descriptions and introducing me to new author, I truly appreciate it and I’ve really enjoyed reading Your article! Keep up the great work 😉

  • Dhayours

    Of all James Patterson’s books, I love Alex cross. And it’s because I really love the movie. I’m not a consistent reader of books but when it’s really interesting, I can spend time on it. I most times wait for the book to be released as a movie, then I get the movie, watch it and enjoy myself. 

  • zuchii

    I find the book titles and review so interesting and full of depth, Hoping to jump on one of the titles here once I finish my current read.The Maximum Ride or When the wind blows come to mind. I’ve always loved fascinating stry lines,  this is what I intend to get from these books. There is no doubt  James Patterson is a great Author.

  • Israel

    Thanks for the informative post! I love books so much and love reading lots of books right from my childhood back in elementary school days but discovered I wasn’t having access to books for sometimes in my life. This was the time I had to stay back with my grandfather in the village. As I came back home to stay permanently with my parents, the zeal to keep reading books kept on arousing in me till I started accessing digital books like these through the online platform.

    Just to notify you that I’m interested in buying two of the books titled “When the Wind Blows” and “HoneyMoon” in dollar currency! In 1 or 2 days from now, I should have bought these books. I keep most of my books on the same bed I sleep. I sleep with books every day all because I regard reading as my hobby.

  • Emmanuel Buysse

    I know about James Patterson that it is a very good writer, but honestly, never read his books.

    But looking to your post, I think that I really have to consider buying it and read it. 

    I just hope that it is in the line of what I love to read, but I will tell you later if this was the case. 

    Anyway, great post and good info, thanks for sharing this! 

  • Clement

    Thank you for this great post and nice review of James Patterson books,your review will help me in making the best choice  out of James Patterson collections ,I like the kiss the girls story line from your review and I hope this girls don’t get away with the murder cases.i can’t wait to get a copy of this book. 

  • Chris

    I am a fan of horror books mostly, but my mother likes a lot of Patterson’s work, so I do get to read a few of his novels every now and again. 

    From what you’e listed here, I can strongly recommend The Angel Experiment as it’s one of the few that I really enjoyed – it satisfied the science fiction ‘geek’ in me and it was an easy read! 

  • Triumphant Life TV

    A debt of gratitude is in order for this extraordinary survey of such an incredible creator! I like James Patterson’s work and it is incredible to see his works of art on your rundown. I particularly like that he urges youngsters to peruse which makes him considerably more prominent as I would see it. In the event that I needed to pick I would state my most loved works are Along Came A Spider and The Angel Experiment. These works genuinely get my creative energy (and my heart now and again) hustling. I like how the narratives unfurl and the pieces appear to fit together. He is genuinely an incredible Author. There are turns I completely did not see coming (the principal read through in any case). A debt of gratitude is in order for sharing this extraordinary show, it brought back such incredible recollections.

  • Rutz

    I have never read any of James Peterson’s books before but I have been reading other types of books.  The review is quite interesting and comprehensive I am gonna buy one of those books.  Indeed he is a great writer. Are his books on Amazon Kindle? Has he written any educational books?

  • Salim

    The one titled “1st to die” looks and sounds catchy, I’ll love to read it immediately, thanks for the purchase link you have provided. Honestly, this is my very first time I will hearing of James Brendan Patterson, he is much of a good author. Thanks for giving us a deep insights of these book. I will make sure I read if not all.


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