James Brendan Patterson is a popular American author and philanthropist. His renowned works are the Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Alex Cross, Maximum Ride, Witch and Wizard, Daniel X, NYPD Red, and Private series and numerous stand-alone thrillers and romance novels and non-fiction. 

More than 300 million copies of his several books have sold worldwide, and he was the first author to sell 1 million e-books. 

Patterson topped Forbes’s list of highest-paid authors for the third straight year in 2016, with an income of $95 million.

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Best 5 James Patterson Books

We have compiled the following list of top 5 James Patterson books worth reading in 2022:

1. Along Came a Spider

Along Came a Spider

Along Came a Spider is a crime thriller novel by James Patterson and the first novel in James Patterson’s popular series about forensic psychologist Alex Cross. It was published in 1993, and its success has led to twenty-six sequels as of 2021. 

The Story of the novel follows Alex Cross, a forensic psychologist and homicide detective investigating the atrocious murders of two black prostitutes and an infant.

It was the first novel of the most popular detective series, Alex Cross.

2. 1st to Die

1st to Die

1st to Die by James Patterson is the first instalment of the popular Women’sMurder Club series; it was published in 2001 and instantly became the bestselling novel.

The series is about four friends who utilize their skills to crack San Francisco’s most challenging murder cases. The women each have different jobs: Lindsay Boxer, a homicide inspector of San Francisco Police; Jill Bernhardt, an assistant D.A.; Cindy Thomas, a reporter who just began working on the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle and Claire Washburn, a medical examiner.

Full of the stunning drama and memorable emotions for which James Patterson is renowned, 1st to Die is the beginning of the #1 New York Times bestselling novel series of crime thrillers.

3. Suzanne’s Diary For Nicholas

suzanne's Diary for Nicholas

Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson is a novel that argues the significance of balance within one’s life. Two intertwined stories are narrated throughout the novel.

The framing story is about a New York City book editor, Katie Wilkinson, whose relationship with poet Matthew Harrison, who suddenly disappears, leaving behind only a diary to read.

This diary is written by a mother named Suzanne for Nicholas

It is a deeply moving novel of love, failure, family and hope from bestselling author James Patterson.

4. 2nd Chance

2nd Chance

James Patterson’s 2nd Chance is the second novel in the popular Women’s Murder Club series. It is the sequel to the first book of this series, 1st to Die.

A brutal madman spews bullets into a crowd of children coming out of a San Francisco church killing only one person.

Then an aged black woman is hung. Lindsay Boxer, the Police homicide inspector, feels a connection. Jointly with medical examiner Claire, assistant D. A. Jill, and Chronicle reporter Cindy discover a link that shocks the entire nation.

In this “innovative” instalment of the Women’s Murder Club, James Patterson once again proves why he is the specialist of the murder mystery genre.

5. Sam’s Letters to Jennifer

Sam's Letters to Jennifer

Sam’s Letters to Jennifer is a novel about about the power of a life-changing love letter.

The novel contains the two fabolous love stories are interwine here, full of hope and despair and emotions that never die down.

It was released in  2004, and became the 10th most selling novel in the United States.