Having to weight the fact that I find “Blood Memory” to be a very good mystery and “Mortal Fear”, a very bad thriller, I wasn’t sure about reading “Black Cross”. After reading Ken Follett’s “Eye of the Needle” I said to myself that I wouldn’t read this book, but for some reason I can’t remember, I changed my mind.
Greg Iles surely understands the word “suspense”, but for me this thriller is too graphic, too much action scenes for my taste. He also tends to overdramatize things. The plot of “Black Cross”, having the Holocaust as its engine and center, is so horrifying that just knowing what happened in those camps is enough. But in spite of that, Greg Iles wastes too many words in cheap drama that’s completely unnecessary.
I think “Black Cross” is better than “Eye of the Needle”, but my opinion about Ken Follett’s book isn’t great which should put this review in the right context, for me.