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Book review: Crocodile Tears - Anthony Horowitz

Crocdile Tears

Anthony Horowitz

Publication date

12 November 2009

The story

Alex Rider is back in this amazing new adventure. The story's action packed, with nasty twists and wicked villains.

The story starts as all other Alex Rider books do, with a grisly death that leads on to the main story, but I think this one is particularly gruesome as you are expecting it to happen but there is a shocking twist to it.

Alex is celebrating New Year's Eve at the castle of ex boxer, now a major charity leader, Desmond McCain.

As the evening goes on Alex finds himself against the charity leader in a game of poker, and then from then on it's action all the way.

Alex finds himself in a car at the bottom of a lake, in a battle in a graveyard and much more.

The characters

Boy turned spy, 14-year-old Alex Rider (of course) is the main hero. Desmond McCain the villain, an orphan named after the packaging he was found wrapped in! And Sabina Alex's girlfriend, her family and lots more well designed characters.


Alex Rider's clever ways of dodging disaster is one of the main highlights. There is a very tense page-turning part when he's trapped in a car under a frozen lake.

Anthony Horowitz goes into a lot of depth describing what is happening and gives you little hints to the main story to try to let you guess what's going to happen.

Any weak bits?

This is one of the best Alex Rider books so there are definitely no weak bits.

You don't have to read the other seven books before this, but we'd recommend it because they are all a good read and will help you understand this book a lot better.

If you're an Alex Rider fan then this ranks with Scorpia and Skeleton Key.


The WHOLE book is amazing.

NR rating:

Five out of five

Your comments

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"I have not read it yet, but my mate said it was really good!

Carwyn, 10, Suffolk, England

"I was waiting for ages for the book to come out and when it did it was absolutely phenomenal. I would definitely recommend it."

Sam, 13, Somerset, England

"I really LOVE Anthony Horowitz and this is definitely one of the best I've ever read!"

James, 11, Lancashire, England

"I finished this book in two days. It was really awesome. Definitely a book you want to read, especially if you like action, adventure, suspense, the other Alex Rider books, or just want a good book to read!"

Rita, 12, Massachusetts, USA

"This is such a fantastic book, the most action packed book of the series. I loved reading it and I will probably read it again."

Reema, 12, London, England

"I went to the book release and this book is very good."

Max, 9, London, England

"This book is absolutely amazing. I read it so quickly I had to read it again."

Annie, 12, Preston, England

"This is definitely one of the best Alex Rider books so far. It is easily as good as Skeleton Key! Most Alex Rider books I read once. I think they're good but I don't read them again - but this one I absolutely HAVE to read again!"

Anna, 13, Norfolk, England

"I love Alex Rider books! They are amazing! I can't wait to read Crocodile Tears. I bet it is going to be fantastic like all the other books."

Sidra, 13, Manchester, England

"I read this book, it is fantastic."

Kyle, 12, Michigan, USA

"I haven't read it all yet but it is AMAZING, so far! I really want to read more so I think I might just go and read it now."

Ravi, 12, Bristol, England

"It is very good and I love it sooo much - it is my heart's desire!"

Maisey, 9, London, England

"The book is really, really good. I love it."

Jack, 11, Ayrshire, Scotland

"I love Crocodile Tears so much. Best book in the world!"

Lottie, 10, Wiltshire, England

"The book is so great, I love it so much!"

Alex, 14, London, England

"I haven't yet read the book but I really can't wait as I have read all the others."

Thomas, 11, Colchester, England

"I think it is great. I have been reading the Alex Rider books for a really long time but this one looks like the best."

Henry, 10, Woking, England

"I really can't wait to read this book. It sounds really awesome. Hope I can get for Christmas."

Hamish, 12, Canberra, Australia

"This book was amazing! I stayed up all night reading it, and I was thrilled when I saw it came out the day before my birthday. I would recommend this to ANYONE!"

Danielle, 14, UK

"I've read all the other books and his other series Power of Five and it's all awesome. I can't wait to get my hands on this book."

Aky, 12, Bradford, England

"Sounds class, I can't wait to read it! I have all the other books."

Caolan, 11, Newry, N. Ireland

"The new book sounds really good and is going on my Christmas list."

Jack, 10, Leicestershire, England

"I am sooooo excited about this new book coming out and cannot wait!"

Annie, 12, Preston, England

"I couldn't put it down until I got to the last page!"

Eva, 12, Lincolnshire, England

"It's my favourite series IN THE WORLD. I can't wait to buy it for my birthday!!"

Georgia, 10, London, England

"I really enjoy the Alex Rider series and this book, in my opinion, was great! Well done Anthony! If you liked Alex Rider, you may want to read the Jimmy Coates series by Joe Craig."

Joe, 13, Devon, England

"'Crocodile Tears' is great. I love it when Alex thinks himself as a young James Bond, then starts to gamble against Desmond McCain."

Patrick, 11, Glasgow, Scotland

"Alex Rider's missions just keep getting better. I am a huge fan and already loving it - it's action packed and very clever and I for one hope the books keep on coming!"

Huxley, 9, London, England

"I personally think that this Alex Rider is one of the best I've read because there's lots going on."

Usamah, 13, London, England

"Although I haven't read it, I know it will be great. I can't believe how Anthony Horowitz thinks of all those cool gadgets disguised as everyday objects."

Ansh, 11, Berkshire, England

"Wow! I had no idea there is another Alex Rider book. I'm a big fan. I've got all the books (I'm currently reading Scorpia). My favourite is Storm Breaker. It's inspired me so much, I'm going to be a writer."

Gabrielle, 10, County Durham, England

"This book is really good and it is one of my favourite Anthony Horowitz books. I can't wait until his next book comes out. I am crazy about his books."

Harry, 10, Lancashire, England

"I just finished it and loved every minute. It was just awesome!! I can't wait for the next one."

Alice, 10, Cambridge, England

"I got this book last week and it's unputdownable!! All my friends went 'WOW, where did you get that from? What happens?' - and all that. It is amazing, filled with action. A great read for someone new to the series or someone who's read the last seven (like me)."

Roland, 12, High Wycombe, England

"I think that it is a phenomenal and highly interesting book."

Jessica, 8, Surrey, England

"I think it looks quite extraordinary - you should come over to Jersey and give it to our schools!"

Andrea, 13, Jersey, UK

"Move over Scorpia, CROCODILE TEARS is here. I'm a HUGE Alex Rider fan and Crocodile Tears just reminded me how much I love the books. Crocodile Tears is not only the best Alex Rider book so far, it introduces some problems in Alex's life that might seem quite ordinary, but could put Alex in a whole load of danger. With no-one to turn to for help, Alex is facing some of the hardest times of his life."

Annie, 14, Birmingham, England


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