Alex Cross has definitely been the character that has changed the most in Roses Are Red. In the beginning of the book, Alex is more concerned with his job/ career than his family. He focuses all of his time and effort on the force and how he can do better for the next detective case. Throughout the plot, Alex starts to realize that Jannie and Damen and Alex Jr. (his kids) need him in their lives. Jannie ends up having a seizure and this is the revolving point in the plot where Alex starts to notice how much his family means to him. He begins to take time off of his cases and comes home early to be with his kids. Towards the end, Alex is completely involved with his kids and realizes the true meaning of family.