Thursday, April 19, 2012

Review: Guilty Wives by James Patterson

First line: They tell me I will die here.

From the inside cover: You're about to experience the ultimate guilty pleasure. Four best friends on a decadent vacation - thrown in prison for murder.

Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous, sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks Monte Carlo, and they surrender: to the sun and pool, to the sashimi and sake, to the Bruno Paillard champagne. For four days they're free to live someone else's life. As the weekend moves into pulsating discos, high-stakes casinos, and beyond, Abbie is transported to the greatest pleasure and release she has ever known.

In the morning's harsh light, Abbie awakens on a yacht, surrounded by police. Something awful has happened - something impossible, unthinkable. Abbie, Winnie, Serena, and Bryah are arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable. And now the vacation of a lifetime becomes the fight of a lifetime & for survival. Guilty Wives is the ultimate indulgence, the kind of nonstop joy-ride of excess, friendship, betrayal, and danger that only James Patterson can create.

My thoughts: Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I am a huge James Patterson fan. I read just about all his stand-alone books and most of his series (Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club, Private, and Michael Bennett). I can't get enough of him and am usually at the book store the day of a new release to get my hardcover copy that once read will go on the bookshelf devoted to James Patterson. When I went to buy Guilty Wives on the day it was released, I had to ask for it, because the book store hadn't gotten around to putting the books out yet!

Guilty Wives was an edge-of-your-seat thriller, but not in the gory, someone's after you type of way. In this case, it was about finding out who had set up the four women who went to prison in France for murder. 

Abbie, Winnie, Serena, and Bryah plan to have a nice girls' weekend and celebrate together - however, their plans do not go so well. After a night of partying,the four women find themselves arrested and accused of a crime and they have to start fighting for their survival. This novel is really about Abbie and we follow her as she and her friends are put on trial in France, convicted, and then sent to jail where they suffer beatings and abuse. But Abbie never gives up hope that she can prove she was innocent. Early in the book we are given a huge clue as to what happened, and then we follow Abbie as she tries to pieces everything together to get herself and the others freed.

While this was not one of my favorites of James Patterson, I still liked it and am looking forward to what he has coming out next. Did you read this one? What did you think?

(I purchased this book.)



  1. Would not want to go on vacation with these ladies! LOL

  2. Note to self--never ever go on vacation with those gals!

    This is one I want to read though I heard it wasn't one of his best. GREAT REVIEW!

    1. It was good but definitely not one of my top favs of his.

  3. It's a JP book, so you know I'll read it! Some of his stand alones are not my favorite, although I did like Kill Me If You Can. (I hope he turns it into a series.)

  4. I'm a James Patterson fan and had just come off another book of his.
    I found this one extremely hard going and almost gave up after about three pages.
    Since it had been recommended by a "sober-minded" friend though I persevered and I'm glad I did. About two thirds of the way in it suddenly got better and grabbed my attention keeping it all the way to the end.
    Not my favourite JP, but definitely not bad.

  5. Good book. Did you also notice that Francois the musician was never mentioned again after that night on the boat. He was also never questionned by the police or named as a alibi.

  6. Very good book. However, Francois (the "musician") was never mentioned again after their night on the boat. He was not questionned by the police and not used as an alibi. Did JP forget about him?


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