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You've Been Warned
You've Been Warned
Author: Howard Roughan, James Patterson
ISBN-13: 9780316014502
ISBN-10: 0316014508
Publication Date: 9/10/2007
Pages: 376
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 513 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 22
Overall this book was seriously disappointing. The âsupernaturalâ aspect was tiring after the first three chapters, the characters were underdeveloped, and for some reason there was extraneous information thrown in without explanation or connection to the plot, leaving you with this an overwhelming sense that this was two or three incomplete stories that Patterson and Roughan threw together to make one novel. I actually felt as if I had lost I.Q points after finishing this.
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Helpful Score: 21
Not typical Patterson, but a great quick read...Kept me guessing exactly what was going on through the entire book...pay attention to the last few chapters otherwise you may finish the book and be a bit confused. Might have been tough for some readers. I loved how Patterson stepped outside of his comfort zone to explore something unique like the supernatural. Even if you do not love the book, you cannot put it down, because you MUST find out the ending.

7/10
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Helpful Score: 14
To begin with, this book took me two weeks to read. Typically, I'd have a new Patterson finished in a day or two. Kristen experiences Deja something, but you don't really figure out what it is until the very end of the book. I was tired of her whining by chapter three or four. There are also numerous facts thrown in that don't contribute squat to the plot and left me shaking my head. I really wanted to like this book since a good friend bought me a brand spanking new hard back for my birthday, but to sum it up, this book sucked!
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Helpful Score: 10
Hmmm. This was a very strange book. But it was the kind of strange that kept you reading to find out what the heck was going on and how does she get out of this mess. I don't think I have ever read a book from this perspective before but it makes you go WOW! and Hmmm! and Huh? I love James Patterson books and actually this was no exception, albeit different! I do recommend this book and an open mind while reading it. Just go with the flow and you will enjoy it.
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Helpful Score: 9
Deeply disappointed in this book. Patterson is normally one of my favorites but this novel seems to have no logical plot line, extrodinary things occur with no explanation, the last chapter is supposed to tie all the threads together and it fails miserably. The main character is shallow and the others are so poorly written that they are totlly single dimensional. The mechanism of chapters marking time in the main character's perceptions result in a book with 111 chapters that reads in about an hour.
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Helpful Score: 7
Not your typical James Patterson book. Found that I just kept reading to see where it was going. Alittle on the weird side. One of those books that after reading not sure whether you like it or not.
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Helpful Score: 6
I read this book in 2 hours. i could not put it down. Loved it!
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Helpful Score: 6
This is not like Patterson's style at all. If you go into the book with an open mind you will enjoy. If you are looking for the latest incarnation of The Women's Murder Club or Alex Cross you will be very disappointed. This is a horror/mystery with a mystical edge.
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Helpful Score: 5
Just a warning! This book is not typical James Patterson. It is hard to describe but it is "weird". Almost like Stephen King or Dean Koontz rather than Patterson.
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Helpful Score: 5
A little weird, not his usual story. The ending had a twist. I didn't love it, but I also didn't hate it.
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Helpful Score: 5
maintains your interest and one of the best I have read this year
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Helpful Score: 4
Not one of Patterson's best efforts, a little too "out there" for my tastes.
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I am absolutely astonished that this book has yet to be posted or reviewed. I am not sure if it is or was a mainstream release but the book kept me on my toes. If you like thrills, suspense, and unexpected ( or at least I didn't see it coming) twists and turns then you should enjoy this James Patterson page turner.
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Helpful Score: 4
Well, after reading some of the other reviews I definitely disagree. I am not all that familiar with James Patterson but according to the reviews, this book is a little different than his usual book. But that doesn't mean it is not a good book. I wish you could ask the reviewers if they would like the book had it been written by another author. If you like Variety, then you will like this book. I appreciate writers like Patterson but I do not want to read books that are too similar.

This book kept me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next and to uncover the mystery. I don't see anything wrong with books that reveals the secrets at the end, as long as I am entertained along the way. And I was definitely entertained.
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Helpful Score: 3
wow. this is perhaps the best of James Patterson & Howard Roughan, it keeps you on the edge of your seat from one page to the next. You think you have it figured out and then your blindsided by a completely different scenario.
Absolutely great!!!
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Helpful Score: 3
A very different book than what you would expect from James Patterson, but definately an attention keeper. I picked it up and didn't put it down until the end.
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Helpful Score: 3
Good. A page turner clear to the end. Has the suspense of a Patterson thriller but also a view point into the afterlife which I haven't seen in Patterson's books. I enjoyed this new twist of writing.
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Helpful Score: 3
This one really had me going.  I could not figure it out.  So many reasons, but which one is the story?  Good Book, fast read, great escape.  Perfect for traveling, or waiting around.
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Helpful Score: 3
this was not one of his better books, although it was better 'the jester'. this book had more sexual referrences, than i remember any of his books having. while it was a page turner, it was a slow page turner.
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James Patterson cntinues to write enjoyable mysteries. In this book about Kristin, a nanny working for a powerful man and his snobby wife. We soon discover how Kristin gets herself into trouble. Her nightmares hold the truth that she sees only at the end of the book. Great reading while your traveling somewhere.
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Take everything you have believed about life and life after; rethink it all after reading this, "can't put it down" thrill a minute. You will never see violence the same way again.
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Helpful Score: 2
This was definitely a change of pace for Patterson. It's not at all like his Cross or other detective/police thrillers. In fact, it reminded me more of a Dean Koontz horror type thriller. Perhaps it was written more by the co-author, Roughan, than by Patterson. That said, the story did keep me turning the pages trying to figure out what the heck was going on. I'm still not sure what some of the things that happened to Kristin meant such as the music she kept hearing, the hives she would keep breaking out in, and the cockroaches. Anyway, I still thought it was entertaining and as I said it was a page-turner. I read the whole thing in a few hours.
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Helpful Score: 2
Classic Patterson, with a little King thrown in. The story of Kristen Burns, a young New York nanny with a passion for photography, who is also involved in an affair with the married man who employs her. Kristen's ambition of becoming a professional photographer leads her to take shots at random of things that interest her, and, as it turns out, some of the things she shoots haven't happened yet. Also, at about this time, she begins having precognitive dreams about four muders in a NYC hotel AND visits from her 12 years dead father (among others), an NYC homicide detective who is not what he appears to be and a mysterious blond haired, ponytailed man, all of whom seem to be warning Kristen about something, but she doesn't know for certain exactly what it is.

All of these events lead up to the inevitable cataclysmic end.

If you are a fan of Patterson's thrillers, I can almost guarantee that you won't be disappointed with You've Been Warned.
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Helpful Score: 2
Although this abridgement makes the set only 3 CDs, it is longer than it seems and the story is one that stays with you even when not actively listening to the book. I could not get the story out of my head for days afterward, trying to figure it out. This is a good one!
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Helpful Score: 2
I generally really enjoy James Patterson's books, but even with the short length of this audiobook, I found myself fast-forwarding and anxious for this one to be over - I should have just stopped. Unlike the usual Patterson works, I felt no attachment to the main character, and in fact, found I didn't really care what happened to this whiny, self-absorbed, immature drama queen. Then after enduring to the end, found it completely unsatisfying. The title has it right - you've been warned.
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Helpful Score: 2
A James Patterson book like no other. This one had me wondering from the beginning what was going on. All I could do was to keep reading to see what all the warnings were about. It wasn't until the very end that you find out the whole story, so it keeps you in suspense the whole time. However, it is a fun read.
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Helpful Score: 2
You can not go wrong with a James Patterson book. This book will keep you guessing the whole way though the book. Is she going crazy or are things really happening to her. Great mystery book !
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Helpful Score: 2
Not one of James Patterson's greatest books
hard to follow
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I've really like all of Patterson's books. However, "You've Been Warned" went on forever! I listened to it on CD, waiting and waiting for it to get better, but it never did! Very disappointing.
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Helpful Score: 2
This was a fast read, even faster than usual Patterson books. That is because there's not much to this story. Its a weird plot and there's not much 'mystery' in it. I'm coming to expect to be disappointed with Patterson's co-written books.
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Believing that everything she has ever wanted is within her grasp, New York City photographer Kristin Burns suffers brutal recurring nightmares of increasing violence that eventually spills over into her every day life and convinces her that everyone she loves is in mortal danger.
I really enjoyed this book almost all the way through. Then as I got close to the end and knew I was going to be disappointed.

The characters lacked depth especially Kristin and the ending left a lot of questions unanswered. Perhaps putting out so many novels in a year, is not a good thing.
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Helpful Score: 1
It was a little hard to follow at times. But I did enjoy it. Not what I expected from James Patterson.
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I read this book in less than a day. I loved it because I could not figure out what was going to happen, and I found the plot fascinating. Don't be expecting his usual tale on this one. I would definitely recommend it to my reader friends who like Patterson.
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I liked it. Howard Roughan is good with James Patterson.
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A little out there for me!
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I was so disappointed by this book! It left so many unanswered questions. I still have no idea what the book was even about.
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What a disappointment. The entire time I was reading this book, I wanted to just put it back on the shelf. But since I don't like to leave things undone, I finished it. What a waste of time and credit!
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Good - always a fast read -- not the best for Patterson though.
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James Patterson delivers again in this thriller. As the storyline progresses, so do the surprises.
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Beyond disappointing. I'll read just about anything when I'm camping and we are ALWAYS sure to bring along a James Patterson. Eeeeew, We just kept waiting for it to get better, but it never happened. Total waste of my precious read-time.
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"The Quickie" by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge was my first foray into the prolific world of James Patterson and I was pleasantly surprised. But I remained leery, yet curious about Patterson's mass market appeal. Was Patterson that good or was it novelty?

"You've Been Warned" starts off flat and somewhat similar to "The Quickie". Our main character, Kristin Burns, is a nanny and aspiring photographer. She's having an affair with Michael, a successful businessman, and is repeatedly warned that she is heading down a dangerous path; Kristin sees and talks to the dead, gets long distance phone calls from herself, and has cockroaches underneath her skin. Yet none of this can stop her from pursuing what she desires most, Michael.

This book reads like a bad Sharon Stone movie, but there's enough of a hook to keep you (morbidly) curious and guessing.
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Wow, really different from Patterson, must be the influence of Roughan. I really liked it. My mom said that if this was her first Patterson she would never read him again, big difference of opinion around the neighborhood as well.
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Had me guessing up til the very end. Good read.
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WOW..talk about twists and turns...I'm a huge James Patterson fan and at first I didn't understand where this story was going. Stick around till the end and you will be amazed. Not your typical thriller!
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Way off base for a Patterson Novel. Enjoyed the book, as long as my mind set was NOT that this is a normal Patterson novel.
If you LOVE Patterson, forgive him and read this. If you just like Patterson, skip this novel and read the Cross, Women's Club or Angel Experiment Series.
Fairly good novel - just not James Patterson at his best, or even close.
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A real page turner, but the ending was a bit off. A lttle disappointing, but still a pretty good book.
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I've read most of Patterson and this book I just didn't GET. I couldn't care about the character and I just didn't get the whole twist.
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Okay, now Patterson seems to be churning out books just because his name sells. Personally, I won't be taken in again. I would suggest you don't waste your time or money.
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Different writing for a James Patterson book. But still enjoyed it!
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This was an unusual look at a Patterson murder mystery. I enjoyed the book but got frustrated and all the loose ends that kept cropping up throughout the story. I wanted some answers. I think there was redemption at the end with the main character realizing the mistakes she'd made and her desire to make amends and to seek forgiveness.
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I did not like this book at all. I only finished it to see how it was going to end.
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This book was very stange and difficult to follow.
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Hearing the book on CD wasn't to bad but I don't think I would have enjoyed reading same.
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This is one of the most unusual books I've ever read! Kept me on my toes through out.
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I almost put this book aside after just a few chapters but it did get better. A strange paranormal-wanna-be story that I ended up loving! I hope Patterson will write more of this ilk!
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Horrible! Horrible! Horrible! I couldn't finish it. One of the most unlikable heroines I have ever run across. She is carrying on a long-standing affair with the father of the children for whom she is nanny; mind you he is still married to the children's mother and they all (mom, dad, and kids) live together!. She stalks him and shows up unexpectedly. She sneaks into the house at night when everyone is asleep. She is really scarry! She lies a lot - I guess that goes without saying. And she has visions of the future. The whole book seems to dissolve into gothic supernatural nonsense, but I couldn't stick around to see what was going to happen. How could Patterson put his name on this?!!!
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enjoyed this book
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James Patterson at his best. I like everything he writes but he has outdone himself on this one. Would like to se a sequel to this book. Would recommend this to anyone who likes to be kept on the edge of the seat with a story.
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Was okay, not his usual type of book.
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I was disappointed... but it was my own inattention to details that set me up. I didn't notice the "& Howard Roughan" part of the author(s) name(s) in the description & on the cover. I've found that when my favorite authors partner with another author, it's always disappointing. (i.e. Tom Clancy, Anne McCaffrey & others). Their talents are legend and should never be defiled by the partnership model. If James Patterson is not the author (and the only part of this book that suggests that he was is the short, 2- or 3-page chapters) then don't feature him as "THE AUTHOR". I find it deceptive.

My experiences with these books are that the book is written by the unknown author & the well-known author lends his name to the project (maybe/probably does a bit of editorial oversight) and the results are simply that... this unknown guy gets published and the reader gets disappointed. I feel like James Patterson has sold out.

This storyline starts with potential & sinks deeply into improbability (even in the land of supernatural fiction), creepiness and stupidity. The ending was so unsatisfactory.
Where did James Patterson go??? I want him back.
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One of the best from James Patterson. Very hard to put down.
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read the book and listened to the audio book. It was confusing a little at first, but it works it way to perfect sense. surprising ending!
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What a very different story from James patterson. The ending sure caught me by surprise, I read the whole thing today but it was large print which made the reading even faster. I liked it!
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This book was very interesting,I enjoyed it very much!
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Book was one of the best James Patterson's I've read.
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Very intense, I have read better by him as I am a great fan, But it never stops moving and a real page turner.
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Great Read, Unusuall but a page turner......could not put it down
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Started out strange and didn't improve. It was extremely predictable and disappointing. I usally like Patterson's writing when he does not collaborate with another writer. I keep proving that to myself again and again. Too disappointing.
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Very different from his other books. Not one of my favorite, but not one of my least favorite either. Ending has an unexpected twist, so that made it worth finishing the book. Could have been a more cohesive story line...
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A little creepy but very intrequing.
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I was terribly disappointed with this book, so much so that I didn't even finish it. The characters weren't likable, the story line was, in my opinion stupid and all in all, just wasn't worth my time reading it. I would definitely not recommend.
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Not the usual Patterson suspense. The story doesn't hang together, but you stick with it and get the occasional surprise. Not worth the time, very disappointing ending.
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This book from the beginning looked promising but reading more into it was just a big confusion. I love James Patterson is a good author and i generally like his books but this one was just no so good. The ending was left with a clif hanger. It just didnt make sense. You cant stop reading it becuase you want to know what happends next. The suspense keeps building up but once you get to the end, its just not good.
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Good entertaining book with a twist.
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This book was very confusing and not like the other books of James Patterson that I had read. I have come to expect a certain sense of fear, and dread of the unknown from his work. This book I just finished because I was a loyal reader. Certain parts of the book did not become clear until the end.

That said this is a good book. I would read it at the beach or on a road trip. The main character of the book is someone you root for even at the bitter end.
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I love to read while riding the train to/from work. I could not put it down. It was so engrossing. It claims to be a psychological thriller - I'm not sure if its psycho for the characters or the reader. This was a great introduction to James Patterson.
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This is probably the strangest book I've read by James Patterson. It's very disjointed and bizarre. Amateur photographer Kristin Burns is having an affair with a married man and really weird things are happening to her. People on the street are addressing her by name and saying strange things. She repeatedly wakes up screaming from a bizarre recurring dream. She sees her dead father and a few other known dead people walking and talking around Manhattan. And now her photographs have weird anomalies. Nothing ties together and the story really doesn't flow. It's almost as if the two authors wrote each chapter and then just through them all together without thought.
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Okay, PaperBack Swap members...You've been warned! This is NOT your typical James Patterson novel. He co-authored it with another writer, and the story isn't as tight or terrific as in the novels he writes himself. Like the other reviewers, I wasn't as impressed with this book as with other Patterson stories...but it kept me entertained in my car (this is the CD version) and listening till the end!
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A gripping story - unexpected ending - a tale well-told.
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this is one crazy book! can see why some might not like it and it's not my usual style either but a quick, easy read with a twist at the end just when you think you know the ending.
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This is a quite different book for James Patterson. It was an easy read and I could not put it down because I did not know where the book was taking me!
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James Patterson's scariest stand-alone thriller ever: a young woman alone in the big city with murder in her dreams.

Kristin Burns is making her way in New York City. Her photos are being considered at a major Manhattan gallery, she works by day with two wonderful children, and the man of her dreams is almost hers for keeps. But just as everything she's ever wanted is finally within reach, her life changes forever--with one murderous nightmare. Kristin wakes up every morning from the same chilling, unforgettable dream. And suddenly, it's visiting her during the day too. As her life turns stranger by the minute, Kristin is haunted and terrified. Is it all in her head? Or is the nightmare becoming her life? Kristin searches desperately for what's real through the lens of her camera, only knowing two things for sure: that no place is safe and the fate of everyone she loves lies in her hands.
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I've read every single James Patterson book and this was the strangest one I can recall. Fast-paced but a little weird.
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This was not one of Patterson best I was able to finish it, that was because I was reading a Patterson book and was waiting for the big one that never came.
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Very good book. It kept me guessing clear til the end, and I am still guessing.
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What's real and what's not?! Couldn't stop reading to find out what's happening to this poor girl! Easy read.
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Very unlike any other Patterson book I've read. Honestly, I did not care for it. I felt like I was reading a King book instead of Patterson. But, I still finished it hoping I would understand some of the "weirdness" of it. Didn't happen. Was disapointed to say the least. I may stick to the Alex Cross & Women's murder series from now on. I wish I had read others reviews before grabbing this one. Then maybe I would have been prepared.
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I have enjoyed almost every James Patterson book, but this one dragged on like a bad Ground Hog's Day movie.
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I have to admit I didn't have a clue what was happening but it will have closure and it is hard to put down, you just want to keep reading until the end to know the whole story at one time!
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Surprise ending....sort of....
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good
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What can I say if your a James Patterson fan all his books are great no matter what. I am a huge fan of the Alex Cross series and always will be but I found this book as easy to read and as intriguing.
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Excelent suspense.
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VERY GOOD BOOK !!!!!
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Worse book I ever read. Cannot believe James Paterson wrote it.
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I love James Patterson, but I did not like this book. It was too bizarre....it was more like a Stephen King book. I guess it you're a King fan, you'd like this one. It was odd, creepy, and a little far-fetched. I read the whole thing thinking I might like it, but no such luck.
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Very strange book & confusing for most of it. The end was decent because at least it explained what was going on, but I was not crazy about the book as a whole.
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There were too many loose ends in this book for me. By the time I was finished reading I was completely aggravated.
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excellent
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It's painfully obvious that this book was not a true Patterson work and that most of the book probably was written by Roughan. It's out of the Patterson genre and left me rooting for the demise of the "heroine."

If it hadn't been the only CD that I had in the car, I would have given this one up -- as it was, thank God I didn't waste time reading it; there are too many good books out there.
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Was so-so. Not one of Patterson's best.
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Too much anxiety for me. It's the stuff that causes nightmares!!!
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I thought this was a horrible book. Patterson is tricking people into buying this book to get his religious views across. I will never buy or swap another book of his. Disgraceful
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A stirring tale of magic, adventure, and passion. The saga of two ancient peoples, long divided by a bloody past, and the courageous young man who must save them both or die with the woman he loves.
Long ago the Kandarians seized the border forests, driving the native Durrym into the land of powerful magic that protects the Durrym from further invasion. But Kandarian priests have now mastered their own form of magic -- a magic tht can overcome the Durrym's protective spells and open their land to conquest.
For Cullyn, a young and innocent Kandarian woodsman, it means the end to a life of idyllic solitude, as Kandarian troops, Durrym spies, a noble lady, and a cruel priest all force him to choose sides in the impending conflagration. Cullyn soon comes to realize that through fate's design, he alone can stop the war. But it will mean betraying his own people, earning the trust of his Durrym enemies, and winning the heart of the woman he loves - before the coming clash of magic and mayhem destroys them all.
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I read this book in 3 days.