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Guilty Wives
Guilty Wives
Author: James Patterson, David Ellis
No husbands allowed — 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...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780316097567
ISBN-10: 031609756X
Publication Date: 3/26/2012
Pages: 432
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 110 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
A quick and easy read that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
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Real page turned. Couldn't put it down. Little bloody and violent, but not as gory as some of Patterson's books. Plot kept you guessing.
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Brilliant! Patterson at his finest!

Four friends and wives end up in a bizarre murder case that will have you guessing until the very end.
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Helpful Score: 1
Four wives fly off in a helicopter no less for a Girls Weekend in Monte Carlo. Serena Schofield, a former U.S. Champion skier, she is the one footing the bill for this weekend. Her husband provides for her but it really is a loveless marriage. Bryah Gordon, born in Johannesburg under the oppression of apartheid, her husband is very controlling and at times physically abusive, so this is her first ever weekend away with just the girls. Winnie Brookes, an exotic Brit, beautiful inside as well as out. Her husband was in British Intelligence for years and now works at the British Embassy in Bern. Then there is Abbie Elliot, her husband is a diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Bern. She cant believe these women are her friends.

They are all having a fabulous time hitting the casinos and clubs, eating delicacies, drinking champagne, sitting by the pool, drawing the attention of many handsome men. Sounds like a wonderful weekend right?

When the girls wake up on a yacht surrounded by police they realize something awful has happened. They are arrested for a crime so unbelievable. The vacation of a lifetime becomes the fight of a lifetime.

Dollycass Thoughts
A few years ago I read that James Patterson has so many story ideas that he basically just writes about a 100 page outline for each idea and then passes off to a co-writer to complete. This formula has produced many bestsellers. I had read two books earlier this year by David Ellis and was very impressed with his work.

The theme of this book is interesting but there are just a couple of things that are keeping me from loving this book and giving it 5 stars. I am really starting to hate the 2 or 3 chapters at the beginning of a book that tell us almost word for word something happening later and then the story moves back to where the events started. It ruins the flow when you get to that part of the book and you think, I already read this/knew this. Then early in the book the readers are given a huge clue to what really happened and we keep reading until the characters realize the truth and have that aha moment. It takes away from the suspense.

With that being said I did enjoy the story. The procedures followed by the French officials, detectives, prison guards and the ease of buying certain ones off really showed the French in a bad light. I have never been to France or in this situation but realize being in prison is no picnic. What these ladies experienced could very well be true. It does make for a fine piece of fiction.

Patterson and his co-writers do deliver good stories. After so many and releasing so many each year I feel like they are getting to be rushed out to rake in the cash. This book will still be a bestseller because of Pattersons reputation but this really could of have been great with just a few changes. My recommendation when you read this book start on page 15 and only read the first paragraph on page 31. Then you will love this book!!!
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reviewed Guilty Wives on + 3088 more book reviews
Only 2 1/2 stars here.

I don't feel like Patterson is the one that wrote this book.

It's hard to read due to all the french words, descriptions, etc. on each and every page. Nearly every chapter is just loaded with descritpions and you can easily just skim the pages and be done with this book in a day. I am glad I didn't spend the money for this and just waited my turn on the wish list.

Patterson is better than this!
DanJohnson avatar reviewed Guilty Wives on + 63 more book reviews
Fast-paced book. Enjoyable summer reading. Not quite on a par with Patterson's Alex Cross or Women's Murder Club series', but still well worth your time.
Sandiinmississippi avatar reviewed Guilty Wives on + 265 more book reviews
This is a little below Patterson's usual standard I think, though it is getting hard to see his hand on any of his 'collaborations.' The most interesting part of the book to me were descriptions of the high life, casinos, dancing and drinking in Monaco and France. Also the tales of the French legal system (while possibly not accurate) were interesting. Four spoiled wives out for a holiday run into a murder plot and end up abused in jail awaiting an unfair trial. There are a lot of twists and turns. The murderer(s) get caught, some of the innocent get vindicated and our heroine sees her children again. I found it hard to care about any of the made-up characters and it was overlong, but all in all not a bad read.
sfc95 avatar reviewed Guilty Wives on + 686 more book reviews
An interesting and fast read. I enjoyed the book, but it was not my favorite Patterson book by far.
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This book was one of the best books I have read by Patterson. I really enjoyed it. It was definitely a page turner. Kept my interest way into the late night. I found myself gripping the book and trying hard to figure the who what and why of it all. Very, very good!!