Guilty Wives by James Patterson
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publish Date: March 26, 2012
Hardcover, 448 pages
My rating: 3.75/5.0
I will freely admit I still read every James Patterson book that comes out. My favorites are the Alex Cross books and the Women's Murder Club, but from time-to-time I really enjoy some of the stand-alones. Guilty Wives was a good book, I enjoyed it and in typical James Patterson fashion when I had the time to read it I raced through it.
Guilty Wives was different from other books I have read by James Patterson and his numerous co-authors. The exploration of what happens on a girls' weekend gone bad and who did it was fascinating. The major twist that comes near the beginning was great. I liked Abbie as a character, she was strong, a good mom and generally not a whiny woman. She was thrown into many situations that were way out of control but she managed with the help of others and by thinking to get out of them. She made a great heroine for the book. The other three wives were interesting but do not play as large a role in the book. Abbie is the star.
The plot was interesting. Great twists and turns and as usual every time I thought I had it figured out they threw me a curve ball. I will say the book lagged a bit right in the middle with some of the prison scenes. I really didn't need the mundane prison life. I honestly thought about putting the book down but I'm glad I didn't because once I got past that part the book sped up again and was quite a thriller right up until the end.
Short chapters make it an easy read. Twists and turns will keep you turning pages. And Abbie as the main character will have you cheering for her to clear her name if she really is innocent. It's typical Patterson fair and it kept me entertained which is all I ask a book to do for me. Oh and it scared me to death too. Not sure I'll take a vacation overseas with my girlfriends any time soon ;)
About Guilty Wives:
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 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.
What happened last night?
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.
***I borrowed this book from my wonderful local library. ***