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Guilty Wives by James Patterson & David Ellis

The Book:

Source for ‘The Book’ section : From Goodreads
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.

The View:

It has been a while since I read something from James Patterson (at least that is how it feels) and I was naturally excited when I saw “Guilty Wives” on the shelves. This book is yet another Patterson winner as it has all the elements that I generally love – Fast plot, few twists and turns, short chapters, uncomplicated characters and a lot of action.

The first few chapters of the book were slow and showed no indication of what a great entertainer this was going to be. I started reading and then ignored it for quiet sometime. During my vacation; I started picking up from where I left and could not put it down. The story telling style left me asking a lot of questions – who helped Abbie, who put her in trouble, did she have any more friends left or where they all enemies now? I particularly enjoyed how the answers unravelled, slowly yet with a lot of force. The story is unique and has an international crime involvement. The lead protagonist is not just strong and determined, but also calculative and agile for someone who just followed her husband to a different country.

The characters were simple and honest. You could look at each of the characters and say – “Yes, I know someone like that”. The four friends were all very diversified and added a lot of variety in terms of emotions. The guards in the prison were scary and though we have read and heard that a hundred times, it resonates further with this plot based on the sheer cunningness they display.

I enjoyed this book thoroughly and I am not just saying this because I am a James Patterson fan. Rated a 5 on 5 and I promise you; you wont be disappointed. (Of course I have not understood the low ratings this book got with a few others)



One Response

  1. Awesome! I am glad to know he knocked it out of the park with this book!

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