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I am very variable on what genre I read, very dependent on the mood I am in. I do like a good crime thriller but equally can be happy with chick lit. I have many favourite writers and I do enjoy James Patterson crime thrillers (not keen on his wizard, witch type books). Having finally finished studying last week, I can now read fiction without feeling guilty, so settled in last night for a read.
James Patterson, an American, born in 1947 and seller of more than 270 million copies of his books, is probably best known for his Alex Cross series, for which several movies were produced (Kiss the girls, along came a spider). He holds the record for most best selling hard cover fiction titles by a single author totalling 76.
He has also co-authored with Maxine Paetro, Andrew Gross, Mark Sullivan, Ashwin Sanghi, Michael Ledwidge, and Peter De Jonge. Guilty wives sees him co-author alongside David Ellis.
Guilty Wives was published in 2012 by little, brown co. The book cover shows a lady in a black dress with her back to us, she has hand cuffs on, it would be my guess that it is Abbie, one of the four wives, but the one that the story comes from. We can see a seaside coastal area which I'm assuming is Monte Carlo. The front tells us "the holiday of a lifetime becomes a fight for survival".
The four wives are Abbie, Serena, Bryah and Winnie, who met in Bern, Switzerland, where they live with their husbands and are firm friends. The set of on a 4 day break to Monte Carlo, this trip represents much needed time away from the husbands for different reasons and is especially important due to their strong friendship as a group. The visit the casinos, sun bathe, go drinking and dancing and generally enjoy there time together. The morning after the night before however changes everything. We are guided through Abbies eyes as this dream holiday turns into her worst nightmare. Her experiences lead to this fight to survive and to find the truth about that night.
I was very kindly lent this book but Amazon uk will send this for free to your kindle for £3.32 or for £3.85 paper back or £14.29 hard back (with free delivery).
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Century (19 July 2012)
Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x 4.4 cm
Paperback: 544 pages
Publisher: Arrow (4 July 2013)
Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.6 cm
My copy was the paperback version. I was not impressed with the binding. It had only been read by one other person, yet the papers were coming out and I was very conscious that it was a borrowed book.
I would consider myself a fast reader and this book I would estimate as taking me 3-4 hours.
I did enjoy it although there was some large paragraphs I did wonder if he had written then moved but forgot to cut as were definitely repeated but not obviously why (except to increase word count). I don't feel that I truly understood why the crime was committed, it didn't fit quite right in a few places but perhaps I am reading it too deeply.
It was easy reading and enjoyable but definitely not the best Patterson book I have read, therefore although
Amazon readers award this book a 4 star rating, I am rating it a 3 stars.
As said in the title, this book is incredibly fast paced, not unlike Dean Koontz and James other books. It unputdownable and you end up rushing to complete things in order to sit and read through.
The minute you begin chapter one, you get the sense of urgency as the story goes along, the narrator recounts the days leading up to their imprisonment and the aftermath. I found it very interesting and I don't know if the French system of corruption is justified or whether it is all fiction as the characters themselves, but all the same you get caught up in this excellent story line and end up rooting for the last remaining two wives to be free from the brutal and horrendous treatment to persuade them to change their story and to admit the crime they never did. Friendship between the women are fraught with fragilities, James delfty digs deep to convey how easy it is to misplace trust between the women, and how each one have their weakness and strengths to cope.
I am loathe to reveal the plot and story line hence why the plot description is kept to an absolute minimum. I recommend this book, I read it through on a flight to Heathrow from Miami, so engrossed was I that I never noticed any turbulence that raises my nerves quite easily.