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Guilty Wives

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  25,136 Ratings  ·  2,431 Reviews
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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 th

Kindle Edition, 455 pages
Published March 26th 2012 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2012)
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Megs ♥

This book made me laugh. Probably not in the way JP intended, either. I was laughing at how ridiculous the beginning of this book was...but then it got okay.

A group of four women decide to go on a little vacation to Monte Carlo. Each woman is married, some more happily then others, but not one of them seem to be fully satisfied with their lives. When they get off the plane they decide to lay poolside topless and quickly meet a few men. Then they leave with the men to get a room and have a huge o
Apr 10, 2012 Nuraini rated it really liked it
Have always love James Patterson's works! I know I have to get this book after I read the preview.


I mean, it was really an awesome page turner as I finished it within a night, mind you! That's the thing about crime/thriller books. You just can't put it down! :)

I felt the character. I felt Abbie's angst, courage, pain and the eagerness to find the whole truth.

I really enjoyed the way the book flowed and this was an exciting read!
Racheal Kalisz
Apr 07, 2012 Racheal Kalisz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not at all like any James Patterson book I have read before.

A girls weekend away goes terribly wrong and these ladies end up in a horrific French prison...two of them for life. Abbie is intelligent, and despite her incarceration and constant abuse, she figures out how her night of fun and passion goes wrong.

I loved this book. The suspense built from page one and did not let up until the last page. Great Read!
May 08, 2012 Nancy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Most disappointing James Patterson book I've ever read.

This is the first book review I have ever done and I'm sorry to say it is not a good review.

I am an avid reader and I have always looked forward to the new James Patterson books. I can't remember ever having a book that I just couldn't finish reading. I think this might be a first for me.

I have always loved reading the James Patterson “Women’s Murder Club” series, the Alex Cross series and I really enjoyed the “Private” series. I could ha
Feb 18, 2016 Mariah rated it really liked it
This book was really good! I enjoyed every second of it.
I rented this book on CD from the library only because there were a few books on CDs left, and James Patterson is a popular writer so I was hoping his book would be good! And it was.
The book turned out to be nothing that I expected. There was a huge crime that the wives were convicted for and you spend the whole book trying to figure out who did it. Also, there was some extreme action at the jail. I hope that the French government doesn't
Apr 04, 2012 Donna rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I usually love, love, love Patterson's books and can't put them down. Unfortunately this wasn't one of them. Perhaps it gets better as you go along, but I just couldn't make myself spend anymore time on it. Four women jet off to Monte Carlo, drink, party heavily, and cheat on their husbands. They wake up the next morning to chaos and are whisked away to be arrested for the murder of two men. At no point in all this did I develop any sympathy or affinity for these women. Do bad things, bad things ...more
Mar 17, 2014 Kathy rated it it was ok
I have read most or all of James Patterson's books. Compared to the others, this one was so-so. The plot was about as absurd as it gets. Four women go off on a girl's vacation, which is really a thinly disguised vacation to let loose and swing with the best. Of course, most are fabulously wealthy, so they can easily spend time throwing money around. They pick up four guys and end up on a boat. There is a crime, for which the four are arrested, tried and found guilty. The whole plot idea was too ...more
Dee Bright
Dec 04, 2013 Dee Bright rated it it was ok
I generally love Patterson, but this one missed the mark for me. I'll explain why, hopefully without giving away the ending for those who choose to read it.

-- the sexual content near the beginning was too graphic for me
-- the interrogation and trial seemed to go on and on and on, more frustrating than engaging. I ended up COMPLETELY SKIPPING AT LEAST A FORTH OF THE BOOK just to get into the story.
-- I felt several key characters were inconsistent. One example: the lead inspector grills 4 innocen
Apr 27, 2012 Lynn rated it really liked it
Absolutely fantastic! I'm a long-time Patterson fan, but I've been frustrated with some of his recent books, because he's been allowing his co-authors so much freedom that the books no longer read like a Patterson book. Not so with this one - or if David Ellis DID write most of it, I will make it a point to read all of his books as well, because it was spectacular!

This story is told in the voice of Abbey, one of four wives who are arrested and framed for murder (I'm intentionally leaving out de
Rick Fisher
Mar 30, 2012 Rick Fisher rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: JP fans but not beginners of his work
Shelves: mystery, crime-drama
"Guilty Wives", the newest in the mega-library of James Patterson is traditional JP fair. It's tightly written and easy to read. This one is perhaps longer than most and could have been better is shortened about fifty pages. A little less drivel at the beginning would have been great, because this one really started picking up pace and becoming enjoyable well after the court hearings and the entrance to prison.
Predictable, yes. Enjoyable, yes. One of JP's best, no.
Mar 27, 2012 LORI CASWELL rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
Four wives fly off in a helicopter no less for a Girl’s 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 ...more
Mar 30, 2012 Kay rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Four women in their forties leave their husbands and children to fly off for a weekend in Monte Carlo. After spending an afternoon flirting with the pool boys and any men at the resort pool [2 of them topless no less] they hit a club where they pick up 4 strangers. Next is the casino and then back to a yacht for an orgy. Pardon me, but this sounds like a man's dream and not anything believable! From the background, these women appear to be stable and not with a Paris Hilton lifestyle!

Two of the
Apr 13, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Guilty Wives is certainly not the most believable, and it's definitely not the best book I've ever read, but I love books that make me feel something, and this one had my heart pounding several times.

I tend to be very strict in my ratings (most of the time, I give a book 3 stars, for "I liked it" because it's not often I feel much more than that), but this one was difficult. I was torn between giving the book 3 stars and giving it 4. Going by my usual rating system, I'd give it 3 stars (I finish
Jul 05, 2015 Meg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book... I cannot even express probably how much I loved reading this book. I had been looking for a good mystery to read for a little while now and my mom had recommended this book for me to read. I wasn't sure about it when I bought it because sometimes my moms taste is very different from mine. However, right away I was hooked. I wanted to know why, how, and who could possibly do something like this?? This was not a mystery novel where you get all the information in the beginning. Patters ...more
Apr 02, 2012 Patricia rated it it was amazing
Guilty Wives is an GREAT read; I could hardly put it down. Four wives go to Monte Carlo for an all girls vacation. While there, they end up accused of murdering the French president and his body guard. They end up in prison knowing the someone set them up. But who and why? I highly recomend this book!
Ashley Hargrave
Feb 18, 2013 Ashley Hargrave rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved
I really enjoyed this book. it took me out of my norm. I hard time keeping all of the "who is married to who" straight at first, but that worked itself out. I found myself really putting myself in Abbie's place. And I was happy that it wasn't all predictable!!
Sep 10, 2016 Kaylee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listened to the audiobook on a long drive... Couldn't stop listening!
May 01, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I will admit being shocked about how great this novel ended up being. Yes, I know James Patterson is an excellent author with his trademark short chapters, but rarely have I ever read a Patterson book with so 'thick' a plot, so strong in the dialogue department, and so thoroughly entertaining. I find that Patterson's stand-alone books tend to be pure filler as we wait for Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club, or Michael Bennett. This book blows the usual rubric away and kept me highly interested from ...more
Jul 07, 2012 Gail rated it it was ok
Easy read if you want something that will hold your interest for a moment. Great classic it is not, can't even say it is a great James Patterson - I still maintain he is churning out numbers to fulfil some contractual commitment.

Unfortunately. Because I think this had the basis of a great book. It starts right in the middle, which is unusual in itself - and quite tantalising. But far too many drab pages describing prison (I spent 5 years in a girls' boarding school and didn't need the reminder!)
May 22, 2012 Dianne rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Guilty Wives by James Patterson and David Ellis

I have not read anything recently by either author so I can’t judge this book by any past books of theirs. All I can say about Guilty Wives is ‘wow’. If anyone is looking for something that will keep your brain engaged and keep you on the edge of your seat, then I cannot recommend this book enough.

If just one tenth of what these authors wrote about Frances legal system is correct, then I have to really thank God for ours, no matter how it
Oct 02, 2012 Valerie rated it it was amazing
This book was phenomenal. James Patterson and David Ellis are two of my favorite authors and when I saw that they were teaming up, I could not get my hands on the book fast enough. I was curious to see how their two styles would blend together and quickly realized that there was a legal/courtroom facet to this story (Ellis' forte) and a mystery aspect (Patterson.)

I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but this story had me on the edge of my seat and I didn't know what the truth of the s
Elizabeth Scott
May 21, 2012 Elizabeth Scott rated it really liked it
This is the first Patterson book I've read. I got it because it seems a shame not to read a book by the man who almost single-handedly seems to be keeping publishing afloat, and because I LOVE everything his co-author, David Ellis, has ever written. (check out In The Company of Liars, which is a. insanely good and b. written in a way that SO shouldn't work but yet totally does)

Anyway! Guilty Wives--I get why Patterson sells so well now. The chapters are all pretty short, there's a lot of action-
Kathy Chung
Jun 03, 2014 Kathy Chung rated it it was amazing
brilliant! it was very exciting from the word go!.

I admit. .I cheated. after reading the prologue, I flip right to the ending to see who are the culprits.

the court room drama was a bit lame especially the DNA part..ear wax? come on...

it really evoke my anger on certain bullish characters in this book.

I feel like I was reading Dan Brown's Da vinci code in the race to know what really happened.
May 23, 2012 Wendy rated it liked it
Ordered this up on my nook while lounging in Vegas poolside. It was a fun, quick read. Perfect for vacation. A departure from my usual interest in that it was current-day modern. Two people stopped me when they saw what I was reading to share that they had read the book and LOVED it. If you are a James Patterson fan, it doesn't disappoint.
Deb Del Vecchio-Dcully
Apr 29, 2012 Deb Del Vecchio-Dcully rated it did not like it
I just finished reading the free sample on my Kindle and can't decide if I want to spend the $$ to finish reading the rest of the story. Seems fairly predictable...
Rachel Woods
Jul 20, 2015 Rachel Woods rated it really liked it
What happens when four friends team up for a lavish, decadent girl’s get away from their humdrum husbands?

In the capable hands of JP and co-writer David, their attempt at decadent debauchery is rudely interrupted by disaster orchestrated by [well, if I told you that, I'd be giving the plot away and since I forgot to do a spoiler alert] someone out to make them pay for something they don’t even know they've done.

Guilty Wives is a book I actually listened to while at work (to usher me through th
Jun 13, 2012 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 b
Apr 20, 2012 Jodi rated it liked it
This book did not hold my interest like his past books. It was about a group of 4 wives that went to Monte Carlo for a four day vacation from their husband, children and life. They had known each other for years. The drinks started flowing and judgement went out the window. After a long day of partying they were awoken by French Police and swat team. They were taken off the yatch, separated and interrogated. Their problems were just beginning. They learned that two of the men they were with were ...more
Trish Jackson
Apr 16, 2015 Trish Jackson rated it it was amazing
This is Patterson at his best. (But isn't he always?)

I won't go over the story again--that's been done enough times. I will praise the creation of another incredibly believable heroine.

Abby Elliot is very strong both physically and mentally. She handles the terrible torture handed out to her by the maximum security French prison guards, and refuses to allow them to break her. She is innocent--she and her friends didn't murder anyone--and definitely not the president of France. Her integrity wil
Dianne Kohelis
May 10, 2016 Dianne Kohelis rated it it was amazing
Very exciting book and it kept me on my toes !!! This book should be made into a movie although the ending may need a bit of a change!! Oh, it was so good !!
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