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You've Been Warned

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  17,386 Ratings  ·  1,555 Reviews
Kristin Burns has lived her life by the philosophy "Don't think, just shoot"--pictures, that is. Struggling to make ends meet, she works full-time as the nanny for the fabulously wealthy Turnbull family, looking after their two wonderful children and waiting for her glamorous life as a New York photographer to begin. When her photographs are considered by an elite Manhatta ...more
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published September 10th 2007 by Little, Brown and Company
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Jan 08, 2017 Tanya rated it it was ok
YOU'VE been warned to avoid this book. First half was decent and then it started falling apart. Nope!! Not for me. Very disappointed.
Benjamin Stahl
Apr 27, 2013 Benjamin Stahl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Assholes


You and your stupid fucking airport novels. Fucking lame titles. Can't even write a book without collaborating with someone else. "James Patterson featuring some douchebag you've even never heard of before".


Mate, I could find more passion in a fucking Big Mac!!!

And the apologists are like, "Well, James Patterson's just a bit of harmless fluff. Like, you know, it's really good beach reading".
What is this Beach Reading bullshit?
Someone make a rule, did they? That if you ch
Christy Martin
The worst book he has written. Don't waste your time unless you have nothing else to do. Very disappointed
Nov 24, 2007 Kathy rated it it was ok
From a blog post I wrote in 2007:

If you're expecting You've Been Warned by James Patterson and Howard Roughan to be a 'typical' Patterson book, you're going to be disappointed.

Sure, there are short chapters and a first person narrative. But, other than that it's not at all what you'd expect.

The story revolves around a young woman in New York City who's got secrets in her past and present, obsessions for her camera and her married boyfriend, serious nightmares and who sees dead people. It's supe
Feb 13, 2008 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Wow, after reading the reviews on this book I'm shocked!
I really enjoyed this book and read it in a few hours, I couldn't put it down! Everyone else thinks differently tho. I think alot of people were disapointed with the ending. I loved it. It makes you think and lets you solve some of the things yourself. I'm torn on reading reviews because there are so many people that just tell you what the story is and how it is going to end. The last book I read I had a hard time getting through because I
Aug 08, 2008 Angie rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Kenn Crawford
Sep 23, 2012 Kenn Crawford rated it really liked it
*** WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS **** This is one of those books where I'm not quite sure what to make of it. Yes it's a cool story and has tons of potential, but there was something about it that just got under my skin. Maybe it was the unanswered questions... or should I say, it was my WTF questions...

Penleigh hired a private detective to see if her husband was cheating on her. He was. With the nanny, Kristen. So what does Penleigh do? Sets Kristen up on a blind date with the guy Penleigh is ch
Dec 08, 2008 Aaron rated it did not like it
The best way I can explain this book is that it is a really poor attempt at creating a story that would do The Twilight Zone or M. Night Shamalan proud. It fails on most accounts as it becomes a novel that is bogged down in an ability not to ramble on and on.

Kristin, a young nanny from Boston who moved to New York three years earlier, finds herself truly in love with Michael. He is sweet, romantic, and everything she could ever want ... and more. The problems is that "more" is his yuppie wife Pe
Miriam Smith
Nov 11, 2016 Miriam Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A highly awarded 5 stars for "You've Been Warned" - I love these typically quick, fast paced, easy to read chapters that nearly always end in a cliff hanger. James Patterson has wrote many, many books and I've read a lot of them and can honestly say his books are always fab, he is a just a master at this genre. This standalone written with Howard Roughan is an excellent supernatural psychological suspense thriller that has you hooked from the start, it was chilling in parts and keeps you guessin ...more
Dec 29, 2007 Ellenjsmellen rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
I hate to say it, but this one barely gets a star. Can't believe that Patterson let this one out on the shelves. To all you James Patterson fans: skip it!
Oct 29, 2010 Chibineko rated it did not like it
I'm a big Patterson fan. I've liked everything of his that I've read so far with the exception of 'The Lake House' and it appears that this will have to be one of those books that I didn't really like all that much.

'You've Been Warned' follows the actions of selfish photographer/nanny Kristin Burns as she has an affair with the father of the children she takes care of. Soon things start to unravel as strange things happen and she starts hearing this tune she can't get out of her head. She also
Jul 24, 2014 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Patterson's trashiest, sloppiest adult novel to date. So bad, I gave up after reading only six of the 100+ chapters. On the other hand, the writing is so simplistic that it might be good for ESL students. You've been warned, indeed!
Minor Spoilers:

I know people are going to look at my three-star rating and go "What on Earth was he thinking?! This book was terrible!" Oh, well. :)

This book follows the story of Kristen Burns, an aspiring photographer who is, in reality, a nanny who is having an affair with the children's husband. What starts out as a dream spirals into a convoluted story of Kristen having macabre dreams and meeting up with people who should be long deceased. So really, it's nothing like the dust jacket says.
Mahoghani 23
Jun 16, 2016 Mahoghani 23 rated it it was ok
Shelves: a-z-2016
Kristin, an upcoming photographer and nanny, is a woman that has endured tragedy in her life and so it's no wonder that she's a psychotic; Her father committed suicide when she was little, her pediatrician molested her when she was pre-teen and no one believed her until another teenager spoke out, she gave birth to a son and he died in her arms and now she keeps having the same reoccurring nightmare and her photos keep showing images that appear "ghost-like" and now she's seeing people who from ...more
May 10, 2009 Brandy rated it did not like it
Wow. Talk about a disappointing book.

This is written from a first person standpoint and some of the things the main character says (or thinks) are ridiculous. The main character is a 26-year old woman. I'm only 18 and even I was like "... what?" at how much James Patterson relies on overused stereotypes and flat out awkward phrases he thinks are appropriate for her age bracket. On the flip side, the other half of the book (in which she doesn't sound like a vapid airhead), she seems like a retire
May 19, 2011 Christy rated it really liked it
I picked this book b/c this is one of many book genres I like to read. "You've Been Warned" is a quick and intriguing read about a young photographer/Nanny(Kristin), who like all of us has made some mistakes and choices that she should not of made. Kristin is an aspiring photographer - she is also plagued by serious nightmares and is carrying on a forbidden love affair w/h a married man - her boss's husband. I read this in a few hrs time, and did not want to put it down b/c I was intrigued by wh ...more
May 05, 2009 Minnie added it
Recommends it for: No-one not ever never never.
Recommended to Minnie by: I bought this book so I can only blame myself!
Now what was the book about again? Can't remember, can only remember that it what again???? As the great Dorothy Parker said,"Not a book to be set aside lightly, it should be tossed away with great force."
Oct 08, 2007 Candy rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
I was very disappointed with this book. Poorly written and hard to follow. Seems like his Alex Cross and Woman's murder club series are the only good books he writes anymore.
Amy Casey
Jan 03, 2014 Amy Casey rated it did not like it
The most ridiculous story I've ever read. I hated this book so much I've stopped reading James Patterson who I used to enjoy.
Dec 10, 2012 Kim rated it did not like it
Why did I read this? I hate James Patterson.
Connie N.
Nov 09, 2016 Connie N. rated it really liked it
What an odd book. I'd rate it a solid 3.5 stars, if I could, but because the suspense was riveting, I'll round up for Goodreads. We are following our MC Kristen who is the nanny for two children in Manhattan. We also discover that she's having an affair with the husband/father of the family. But suddenly weird things start to happen to her--she has a recurring nightmare, she sees dead people, and she relives a tragic event in her past. The book now becomes very confusing, which supports the stor ...more
Dec 21, 2010 Tom rated it it was ok
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Jul 31, 2008 Maria rated it liked it
I found this book confusing. At first I thought the narrator was phychic, then I thought she was crazy nuts. The ending wrapped the book up in a tidy little package, but the getting there was painful for me. The narrator was a very troubled woman who spends the book making bad decisions which is where I thought the book title came from. I got a bit lost in the timeline trying to figure out what was real and when it happened. This is not a book to read when you are tired. You need your wits about ...more
Aug 09, 2016 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not finish - not sure if it's the audiobook or the actual storyline, but I just cannot get into this one. Normally I love a good audiobook driving to/from work and I made it through the first disc, but... not for me apparently.
Sep 26, 2007 Juliann rated it did not like it
Blech. Worst. Patterson. Book. Eva.

You've been warned!
Benjamin Stahl
Mar 31, 2014 Benjamin Stahl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

"Boy, this guy doesn't half go on".

"I heard that, smartarse!!! And, for your information, I was just about finished. Since Goodreads has a 20,000 character-limit with these reviews ... I've had no choice but to make two separate ones".


I've never done this before, and my brain is still trying to process the fact that I've now rated two versions of the same book. But if anyone comes across this review, and doesn't know what the hell I'm talking about - the first part of this shit can be found here
Oct 03, 2016 Erika rated it it was amazing
I sat down afterwork today to read this book, it's now 1am and I've finished it. Truly well written novel, with a powerful finish!
Jun 19, 2010 Kasia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kristin Burns is a pretty young babysitter who takes her role of care taker bit too far when she falls in love with her boss. She desperately wants to replace her only competition - his wife... Kristin of course hopes for a peaceful split, after all Michael and the kids adore her and the stiff and boring Penley is a person who couldn't seem to care any less about the family. She'd rather work out and shop, go to charity events and parties than play a doting housewife, so in the babysitters mind ...more
Jo Jenner
Feb 21, 2017 Jo Jenner rated it did not like it
Anyone who's read my reviews before will know I am a huge James Patterson fan but this book was truly awful.
I assume it was mainly written by the co author because it had no direction, there was no explanation as to why what happened was happening and everything seemed a little too far fetched.
When I finally got to the end the explanation was rediculous. With James Patterson you expect a thriller and the blurb on the back of this book didn't lead me to believe that this would be anything differ
Kayla Keniston
Oct 29, 2011 Kayla Keniston rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anybody who likes James Patterson
Recommended to Kayla by: A friend
Weird doesn't even describe You've Been Warned By James Patterson. You've Been Warned is completely different then the rest of Patterson's books. The book was confusing, it makes you think and lets you solve some of the things yourself. It was way beyond the weird type of book that nobody wants to read, yet i found this book enthralling, I couldn't put it down. In fact I started to read it this morning (October 29th,2011,)at about 10 AM, and finished it in a matter of hours. The book was a psych ...more
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