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You've Been Warned

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  16,687 Ratings  ·  1,494 Reviews
America's #1 bestselling author, James Patterson, presents his most haunting thriller ever . . .

Struggling to make ends meet, photographer Kristin Burns works full time as the nanny for the wealthy Turnbull family. When her pictures are considered by an elite Manhattan art gallery, it seems she might finally get her career started. But Kristin has a major distraction: forb
Published October 1st 2007 (first published October 31st 2000)
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Benjamin Stahl
Feb 27, 2016 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  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 02, 2008 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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
Kenn Crawford
Sep 23, 2012 Kenn Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 01, 2008 Ellenjsmellen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Dec 10, 2015 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.
Oct 29, 2010 Chibineko rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 05, 2009 Minnie added it  ·  review of another edition
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."
May 12, 2009 Brandy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 21, 2011 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 08, 2007 Candy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mahoghani 23
Jul 04, 2016 Mahoghani 23 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Amy Casey
Jan 03, 2014 Amy Casey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 16, 2007 Juliann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Blech. Worst. Patterson. Book. Eva.

You've been warned!
Dec 10, 2012 Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why did I read this? I hate James Patterson.
Rita Meade
Rita Meade rated it did not like it
Mar 04, 2014
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Aug 03, 2008 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mayya Medved
Oct 27, 2015 Mayya Medved rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Can a book seriously be this bad? It can't right? I suppose it can. You know how sometimes you finish a book you don't like, because you think the end will make it all worth while. The end of the book brought it from a two star to a one. The book is poorly written and the characters are even worse. Really, do yourself a favor and don't make the same mistake I did-- you've been warned.
Edwina Hall Callan
Oct 05, 2014 Edwina Hall Callan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
This was a fast paced thrill-ride that left me breathless!
It's been a long time since a book sucked me in from the very first page, turned me every which way but loose, threw me in the spin cycle, and actually made me want to flip the book over and start again on page 1 after I'd finished reading it.
WOW ... What A Ride !!!
Highly recommended.
Brigitta Moon
May 22, 2016 Brigitta Moon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook for this chilling read. It was suppose to be my audio book for the week for my drive to work. It didn't work out that way. If I ever wanted to give a book more than 5 stars, this one is it. At first you're just going along with Kristin, day by day waking up screaming from her nightmare and her neighbor banging on her door. You follow her through her day, walking to work, taking pictures. The same humdrum of daily living. And then it happens. You're jerked down the rab ...more
Pamela Small
Nov 17, 2015 Pamela Small rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
James Patterson has been named " the author who never misses". I disagree. He misses by a wide margin in YOU'VE BEEN WARNED. It is not up to his usual plot excellence, and certainly can not be included in his suspenseful thrillers genre. This book was scary, but in the supernatural realm. If I wanted to read about ghosts and such, I'd pick up a Koonz book. Trick or treat time of year....this book was one colossal trick, and was absolutely NO treat for the reader. BOO, Mr. Patterson.

Apr 16, 2014 Sherry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I stopped listening to this book. It was so stupid and insipid it just wasn't worth another minute of my time.
Benjamin Stahl
Oct 12, 2015 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
Trying to put this book into a genre is quite difficult. It is part science fiction, part mystery, part psychological thriller and part romance. Therein lies the problem with this book for me. It came across as a jumble of ideas that didn't quite gel together.

The main character is Kristin Burns, an avid photographer. She works as a nanny for Michael and Penley Turnbull’s two adorable children. The real trouble starts when she begins an illicit affair with the Michael, a successful banker, dream
Kayla Keniston
Oct 29, 2011 Kayla Keniston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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