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You've Been Warned

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  13,892 ratings  ·  1,300 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...more
Published October 1st 2007 (first published October 31st 2000)
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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...more
Benjamin Stahl
Apr 02, 2014 Benjamin Stahl rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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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...more
Christy Martin
The worst book he has written. Don't waste your time unless you have nothing else to do. Very disappointed
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...more
Kenn Crawford
*** 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...more
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...more
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!
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....more
Oct 08, 2007 Candy rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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...more
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
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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
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."
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...more
Kayla Keniston
Oct 29, 2011 Kayla Keniston rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Lisa Seaman
I was not impressed with this book. It followed the usual chapterization of James Patterson. But not the usual solidness of story. The story leaned more toward a Dean Koontz supernatural thriller genra than Mr. Pattersons usual serial killer thriller.

But I knew in the first chapter what the dream would result in at the end of the book. I kept hoping it would suprise me, but all of the chapters lent to the same conclusion.

I could not stand the lead character. There should have been more backgrou...more
Sheila DeChantal
Kristin Burns is working on her photography career and not doing too badly. By day she is a nanny for two kids she adores, and working on getting the man she hopes to spend the rest of her life with… there are just a few kinks to work out. Like… his wife. But really, isn’t all fair in love and war and the wife, really is a piece of work…. really.

The Kristin starts having crazy nightmares every night. They seem so real… and they involve 4 body bags coming out of a hotel. As if the nightmare itsel...more
Kasia S.
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
YOU'VE BEEN WARNED (Pub. 2007) by James Patterson and Howard Roughan was a great read. It had me on the edge of my seat and flipping pages so fast I finished it in one day.

What I like best about this story is the crazy-fast pace and the edge-of-seat thriller factor. I also liked the touch of paranormal that comes into play through the main character's photography.

The story is about Kristin Burns, a mid-20's woman who is working as a nanny while she tries to get her photography business off the...more
Karl L.
You've Been Warned is another really fast page turner- like all of Patterson's books. But, You've Been Warned is completely different then the rest of his books. It's a Stephen King plotline, but a James Patterson writing style. Which i thought was sort of cool. But, it bothered me that it was Stephen King, because i kept thinking, "How is Patterson going to make this real again?!" But, it never happened!

Anyway, You've Been Warned is a book about a photographer/ nanny, named Kristin, who is try...more
Sharal Hunter
I didn't enjoy this one as much as his other books, probably because this book centers around adultery, a plot device I cannot stand. If this book had been a romance genre, I would have given up on it. I thought Kristin was a weak character who uses poor judgment and makes bad choices and decisions throughout the book. I thought Michael and Penley were selfish, manipulative, snobs and I found myself wondering throughout the book why Kristin stayed in their employ. The only characters I did like...more
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!
I don't give a lower rate to this book only because even though I found it annoying, it kept me interested and I wanted to know the end of the story, to try and understand it! Which didn't happen at 100%...
I don't really believe Patterson wrote much of this book, and I don't understand why he gives his name to so many books when lots of them lately are crap! We all know one of his trade marks, the short chapters, but it has to have some logic, not end in a suspenseful tone absolutely unsuspense...more
You've been Warned (James Patterson).
Psychological Thriller. Kristin Burns is a struggling Photographer and Nanny to a wealthy Manhattan family. She is entangled in a forbidden love, a dangerous love. She has fears that are consuming her every moment, haunting her consuming her.

When she passes the Falcon Hotel her life takes a drastic turn. And the man with the ponytail....what is his connection? Why does he show up anytime anywhere? Soon Kristin finds herself struggling for sanity, with demons...more
Tabby Kat
Kristin's major problem --- besides being involved with a gentleman who, as Patterson and Roughan subtly let us know, isn't going to be making any changes on the home front anytime soon --- is that her life seems to be coming unraveled. Some of her pictures have acquired an unusual transparency; she's having bizarre nightmares that have her screaming, even when she's awake; she witnesses an odd crime scene at a hotel that apparently never happened; and strangers are coming up to her on the stree...more
I stopped listening to this book. It was so stupid and insipid it just wasn't worth another minute of my time.
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Unusual ending. Was Kristin dead throughout the entire novel? 5 44 Jun 22, 2014 12:22PM  
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