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The perfect life

A successful lawyer and loving mother, Nina Bloom would do anything to protect the life she's built in New York--including lying to everyone, even her daughter, about her past. But when an innocent man is framed for murder, she knows that she can't let him pay for the real killer's crimes.

The perfect lie

Nina's secret life began 18 years ago. She had looks
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Hardcover, 383 pages
Published June 27th 2011 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2011)
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Dan Edwards
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Jay
May 26, 2012 Jay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now You See Her
By James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge

Attention all beach-minded readers---this is the one!

Well, actually, you’ll not even know where you are once you dive into this baby, and maybe, in all honesty and considering the dangers of too much sun, skip the beach altogether because once you start reading this, you’re a goner. Take it from me, I was so immersed in this story that I sunburned the tops of my feet and had to hobble around shoe-less for several days.

The beginning is act
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Elaine
Nov 03, 2014 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Let me start off by saying that I never read James Patterson Novels. It's not that I don't like his books, it's just that "suspense thrillers" are not my genre of choice. My main reason for reading "Now You See Her" was to bond with my boyfriend. His whole library is filled with suspense thrillers.

Well I have to say, I liked it! It's easy reading, short chapters (a page and a half, two if it's a long chapter), and quite the page turner. For me it was a change of pace, fun read. So Mr. Patterson,
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Gor93ous
Oct 07, 2011 Gor93ous rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Somewhere between 2 - 2.5 stars

I really, REALLY wanted to like this book.

I tried. I even read it till its very last page with very little skimming. But the thing is, I couldn't like it.

It is fast paced, alright. (It even felt a little jumpy and a tad choppy at the beginning due to the shortness of its chapters.)

There was some very good suspense installed in the beginning and near-the-end of the book. But, it's lacking this crime thriller vibe, because the voice of Jeanina clearly dominated the s
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Alla
Aug 11, 2011 Alla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In “Now you see her,” James Patterson tells the story of a mysterious woman named Nina, who’s running away from her old life and secrets which can ruin her life in the present. The story starts off when Nina, a single mom, shows a video recording to her sixteen-year-old daughter of her father wishing her a happy birthday. Only it’s not her father, but an actor hired by Nina. For whatever reason, Nina does not want her daughter to know the truth.

Flashback to nearly twenty years ago: Nina is Jeani
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Brooke
Sep 16, 2011 Brooke rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I felt like I was reading a book from a class critique instead of a published book. There were errors and the plot was TOTALLY unbelievable! He should consider getting a new editor. First of all, when a book is written in past tense, isn't it incorrect to say something along the lines of "my boss gave me tickets and looking down I noticed they were for tonight"? Doesn't that imply the tickets are for the night you are telling the story, not the night that you were given the tickets? And last I c ...more
Gina
Aug 30, 2011 Gina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Initially this story grabbed me, and I was hooked until the events in the main character's life became too incredulous. I continued to read out of curiosity, and it just got worse with each episode in the sordid life of the main character. I prefer fiction that is life-like. And, above all, the most disappointing thing about the book was the continued negative references and stereotypes about people of color, from the beginning of the book with the reference to the drummer on the street. I found ...more
Melanie
Predictable, but an easy entertaining book. Character development is weak and the main character (jeanine/nina) does not grasp your emotions, you do not feel connected to her, lacks something. Over all a decent book; no need to re-read.
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I first have to explain that I am a HUGE Patterson fan, but also a HUGE Patterson critic when it comes to his co-written books. There has been much speculation over the years about how much input Patterson has with these books and in my opinion some of his most recent work was diabolical, leaving me to wonder if he even glanced at them, let alone co-written them.

Michael Ledwidge started writing the Michael Bennett series with JP a while back and I am now a die-hard Bennett fan. I do however wond
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Kathleen
Jul 10, 2011 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh My Goodness! James Patterson has done it again with his book Now You See Her. If you are a murder mystery thriller buff, this book is a must read! This book is action packed with so many plots, schemes, twists and turns, that it will hold you captive from beginning to end. I haven't read a really good mystery book in a long time, and this book didn't take long to grab me and have me engrossed in it. As I sat on the couch reading each chapter, I found my heart pounding and giving myself a good ...more
Linette
Jul 04, 2011 Linette rated it it was amazing
Shelves: james-patterson
Awesome book! James Patterson did it again!
Julie Carson
Aug 21, 2013 Julie Carson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is interesting reading other people's reviews of Patterson's books, and how analytical they are. I judge how good a book is by a) whether it makes me want to continue reading it voraciously b) are there clear surprises in store for the reader c) does it interest me in the genre I am reading. I don't particularly look at inconsistencies, or necessarily now believable the storyline is (otherwise I wouldn't love Tom Cruise films so much!!).
With all of the above caveats, I thoroughly enjoyed thi
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Kristie
May 09, 2013 Kristie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, suspense
4.5 stars here.

James Patterson finally redeemed himself for me... I used to love his books but the last 3-4 I've read have been horribly disappointing. This one reminded me of why I keep coming back.

Don't want to spoil the story here, so I'll keep it general. This was one story where I just HAD to keep reading to figure out what was going on. So many twists and turns, and just when I thought I had it all figured out... Surprise! Part of the intrigue was easy to suss out, but tying it all togethe
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Sammantha
From the beginning til the end I thoroughly enjoyed this book. You just know by the first few pages how a book will be. You get that wonderful feeling that it's going to be a wonderful book. Now You See Her was full of suspense! From beginning to end it was a complete story! Through the book there was about two main characters and it felt as if you knew them in real life. I love the way the store began and the way it ended. There were no lose ends! I love the style of James Patterson's writing. ...more
Jessica RiffeKincaid
Aug 22, 2011 Jessica RiffeKincaid rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was very suspensful with every turn of the page! A woman on vacation during Spring Break accompanied with her boyfriend and best friend, finds herself in the largest nightmare imaginable. While drinking and partying with her boyfriend and best friend she finds herself waking up, still intoxicated to her first nightmare. He boyfriends and best friends are sleepin together behind her back! During her madness and still drunk she steals the keys to his sports car and takes off thru the Flordia ...more
LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Nina Bloom has a secret that is nineteen years old, that is when she escaped from a previous life that had turned quite dangerous. She fled Florida and reinvented herself in New York with the help of her boss, she became a lawyer and has made a successful life for herself and her daughter.

All that is about to change when she is given a case of a man about to be executed in just a few days, but she knows he didn't commit the crime. This man is innocent and Nina knows this because she knows who t
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Aaron
Sep 05, 2011 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Nina Bloom would seem to have a dream life. She has a successful career as a lawyer. She has a teenaged girl getting ready to head off to college with a good chance of getting into Brown University. Everyone would want to have her life. In fact, she was just one such person wishing for a better life.

When Nina was in college, her name was Jeanine, and she had gone down to Key West on Spring Break with a group of friends and her boyfriends. Things went terribly wrong, and it all started when she w
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Rion
May 05, 2012 Rion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James. Patterson. Knows. How. To. Write. A. Book. Maybe that's why he racked in more than $84 milli last year. Now You See Her is a classic, page turning, psychological, mind effing novel. Once you think you've figured everything out, another heart attack causing twist is added that will literally have your mouth hanging wide open.

Nina is your typical "woe is me, I've had a horrible life, where is my Prince Charming to save me" damsel in distress. You want to hate Nina (and at times slap her),
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Raza Syed
Feb 26, 2016 Raza Syed rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A bad bad book !

Weak Plot, Poorly written and just plain bad. This makes Patterson's Alex Cross Series look Almost Shakespearean in comparison.

Spoilers !
The entire story was unrealistic. It could have been a mini series on Lifetime or Oxygen !

Let me save you the pain and give you the entire book in about quarter of a page.
College Girl wrecks cheating boyfriend's car; killing someone in process. Cop helps her cover it up and dumps the body, Girl marries cop, Cop is a bad man, Girl tries to escape
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Elizabeth Noah Astle
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Galadriel
Audiobook Version:

Even though its fiction, a book still has to be believable within the world in which it exists. This managed to be ridiculously unbelievable (lots of "oh yeah, come ON"s from me)... Yet somehow totally predictable. That may not seem to make sense, but that's how I feel.

The style was weak. Patterson usually writes better. Very heavy handed and melodramatic. So much physical description... I don't need to know the race of everyone in the room (blacks and Mexicans at construction
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Tess Mertens-Johnson
OK – you kind of lost me when Nina/Jeanine kills a pedestrian while drunk in her cheating boyfriend’s car and the “nice” police officer gets rid of the body and lets her go.
Then they get married. Her old boyfriend and friends left her never to look back.
How many red flags do you see?
But, Nina/Jeanine was a young orphan of 20 and maybe was blinded from the red flags.
Fast forward. She has her bad cop husband’s child, moves to New York and becomes successful with her new identity.
Then her crimes an
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Henri Moreaux
'Now You See Her' is a stand alone novel not part of any of Patterson's series.

Whilst it initially appears longer than his normal length at 487 pages, it is actually 487 pages of large font, double spaced with sizeable margins text which in reading time actually felt a little shorter than some of his other books. (This refers to the 2012 Arrow Books edition, ISBN 978-0-099-52532-5).

In terms of the actual plot and writing, it starts firmly and draws you in. You're initially trying to work out wh
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Traci Hohenstein
Jul 03, 2011 Traci Hohenstein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel reminds me of some of earlier Patterson books. Page turner, edge of seat, heart thumping reading. While the plot is a little far fetching, it is still an entertaining read from the first page to the last.
James Rathburn
Nov 08, 2012 James Rathburn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hackneyed schlock that relies on completely unbelievable hand-of-God style rescues that don't simply require a suspension of reality, but its complete and utter annihilation. A waste of a decent story idea.
Cláudia
One of the best books from James Patterson I've read in the last years! Extra special as I read it while in vacation in Miami and Key West, where part of the book is set :)
Sierra
Apr 03, 2014 Sierra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a girl named Nina who tells about her past and how she may have to run from her horrid past. The audience would be adults and people who love murder mystery and suspenseful books. This book is filled with tons of surprises. There are twists left and right.

Nina has to run from her husband who currently thinks she's dead. He sees her and she sees him, now it's a fight for survival as she runs to protect her daughter, herself, and her past secrets.

If you're interested in reading
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Wade
Jun 16, 2015 Wade rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Every year I go to the beach, I look for some quick reads. Lately I had been reading books based in Key West and thought I would try Now You See Her by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. I promised myself many times to stop reading Patterson novels since they have basically become a joke based on coincidences, inplausibility, unrealistic characters, and 37 too many twists. I thought I would take a chance on this one since it had received 4 stars on Amazon plus the Key West factor. Needless to ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Nina Bloom was a loving mother and a successful lawyer. She,d do anything to protect her daughter and her life in New York . -including lie about her past .Nina,s secret life began nineteen years ago When she went to Key west Florida on spring break. With her premed boyfriend and other friends . When they all get drunk and Nina wakes up to find her boyfriend making ove to her best friend in the bathroom she runs out of the room steals his car and takes off.. when a dog runs in front of her and ...more
Nancy
Aug 31, 2011 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! As much as I hate that Patterson has all these co-authors, he does seem to have a winning approach to writing good books! Definitely a spell-binder!

The perfect life

A successful lawyer and loving mother, Nina Bloom would do anything to protect the life she's built in New York—including lying to everyone, even her daughter, about her past. But when an innocent man is framed for murder, she knows that she can't let him pay for the real killer's crimes.

The perfect lie

Nina's secret life b
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