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Guilty Wives by James Patterson
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May 09, 2012

really liked it
Read in May, 2012

Abbie Elliott is on vacation in Monte Carlo with three of her best friends. They are there to paint the town red and enjoy themselves. They play big in the casinos, and they also meet some interesting guys and end up having a bit of a fling. Unfortunately, things go terribly wrong when Abbie's beau, a famous actor, has disappeared, and two of the other guys turn up dead ... and one of them was the President of France.

The four women find themselves on trial under charges of conspiracy, murder, and terrorism, and they are facing scorn from their husbands and family. The only problem is that they all insist that they are innocent of the crimes. They have become vilified in the media and the trial is anything but fair. There is no question that prison is in their future, and it is not going to be a happy experience.

Abbie is insistent that she is going to tell the trught even when the authorities offer her a plea bargain that would ease the prison terms of her and her three friends. She refuses to lie about her guilt because she is going to do anything she can to figure out what happened in the bay of Monte Carlo that got them into so much trouble.

This was a bit slower and denser than most of Patterson's works. Patterson is known as being a quick and easy read. While this novel has no shortage of suspense and action, it really is written with a higher reading level than most of his books. As a result, the characters and the situation is more developed, though I found the idea of such a horrid and inhumane prison in France to be a surprise. I was definitely following along to see how this one was going to end.

While it wasn't his best work, it was still quite enjoyable.
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