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3.08  ·  Rating details ·  434 ratings  ·  68 reviews
A Killer Rivalry. . .

When Eve Carrington is chosen to participate in an exclusive writers workshop, she knows it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For one month, she will live, write, and share her work with nine other aspiring authors. The top three will get a chance to be published. But when the building they're staying in isn't ready and Eve sees the old mansion they'
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by Kensington (first published August 28th 1996)
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Sherri Smith
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a GREAT, quick read! It kept me guessing in places - though I kept thinking I had it figured out, it would make me doubt myself and then it would take me in a whole other direction! I enjoyed the fact that the characters were well-written and fleshed out so that I could imagine each one - particularly when they met their doom! ;-)

I'd recommend this to mystery fans - definitely worth the time!
Mary  (Biblophile)
I was rather disappointed in this mediocre mystery. The characters were lifeless, the dialogue juvenile, and the mystery pretty easy to solve. Since the ending was a cliffhanger, one assumes they'll probably be another. I expected better from this author. ...more
Lisa Reads & Reviews
Too improbable and juvenile. Writing was amateurish, too. Ugh.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, young-adult
When I was a kid, there was an author named Christopher Pike that wrote books for tweens/young adults before it was actually a genre. Back when bookstores would have one rack between little kids' books and adult books and it had the little fiction that was being targeted at my age. So much of what was there for us was old stuff ('classics') or Sweet Valley High so I loved Christopher Pike for that 'not ready for Koontz and King' stage of my life.

Had I read this book then, I might not have hated
Kendrea Parsons
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thriller that will grip you until the very end!

Wicked is one of the best thrillers I have ever read. The premise is much like Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, but Joanne Fluke takes the idea to a completely different level. I won't say much more about the story because I don't want to give too much away. However I will say that I was kept guessing until the very end. Like any good suspense thriller, the story doesn't end with the big reveal of the killer. The entire story was fantasti
Lena H.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Apparently Joanne Fluke wrote Wicked in 1995 and it was so bad no one would publish it. Fast forward to 2016 when Joanne has had some bestsellers and suddenly the publishers are willing to print it. But it's still a terrible book. Although were it published as a YA instead of as an adult fiction I might have been able to accept it. ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read

This book was OK. It did keep me reading, but it read more like a Young adult book than an adult suspense novel.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge
Good suspense novel that was a throwback to And Then There Were None. Good characters and I was kept guessing as to who was behind everything.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I needed something “fluffy” and read this in an afternoon. It was enjoyable, albeit predictable. Could it have been more mysterious? Sure. Did I have a feeling who the murderer was the entire time? Absolutely. Was it still a fun read? Yep! However, I really am in the mood for something spooky...
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was pretty good once you were able to get over the fact that people were dying and no one went to the police. It flowed well and kept my interest. I did not try very hard to guess who the killer was since I figured it would come down to the three main characters, but it did turn out to be the person I first thought it would be. I also liked the transformation of Eve, who started out to be very shallow, arrogant and not serious about the project but turned out to possibly have found her call ...more
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it

I would have thought even under quarantine once the first person was killed I would have hopped in my car and drove to the police, beeped my horn and talked through the window. That's what bothered me the most. The kids just piled up the dead ones in the cooler and continued on writing their stories. Selfish. They didn't want to fluke out and lose the opportunity to get their story published.
Otherwise I enjoyed the read. Even though I was sure I figured out who done it.

Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whenever a book keeps me guessing until the end, it deserves at least 3 stars. Overall, it was a good story... I truly kept going back and forth on who the murderer would be! Some of the dialogue and characters were too corny for me... and Eve's character was a little confusing how she changed so much in such a short time period. ...more
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The plot is awful! No educated bunch of young single adults would stay in a house where some had died unexpectedly - even if they were quarantined - they would leave or one of them would leave and go for help without a second thought. And the ending was totally unsatisfying!!

Joanne Fluke should stick to her Hannah Swensen series, which are fun reads!
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a hard one. The story was good even though it wasn't an original idea. However, I had a real problem with the characters. The way they handled things was unbelievable and dumb. I only kept reading to find out who done it. :-) I usually like this authors book a lot more. ...more
Moni Novak
Jan 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so bad. I couldn't believe I was reading it. I like Joanne fluke. But this book was so bad I couldn't believe it was her writing. I kept thinking it was written for gradeschool kids. I was so disappointed. It's not like her Hannah Swinson books which are fun and interesting. ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to get through this book. There were massive plot holes and so much implausibility that it was a struggle to complete. The premise was good but the execution was awful, which is a shame since I’m a huge fan of the Hannah Swenson series.
Patty McReynolds
Sep 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Too improbable

I was really disappointed with this book. Not like the Hannah books at all. I would not recommend it to anyone.
Shannan Wade
Sep 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a super lame attempt at a mystery. It was pretty apparent what was going on from the beginning. The main character was highly unlikable.
The premise of this one was amazing. 10 people locked away in a creepy old mansion for a writers retreat. In actuality we have 10 very annoying college students who are wannabe writers trying to compete with one another for friendship and romance. I even got behind the ridiculous premise of then being isolated from the outside works by potentially being exposed to a contagious disease, but the book lost me when it turned out to be not about a haunted house at all. The twist was interesting and u ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eve's boyfriend is picked to be part of a writer's group of 5 students at a mansion, when Eve finds out her biggest rival will be there she gets herself invited even though she isn't a writer. Her rival is a very good writer and when they read their chapters at night everyone is impressed. Then life starts imitating her chapters as one after another are killed off. There is a cliffhanger at the end so you know there is another book coming. While the book was enjoyable it isn't as good as her oth ...more
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had mixed feelings about the main character in this book. For the first few chapters I full on hated her – she seemed immature and obnoxious and very high maintenance. I assumed I was meant to feel this way about her as her character did change quite a bit throughout the course of the book. A fun little horror/mystery that brought to mind the teen slasher films of the 90’s. A quick but satisfying read.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Unfortunately very predictable, and the characters are largely unsympathetic. It felt much more like a teen drama than a mystery. The premise seemed very improbable, and I wasn't willing to suspend my disbelief so continually. Also, I'm not a huge fan of using split personalities to explain murderous behavior (this isn't a spoiler, by the way - you learn it within the first 50 pages). ...more
Christine Jones
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book to a certain point. I was intrigued by the story line and would of liked to see it carried out a little better. Some areas of the book seemed rushed while others felt drawn out. Not to mention, some of the characters were Morons with the way they rationalized what was happening around them. If you’re looking for a quick read that is mildly entertaining this one will work.
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, however chilling, was difficult to get into. It took a couple chapters to get past the obnoxious main character and into the meat of the book. Although I had a pretty good idea who did it, the author did a good job of keeping one second guessing themselves. The end is worth reading the entire thing. However somewhat predictable.
Dec 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cozy-type mystery set in a sorority house during the summer, where a writing workshop is taking place. I would have given this a 4-star rating, but some of the scenarios were just too implausible. In all, I enjoyed this quick read.
May 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a fun easy read (if you're able to forgive the juvenile writing style). The split personality storyline was cringey in its inaccurate and stigmatized view of mental health but the book should be forgiven given the year it was published. ...more
Glad I managed to find this turkey at the library instead of spending my hard-earned money on it. Made it almost 1/3 of the way through, but the numerous 1- and 2-star reviews reinforced my decision to "dnf." ...more
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
JOANNE FLUKE YOU SLY DEVIL!! I admit, I had my doubts. Every other mystery involved a cookie and then an easy to solve murder but this was truly a pleasure. I didn’t think you could do it but you sure did prove me wrong! I can’t wait to read Wicked 2 which I desperately hope becomes a reality.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I like Joanne Fluke's dessert style mysteries. This was not very well written. ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book, in my opinion, is a steaming pile of you-know-what.
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