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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  16,385 ratings  ·  1,347 reviews
"Sir, the First Lady ... has gone rogue."

President Tucker is caught up in a media firestorm. The scandal of his affair has sent shockwaves through his re-election campaign, and threatens to derail everything he has worked for. To win the vote, he needs the First Lady to stand by his side.

But Grace Tucker has a mind of her own.

After years of compromise, unfulfilled promises
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published December 13th 2018 by Century
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Jill I listen in the car too-- love these authors; Michael Connelly, David Baldacci, Lee Child, Robert Crais, Jeffery Deaver, Nelson DeMille, Joseph Finder…moreI listen in the car too-- love these authors; Michael Connelly, David Baldacci, Lee Child, Robert Crais, Jeffery Deaver, Nelson DeMille, Joseph Finder, Vince Flynn, Ken Follett, Louise Penny, Dennis Lehane, Brad Meltzer, Brad Thor . I like James Patterson Women's Murder Club series and some of the Alex Cross books too. All of these authors have recurring characters so i enjoy them all. (less)

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Matt
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Finally out for reading...

James Patterson and Brendan DuBois renew their collaborative efforts with a new book full of thrills and political intrigue. As US President Harrison Tucker makes his final push for re-election, he finds himself in an awkward position. Caught leaving an Atlanta hotel with his mistress, Tucker scrambles to save his reputation, but is unable to keep media reports from reaching First Lady Grace Tucker. Understandably upset, the First Lady excuses herself and leaves the Whi
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Blaine
Jun 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: from-library, 2020
I read the first five Alex Cross novels by James Patterson. They were good, but eventually they started to feel too similar, and I lost interest in the series. Then, Mr. Patterson largely began “writing” novels by simply allowing someone else to publish a book under his brand name. I had no interest in reading such books until two partnerships of his caught my eye. The first was The President is Missing, which was co-written by former President Bill Clinton. That book was bonkers, over-the-top, ...more
Tim
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the rare Patterson factory stories that is actually good. Kudos Brendan DuBois. An excellent listen or a quick read. 8 of 10 stars
Kat
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-1
The president is having a passionate affair with a member of his PR staff, but alas, the media catches on and all hell breaks loose. This was a delightful part soap opera, part thriller, part mystery as we see who will come out ahead in our little chess game. (view spoiler) ...more
Elaine Heading
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
A quiet day today and managed to listen to this in one day. A good stand alone atory with an unexpected twist
Maria V. Snyder
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This is one of my book club picks. I don't usually read Patterson as I'm more into the physiological thrillers like Tana French. However, this was a quick read, the characters were surprisingly well drawn and emotional - I also find most thrillers focus on the plot instead of the character development- the twists and deceptions and that's why readers like thrillers. I did guess all the twists - the combination of being a writer and a writing teacher, I pick up on the slight clues, but it didn't ...more
RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)
Between 2 star and 3 stars. I went with 2 star for some things just seen unreal or underdeveloped.
Christine Fulton
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Barbara McBride butchered this book. Her mispronunciation of Maryland and Potomac made me cringe every time. Didn't anyone listen to this before publishing? Did anyone hear her pronounce these incorrectly?

Anyway, the story was good but predictable. I think this is the lowest rating I have ever given a Patterson book.
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Kay
A light political thriller and a good collaboration, kudos to Brendan Dubois. I read The Cornwalls Are Gone and I much prefer The First Lady between the two. There are a few unanswered parts but overall this was a fun and quick read. ...more
Adrienne
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wonderful light reading. Many twists and turns. A real surprise ending. Unputdownable
Carol
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
TWENTY-ONE MINUTES before the ambush, Harrison Tucker—former state senator, former Ohio governor, President of the United States, leader of the free world, and a month away from being reelected in a landslide to a second term—is lying on his stomach on a king-size bed in an Atlanta hotel room, feet toward the headboard, chin resting on a pillow, watching a retrospective documentary on the TV series House of Cards with the love of his life.

A breakfast cart with the remains of two meals has been p
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Rebecca
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book should have been better than it was. I got the sense they just didn't take the time to really edit, and ended up with a bit of a hot mess. I enjoyed the set-up, and the pacing (as usual with Patterson) made it easy to keep going. There's a theme of female empowerment that I enjoyed, even if it was a bit heavy handed.

But there were major flaws... significant subplots disappeared for the majority of the book; characters were killed for no logical (or enjoyably insane) reason and had zer
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Naaytaashreads
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

"Not a word to me or I'll toss you out and drive myself."

This book gave me a very stressful headache.
It's really drama and on the edge of my seat kind of story and I love it.
I love the short chapters in the book and the different POV.

I was so stress out on who I can trust.
I definitely trust Agent Grissom and definitely wanted to punch Parker.
Every time it was Parker's POV i wanted to strangle him so bad.
I love that
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Paula  Phillips
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I have to admit. First I wasn't sure whether I would enjoy this book as I found The President is Missing hard to get into and it ended up being a DNF for me. The First Lady, on the other hand, I did enjoy as I loved the character of Grace Tucker - the first lady. She was strong, stood by her moral code and ethics. She was her person and had a strong sense of what was right and wrong. The President, on the other hand, I found him such a weak man in this book and quite pathetic. Just because he is ...more
David Schwarm
Apr 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
this is horrible. I mean an absolutely dreadful book. ALL of the characters are cliches. The plot is actually worse then a mid-70's Hollywood film about Washington corruption. The plot is painfully predictable. The "heart string tugs" actually induced nausea.

this was selected by my book club one week when I was not there...I am still very unclear on how this happened.

finishing this book was painful & I hope that the author actually feels bad for having written this doggerel--seriously there is n
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Mahoghani 23
This book was so compelling that I finished reading it in one day. Politics can be a deadly experience & if you don't know what's going on, you'll end up dead.

Secret Service Agent Sally Grissom is on the case. Her hands are severely tied in regards to solving this case. Every way she turns, the white house chief of staff, Parker Hoyt, thwarts her.

A book you'll truly enjoy.
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Anna
The election is weeks away and it is looking promising for the President. Then his affair is revealed in a media blitz and his poll numbers are dropping. To top it off, the first lady has disappeared. It's assumed that she is licking her wounds at a horse ranch she loves, but then no one can locate her. Sally Grissom, top secret service agent in the Presidential Protection team is called in to investigate. Sally is relentless in her pursuit of the first lady, determined to find her and keep her ...more
Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller
Please believe me when I tell you that THE FIRST LADY should be on your must-read list. It begins with a compelling premise, spirals off into a couple of different intriguing directions, and then all comes back together for an ending you probably won’t see coming while answering a question that it never really asks. The book gives readers all of that, along with a number of true-to-life and memorable characters and impeccable pacing. You can’t really ask for more than that, can you?

If anyone is
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Annette Chidzey
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This fast paced novel co-written by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois was indicative of other Patterson novels I have read in that the key characters were quickly introduced to the reader and their specific roles and circumstances established promptly so that the narrative could rapidly unfold. Having previously read ‘The President is Missing’, I was immediately drawn to this account set as it was in Washington DC, a location I had recently visited. Grace Tuçker, the wife of the American Presid ...more
Liz
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I felt this was slower-paced than many of James Patterson’s books and a political thriller rather than a murder/crime story. The plot was good with many twists although I felt it lost momentum in the middle.

3-4 stars
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
It's four weeks until the election for the new President. Current President Tucker is enjoying himself at a hotel in Atlanta with his girlfriend, while his wife and first lady, Grace Tucker, is fulfilling the duties of her office. When the President leave the hotel with his mistress, all hell breaks loose. There are reporters everywhere, there to catch the scandal. It's all just too much for the First Lady to handle, so she retreats to one of her favorite places and then, she turns up missing. S ...more
Wonda
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5...Brendan Bubois, it has been a while since I have enjoyed a book with Patterson's name on it, so U want to thank you! Even if you can figure out some of what is going on, the ending is still magical! And my magical I mean, amazing! Ultimately exactly what I imagine when I think of politicians! ...more
Gail
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an exciting read! I loved every minute of it and had a very hard time putting the book down. I kept reading because you never knew what would happen next. Filled with twists and turns.
Mark
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 1st of the collaborations of James Patterson and Brendan Dubois that I've read and its a thoroughly entertaining political thriller...Starts with a bang and carries that page-turning momentum through the entire book...The President is caught in an affair and the First Lady has gone missing...The head of the White House protection detail Secret Service Agent Sally Grissom is thrust into the middle of this maelstrom of events, while fight her own personal battles...Decent read!!! ...more
Judy Frey
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Patterson. Absolutely wonderful fun, summer reading
Monica
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lot better than JP's last one. President gets caught in an affair. Happens all the time, but what doesn't happen is the First Wife going missing. Secret Service is called in. Is she really missing? Does the President really want her found? What lengths will his Chief of Staff go to, to win the next election in a couple of week? Happy Reading 😊 ...more
Jessica
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
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Novel: 4 stars
Audiobook: 2.5 stars
Average: 3 stars
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The First Lady is collaboration between James Patterson and Brendan DuBois and it was well done! Patterson’s collaborations can be hit or miss and other than multiple narrator pronunciation errors in the audiobook, this one was a hit for me.

Just weeks before the election, the president is caught in an affair, which could ru
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Donna Hines
James is back but this time he's lost something valuable- Our First Lady!
Well kind of as she's tucked away in a rural area but not many know until money comes into play or as they say you might have to pay out the ARSE.
Well, for starters she might've wanted to run after all she just witnessed on tv her husband the President of USA with another woman named Tammy.
Of course, there must be an explanation. Or one should hope since both parties are married.
Not much for reasoning but when her husband w
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Paula
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One thing you can count on in recent Patterson books (besides unbelievable plots and cardboard characters) is at least one ludicrous sentence. My favorite in this book was the observation that a character's "eyes are moist but sharp, like knives coming out of a dishwasher." Good for a chortle.

Although I thought I was pretty sure I knew what was going on from the beginning, I had just enough doubt about it to keep turning the pages until I reached the pancake-flat ending.
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