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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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Mass Market Paperback, Large Print, 359 pages
Published June 27th 2011 by Little, Brown and Company
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Carol (Bookaria)
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, bookclub, fiction
This is a fast-paced thriller with the recurring elements that characterize James Patterson's books: plot driven, poor characterization, ghostwritten, and predictable.

I expected to dislike it but it found it entertaining. Most likely because a large portion of the story takes place in Key West and the events took place at locations I am familiar with.

I had to read this book for my book club meeting and if any of my book club friends are reading this know that despite my initial reluctance I rea
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Dan Edwards
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Cynthia Hamilton
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had never read anything by James Patterson before, but it didn't take long before I understood why he's so wildly popular. The action in "Now You See Her" is jet-propelled, right from the get-go. The story has more than a corkscrew, and I never anticipated any of them. Sure, I was thinking ahead, but he was always two, three, fours steps ahead of my thought process. That only added to my enjoyment of the story, which ranged from white-knuckling my Kindle to laughing out loud. The storyline got ...more
Jay
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 actuall
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Gor93ous
Oct 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
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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Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
Nina Bloom is a successful attorney in New York City. She has a beautiful daughter who has just turned 17 and is the most important thing in her life. But Nina has a past that no one knows about. Both of her parents are dead and she was an only child. During her senior year in college, she took a trip to Key West for Spring Break that changed her life forever. Now with a new case being presented to her, she has to face the demons from her past. Will she be able to get through this case and come ...more
A. S.
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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Elaine
Sep 22, 2012 rated it liked it

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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Jenny
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime, mystery
Now You See Her is about how Nina Bloom redeems herself by saving man from death row and reclaiming her self-respect. Single Mum and successful lawyer Nina Bloom had a lovely life in New York. However, one day she realises a man was on death row who was the incident of murdering the women in Florida.The readers of Now You See Her will go on a rollercoaster ride to see if Nine Bloom will risk everything to save him.

I enjoyed reading Now You See Her. I loved James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge po
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Brooke
Sep 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 rated it it was ok
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
Raza Syed
Jun 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
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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Linette
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: james-patterson
Awesome book! James Patterson did it again!
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Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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Julie Carson
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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Kathleen
Jul 08, 2011 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
Melanie
Oct 10, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
James Rathburn
Nov 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
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.
Yigal Zur
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
light read, good plot. the guy is a master but i would not say that it leaves any impact. just good read for an hour or so. which is fine too
Ms BookAholic
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Kristie
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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Magpie67
I'm giving it a five because I love James Patterson. I didn't think Nina/Jeanine had enough motive to run from Peter at the beginning. (view spoiler) Plus, I think if she had gone to the gentleman who gave her the card to look up Peter's past... she might have gotten off her mishap in the Key West on spring break and or(view spoiler) ...more
Jessica RiffeKincaid
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Aaron
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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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LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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Rion
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Koren
Aug 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: toxic-ink
Er-mer-gerd. Thank goodness THAT'S over. I notice that I'm not the only one who likes the book she's reading to be at least semi-plausible... This story is so ludicrous and obvious throughout that I was embarrassed to be seen reading it. I can suspend my disbelief a little bit, but come on, James Patterson, give me something into which I can sink my teeth!
OjoAusana
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pretty good, like most of his books the chapters are very short which is somewhat annoying but nice for when you need frequent breaks. Gone Girlish story that actually had some unexpected twists. Was somewhat slow at first and ended rather quickly, overall good book tho.
Elizabeth Noah Astle
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Brenda
Jan 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspense/thriller lovers
Wow! I’ve just finished this one, and it was riveting! Incredibly suspenseful, loaded with drama and full on action...an absolute thriller to read!

Eighteen years ago, Jeanine was on a summer break, having lots of fun with her friends, drinking to excess and generally making the most of her holiday. But just before the end of their break, things went horribly wrong...

Now, she is Nina Bloom...a successful lawyer and single mother to 16 year old Emma. She has built a wonderful, happy life in New Yo
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