Guilty Wives by James Patterson and David Ellis
Read by January LeVoy
Published: March 26th 2012 by Little, Brown & Company (first published January 1st 2012)
No husbands allowed
Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous, sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks Monte Carlo, and they surrender: to the sun and pool, to the sashimi and sake, to the Bruno Paillard champagne. For four days they're free to live someone else's life. As the weekend moves into pulsating discos, high-stakes casinos, and beyond, Abbie is transported to the greatest pleasure and release she has ever known.
What happened last night?
In the morning's harsh light, Abbie awakens on a yacht, surrounded by police. Something awful has happened—something impossible, unthinkable. Abbie, Winnie, Serena, and Bryah are arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable. And now the vacation of a lifetime becomes the fight of a lifetime & for survival. GUILTY WIVES is the ultimate indulgence, the kind of nonstop joy-ride of excess, friendship, betrayal, and danger that only James Patterson can create.
There were some awesome things about Patterson's new book, and some not so awesome things.
First of all, the awesome:
- In general, the characters were very well developed and written. The narrator, Abbie Elliot, is wonderful. She's super strong, very brave, snarky, smart, clever, broken, imperfect, but loveable all the same. She was perfect for the protagonist. At first I thought Patterson was going to pull the "Switch-Point-of-View-Every-Chapter" thing, and I was relieved when most of the book was from Abbie PoV. She was a good protagonist.
- As far as the audio recording itself, the French was very good. I'm a stickler about French being pronounced well, since I've studied the language, and (name) did an excellent job.
- Very vivid sensory details. This can be good and bad—there were a few scenes where the details seemed to slow down the action, which made it more frustrating when I just wanted to know what happened, but it also increased the tension. I could see all the characters and the actions and facial expressions very clearly.
- There were quite a few times when Patterson would explain something, and then a few chapters later, would re-explain something as if he hadn't explained it the first time (and it got really annoying). Examples: Lexi, the arsonist, was ALWAYS referred to as "Lexi the arsonist." after the first time he told the story about her, I didn't forget who she was, but he constantly referred back to her with that little tag, as if I'd forgotten who she was. there were other things too, like when he explained something about the prison system, or the court case, or whatever else… and it was really annoying.
- The writing itself just wasn't that great. It was right for the type of book, but it didn't stand out as excellent or lyric or entrancing, like Erin Morgenstern or Danielle Dixon.
- The plot itself… it was interesting, but I figured it out really early. like, within the first few chapters I knew exactly what happened, and I just wanted to see it confirmed and see how Abby survived this life-threatening challenge. That's unlike Patterson—usually he's pretty good at keeping it a mystery.
- Two little words that a lot of people won't pick up on: Prison Guard. Refer to them as "Prison Guards" and they get majorly pissed off, or so my criminal justice professor and former prison worker tells me. They're called "Security Officers." They were referred to as "guards" the whole time, and it got on my nerves. Call me "one of those people," but hey, you are reading my blog for my opinion, so here it is.
So that's the breakdown: I liked it a lot, and I tore through it, and found it almost impossible to stop reading (listening to), but there were some things that could have made it better.
Content/Recommendation: Some explicit sex, one near-rape scene, Some language. Ages 18+