If it is a cliché to describe a book as a page turner, then the latest mystery novel, Guilty Wives by James Patterson and David Ellis is an exciting, engrossing, attention-grabbing … cliché. It follows the story of four women, close friends who innocently embark on a decadent, lavish adventure to Monte Carlo to have a blast, and temporarily escape their ordinary routines.
Four wild and reckless days in paradise quickly explode into a scene of nightmarish proportions, as they find themselves prime suspects in the murder of the beloved French president and his bodyguard, with a bereaved public out for blood.
There is no doubt that all of the women have made serious errors in judgement. Despite damning evidence, a defiant Abbie Elliot is the only one who refuses to make a coerced confession to bargain for all-or-none reduced sentences. Her choice separates the women from each other, shatters their lives, and lands them in a vile, dank and overcrowded French prison, where lesser brutality serves as kindness.
Within the intricate plot, readers know that something is amiss. Corruption and manipulation abound. Is it a calculated frame up, or is there more than an element of truth? Someone knows, but the authors preserve the secret well, and suspense reigns. Then even greater hell breaks loose and we witness the lengths that are travelled in order to execute revenge.
Guilty Wives is not pretty. It is an often intense, always interesting escape that is hard to put down. It is definitely a page turner. Patterson and Ellis have done very, very well.
Other James Patterson Reviews
Judge & Jury: Great mystery novel that keeps you interested all the way through.
Cross - An Alex Cross Novel: The latest Alex Cross mystery by James Patterson. Excellent except for the ending.
Step On A Crack: Excellent thriller. Easy read, hard to put down.
You've Been Warned James Patterson and Howard Roughan: Read the review and you've been warned.
Double Cross - An Alex Cross Mystery: a strong, addictive page turner. a mystery novel definitely worth the trip to the book store.
I, Alex Cross: This case hits close to home for Alex Cross
The Murder of King Tut - with Martin Dugard: Patterson's take on the subject will entertain most.
The Postcard Killers with Lisa Marklund: A very good mystery novel
Toys: Action action action in SF novel
Private Berlin - Patterson and Mark Sullivan: Not for the faint of heart and described as “spectacularly violent”,
12th of Never - Women s Murder Club Mystery: Easily read over a two day period, 12th of Never is a Women s Murder Club mystery
Cross Justice - An Alex Cross Mystery: Cros goes home in a thriller that left me cross.
15th Affair - A Women s Murder Club Mystery: a gripping and exciting mystery from the start
Woman of God - with Maxine Paetro: It is Easter Sunday. Amidst great stirrings and controversy, a new pope is about to be chosen. The rumour is, she could be a woman.