Guilty Wives is one of James Patterson’s newer novels that is unlike many of his mystery suspense novels in that it takes place in Europe and has a grittier feel than many of his legal dramas.
Author: James Patterson & David Ellis
Release date: September 18, 2012
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
This is the story of four women who are living in Switzerland for reasons, ranging from being an American diplomat’s wife to the wife of a British ex-spy. Having become close while living away from home they decide to take a weekend trip to Monte Carlo for a weekend of indulgence away from their husbands.
As they let loose and enjoy a few too many cocktails poolside, at a club, in the casino and end up on the yacht of someone they met only that night things start to get a little wild for these normally tame wives and mothers. When they wake the next morning, figuring out exactly what happened in the fog that was the night before they are quickly accosted by the police without any explanation. On top of everything it seems the people they’d been with the night before have disappeared.
After being transported to a jail in France they learn that a murder occurred and they are beyond the prime suspects, to the point of being the only focus of the police. As they endure the police questioning and are pressured to cast blame upon each other it begins to dawn on each of them that they are in much deeper than they’d thought and that this may not be a simple mis-understanding.
With many twists and turns as you slowly learn more about each of the women, their background and families the authors do keep you guessing and turning the pages to find out what happens next. You can probably guess the outcome due to a few clues dropped through the book and there are a few moments that are a bit over the top, but overall it’s well worth the read for a quick ‘no-brainer’ that is pure entertainment.
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