Everybody loves a good and exciting thrill. Reading a good thriller can entertain and delight, stretching your emotions, taking you to a high and then going further, twisting you one way and then another until the climatic ending. There are plenty of thriller writers that can achieve this level of creative writing and one of the world’s most prolific writers in this genre has to be James Patterson, he has sold over 375 million copies of his easy to read but thrilling novels – he must be doing something right.
The thing with James Patterson is that whilst he writes his own novels such as the very popular Alex Cross novels, he also collaborates with lots of other authors to create other successful book series and standalone novels. One such novel is Guilty Wives that he has written in collaboration with David Ellis.
Guilty Wives is a story about four women friends who go on holiday together, no husbands allowed, but it all goes horribly wrong when they end up in a French prison accused of the murder of a prominent politician. It is a thriller featuring love, lust, murder and ultimately betrayal.
Abbie Elliot and her three best friends Winnie, Serena and Bryah are foreigners who live in Switzerland with their husbands. They decide to go on a four-day, husband-free, lavish, girly holiday to Monte Carlo on the French coast. They take a private helicopter to the most luxurious hotel overlooking Monte Carlo, into the presidential suite, the best that any of them had ever been to. They are in for a long weekend of pampering, relaxation and lots of fun.
For days they enjoy the presidential suite, the views of Monte Carlo, the high-end casinos and night clubs and, of course, all the pampering. After a party onboard a luxurious private yacht, they awake to find themselves surrounded by the French police and military. They have no idea what is happening or what any one of them is supposed to have done and soon find themselves being arrested as terrorists. The charge is of murder, and a high-profile murder at that – the murder of the French President and his personal bodyguard.
The French legal system does its thing and the four of them are soon convicted of the double murder. Protesting their innocence, Abbie takes it upon herself to prove that all four of them are innocent of this most horrendous crime but to do that she has to try and find who framed them and why. Will they be able to survive the brutal French prison and succeed in getting the answers that will ultimately earn their freedom?
Overall, Guilty Wives is a very well written, entertaining and thrilling novel by James Patterson and his co-author David Ellis.
It has a good story set in a luxurious setting that only the rich and famous get to see. The characters are good, but the story is better with lots of exciting twists and turns to keep you guessing and then second-guessing yourself again and again. Guilty Wives is a real fast paced page turner.
With the trademark short chapters and fast, intense storylines that James Patterson is well-known for it is an exciting read, but fast read and one that I would highly recommend for fans of James Patterson, you will not be disappointed. If you haven’t read any of his books before you are in for a real treat and if you have read his books before you are still in for a real treat.
RRP: £18.99 (Hardback) / £7.99 (Paperback) / £2.99 (Kindle)