Reviewed by Melanie Kline

Abbie Elliot and her three best friends, Winnie, Serena and Bryah, take a girls only vacation to Monte Carlo. Life seems to be perfect for them there – they are in the most luxurious hotel they could imagine with poolside drinks and plans for some casino gaming in the evening.

The girls have high hopes for their trip to be the perfect getaway weekend with nothing but sun, fun and friendship. They meet some attractive men at a bar and continue on with them to the casino and an after party on another man’s yacht. The next morning, they awaken alone on the yacht surrounded by police, and are arrested for the death of the French President.

Guilty Wives follows these four women as they fight for their lives and try to prove their innocence with every card stacked against them.

I had very mixed emotions about Guilty Wives. In true James Patterson form, the story was intriguing and I loved every moment of the twisting, turning plot, but I could definitely tell that David Ellis played a large role in the writing of this book. There was paragraph after paragraph of wasted space used to overly describe places and things. And I understand that they were in France, but was it absolutely necessary to say everything in French and then again in English so that the reader would understand it? The trial also made me want to scream since the authors – or author – went on and on and on about how the legal system works in France. It took whole chapters to get the trial actually started and then it was over in the blink of an eye. Guilty Wives was definitely not what I had expected from a Patterson book.

All in all, Guilty Wives was a good read, although I definitely do not recommend it for anyone who isn’t already familiar with James Patterson’s work. This book was most certainly not up to his usual standard.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Little, Brown and Company. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.