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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing; 1st U.S. Paperback Edition edition (October 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755349563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755349562
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (652 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,135,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was the worst James Patterson book I've ever read.
Kathi
I tried to like and I kept reading but there was just no way to even semi-like this book.
goldencz
I just finished this book and was totally confused from beginning to end.
R. Christensen

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207 of 227 people found the following review helpful By Bill Garrison VINE VOICE on September 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Kristen is an avid photographer living in New York City in YOU'VE BEEN WARNED, the latest book to be churned out of the James Patterson factory. She's a good photographer and is close to making it big. Until the money starts rolling in, she works as a nanny for the two adorable kids of Michael and Penley Turnbull. Kristin seems like a normal 26-year old girl, except that weird things keep happening to her. She keeps having a reoccuring dream about four murders at a hotel. She keeps hearing a song in her head that she can't quite place. Some images in her photos are unexplainable, and she thinks she sees her dead father on the streets of Manhattan. Also, Kristen is having an affair with Michael Turnbull and expects him to leave Penley for her any day now. One night in a club, a stranger approaches her and tells her to be careful, and that now, she's "been warned."

Not counting the flying kids novels, this is the forth Patterson novel this year. He writes so many now that you can compare his novels to others quite easily to get a good idea of where they stand. STEP ON A CRACK had a poor sublot with the cop with ten kids. CROSS was great. The latest Women's Murder Club books have turned into 2 or 3 novellas combined to make a novel. THE QUICKIE grabbed me early and was full of twists. Definitely a great book. HONEYMOON faded at the end, BEACH ROAD featured a point of view gimmick, JUDGE AND JURY seemed like an afterthought, while LIFEGUARD was quite intriguing. You get my point, some Patterson books, are good, a few great, and many average. I believe there should be a new category shoud be created for YOU'VE BEEN WARNED. It sets a new standard for horrible awfulness regardless of what other book you judge it against.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Linda Bulger VINE VOICE on February 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
When your book budget is low and your local library (though delightful) has a limited stock of new books, what to do? Lately I've been falling back on formula thrillers to lull me to sleep at night, and that's why I checked out this James Patterson offering -- a regrettable choice, I'm sorry to say.

I know James Patterson can put out a highly readable book, which makes it all the more unfortunate that he's squandering his reputation with something as unfocused as "You've Been Warned." He and co-author Howard Roughan have given us a superficial story that starts with a bad dream and never really gets off the ground.

The story is told in the first person by an aspiring Manhattan photographer, Kristin Burns (her catch phrase: "Don't think, just shoot!") Kristin is tormented by bad dreams that seem to come true, warned darkly by dead people, and freaked out by creepy effects on her photographs. She thinks she may be going mad.

The authors' choice of the first person, present tense for this tale is not effective. Kristin has no idea what's going on and there isn't enough information for the reader to guess -- or care. There are very few clues given; is it a horror tale? or did Kristin capture something on film that she shouldn't have? or is it a psychological thriller with madness or evil at its core? The book doesn't quite settle on a theme.

Several major events from Kristin's past are thrown into the mix near the end, a frenzied deus ex machina. There was the feeling that the book was approaching its target word count before the author thought to check the outline -- OOPS! Here, have this ... and this ... and this.

With all the poor pacing and stream-of-consciousness narration, you may wonder where the two stars are coming from.
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73 of 89 people found the following review helpful By H. L. Wasden on September 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have read all of James Patterson's books but after the last few I have about decided to let him prove himself to me again! The flying children were awful, as well as the baby killing fiasco.

When he sticks to Alex Cross or the Women's Murder Club, one might expect to have a good read.......but, when he veers from that ...watch out! Maybe he should write solo again. I don't think the helper is working.

I have noticed that he gets in great detail on many subjects lately and the most recent is photography. I have been a member of the Professional Photographers of America for a number of years and even teach photography in a local college. I consider myself knowledgeable on the subject enough to criticize a bit. Patterson has come up with some real doozies. He is so far out ie: you don't use a safe light when film is in a developing canister, depth of field doesn't have a thing to do with sharpness of the subject.....I could go on. I guess I was expecting so much more...

Please go back to the good stuff Mr Patterson....you could still be one of my favorites if you would.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Noirgirl on September 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Dear James and Howard:

You are two of my favorite current suspense writers. Howard, the Up and Comer is one of my favorite mysteries of all time. James, the Alex Cross books still stand up wonderfully. I liked your last book together, Honeymoon.

What on earth happened here?

Okay, I know the authors aren't really reading this review. But in some ways, doesn't it feel like this book demands a personal explanation? I mean, this was just wrong. It reads like it was written by a computer program ("Write in James Patterson Style!"). Is there even a complete paragraph in the book?

All the paragraphs.
Are written.
Like THIS!
BOO!

No, it doesn't make a bad book any more suspenseful.

It's not the subject matter -- I don't mind the unreliable narrator/psychological thriller aspect or the gimmick of the book (in fact, I like it!) but this was NOT well-executed. Read some Jim Thompson, Jason Starr, or Howard Roughan (hey! that's you!) to see how it's done well. If you want to enjoy a good story about this subject matter, *mild SPOILER ALERT!!! warning!* you have SO many more good options. Rent Jacob's Ladder. Mulholland Drive. Or even the freaking Sixth Sense. This is just heinous. They telegraph the ending halfway through the book. It is no surprise. It is one giant badly written cliche.

Really, what happened? How could two writers I like so much go so wrong? Unlike some of the other reviewers, I can't blame Roughan b/c I have read all his other books, and not a single one is anything less than great. My only conclusion is that they had a terrible ghostwriter, because this in no way resembles anything either of them have written before.

The title is indeed apt -- I wish I had read the reviews before I spent my money on this. My advice? Save your money on this hardback and order Roughans The Up And Comer instead. Now THAT'S suspense.
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