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BOOK REVIEW: YOU'VE BEEN WARNED
BY JAMES PATTERSON
AND HOWARD ROUGHAN
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I have read very few of James Patterson’s books that I did not thoroughly enjoy. This one was too strange for my mind to “get into!” Yes, it is mysterious, suspenseful, lots of action, but the subject, Kristin Burns, belongs in a Looney-bin rather than in a book. I know this is my opinion but “You’ve Been Warned” left me wondering what I just read! I could understand the book but to take the story and try to place it into a person’s life is really stretching it.
Kristin Burns is a nanny for some rich folks. Kristin loves the two children and the husband too, even though she knows he is married to his wife, the mother of the same children she loves. Kristin hopes some day to be a photographic artist where her photos will give her a great life. She carries her camera everywhere she goes. The problem is that she takes pictures of things she sees, develops the photos, and finds what she thought she saw was not on the film.
She and the father, Michael Turnbull, get together every chance they can get away from the wife, Penley, and have mad sex with each other. It gets very hard for Kristin to go on with her life without Michael and he tells her he is also in love with her. Working around the wife and the kids causes some sticky situations.
Kristin has the same dream every time she tries to sleep. The dream haunts her and also disturbs the neighbors in her apartment when she wakes up screaming from the dream. The neighbors want her to leave the building. When she does wake up, she takes a cab daily to her job, takes the kids to school, and then returns to her job some days cleaning the apartment or going out taking photos. Some of her photos were great but she keeps running into the problem of some things don’t show what she knew she had seen. She also finds people following her or looking at her and saying strange things to her.
The book continues in this same mode. I thought it would change but it didn’t. If you like crazy happenings and occurrences that can’t be explained, you might like this book. I encourage Mr. Patterson to go back to his good writing.
REVIEWED BY CY HILTERMAN
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