Overall Rating and Opinion of "The Wicked Wives"

Discuss the July 2015 book of the month, The Wicked Wives: A Novel Based on a True Story by Gus Pelagatti.
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Re: Overall Rating and Opinion of "The Wicked Wives"

Post by bookowlie » 06 Jul 2015, 11:11

Escapeartist wrote:I'm fine with it if you come to me with an answer to this Pelagatti mystery. I'm a little over 50% and so far an involving page turner with only two glaring errors and other minor spelling and issues and such. I really like it.

-- 06 Jul 2015, 00:50 --

After finishing the book: A well spun tale of the tangled webs we weave. Murder, sex, drugs, and mystery are all woven together in the lives of these poisonous wives and their death dealing lovers. A few glaring errors mar the landscape, along with numerous little ones, and although they are obvious, the story holds more than enough momentum to carry the reader past them. Overall, an interesting read with a twist of an ending that is sure to surprise. Three out of four stars, errors notwithstanding.
I enjoyed reading your review! I personally found the twist at the end a little unrealistic. I wondered if that part really happened. Since the book is based on a true crime scandal, I wonder if the author totally made up the character of Tom's girlfriend or if she was based on a real person.
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Post by Levi » 06 Jul 2015, 11:29

Thank you Owlie, I get your feeling on the ending but I went into the book assuming the story was one only based of of the true events so it didn't bother me. I did get so caught up in the action of the trial that the ending took me almost totally by surprise and I applaud the author for that.
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Post by bookowlie » 07 Jul 2015, 11:43

I agree that the ending was very surprising. I just figured the author would wrap things up with the trials.
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Post by Levi » 08 Jul 2015, 09:02

Did you all have any issues with the salacious details? I thought some were a little out of place, but overall they didn't bother me.
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Post by bookowlie » 08 Jul 2015, 10:19

The salacious passages didn't bother me, although I agree that some of the details were unnecessary. I think it gave a good sense of the wives' motivations for murdering her husbands. Obviously, money was a major factor, but a lot of these women just wanted freedom. I actually thought some of the sexy parts were funny in a campy way.
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Post by zeldas_lullaby » 08 Jul 2015, 20:35

Agreed. Pure camp! Those scenes made me laugh!

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Post by Levi » 08 Jul 2015, 21:43

Good, I'm glad it didn't detract, just seemed odd at times like I'd stumbled on one of my grandma's romance novels ha ha.
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Post by zeldas_lullaby » 08 Jul 2015, 21:49

HA HA HA! Grandma's romance novels!!

To me, it didn't detract because it actually was the centralizing theme. (Of course, I'm still only on page 98.)

Page 44 scandalized me, just a little bit. :o

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Post by Levi » 08 Jul 2015, 21:55

I can't remember, but I think I know the one you're talking about!!
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Post by zeldas_lullaby » 08 Jul 2015, 22:28

HA HA HA HA!!

I double-dog dare you to look it up. :o

(You don't really have to do that!!)

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Post by Levi » 09 Jul 2015, 00:04

No one can turn down a double dog dare, are you crazy!? :)
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Post by Hendmosaad89 » 09 Jul 2015, 08:28

Hey bookowlie great review:) I just started reading the book. I usually steer clear of books that contain cheating or deceit or cold-heartedness in general because they get me angry or depressed way too much, but your review made want to give this one a shot. I will tell you what I think if I did finish it;)

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Post by bookowlie » 09 Jul 2015, 08:37

I also am not a fan of books that contain cheating or cold-heartedness. In this case, I enjoyed the book because of the murder conspiracy and the fact that it was based on true events.
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Post by Levi » 09 Jul 2015, 16:36

Yes the focus was on catching the criminals, not lingering on their heinous acts. And it highlighted a lot of their criminal stupidity which I loved.
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Post by bookowlie » 09 Jul 2015, 18:28

Escapeartist wrote:Yes the focus was on catching the criminals, not lingering on their heinous acts. And it highlighted a lot of their criminal stupidity which I loved.
I think the only reason they were caught was due to the Asst. DA's detailed detective work. It didn't seem like the Coroner's Office or the various husbands' doctors were suspicious.
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