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There were no charges. There was no trial. There will be no escape.

Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her small hometown. She was thrown into a maximum-security prison and put on Death Row with other kids her age. Until her execution, Becca's told to fit in and shut her mouth...but Becca's never been very good at either. Her sister, Cassie, was always the perfect twin.

Becca's only hope is that her twin sister will find her. That perfect little priss Cassie will stop following the rules and start breaking them before it's too late. Because her jailers made a mistake that could get them both killed:

They took the wrong twin.

©2017 James Patterson (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Action-packed fight scenes, flickers of romance, and Patterson's signature speedy chapters should satisfy teens who like their suspense served with a side of political revolt." ( Booklist)

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Patterson or Steven King ?

This was not what I expected from J Patterson. Not does the review describe the book. This is a story about a cult population where everything in their lives is controlled. From education, career, when to become pregnant to when and how to die. They do not know any other lifestyle exists. But when the children began to disappear, no one bothers to ask why or where they go. The children are taken to a former prison and put on death row. Forced to live in squalor, fight each other like heavy weight boxers, spend hours on education, and exercise used as brutal punishment. And just when it can't get worse, they are forced to watch each other be executed with no reason given. It's was not a pleasant listen for me and this I didn't finish.

Patterson needs to stick to the genre for which he is known. This book is way outside his area of experience. And it is apparent again and again in this latest book. I really wonder if he is just selling his name and letting anyone who has the bucks stick it on their novels. Disappointed.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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So bad.

I don't know which I disliked more, the story or the narrator. It was so hard to get through, so juvenile and corny, and went nowhere. If I could go back in time and save myself from one mistake in my life, it would be downloading this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing at best

Not a book I would recommend. Weak by comparison to other Paterson stories. Disappointed. It went nowhere at the end.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not up to James Patterson's standards.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing. I wouldn't have purchased it if I'd known it is "young adult" and young girl oriented.

What could James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Take James Patterson's name off! Very disappointed.

Would you be willing to try another one of Therese Plummer’s performances?

Not if it "YA".

Any additional comments?

Waste of time and money. Violent.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Meant for kids or challenged adults

Should have been a warning. Will think twice before ordering any more Patterson books. Either he is getting stale or his ghost writer has a problem

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Not fond of hunger games theme but story was interesting. Don't think I want to read the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Weak story

What disappointed you about Crazy House?

This story is more for adolescents; I did not enjoy this book. I thought it would be a lot more imaginative and gruesome.

What do you think your next listen will be?

John Grisham

Which scene was your favorite?

none

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Crazy House?

n/a

Any additional comments?

n/a

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Weird.... and not in a good way!!

I generally like James Patterson, but this story was way too weird to be interesting. I got it on sale, and believe me even at a very low price it was a waste of money. It certainly not worth a credit. It is not the only title I have purchased, that I have not liked, but it is the only title that I have not finished.

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Really enjoyed...

Fun thought provoking story, very well readI hope there is a sequel or a movie. What fun. Im sure teenagers would enjoy it as well.

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Disappointing.

Patterson is a heck of a fiction writer and he proves it with the tagline on this book, which reads 'you can stop waiting for the next hunger games' Sorry but IMO to claim this book is in the same league as Hunger Games is pure fantasy. Which is a shame as I have been a huge Patterson fan for decades. I don't know how much hands on he had with this book, but I'd be surprised if to find out it was all that much.

The concept behind the story is interesting, but never really works out. There are a TON of holes in the story and for much of the it you are left in the dark as to what is really happening. You know everything isn't what it seems, but the truth is I was never all that interested in finding out the truth. I never connected with the main characters and so I never cared what happened to them. And then the ending. Massive plot holes aside, it just kind of ends with a thud. It's as if they authors decide well we need to wrap this up so lets not really resolve anything but rather do a strange info dump where we explain everything and people will cheer and get excited for a possible sequel. I don't know if there is a sequel planned (or perhaps it's already out) and I have zero desire to find out. I'm still a huge fan of Patterson, but this is one series I won't be following.

I thought Therese Plummer's narration was fairly good and I would definitely listened to her again. It was probably better than I'm giving her credit for, but I think that's partly due to the fact that I did not enjoy the story.