Be Careful What You Wish For - Jeffrey Archer

Be Careful What You Wish For

By Jeffrey Archer

  • Release Date: 2014-03-11
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 775 Ratings


Bestselling author Jeffrey Archer's Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno?

When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham.

Back in London, Harry and Emma’s adopted daughter wins a scholarship to the Slade Academy of Art where she falls in love with a fellow student, Clive Bingham, who asks her to marry him. Both families are delighted until Priscilla Bingham, Jessica’s future mother-in-law, has a visit from an old friend, Lady Virginia Fenwick, who drops her particular brand of poison into the wedding chalice.

Then, without warning, Cedric Hardcastle, a bluff Yorkshireman who no one has come across before, takes his place on the board of Barringtons. This causes an upheaval that none of them could have anticipated, and will change the lives of every member of the Clifton and Barrington families. Hardcastle’s first decision is who to support to become the next chairman of the board: Emma Clifton or Major Alex Fisher? And with that decision, the story takes yet another twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Be Careful What You Wish For showcases the master storyteller’s talent as never before – when the Clifton and Barrington families march forward into the sixties, in this epic tale of love, revenge, ambition and betrayal.


  • Not so good

    By asdfg-/:;(12345
    The author was tired. He repeated again the trick of the wrong identity in two bodies, one who dies and one that survives. Not good. And he make things move slowly on purpose just to have more pages. I finished because I have read the two previous and couldn't abandon "the family".
  • Be careful what you asked for

    By S#%tBird#1
    Loved it, waiting for the next book!
  • Vow! What a book!

    By Dolly's JoJi
    Loved it. Could not keep it down . Want to read the next one.
  • Terrible Way To End The Series

    By JazzKeysMan
    I’ve been a pretty solid Jeffrey Archer fan. I’ve recommended his books to many friends. He seems to have run out of gas on this one ended the ending was terrible. When you invest in four books you expect something a bit more substantial at the end. It made me sorry I ever picked the last book up, honestly. I could have written a better last half of this book.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For

    By Peg1gy
    OK, I did not know this is a series. The first 2/3 of the book is so-so but the last 1/3 is good but then there is not an end. But I am invited to buy another book in a year! Forget it!
  • Be Careful What you Wish For

    By Don Wert
    Another ridiculous non-ending cliffhanger. Have a little confidence that folks will buy your books for more than to find out what appended in these bored, contrived, shamelessly commercial endings. Done with these books nd this author.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For

    By Parplar
    Jeffrey Archer writes a suspenseful novel filled with the usual and unusual twists. Suffice to say if you are a Jeffrey Archer fan then you will like this page turner. You can imagine my surprise as I turned the final pages trying to figure out how the book could possibly end-- after all there were only two pages left and many loose ends waiting to be neatly tied into little bows. Alas, the book didn't end -- instead we are informed that it will"be continued" in the next installment. One gets to buy another book to get the answers to all the unanswered questions. Since I wasn't informed in advance of the serial nature of the book nor after reading the Sample, I bought the book expecting a "book" compleat in every way. Not so it appears thus the 3 rating. Buy forewarned.
  • Classic Archer

    By Brian 57-19
    Could not put the book down. You really had to have read the previous books in the series to get the most out of the story, and there were maybe a couple of "stretches" in the story line, but overall very, very good. If you are a "boomer" and remember the 50's and early 60's, the book will be especially interesting, and bring back memories of the characters, and both good and bad times we experienced in the 1955 - 1965 decade.
  • Archer at his best!

    By Cv2o12
    I didn't think book 4 of the Clifton chronicles could live up to the suspense, intelligence, and wit of the previous books. So glad I was wrong! This was an unbelievable read in that I could NOT put it down, finding moments where I gasped, cried, laughed and felt so completely engrossed I would be up past midnight not able to fall asleep. And the ending! Can't wait for book 5. I still think about the characters weeks after I finished reading. More please!!