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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Highly recommended for a quick suspenseful read!!

This is a murder mystery set in East Hampton, Long Island, New York, an area of beach front mansions owned by multi-millionaires. Jack Mullen, the lead character and a law student at a high- powered law firm in New York City, grew up on the lower end of this super rich ...
This is a murder mystery set in East Hampton, Long Island, New York, an area of beach front mansions owned by multi-millionaires. Jack Mullen, the lead character and a law student at a high- powered law firm in New York City, grew up on the lower end of this super rich community, working in his dad¿s small construction company. Ironically, he was dating Dana, the daughter of one of the biggest privately held companies in the world. The action starts at huge party at her dad¿s estate. Jack¿s brother, Peter, who coincidentally was there as a valet parking cars, was discovered dead on the beach from drowning. The police and other officials declared it as an accident, but Jack knew his brother would never swim in heavy storm surf and he hated cold water. His grandfather said, ¿Jack, they say Peter went swimming and drowned. It¿s the single biggest piece of crap I¿ve ever heard.¿ He started to really pursue his brother¿s death but because the family was a very important client of the firm, he was dismissed from his job. Jack went back home to live with his grandfather. Here he reconnected with some old high school buddies, a hair dresser, a fisherman, the county medical examiner, a land scraper, and an EMS volunteer. Together they vowed to discover the truth behind his brother¿s death. A mystery surrounded unexplained money and rumors of sexual encounters with the rich ladies of the town. Together this group dug for facts that the officials had covered up. The doctor proved that Peter had not died of drowning because the lung tissue was not consistent of drowning. He had been ¿ dumped in the water after he stopped breathing. ¿ They had a series of death threats and warnings ¿ Jack was beaten by hired thugs, Johnny was thrown over board to drown, and Doctor Jane had a terrifying middle of the night visit- before they devised a scheme to lure the killers into a vacant mansion to expose them. This is a book that shows the corruption and power that money can buy the evilness of people and loyalty of friends. The book kept me interested from beginning to end with the description of the super rich and there huge mansion all wrapped around a murder mystery.

posted by ALLIE16 on November 12, 2011

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Sure the Pages Turn, but...

This is indeed a page turner.In fact, it seems to have been designed to be started and digested all before you have to apply the second coat of sunblock. Patterson and DeJong jump from scene-to-scene, as if they were preparing a story summary from which a movie script c...
This is indeed a page turner.In fact, it seems to have been designed to be started and digested all before you have to apply the second coat of sunblock. Patterson and DeJong jump from scene-to-scene, as if they were preparing a story summary from which a movie script could be written (as I'm sure one is). They never stop in one spot long enough to build depth in any character or scene. Jack, the narrator, is fairly likable and convincing, and his grandfather Mack is a surprisingly realistic character in a novel filled with cutouts. However, I found myself repeatedly stopping to remember who was who (especially surprising since I read the book in one day). Of course the ending is implausible (along with a good portion of the plot)-- that's why we read so called 'beach novels' isn't it? To escape from reality. Despite this fact, however, the authors leave too many plot holes gaping wide open and ends untied ('unlaced' may be more to the point) for the book to be very enjoyable. But, if you're looking for a quick, uncomplicated read for a weekend getaway, 'The Beach House' surely fits the bill.

posted by Anonymous on September 10, 2003

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2003

    Sure the Pages Turn, but...

    This is indeed a page turner.In fact, it seems to have been designed to be started and digested all before you have to apply the second coat of sunblock. Patterson and DeJong jump from scene-to-scene, as if they were preparing a story summary from which a movie script could be written (as I'm sure one is). They never stop in one spot long enough to build depth in any character or scene. Jack, the narrator, is fairly likable and convincing, and his grandfather Mack is a surprisingly realistic character in a novel filled with cutouts. However, I found myself repeatedly stopping to remember who was who (especially surprising since I read the book in one day). Of course the ending is implausible (along with a good portion of the plot)-- that's why we read so called 'beach novels' isn't it? To escape from reality. Despite this fact, however, the authors leave too many plot holes gaping wide open and ends untied ('unlaced' may be more to the point) for the book to be very enjoyable. But, if you're looking for a quick, uncomplicated read for a weekend getaway, 'The Beach House' surely fits the bill.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2002

    A long way from Along Came a Spider

    If you're in the mood for a great thriller this summer, consider some of Patterson's earlier works (Along Came a Spider) rather than his Patterson's latest offering. The characters are shallow, the writting poor and paper-thin plot quite predictable. Perhaps part of the problem is Mr. Patterson churns out at least two books a year (summer and holiday). Maybe next year Mr. Patterson will concentrate on quality rather than quantity.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2012

    Patterson is a fraud.

    I don't know whom to blame for the terrible writing plot and writing. Patterson or DeJonge. Patterson's novels remind me of those "Starving Artist" commercials on TV sold out of hotel conference rooms over a weekend. Those are assembly line landscape paintings where one guy paints the clouds, another paints mountains or streams, etc. Garbage, just like assembly line novels "written" by Patterson.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    Not impressed

    This is the ONLY james patterson book i have ever not finished. Definitely not my favorite

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2006

    Boring

    To me this was not one of James Patterson's best book. This was a slow read. The best part of the book was the ending which catches your attention, and has you cheering for Jack.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2006

    Left a lot to be desired

    I have been a Patterson fan for many years but Beach House has left me cold. Mr. Patterson has moved away from the genre he does best and entered a world that is not only clearly forced but difficult to follow. The promised 'great summer read to take to the beach' left me more interested in a good swim.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2005

    I liked every JP novel I read until this one :(

    True, I read the sappy ones...the 'Diary' books....I liked the beginning of this story, but towards the end, it was just too unbelievable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2005

    WAS HARD TO GET THROUGH BECAUSE IT WAS BORING

    I really was dissapointed by this story.I thought it was gonna be interesting and keep me up at nite like so many of James books do.But it didnt and it was boring and had a cheesey ending.MAJOR DISSAPOINTMENT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2003

    Not so good

    I am a big fan of James Patterson, have read everyone of his books except FOUR BLIND MICE. When I read the Beach House I was not feeling it, even in the beginning. Normally, when I read one of his books and am mesmerized from beginning to end. The Beach house - I didn't even finish it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2002

    Flawed Patterson

    I usually enjoy Mr. Patterson's books, even though a 350 page book is actually 200 pages since 1/3 of the pages are blank due to short chapters, and huge type face. Anyway, I feel that Beach House is completely contrived, and doesn't really work. Two flaws that come to mind are : On one page he mentions that he discovers a picture of a redhead with his brother, and later on he mentions that the pictures are black & white. The other, although not an outright mistake, is that 'The Fixer' would *NEVER* have sat down for a haircut with the guy he came to 'fix'. I just doesn't ring true. Maybe Mr. Patterson should spend a bit more time on each book or get a new editor...and who is Peter De Jonge, anyway?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2002

    Written for a Dummie!

    I bought the book to read on vacation and I haven't read a good book since the birth of my kids, but this book was not worth it. It was ridiculous and silly. Not believeable and would make a dumb movie.

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