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SEVENTEEN AND CRIMINALLY CUTE, Nikki Robinson sulks through the sultry afternoon trying to keep from staring at her useless shocking-pink cell phone. She hasn't heard from Feifer in three days and is getting the awful feeling she's already been dumped and just hasn't been told yet.
So when Nikki's cell rings while she's waiting in line to pay for her drink at Kwik Mart, her heart goes off with it. She grabs for the phone so fast her best friend, Rowena, behind the counter flashes her a disapproving look that says, "Chill, girl."
Rowena is all about maintaining dignity under romantic duress, and as usual, she's right. It's only Maidstone Interiors calling about a cleaning job for Nikki out in Montauk.
Nikki has been working for Maidstone all summer and likes it okay, but the thing about Maidstone is that she never knows where they're going to send her.
It takes Nikki forty minutes to drive from Kings Highway in Bridgehampton to Montauk, and another five to find the hilly neighborhood perched just above Route 27 where all the streets are named for dead presidents-and not the recent ones, the ones who have been dead awhile.
Forty-one Monroe is neither a mansion nor a dump, but somewhere in between, and as soon as she gets through the door,she sees it's nothing catastrophic and was probably rented by a couple, maybe a small family.
Besides the steady money, what Nikki likes best about this job is that she's alone. She may be cleaning white folks' houses, but at least they aren't standing over her shoulder, watching and supervising her every move. Plus she can dress how she wants, and so she pulls off her jeans and T-shirt, revealing a skimpy two-piece bathing suit underneath. She puts on her headphones and some R. Kelly, and gets busy.
Nikki starts with the ground-floor bedroom. She gathers the dirty towels and strips the sheets, balls them up in a giant damp pile, and wrestles it down the steep basement staircase. She quickly gets the first load of wash running, then races all the way up to the second floor, and by now her dark skin, which she sometimes loves and sometimes hates, is shimmering.
When she reaches the landing, there's a funky smell in the air, as if someone's been burning incense or, now that she gets a better whiff, smoking reefer.
That's nothing too out of the ordinary. Renters can be stoners too.
But when Nikki swings open the door to the master bedroom, her heart jumps into her mouth, and yet somehow she manages to scream and to think, The white devil.
Excerpted from Beach Road by James Patterson Peter de Jonge Copyright © 2006 by James Patterson . Excerpted by permission.
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Posted February 9, 2011
I've been a fan of James Patterson for some time. I guess my favorite novels by Mr. Patterson give or take a few others are "Along Came a Spider" and "Kiss the Girls". Now, "Beach Road" was in my opinion not up to par for Mr. Patterson & co. I would say that this novel was somewhere in the middle if I was to find a slot to fit this novel in. The only problem I had with the story was the ending. James or Peter, really need to talk to each other because the ending was loose and for me didn't really make sense. Other than the ending the story moved along at the beginning, at a excellent pace, and it kept interest although there were some awkward dalogue here and there. After all that I would still recommend Beach Road.
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Posted January 14, 2011
The ending was a shock, but I agree with a lot of the other customer reviews in which it did not fit the rest of the story. The ending felt rushed like the author needed to wrap it up. A slow read. Not too impressed.
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All of his books are very intertainjmg but this one had a twist that made me go back and reread parts to see where i .missed out on what had happened. MY FAVORITE OF ALL HIS GREAT BOOKS!!!!!!! I GIVE IT FIVE STARS PLUS ONE.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted April 18, 2012
CD/Legal Thriller-less/Stinker: What a piece of craptaular writing. Not only do the characters have the depth of a ten page short story, everything at chapter 105 and after, counters any character development with the rest of the book.
Spoiler: I'll admit right now that I saw a review that pretty much gave away who the murderer was. So I spent the whole time trying to figure out which of the few obvious suspects it was. I was a plot twist all right, but not in a good way. There were no real red herrings that made you think one person or persons, only to be completely fooled. It was more like you were given nothing and then there was a murderer. The book was supposed to be about redemption, but the murderer was a sociopath.
Another big problem: the name dropping. I'm sick of it in Patterson books. It's too contrived and is just plain stupid. All's you think is, "Yeah, right." If he would use fictional names, it would work better for me. Spielberg and Clooney aren't going to do a movie about this case. It was pointless and really took away from the book because then, he uses fictional characters for O.J. and Cochran.
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Posted March 6, 2012
When I pick up a James Patterson novel, I am guaranteed to be entertained, sometimes shocked, but always entertained. In Patterson’s novels, I almost always find stories filled with very interesting characters; even the villains are intriguing. I can’t ignore the fact that they reel me in, regardless of whether I love or hate the character. Patterson’s ability to make these characters come to life and leap off the page is very impressive. In Beach Road, he does it again.
Tom Dunleavy is a likeable guy. He’s a guy you could be buddies with. After his career with the NBA is sidelined, he becomes a lawyer, though he’s not a very prominent lawyer.
Kate Costello is tough as nails. If you are the underdog, you will want her in your corner. She demonstrates a dogged determination to do the right thing; she even walks away from her law firm rather than defend a man she knows is guilty. She is one of those people that will walk through fire for the people she cares for. She used to care for Tom Dunleavy until he broke her heart and she hasn’t forgiven him yet.
Dante Halleyville is a young man that bad luck seems to follow. Raised by his grandmother, he struggles to overcome the adversity that has plagued his life and rise above the tragedy that has followed him. He is talented and intelligent and is on his way to a superstar career in the NBA. When he is accused of murder, his life hangs in the balance.
This book is narrated by several points of view. Tom, Kate, Dante and Loco, a local drug dealer, who has a keen sense of what is going on, offer their perceptions on the events surrounding them. Tom and Kate agreed to defend Dante and are convinced he’s being set up. Convincing a jury of enough reasonable doubt leaves Tom and Kate with their work cut out for them.
This story was a little slow to get going in the beginning, but it changes direction without warning and takes off at high speed. Suddenly, I am caught in the story watching the events unfold, unable to look away. With every visit Tom and Kate make to Dante in jail, the tension mounts. If Dante is innocent, then the killer is still out there and loose ends will need to be tied up. I found myself worrying about the safety of Dante, Tom and Kate. Defending Dante doesn’t sit well with the community and Tom and Kate aren’t highly experienced lawyers.
This isn’t one of James Patterson’s best stories, but Beach Road is a story that will pull you in and rip the rug out from under you. When everything is revealed, I felt like I had been hit by a bus. I was shocked and surprised and that is what Patterson is good at. Fans of James Patterson will enjoy this story knowing they are in for a great ride and readers new to his books will enjoy the suspense and intense twists.
Posted November 4, 2011
Book name Beach Road written by James Patterson and Peter De Jong. I will give this book a four out of five. This book was written by favorite author James Patterson so I thought I would like the book. I read this book over and over because I like the book do much. The plot is so well laid out that from the first chapter you are hooked. This story is a thrilling page turner about murder. From the first time I read this book I loved it. Every time I read the book again I catch something I didn't notice the first time I read the book. People that I have talked to didn't like the ending, but I did. I think you should read this book. Especially if you love to read about murder and mystery.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.