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The Beach House

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But the hints of other crimes Tempe’s identification uncovers, particularly crimes against children, spur her on to redouble her efforts despite the new M. Jack Mullen is in law school in New York City when the news comes that his brother, Peter, has drowned in the ocean off East Hampton. They kept going on my nerves that much, that at some point I started skipping pages whenever they shared a scene. Jack tries to uncover what really happened on the beach that night, only to come up against the shadowy people who protect the privileges of the multi-billionaire summer residents. We are—well, ask Bigfoot, as Brooks does in this delightful yarn, following on his bestseller World War Z (2006).

There are no big surprises in The Beach House, but it's vintage Patterson, with plenty of action, villains with hearts blacker than obsidian, and a working-class hero who pulls himself up by the bootstraps. Now I appreciate that for those of you who have stayed with me this far, there's nothing too surprising about this romantic development.

Patterson paints a vivid picture of each character, especially the rich family's history that leads to the reader's constant emotional attachment to James and his brother. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

It is forbidden to copy anything for publication elsewhere without written permission from the copyright holder. I know it left me cheering along as Jack stuck it to those who had caused him and his family (among others) so much harm. I've only read one other book by him, but The Beach House impressed me so much that it gets an ultimate recommendation. Maybe it's because I haven't read a James Patterson book in a while, or maybe it's Peter De Jonge's influence (I haven't read anything by him before), but this story didn't impress me the way most of Patterson's novels -- especially the Alex Cross stories -- have. Jack Mullen is in law school in New York City when the shocking news comes that his brother Peter has drowned in the ocean off East Hampton.It's not much of a surprise, but the elaborate and believable setup that Patterson stages is suspenseful enough to keep the reader flipping every page until they finally get to the inevitable conclusion. I did not really c are to read to the end because the story never felt scary or creepy or like much of anything. Not that I mind that he couldn’t gather his emotions, he had a right to be a mess, since his most important person in the world died, but I was really annoyed by some of his actions. Jack feels his brother could never have drowned because he was a strong swimmer and knew the Atlantic since childhood. Rich families on Montauk getting away with murder, sadistic pleasures among the rich and famous, and all at the expense of a young boy make this story.

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