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The Beach House Paperback – 22 Jul 2002

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; 1st Paperback Edition edition (22 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755300165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755300167
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.1 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,756,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Patterson and Peter de Jonge's The Beach House opens with the death of a handsome townie on Memorial Day weekend in the Hamptons, where being a single-digit millionaire is laughable and being poor is unthinkable. Peter Mullen is a high school dropout who parks cars at the private bashes of the super-wealthy Barry and Campion Neubauer. When Peter is found dead on the beach, the Neubauers and their friends insist that he drowned, but his brother Jack, a law student who saw Peter's body, knows he was beaten to death. As Jack uncovers evidence of his brother's secret life, he begins to realise that the very rich are indeed different from the rest of us. Revenge is a dish best served cold, and Jack's patiently plotted payback for Peter's death is one that the Hamptons will not soon forget. 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. Patterson and de Jonge previously coauthored the inspirational golf romance Miracle on the 17th Green, but this new game of money, mayhem, and murder clearly suits them to a tee.--Barrie Trinkle

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'Patterson is a storyteller par excellence, and you don't even need to be going on holiday to find an excuse to buy this one.' Bolton Evening News 10/08/02 (Bolton Evening News)

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. S. Love on 27 July 2002
Format: Paperback
I'd felt like I'd been waiting for this book for a very long time, and just like all other James Patterson fans who read the book will tell you, it was really worth the wait.
Suspense, frustration, romance, this book has it all. Jack Mullen, the main character, is a young law graduate who with the help of his closest friends and grandfather, Macklin, try to gain justice for the suspicious death of his younger brother Peter. Working for a rich family, peter's death is covered up by lies and bribes, Jack sees this and his frustration grows. Their quest for justice is not so simple and on their journey other deaths and events turn this into a masterpiece of the suspense genre, and cannot fail to impress.
Short snappy chapters make this novel too hard to put down, a guaranteed success.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Phil Robertshaw VINE VOICE on 22 July 2006
Format: Paperback
What is wrong with The Beach House? Far more than is right with it, that's for sure. The characters feel one-dimensional and pretentious, the plot is laughably unrealistic and the whole thing reads like a rejected Hollywood script. This is not the James Patterson we know, the Patterson who had readers gasping in shock at the dramatic conclusion of Roses are Red, and hooked from start to finish on the brilliant Cat and Mouse.

The Beach House isn't THAT terrible. It's readable, and you do want to get to the end, but the moment the book reaches the long 'courtroom' scene, it loses all semblance of credibility, which was thin to begin with. And it's a shame to see Patterson waste his talents in this way, collaborating with Peter de Jonge, who is clearly not up to the job. Best avoided by all except diehard James Patterson fans who want to complete their collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. J. Moody on 6 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
Firstly I admit to reading nearly all of his books so this isnt entirely negative. The story does grab you early on as do most of his books but the problem with this one is that he has rushed the ending too much. I dont want to give anything away but needless to say you feel like there should have been another 10 to 15 chapters at the end. The characters are again easy to envisage in your mind as real people and you genuinely begin to hate the villans in the book. I don't know if his associations with other authors are as good as his own works but if you like James Patterson and his style of writing I think you will enjoy it, but there are better books of his to read first!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Penny Harvey on 20 Feb. 2003
Format: Paperback
Fast paced, action packed read. A handsome playboy is murdered on the beach where he is working as a valet during the most exclusive part of the season. However, the police and everyone else state that this is not a murder but either accident or suicide. His brother, family and friends set out to prove he was murdered. Witnesses are threatened, bought and murdered, the characters are very well drawn from Jack (it's his brother who was murdered on the beach), through to the multi-millionaire who can buy anyone or anything.
As the groups of friends begin to lose their jobs and receive death threats the inquest determines that Peter did die accidentally and so Jack begins his research and with Pauline, an investigator for a law firm - and love interest, they work at proving the inquest wrong and bringing the perpetrator to justice.
Beautifully written, but with James Pattersons very short chapters - no Mr Patterson it does not make you think good I've finished a chapter I'll fo to bed, work etc., it makes you think - I'll just read another one it won't take long. Hence the reason I usually read his books in one sitting.
If you like Patterson you will enjoy this both the plot line and the characters are excellent. Buy, read and enjoy - just remember - justice isn't always what it seems.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RachelWalker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Aug. 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am a bit undecided on this book. For starters, it tends to be a bit short. The writing is thin and the plot is a bit underdeveloped, as are the characters. they are not really indivdual (apart form the dead man) and if they didnt have names, you could hardly tell the apart. There are the "good" guys and the "bad" guys, all sharing the same traits as being epitomised of both those states of moralism.
However, its exciting and very fast paced. Its original, but stereotypical in its "rich" people are bad, so the poor downtrodden working-classes are quitissentialy good.
Something in the style didnt quite sit right, either. the writing style is as underdeveloped and poor as ever, but it didnt feel like Patterson. I have a feeling that de Jonge had quite a large hand in the writing (if not the plotting) of this book. Speaking of plotting...its exciting yes, but there werent really so many twists as we come to expect, and hardly any of the chapter end in the cliffhanging style we are used to. They just sort of stop, as if to chapter break anywhere would do, as long as the chapters end up short. (And in this novel, the chapters are getting a little TOO short. Too short and they halt development of plot or character.)
The ending was really exciting and totally unexpected, original but completely unbelieveable. Melodramatic and over the top, but still holds the attention of the reader, and still remains enjoyable until the last.
This is not a great Patterson, but for his fans, its probably average. Decidedly so. It's a good Beach read for those who have a couple of hours to fill and dont want too much lit-crit material to concentrate over, and it passes quite quickly.
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