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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  58,663 ratings  ·  1,329 reviews
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. Jack knows his brother and knows this couldnt be an accident. Someone must have wanted his brother dead. But the powers that be say otherwise. As Jack tries to uncover details of his brothers last night, he confronts a barricade of la ...more
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Published June 1st 2002 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2002)
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LARRY
As posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:

This is my first book that I've read of Patterson's. I saw his list of books and found it interesting that he co-writes with other authors. However, it doesn't seem to be a bad idea. With *The Beach House*, I found it to be interesting how fast you can read through a book with small chapters. It turned out not to be such a bad idea.

Peter Mullen is found dead at the beach in the Hamptons. The officials in the town are calling it a suicide. However, Jack, the
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Kelly
Jul 11, 2007 Kelly rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beach Readers
I can not stand James Patterson. Only one book, that I have on this list was actually worth reading of his. This book is so simple that it actually insults my intelligence, but that is just his writing in general. If you want to sit on the beach with the water hitting your feet and be able to read a book fast without having to think, this is your book. Actually this is all his books
Aubrey
It's probably not fair for me to review this book, since I only made it 70 pages in. I just was not interested! My mind was wandering and I'd have to read the page again! I won't know if it's the author or just the book because I don't really feel like picking up another one of this guy's books. Plus, there was a lot of swearing going on too. Just didn't like it!
Dana
I'm not a big James Patterson fan, but I liked this book. The short chapters are great! -seems like I read a book with short chapters faster because I think, "Oh just one more chapter won't hurt; it's only 1:00am and I can breeze thru another 3 before 1:30." ha!

My favorite quote from the book is on page 154, and I believe this is why Mr. Patterson wrote the book. Like me, he seems tired of the "rich" getting away with breaking the laws of the land because of who they are, who they know, or becau
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Liz!
i read this only because there was absolutely nothing left to read and no way of obtaining anything else to read. it served to remind me why i have never, and will never again, read a james patterson "novel." (term used EXTREMELY loosely.) why are all his chapters 3 paragraphs long? why does anyone buy his books? the great mysteries of life.
Adam Light
I am not a big Patterson fan, but I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I read it while stuck in a traffic jam for three hours. I don't think I have ever read a book that quickly. A page burner.
Sarath Krishnan
It is after such a long time that I take a book in my hand, so long really. A really terrific narrative...


I like books which can be completed reading within a single sitting, so I give 100% to this story. I can't give a straightforward single reason on why I like this. There are those who like murder mysteries and detective fiction because of the thrilling narrative, and there are those who consider them as third-rate comparing to the 'intellectual writers'( sincerely, I don't know who are they)
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Aaron
When his brother Peter turns up dead with a strong suspicion of suicide, law student, Jack Mullen decides that it is time to figure out what really happened. His brother would never have committed suicide, particularly since the body looks like Peter was beaten to death.

On the night in question, Peter had been hired to work as a valet at a huge Memorial Day bash on the Long Island estate of the extremely wealthy and influential Barry Neubauer and family.

Jack brings int he help of his grandfathe
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Erin
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.

The story seems rushed, a feeling that's aided by the extremely short chapters. To my knowledge, Patterson has never written Mitchner-length chapters, but he at least used them to build suspense. For instance, you would get to a particu
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Maria Ulery
I can't believe it took me so long to read this book, I started loving to read late in life only about 2 years ago so I am very behind! Anyway I was going to the beach so I thought it appropriate to take this book Beach House with me and I absolutely love James P and murder mystery books. The Mullen family has had a very bad week by the beginning of the book, the mother passed away years ago, and by the first half of the book 2 more family members are gone. Didn't want to give away spoilers! But ...more
Harish Kumar Sarma Challapalli
Huh!! I wasted almost a week for this book!! I could not switch to other book and at the same time this was not very interesting!!

If u want to waste some time read this book
Ryne Barber
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Book Review - The Beach House by James Patterson & Peter De Jonge

The Beach House


I'm going to get right into it, without any skirting around - if you've never read a James Patterson novel, here's a great place to start. I've only read one other book by him, but The Beach House impressed me so much that it gets an ultimate recommendation.

It's not that Patterson's thriller breaks a lot of ground in the suspense/thriller literary genre, in fact opting for a simple storylin
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Julia
The Beach House was the first book I have read, written by the author James Patterson. When this book was first suggested to me by my teacher I was not sure what to expect, and it did not seem to be anything I would have been interested in. I decided to give it a shot anyways. At the beginning of this book one of the main characters named Peter Mullen was found laying out on a beach in the Hampton's dead. That evening Peter was working as a valet at a Memorial Day party for a wealthy and man nam ...more
Mimi
My biggest problem with a book like this is not knowing who really wrote it - did Patterson & De Jonge really co-write the book or did Patterson give De Jonge the idea and did De Jonge in turn write the story. Oh well -there's no denying the commercial aspect of the publishing business I guess!

That being said, this book helped me through some rough times as I began it while was in the hospital being fed intravenous antibiotics for a massive infection. It kept me busy without having to worry
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Jerry
Very Entertaining (short) Beach Book, Grisham-esque!

The dust jacket leads off with the claim that the authors have "written THE beach read of the season...", so let's start by acknowledging this is an entry in fun summertime reading, not classic literature. That said, Patterson and de Jonge have collaborated to amuse and entertain for a most pleasant afternoon read. Take out the blank and half-blank pages, and what's left barely extends beyond page 200, so it is a fast run through. The short (t
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Wendy
Jack Mullen is a brilliant Columbia Law student when his younger brother, Peter, drowns in the ocean off East Hampton. They grew up on the beaches of The Hamptons and Jack is convinced that Peter's death was no accident. There's just no way Peter would have gone for a late-night swim while working at the $40 million beach house known for its elite parties where he parked cars and such since he was thirteen. Chief Detective Frank Volpi insists Peter's death was either an accident or suicide. But ...more
Diana Lyn
For what it's worth, The Beach House had me completely glued from the first part up to the last part. Although it didn't send me the kind of hair raising experience, I was glad I ever borrowed the book.

I would say that it was an ease to read through the whole book with just one sitting. I thought at first it was really annoying the way the chapters were chopped into a few pages, but, after a while, I got used to it. I didn't even notice that Patterson co-wrote this book. I suppose that I wasn't
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Essy
Seperti biasa, hanya ada satu kata untuk karya James Patterson, KEREEEEN... Ga rugi menghabiskan waktu buat baca buku ini..... Sama seperti karya James Patterson yang pertama saya baca (KISS THE GIRL), mulai dari halaman pertama, ga bisa berhenti bacanya (kecuali untuk shalat dan makan tentunya xixixi...) Salut untuk kegigihan Jack dan kakeknya Mack dalam mengungkap misteri pembunuhan adiknya Peter, tak peduli apapun ancaman yang harus mereka hadapi...Kasihan sama Peter yang tanpa disadari terje ...more
Rie_dominique
Wuiihhh... sekali lagi saya nyatakan kalau saya adalah penggemar berat James Patterson. Buku-bukunya tidak pernah gagal membuat saya terpaku dan tidak melepaskan pandangan dari kalimat-kalimat yang terpampang.

Jack Mullen, mahasiswa hukum tahun kedua, pulang berakhir pekan kerumah orangtuanya dan disambut dengan berita kematian adiknya Peter. Polisi menyatakan kematian Peter adalah karena tenggelam dilaut, sedangkan tubuh Peter dipenuhi memar-memar bekas pukulan dan banyak tulang retak.

Tidak puas
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Benjamin Solah
James Patterson’s ‘The Beach House,’ has nothing in it profound enough to be a picking point. But this seems to be the problem for this flat and unmoving work, that doesn’t resemble the reputation that the writer has acquired from classics, such as ‘Kiss the Girls.’

‘The Beach House’ moves steadily through the story with no real fault, except that it is mostly predictable and nothing really exciting is going on. But there is a point between sections where a vague chapter or two tells us some sort
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Jen
Jack Mullen is in law school and he has to find out who killed his brother Peter. It's a quick read, as the chapters are very short. It's easy to read and compelling. However, it doesn't take too long to figure out the mystery, although all the details don't get unraveled until the end. The finale ends in a faux courtroom case, spelling out the mystery TV-courtroom drama style. All in all, I found the book entertaining, but a little disappointing; having finished it yesterday, I don't even remem ...more
Keith
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Timothy Darling
Not the best Patterson I've read. Though, I must say, nothing beyond the Maximum Ride and the Women's Murder Club mysteries really appeals to me. I think the Alex Cross books could do ok. I like the movie versions, but I've never read the books. He partners up now more than not, and one is left wondering how much time he actually spends writing.

That's impressions on Patterson though. In this book, the protagonist is ok. The scenario, especially the end is pretty unbelievable. The reader can iden
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Heather
I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't my fav of all the Patterson books that I read but it was indeed GOOD! It kept me reading and curious to know how it was going to end. I like the whole law n order them in this book. Justice at it's best! P.S. It was nice having a friend read it the same time that I was reading it. :) It made for interesting chit chat afterwards.
Jennifer
I really like the easy read to this book. And I would have given it another star if they didn't feel like they had to throw in a gratuitous and very unnecessary sex scene. Call me a prude, but I like things left more to my imagination. It just tainted the book for me. To me it didn't fit in with the rest of the story. It just took me by surprise.
Mom/judy
I read this a while back. Patterson co-writes with several authors. This one I thought was going to be a slow read--- not so! To quote from the jacket " The Beach House is a breathtaking legal thriller of deceit and revenge--with a finale so shocking, it could only have come from the mind of James Patterson."
Wanda Gibbons
I read this on the iPad. Intriguing story and not nearly as repetitive as Grisham.s Sycamore Row. Patterson finds a way to tell the story without exposing the reader to all the evidence before the trial. Well done Mr. Patterson. I enjoyed reading this.
Jack Mullen is a driven student of the law. His brother Peter is a servant of the rich, parking the cars of the Hamptons' elite --- and perhaps satisfying their more intimate needs as well. Then Peter's body is found on the beach. Jack knows the dr
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Bworm
At least it doesn't have the ambition to be great literature, hence one star for honesty. The second star is for the plot, the total fantasy of the small guy setting himself against the (literally) filthy rich, and the fact that I couldn't stop for the last 80 pages. I didn't like the language, which sounded like the book was written by a teenager in a creative writing workshop, and there were some continuity mistakes such as one minute the guy is running out of a room into the parking lot and o ...more
Josann
I loved this book. I read it within two days on my Nook, the only reason I gave it 4 out of 5 stars because the ending was a little outside of what James Patterson gives us readers. It was a stretch, but still enjoyable.
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