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Beach Road

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  26,091 Ratings  ·  1,283 Reviews
Tom Dunleavy has a one-man law firm in legendary East Hampton. But his job barely keeps him in paper clips. His principal clients make a living serving the rich. The billionaires and mega-celebrities swarming the beaches already have lawyers on their payroll.

Then a friend of Tom's is arrested for a triple murder near a movie star's mansion. Tom knows in his gut that Dante

Hardcover, First, 390 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Little, Brown and Company
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Rob B
Jul 24, 2007 Rob B rated it did not like it
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Jenn Pellerin
Mar 03, 2008 Jenn Pellerin rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: dummies
Shelves: crap
This book totally rules...
much the way it rules when you are in the mood to channel surf and you happen upon a special presentation of some crappy lawyer drama from the late 90's and you go "sweet...there goes the next two hours...brain? off."
I couldn't help cracking up at James Patterson's writing. So many shout-outs! He is so hip and now! Williamsburg junkies in vintage sneakers! Parties at Steven Spielberg's house! Sudden, random and completely out of place raunchy sex stuff!

All in all it's a
Feb 10, 2016 Cameron rated it did not like it
It was my 6th grade year and I was riding the bus to school. The bus was generally a scary place, but the mornings weren't so bad. Most everyone was either passed out or drooling over their morning coffee. I would just close my eyes and listen to the radio the bus driver had playing. This morning while I was listening, I heard a commercial for this book. The voice-actors were saying things like "I thought I had it figured out, but oh, was I wrong!" and "I never saw that coming!!" and "Wow!!!" In ...more
Joel Barnes
Aug 23, 2007 Joel Barnes rated it did not like it
Shelves: thisyear
i would never read the best seller trash on my own but someone had it and I had nothing else to read. Unbelievably bad. might be the worst book I've ever read. who decidedes that this is what people should buy? complete absense of writing style, real characters, or plot. the whole book hinges on a twist that does nothing to explain or payoff anything that happened anywhere else and is completely unsupported by the events of the story. just awful.
Megan Richard
Jan 13, 2009 Megan Richard rated it really liked it
Couldn't put this book down. This is the first James Patterson book I've read and I'm now hooked, I can't wait to read more from him. There are a ton of twists and turns, and surprises. Such a great book.
Jun 11, 2009 Donald rated it liked it
I had shelved so many James Patterson books when I worked at the library, but had only read one, the similarly titled Beach House. I enjoyed the setting of Beach Road as well as the characters, suspense and courtroom drama, until chapter 107. I just didn't believe the turn Patterson took with his protagonist. There should have been more clues as to why the perpetrator did what he did and why. In my opinion, it's just not enough to say that "people often lie," and "the full extent of their lies c ...more
Frederick Masterman
Feb 24, 2009 Frederick Masterman rated it really liked it
Although I have noted that many reviews were disappointed in this offering by Patterson and DeJonge, I found the story engaging and well done. However, I listened to it on an audiobook,and that may reflect my overall satisfaction. Unlike most CD books, there was a variety of actors, a different one for each of the many characters. This provided a very interesting listen since I felt the readers characterized their roles with considerable skill. Since the story was told from the variety of viewpo ...more
D.B. Woodling
Feb 03, 2016 D.B. Woodling rated it liked it
Recommends it for: James Patterson diehard fans, those who prefer an easy read
I gave the novel three stars, largely because I prefer a much more challenging plot and story. While the authors managed to hold my interest (admittedly, not an easy task), the work lacked stimulating intricacies. Although many readers may feel they've been duped, the ending was possibly the book's salvation.
Jan 20, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it
Great book with a serious twist at the end.
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I love this story!!! It was so much fun! Kate Castillo is a fantastic here heroin. Together she and Tom make a great team.

A lot of people marked this book down but I have to say that I found it completely entertaining. I enjoyed the twists, turns and the mystery along the way. The setting was fabulous and the world building was fun. I never saw the ending coming!

As far as Literature goes this is a little more remedial than other books that I come across however I was completely engaged and enter
Jan 28, 2015 Kathleen rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-busters
Despite my broken heart over the ending, I enjoyed Beach Road.

The main character’s demise won me over that I was rooting for him all the way. The slow but very climatic unfolding of his becoming a zero to hero was nicely done in my opinion. The author made sure you were going to fall for Tom that you’re not going to think one single bad thought about the guy. He was some kind of a dream-come-true guy that’s why the ending was (view spoiler)
May 01, 2010 Stacy rated it it was amazing
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Elizabeth Noah Astle
Jun 18, 2012 Elizabeth Noah Astle rated it did not like it
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Feb 29, 2016 Burak rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Lori Henrich
Mar 17, 2016 Lori Henrich rated it liked it
Tom is pretty content with his life. He takes life one day at a time. He loves being able to pick up a basketball game with his buddies. When a shoving match at one of these games causes one of the other teams players to pull out a gun, Tom is the calm voice of reason that talks the kid down. Tom doesn't think about the ruckus again until he hears that three of his buddies are in a pile on the same basketball court. They were executed. Tom wants to know what happened and gets stuck right in the ...more
Karen ⊰✿
Aug 22, 2015 Karen ⊰✿ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gladiators_varro
When it comes to fast paced suspense novels with completely unbelievable plots, Patterson doesn't disappoint. The perfect book to read on a sunny afternoon in a couple of hours. What a page turner.
Giuseppe Ruotolo
Aug 23, 2014 Giuseppe Ruotolo rated it did not like it
If this book was any good I never got to find out. I gave up on page 78. Frankly at that point I could not care less who the killer was. Poor writing, No disrespect to Peter De Jonge, he is probably a very capable writer. Patterson probably wrote this in his sophomore year and found it at the back of a drawer when his publisher started pushing him for a new book. I will not bother going into the story, its enough of a popular book, unfortunately it did not do it for me.
Dec 14, 2008 Laurie rated it did not like it
I don't start reading a James Patterson book expecting literary genius, but this hit a new low. I don't think I've ever had my intelligence insulted by a book. Wow. RUN, don't walk away from this one.
Mar 05, 2015 Fred rated it did not like it
Spoiler alert! Don't bother anyway! It's 3:45 AM and I just finished Beach Road after awaking and needing to get up for a bit to read. I finish Chapter 107 out of 116 and decide that James Patterson is a hack who goes for the cheap crappy shocker just to piss people off. I have slogged through the 106 other chapters, almost giving up during Chapter 1 when three black boys face off to three white boys in a cliche pick up game in a not so cliche place, the Hamptons of all settings, for what I thin ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Courtney rated it really liked it
This novel is about Tom Dunleavy and Kate Costello fighting the case of Dante Halleyville. They both know he is innocent, and he has a bunch of supporters from around the country. Dante was on his way to becoming a NBA player when he was falsely accused of four murders.

In this book Patterson brings up the issue of race and corrupt city officials.
The whole time, I found myself rooting for Dante and siding with Tom and Kate the whole time. All of the characters were likable.
When I first started
Aug 10, 2012 Kelley rated it it was ok
This was the first James Patterson book that I read and I'm disappointed to say that I did not like it.

First, what I did like. The chapters are short - very short (2-3 pages) - making this a very quick and easy read. I felt like I was flying through the book. This is an easy weekend or beach read.

What I didn't like. Each chapter was written from a different character's point of view (POV) with some consecutive chapters written from the same character's POV. I found myself quite often having to f
Jan 03, 2015 Leo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, read-in-english
I bought this in one of those "buy 3 books for 9" when I visited Ireland. I like whodunits so I figured I couldn't go wrong. This book is really quick to read, so it makes for a good read for a boring Sunday afternoon. If you don't like it, you won't have wasted much time.
Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different character which get a bit messy because you lost track of who is speaking now and sometimes you have to go back to check. Like I said, it takes little time get to the en
Irina Humphrey
Jan 09, 2016 Irina Humphrey rated it really liked it
James Patterson is possibly my favorite author out there, if not the first, then definitely in the top three! There hasn't been a book I haven't enjoyed by him, but Beach Road was the most thrilling.

In most of his novels, I can sense what the ending will be, but I was blown away by the twists in it. If you have not read Beach Road by James Patterson, you need to stop what you are doing, and get a copy now!
This was a great book! It was a true edge-of your seat suspense thriller and totally reinforced why I am a fan of Patterson.

Unlike the first book set in this part of the country (The Beach House), this one was more of a legal type thriller and it was more believable. Revisiting some of the quirky characters from The Beach House was nice. I loved how the story was written in first person from many different characters points of view. It really allowed me, as the reader, to completely understand
Ashley Shear
Aug 07, 2009 Ashley Shear rated it it was ok
My first Patterson read. Good, definitely gets you hooked & wanting to keep reading. The book is told from the point of view of basically 5 different people and I did not feel that Patterson was 100% succesful with this. As the book would switch to a different character as first person, it really just felt the same. His writing style didnt really vary as he changed point of view. I think this is a hard thing to do but Barbara Kingsolver did it beautifully in the Poisonwood Bible so I always ...more
Sep 04, 2015 Deah rated it liked it
Hmmmm interesting plot twist, not sure what to make of it. Seems kind out of left field. Is that allowed in a mystery?
Joyce Hahnenkratt
Jun 01, 2014 Joyce Hahnenkratt rated it liked it
The twist was too far fetched to make this book worth rating higher.
So, I have never ever read the first 17 chapters of a book in my coffee break, but then I have never read a James Patterson before! OMG - three page chapters? But anyway ....

This is set in an affluent neighbourhood in the Hamptons, where 3 white guys are shot dead and a young black basketball player is accused of the crime. The two lawyers who agree to defend him were once lovers. But more murders follow and the town is split by the violence.

First off, writing style - annoyingly chipper.
Thom Swennes
Mar 07, 2014 Thom Swennes rated it liked it
The iconic beach resort of the Hamptons is the setting for a triple homicide in the Labor Day weekend. In season this is the summer playground for New York’s rich and famous and boasts many multi-million dollar “cottages”. In the off season it is reduced in population by ninety percent as the natives brave the autumn and winter months. When three local boys are found with bullet holes between their eyes and stacked like firewood, the blame falls on two Negro boys. This tragic event soon becomes ...more
Mar 06, 2010 Lyndi rated it really liked it
This was one of Pattersons that I thought had a serious twist, even after my husband told me it did, I didnt see who the killer was! I enjoyed it, I saw some other peoples trash comments, and I guess i dont get it. I had not read Patterson for quite some time thinking I wouldnt like his writing as it was too popular, now I see the draw and will read or listen to more of his stuff. Love the beach feel to it too! Thanks for making me feel like I am at the beach when i am stuck in a midwestern wint ...more
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