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Beach Road

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  25,336 Ratings  ·  1,244 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 megacelebrities 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 H
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2006)
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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
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
Jan 20, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it
Great book with a serious twist at the end.
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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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.
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
Oct 15, 2015 Elliot rated it it was amazing
Where do I even start with this book? The fact the author is a brilliant writer? The way the blurb pulls you right in and makes you want to know what's going on? Knowing that there is going to be one hell of a twist at the end that keeps you interested up till the very last word?
I honestly don't know.

This is the second James Patterson book that I've read, and it certainly isn't going to be the last. If all of his work is this good I'll soon understand how and why he's got such a following. He wr
Teresa Widdowson
Aug 24, 2014 Teresa Widdowson rated it liked it
I read this book in my search for books written from a serial killer's POV - doing a little research for a book I hope to write one day. This was not quite what I expected.

Perhaps I'm a simpleton, but I did enjoy that the reveal surprised me. Maybe if I'd been thinking harder I would have been able to figure it out sooner. I'm using the excuse that I was on vacation and reading in fits and starts when I had free moments between hiking and driving to the next National Park.

I'd categorize this as
Luke Maraffi
Jun 09, 2014 Luke Maraffi rated it it was amazing
After finishing this novel by James Patterson, I am very excited to read another one of his books because I was very pleased with this one. What started with multiple cold blooded execution like murders on the beach in the Hamptons one summer, leads into months and months of evaluation and a very complicated court case. With his life and death literally on the line, Dante, a high school graduate getting ready to be drafted into the NBA, is framed for committing these murders. While locked away, ...more
Sheri Milam
May 11, 2014 Sheri Milam rated it really liked it
Well, leave it to the infamous James Patterson to totally deliver a great read! I never saw the ending of this one coming. The story is written from each character's perspective and each chapter is very short. At first I thought it was going to be material that didn't prompt much thought. Now that I've finished the book I'm second guessing myself about whether I paid enough attention. The ending was phenomenal.
I haven't read anything by James Patterson in awhile. I picked this one up thinking i
Aug 15, 2015 Jan rated it liked it
Picked this up, as I saw James Patterson, and then noticed, it also said Peter De Jonge. Co-written.

Story. Lawyer Tom Dunleavy is a mediocre lawyer, or the beginning of the book would have you believe. He dumped the love of his life in High School, she went onto become a very successful lawyer. She still carries a torch for Tom. The story takes place in the Hampton's, where the Rich and Famous have fantastic homes (which none of us peasants would ever know about if we hadn't been watching the sh
Dewayne Griffin
Jun 17, 2014 Dewayne Griffin rated it liked it
I picked up this book to enjoy a good mystery read during a vacation. I pick this book by default due to my favorite author (Sidney Sheldon) not having a book I didn't read available.

I wasn't disappointment in this book for fulfilling my need for a good mystery, but the outcome was predictable early on. That didn't take away from Patterson doing a great job providing suspense and page turning drama to see this plot unfold. Many aspects to take away from this book including a perspective race re
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