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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  149 reviews
THE EAST END is an atmospheric debut novel of family secrets and scandal, of love and heartbreak, of working class struggle versus the privileges of the super wealthy, all set in a place whose incredible beauty means both pleasure and pain – a place where people will die for love, kill for truth, and dream of escaping forever.

THE EAST END opens with Corey Halpern, a Hampto
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Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Park Row
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Elyse Walters
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Binge-Read-Sleep Stopper....
Debut author - Jason Allen - is a mean human being.
Hasn’t he read the reports of the essentials of sleep?
My trail hike this morning- is definitely going to be an upward climb.

Instead of sleeping- I compulsively ‘had’ to keep reading. Is it the best book on the planet? Of course not.....
but it’s got ‘something’ going for it!! Seriously something unique is going on here.

“The East End”, is the best anti-murder- intrigue- meshuggah - novel on crack. We’re taken on a
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Berit☀️✨
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, audiobooks, blog-tour
scandalous. Compulsive. Chaotic.

Jason Allen has written an addictive, frantic, fast-paced thriller that will completely suck you in. This book takes you to the Hamptons and shows you the dark side. The book is completely disturbing, highly absorbing, and left me feeling a bit dirty. All the characters in this book are pretty much a HOT mess! It was one of those books that completely consumed me, then when I was done I started thinking, what the **** did I just read? Screwed up people, doing me
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Larry H
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
2.5 stars, rounding up.

This was a crazy book, very different than what I was expecting!

Corey Halpern is a townie, living in the Hamptons with his mother and brother, struggling to make ends meet, and watching the rich people parade in and out during the season. He dreams of nothing more than leaving, of starting a new life far away from the people he resents, far from his alcoholic mother and his drug-addicted, violent stepfather.

Just before Memorial Day weekend, where he's scheduled to work wit
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Norma * Traveling Sister
Atmospheric, messy & scandalous!

THE EAST END by JASON ALLEN is a disturbing, wicked, suspenseful, evocative and entertaining novel that was filled with quite the unusual and interesting characters. This was definitely a rapid-paced read for me but there was something about it that didn’t always sit all that well with me. I was loving it one moment and then the next not so much.

JASON ALLEN delivers quite the atmospheric, gripping, compelling and well-written read here that was extremely vivi
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Darcee Kraus
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won this in the giveaway! This was an awesome read that was well-written and entertaining enough to distract me from my troubles.
DJ Sakata
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Favorite Quotes:

Time passed as Leo sat cockeyed on one of the lounge chairs beside the pool with an elbow on one knee and the bag of ice pressed to the back of his head, staring at the water, his vision like that of an old television set with poor reception, blurring between two channels.

They stared at each other, locked in that tension like animals at a watering hole— one predator, one prey, but who could say which was which now?

The water kept on running, the pills still cradled in her palm. Th
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Michelle
What follows is going to be an outlier opinion. In re-reading the book description, I'm not sure why I requested to read this as it really isn't something I normally would choose. Please take everything below with a grain of salt!

The East End is a story of a young, working class local named Corey who works with his mom, Gina cleaning the house of a rich family (The Sheffield's) in the Hampton's. For fun, Corey breaks into the homes of the rich and commits small, harmless pranks as a way to get b
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Barrett Bowlin
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the great fortune of snagging an ARC of Allen's THE EAST END recently, and it's been an incredibly intense and outstanding read. From the opening line that counts down to Corey's break-in at a Hamptons estate through to the explosive climax, I loved reading about these characters' engines.

As in what drives Corey to commit these small crimes, or what motivates his mother, Gina, to weather the abuses made by her volatile ex. Or what forces her employer, Leo, into hiding his own secrets away
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Carolyn
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Publishers for this powerful, gripping and suspenseful novel, which focuses on socioeconomic disparity. It shows both the super-wealthy as well as the townspeople who labour in their elaborate mansions can be trapped by circumstances and haunted by their past.

I found the characters to be memorable but unlikeable, mostly existing in a haze of alcohol and drugs. Nevertheless, I found myself caring about their outcome. I was riveted to the pages throughout,
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EB Fitzsimons
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When a horrible accident at a wealthy family's estate threatens to bring uncomfortable secrets to light, a young man who was in the wrong place at the right time must make some life-changing choices- and quickly. This drama will keep readers glued to the page with its urgency, sympathy, and subtle social commentary.
Kayo
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Twist and turns like no other. Characters memorable. Well worth the time to read. Great job.

Thanks to author,publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free ,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
Bam
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enter the crazy world of the have and have-nots in the Hamptons. Billionaires own the mansions but it's the poor townies who keep everything running smoothly for them for pitifully little pay.

In Jason Allen's well-written debut thriller, his main character Corey is a townie who is graduating high school and trying to decide whether to go off to college or stay and take care of his younger brother and mother, who has a major drinking and pill problem and a soon-to-be ex-husband who can be abusive
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Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Corey is a high school senior living in the Hamptons with his mother. Together they live a modest life supporting the millionaires who frequent the area. They are currently employed by the Sheffield family maintaining their summer house. Corey has an unusual habit of breaking into vacant homes and snooping through rooms then launching pranks on the unsuspecting residents. He is driven by his hate for the disparity between the rich and working-class people. He cannot wait to leave Long Island.

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Truk Niaboc
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ive experienced the side of the area Allen writes of first hand. He paints a tapestry of rich,and poor of the wallet,and soul that is amazing. Sometimes the most interesting people are overlooked. While we strive to be people who have less day to day struggles Allen makes me grateful for the perspective they bring. Cheers to him ,and his sacrifices!
Johnna Whetstone
I thought this was such an amazing, quick read. While not my normal thriller, I still found myself completely immersed in what I was reading and had a hard time shutting it and reading others, or even going to bed. It’s more of a drama, and a book that really delves into the socioeconomic differences, in areas where the poor tend to stay at a place year round, and the very wealthy tend to visit for summers or even weekends; which I thought was very well done and interesting. I thought the author ...more
Susan Johnson
Feb 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
There is absolutely nothing I liked about this book. It had a preposterous plot, unlikable characters and so many cringe inducing moments. Please don't waste your time like I did reading this.
BookGypsy
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The perfect summer suspense! Cory Halpern is a high schooler from a troubled home. He sneaks in the mansions in the Hamptons. Just before Memorial Day he sneaks into the wrong mansion at the wrong time. The estate where he and his mother work. When Leo,a rich CEO shows up with a guest there is a ragic accident. Leo needs to bury the truth before his family and friends come for the holiday. Cory saw everything but so did other peeping eyes. A story of secrets,the haves and the have-nots. The char ...more
Renee
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley2019
Book Description
THE EAST END is an atmospheric debut novel of family secrets and scandal, of love and heartbreak, of working-class struggle versus the privileges of the super wealthy, all set in a place whose incredible beauty means both pleasure and pain – a place where people will die for love, kill for truth, and dream of escaping forever.

THE EAST END opens with Corey Halpern, a Hamptons local from a broken home who breaks into mansions at night for kicks. He likes the rush and admittedly, th
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Aga Durka
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars rounded up to 3!

I wanted to like this book so much because the synopsis sounded interesting and I was truly intrigued. However, this novel was not a good fit for me. I loved the writing, I thought it was actually brilliant, and thanks to the author’s skill with the written word this books deserves 3 stars. On the other hand, the story itself was unremarkable. I wanted so much more from this book, and I think that it could have been a great read if the plot was more developed. There was
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Bonnie Gonzales
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was oh so lucky to win this book in a Goodreads Giveaway, it is a different read for me and I really got into it, hating when I had to put it down. I enjoyed the characters, although I didn’t have to good an idea what some of them looked like. I really felt for Corey and some of the horrible situations he faced, and yet got a kick out of some of his pranks, and deep down I was rooting for him.
Yes it hit me with something I did not expect and I was captivated so I will be recommending to frien
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Aristotle
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
A big problem with this book is that there's no real tragedy, conspiracy, or deep dark secret. Men like Leo have lawyers or fixers that could have solved his problem discretely. Henry's death was an OD so Leo committed no crime. Hiding the body because he wanted to keep his sexuality a secret was not the smartest move but it's not a felony. Any Manhattan lawyer gets him off with a fine and a slap on the wrist..

Another problem with this book is hiding your sexuality from the outside world is old
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Lana
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn’t put it this one down, nor did I want it to end!
This was a story unlike anything I’ve read before, and kept me thinking about it long after I finished it.
The story is set in the Hampton’s. The main character Corey is so spent on working for the rich. He can’t stand the wealthy and hates how they treat his mother.
To rebel and blow off some steam, he occasionally breaks into the empty homes he and his mom are employed to clean, not to steal anything, just for the thrill of getting away
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Lee
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I was pretty much sucked into this mystery from the first page. Its an incredibly intense and outstanding novel about what happens when the haves and he have-nots collide. This was a compelling, and wholly original novel that I absolutely loved and highly recommend. An advance reader copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Nina
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from GoodReads! This suspenseful story had me turning pages in the wee hours in order to finish the book.
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: May 6th 2019


"It's much better to regret something you have done than something you haven't done. Remember that."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Park Row Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Angela
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This whole book read like a black out fever dream of something you'd experience in delirium tremens but I can't fault the writing or the plot if you're willing to suspend disbelief for a couple of days worth of reading time. Briefly, rich dude is hiding his love affair with another man and brings the lover to his Hamptons estate. While he's upstairs getting goodies together, younger man does WAY too much blow on top of gallons of booze, has some kind of catastrophic fit and falls face first into ...more
Susan's Reviews
My thanks to the author, the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest opinion.
Unfortunately, I could not get around the bleak atmosphere of the first chapter of this novel. The characters did not appeal to me, there was paragraph after paragraph of narrative and description with very little dialogue, and the characters in this novel did not ring true to me. I see that other reviewers really enjoyed this novel. The synopsis on NetGalley had sounded so appealing t
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Sarah
This is a fast paced book about an accidental death in the Hamptons, and the lives of four people involved in the situation during the weekend party that follows. After Corey Halpern witnesses the uber-rich Leo Sheffield hide his lover's body, Corey, his mother (who is also a domestic worker for the Sheffields), and Leo's daughter's best friend all get caught up in Leo's cover-up in one way or another. This book kept me turning pages late into the night, so I would absolutely say I liked it, but ...more
Kimberly Young
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
The East End is Jason Allen’s debut novel. Corey, just out of high school, lives in the Hamptons in a working-class neighborhood. His mom Gina, is the head housekeeper for billionaire Leo Sheffield at his massive estate in the Hamptons. Bored and full of angst about rich Hamptonites, Corey has started breaking into their mansions and playing pranks on them. One night he decides to break into the Sheffield mansion and sees something he should not. From here the story turns into a game of cat and ...more
Pet
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I never managed to get into the book or feel connected to the characters, unfortunately. It was one big rush, like being at a crossroad without signs or lights, and everyone races over it without caring for any other. And, I'm so sorry, none of the characters was likeable or that interesting that I got something else.
Sad because the plot sounded so good to me and I was really looking forward to the read and happy when the publisher and Netgalley offered it.
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