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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,010 ratings  ·  92 reviews
James Patterson's strongest team since the Women's Murder Club are the first responders when their seafront town is targeted by vicious criminals.

The Inn at Gloucester stands alone on the rocky shoreline. Its seclusion suits former Boston police detective Bill Robinson, novice owner and innkeeper. As long as the dozen residents pay their rent, Robinson doesn't ask any que

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 8th 2019 by Century (first published August 5th 2019)
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Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
There was a time when each thing I read by James Patterson was better than the last—a time when I actually looked forward to his next book and marked upcoming publication dates on my calendar. Ah, those were the days. Recently, however, it seems as if Patterson is selling his name to the highest bidder in an effort to see himself on the cover of as many volumes as possible, quality be damned. The Inn is a prime example.

First, the style here is nothing like the Patterson of days gone by. Instead,
Julie Garner
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thriller, arc
I received an ARC of this book.
Everyone who follows me knows that I am a fan of James Patterson and of Candice Fox. When they team up it is like the dream date for me. I don't know who does what in terms of the writing and the research but it really doesn't matter. They are the wonder duo in my mind and can't do anything wrong.
The Inn is a book full of new characters for this writing pair. Whilst the other books have been set in Oz, this one is set just outside of Boston. It is about an ex-cop w
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Let me be honest up front and share my disclaimer. I read most of James Patterson’s books and have for several years. Some might ask why and that’s another whole discussion best saved for another day. I have really enjoyed some, liked some, and didn’t really care for others. For the most part, I treat Patterson’s books like mind candy for the moment and don’t consider them to be too memorable for the most part.

“The Inn” is advertised as Patterson’s annual summer read that is independent from hi
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not as good as the Harriet Blue series, but I will read everything these two ever write.

A little slow at the beginning, and a few things that were problematic, but overall a sound novel. I’m a little bit obsessed with Effie 🤷🏻♀
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderfully well done novel. Great cast of characters all around and the plot was well thought out, yet slightly predictable. I still highly recommend it and hope it is the beginning of a new series.
Sherry Wessman
Terror and Suspense?! Please!

I sure wouldn't use those words! Terror and suspense. Read David Baldacci, or John Sanford, to name two. James Patterson, no! His books are good for for night reading. They help me fall asleep.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Usual quick Patterson read, but not a very good story.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not as good as the Harriet Blue series, but I will read everything these two ever write.

A little slow at the beginning, and a few things that were problematic, but overall a sound novel. I’m a little bit obsessed with Effie 🤷🏻♀
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: finished
2 1/2 stars, at the most!
The story line was okay but there were lots of weaknesses that should have been edited out. LOTS!
The main character, Bill Robinson, is an ex Boston police officer who is now the reluctant owner/operator of The Inn occupied by a group of misfits, each with something to hide.
At one point in the story Bill asks an ex mafia member how they handled turf invaders......really? Come on..........even I know how they did that! There is no way an ex police officer would have asked
Debra Berding
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Well, this was a very different James Patterson book. Usually I am hooked after reading the first page or at most the first chapter, but this one was very slow to start. I continued reading it because, well, James Patterson. I read the entire book in one day as his books are usually easy reads. It was pretty slow to start, but then the pace picked up, and about 2/3 of the way through, I couldn't put it down. I hope he doesn't continue this series though and concentrates instead on his other char ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the wake of his wife’s death, Billy Robinson, once a Boston homicide detective, struggles to run the Gloucester, Massachusetts inn he and Siobhan opened together. The eccentric group of residents have become something like a family and, when a drug epidemic threatens their town, they rally to fight back. Will they succeed? Or will the heartless drug dealer who has invaded their town continue his reign of terror?

This stand-alone, with its cast of realistic characters struggling with the viciss
3.5 stars
I like this book! Didn't think I will read another Candice Fox - JP collaboration because I was felt so so with Harriet Blue Never Never, but I like The Inn. This book has a different feel and protagonist is likable. I read a kindle sample and was hooked from the first chapter before I got the audio book which didn't disappoint.
Holly Buderus
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
What is this drivel? I used to look forward to every Patterson novel and read each within days of release. No longer. This was a struggle from beginning to end. It started slowly and only picked up right before the end.
Sheila Burke
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It's fast paced, action packed, and keeps your attention. I had a hard time putting it down, because I was so enthralled and wanted to finish it to find out what was going on. Thoroughly worth the time to read.
Autumn Chastain
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again another James Patterson book that I old police officer who now runs an inn where odd people stay..he has to defend his inn from a drug dealer who is out to get him and those who are paced and great ending
Richard Gonsales-cavalier
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another page turner by the master that is James Patterson, started and finished in 1 day.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Somewhat typical book by Patterson but at the same time it didn't hold my interest very well
Barbara Zannini
Took a while to get going, but was excellent.
Nick Vantangoli
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a pretty quick read. I put it down for a few days, but this is easily read in a day. It is full of twists and turns. Fox and Patterson are a brilliant writing team. You honestly are on the edge of your seat throughout the entirety of this book.
Jeanette Hurrelbrink
The Inn

This as an intriguing story. It was a little confusing at first. The Inn was filled with misfits who somehow become intertwined with a hard hearted drug dealer who was killing young people with power drugs.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adored the characters and definitely want them to come back for more adventures.

My review:
Jay Dwight
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I have veered away from James Patterson books for quite a while now, but thought I'd read this one since a stand alone and co-written by one of my favourite local authors, Candice Fox.

A good attention holding storyline, and written in Patterson's fast paced style. Ex Boston PD detective Billy Robinson left the force after being fired, and has moved to a quieter life owing and managing a B&B on the New England Coast - The Inn. The Inn was his wife's dream, but now Billy is strugglin
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
A 2019 thriller from the prolific James Patterson, co-authored by Australian prize winning author Candice Fox. Bill Robinson, a 20 year Boston PD veteran, is disgraced by actions initiated by his partner Malone. They are summarily discharged from the force. Robinson and his wife buy an inn on the Gloucester. She is killed by a hit and run driver. Two years later, this story starts. Cline, the drug dealer, is making his insidious presence felt and the inn's oddball tenants make a strangely effect ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, action
"My house is full of liars."

I read this over a long weekend when I wasn't feeling the best. Between painkiller induced naps I powered through this one. It wasn't the story line that kept me going but the characters. A group of socially awkward misfits all rent rooms at The Inn, a sort of hippie commune type of place where everyone chips in and takes care of the house and each other. At their center is Bill Robinson, the inns owner who reminded me strongly of Ted Conkaffey, another of Fox's chara
Timothy Moonlight
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
The Inn is full of believable characters who hold their own secrets while living there. It has several shocking turns which seem to steal the air out of you when you abruptly run into them. I enjoyed the quick bits of humor in this book and the metaphors are amazing!

It is a fast read, so fast in fact, that soon of the lines drawn around the characters aren't fully developed and explored, at least for some of them. The plot seems tired and stale, without a great deal of excitement. Don't get me
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical James Patterson escape reading. I love his books and usually can read them in a day or so. This one was no exception. The characters are fun, the plot unfortunately realistic in today's world, fast, and deadly.

Disgraced form Boston police detective Bill Robinson moved to Gloucester, and purchased an inn with his wife. The residents of the inn include misfits and residents in hiding including an ex-FBI agent hiding from her abusive husband, Sheriff Clayton Spears, his disenfranchised niec
Patricia Atkinson
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
the story is about bill robinson when he got fired with his partner from boston pd bill and his wife Siobhan purchased a bed and breakfast by the sea than 2 years later while walking home from the store she is hit and died so bill has to look after a teenager that was living with them and the other people who live in the house. when a drug distributor comes to town Mitchell cline it changes peoples lives and the bad drugs are killing people so bill and his friend nick decide to run him out of to ...more
Malcolm Gregoire
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of all, I do like most of Patterson's works, because some sense of reality usually is embedded in the plot lines. However, I do find that the authors didn't do enough research about the fishing fleet at the port of Gloucester Massachusetts. There are no crab fisherman on the North Shore of Massachusetts. There are plenty of lobster boats and trawlers for cod and other varieties of flat fish but no crab boats. Snow crab are caught as far north as the Arctic Ocean, from Newfoundland to Green ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book. Malone and Bill Robinson were partners and cops in Boston before they were let go. Bill moved with his wife to the shore and the inn that they run. The residents pay their rent and Bill doesn't ask questions or get involved with them. They live a quiet life until Cline arrives in town and bring evil with him. He needs to be stopped and the team at the Inn led by Bill will try to rid their town of Cline. Very good one.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Bill is a widower and an inn keeper in Gloucester, MA. He is having trouble adjusting to the loss of his wife and not happy about having to run the inn. When he learns that drugs have arrived in his little town, he decides to fight the people behind the drugs. Patterson's trademark short chapters and lots of action are evident here, and many different characters keep the predictable but entertaining story moving.
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