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Since the death of her husband, Anne Dunne and her three children have struggled in every way. In a last ditch effort to save the family, Anne plans an elaborate sailing vacation to bring everyone together once again. But only an hour out of port, everything is going wrong. The teenage daughter, Carrie, is planning to drown herself. The teenage son, Mark, is high on drugs ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published 2009 by Arrow (first published June 9th 2008)
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Barakiel
Feb 15, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Here's some advice: Read a really bad book before you pick up this one.

I quit at chapter 60. Why are the chapters only 2 pages long? Why are most of the paragraphs only 2 sentences long? Why is everyone beautiful and a millionaire? Why is the 45 yr old mother/heart surgeon so immature and stupid? How accurate are the medical situations in this book? (Isn't a tourniquet a LAST resort because you can lose your friggin LEG?!) Why is there no depth in this book? Why are problems solved so quickly an
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Matt
Jun 07, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2009
This may be the stupidest book I have ever read. I ran to the library before our vacation to get some books to read at the beach. This book says on the back something like "may be the perfect book to read at the beach" so I checked it out. I haven't read any other books by this guy so I don't know if it is normal for him to write like this or not. I was in the mood for something sort of mindlessly entertaining but I wasn't expecting something designed for the absolutely lowest common denominator ...more
Deej Greenwood
Feb 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"I'MMA KILLMYSELF! WE'RE SINKING! BOOM! HOMIGOD A SHARK! SNAAAAAAAKES! Oh and throw a ghost in for good measure."

There, now you don't really have to read this drivel!

I've never read a James Patterson book before and I don't think I'll read a second. It reads like a goosebumps book* that he had to pepper with "adult themes" Y'know because adults cheat on everyone all the time. It's also dreadfully dull, probably because each obstacle was so easily over come that more had to appear, to just offs
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Wendy
Jul 21, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I must say that I'm stumped by the rave reviews on this one. I guess I’m squarely in the camp of the reviewers who found this book to be predictable, with a flimsy plot and even flimsier characters. The only thing that kept me reading on was that each “chapter” was only 1-2 pages long. At some point, it was entertaining to see how bad the writing could get. Apparently, there’s nothing that a big name author with a big marketing budget and a nice cover can’t overcome.

There were no unexpected plo
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James
Sep 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: crime
The lure of the airport bookshelf with signs extolling the wonders of Mr. Patterson's writing, the accolades heaped upon the book, etc. I should have known. Luckily I took some other books with me on holiday. I soldiered on, hoping it would get better, but it felt like wasted time.

I didn't connect with any of the characters, they seemed very two-dimensional. The plot didn't either grab or surprise me either. Sadly as my first James Patterson, I'm not inclined to try any others. In fact, a book I
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Susan Barrett
Jun 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a real good story and had a great ending...I am so glad he left out all that gory stuff, kept me on the edge of my seat. Don't know if I will be getting on a sailboat for a vacation any time soon!!
Patterson has won me back after this book...
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Kaila
Mar 18, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sad to say, but I only made it about 45 pages into this book before I decided to move it along unread. The story sounded like it might be on shaky ground to begin with but I had heard such great things about the author that I was determined to give it a fair shot.

The story goes that a family that has recently fallen apart since the death of the father that acted as the linchpin takes a vacation on the very boat that was the scene of the father's death. Mom, who is a workaholic heart surgeon, is
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Molly
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book would probably be best read by a person who doesn't read very many books, if such a person were looking for something light to read at the beach or on an airplane. I wasn't familiar with Patterson & Co's books until I happened across this one at the library. The plotline sounded interesting and I do love a good mystery but it just didn't pan out. Plus, they kinda lost me in the first few chapters -- if you're headed out on a 2 month sailboat trip and on the first day, your daughter ...more
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Megan
Jul 07, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This novel reads like a bad movie script... the kind of film that goes straight to DVD and stars a cast you don't recognize. The Dunne family is planning to sail around the Bahamas for a two-month summer getaway. What we know of each character we are told in a "cheat sheet" that is provided before the prologue... literally, the authors give a paragraph synopsis about each character, giving their name, age, weaknesses and a bit of back story. And they never seem to evolve past that page-one summa ...more
Claudiu D.
Final ruinat, dar devine un soi de regula pentru romanele lui James Patterson.
Pentru o dupa-amiza cand nu ai ce sa faci, romanul acesta e perfect. Se citeste repede, e plin de clisee si extrem de uitabil. Si nici nu trebuie sa te soliciti prea mult in timpul lecturii - deloc, as zice.
Nancy Zorn
Feb 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I've read other books by James Patterson. This, however, was the first I've read by him with a secondary author. The "short chapter" style is typical James Patterson. What I don't understand is this: Were they both responsible for the story? I wonder because the storyline was pretty far-fetched and hideous. I just kept thinking, "They're doing what? That's stupid." Honestly, I think I'd head back to the dock after the first snafu. Or, “What idiot put dive tanks in an overhead locker?” I have, af ...more
Julia
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was easy to read and kept me engrossed throughout. I made predictions on what was going to happen every time I finished a chapter and I was surprised of the outcome. Some of my guessing was right, but some were wrong and that made me excited to continue reading. My favorite character in the book was Katherine Dunne. Katherine’s life gives one’s desire to have besides the unbalance family. Katherine has a good career, wealthy and a second husband who she was deeply in love with. From re ...more
David
Jul 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I like James Patterson. I wanted to like this book. I really tried... but this was terrible. Maybe it's because of the whole "co-author" nonsense, but this is just an embarrassing effort. In fact, if you are a speed reader then this is the perfect book for you; no depth, lazy writing, no development of characters... you just want to get through it as quickly as possible. It reminds me of some of the drivel churned out by John Grisham in recent years; his early work was so good and then he got co ...more
Stephanie
Feb 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason this book was published was because James Patterson's name was associated with it. There is no way he wrote this. It was horribly written...most of which sounded like a ninth grader. The story had an interesting premise but was terribly written, predictable and annoying.
Marc-Antoine
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A fast read, couldn't put it down, and enjoyed the heck out of it.
Julie
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite of Patterson's books, but I did like the ending. I always love it when they get what's coming to them..... :)
Lainy
Jun 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Time taken to read - < 1 day

Pages - 388

Publisher - Arrow

Blurb from Goodreads

"Barely out of sight of land, the Dunne family finds its summer getaway to paradise already turning into the trip from hell. Carrie, the eldest, has thrown herself off the side of the boat in a bid for attention. Sixteen-year-old Mark is getting high belowdecks. And Ernie, their ten-year-old brother. is nearly catatonic. It's shaping up to be the worst vacation ever." "Katherine Dunne had hoped this trip would bring b
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LindyLouMac
Preferring something quick and easy to read while travelling recently I accepted my husband’s suggestion of reading this title which he had just finished. He is a fan of James Patterson novels and although feeling this one is far from his best, thought I would find it good enough to hold my interest. It did, I devoured it in just a few days not for any reason other than it was an easy read though.

The book is divided into six parts plus a prologue and an epilogue. The Dunne family consisting of C
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Angela
Jan 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book!! Surprisingly, this was the VERY FIRST James Patterson book I read, and before reading it, I was not into reading books at all, not since I was much younger, in high school. I had tried to get back into reading over the years, but just didn't take the time to do so. I was at a book store and Sail happened to catch my eye on the book stand. So I bought it and ended up reading it in like 3 days!! This was just about 6 months ago. Since then, I have ready over 15 James Patterson books ...more
Tia
Mar 29, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
"Written with the blistering pace and shocking twists that only James Patterson can master, SAIL takes "Lost" and "Survivor" to a new level of terror."

Um...not so much! I've never read anything by James Patterson before, and I don't think I will again. I didn't like this one at all. I picked it up at the library because I like sailing and adventure, but this one was really boring. It was like an outline of a plot - there was no indepth look at characters or details of the mystery or anything. No
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Jackie
Oct 27, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Fast paced, good story, if a bit predictable.
My only real problem with the story is I find it hard to believe that Katherine would so easily trust Peter after her first husband cheated on her. An experience like that makes it hard to trust again, even if it is a different person. I'd be able to believe her blind trust in Peter if 1st hubby Stuart was a great husband then she'd be ignorant to Peter's deceit.
Melenia
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
This book was not that great, but for some reason I could not stop listening to it. There was just something about it that intrigued me.
Jo Jenner
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another page turner from Patterson. The only thing missing was the development of the children. They go from spoilt trust fund kids to young people fighting the odds and surviving a shipwreck. But the transition between the two extremes isn't a gradual thing as it would be in real life, it just happens overnight.
The ending was a little too contrived and I am glad this wasn't a series as the DEA agent who just keeps killing suspects, being suspended and then brought back to work to kill again was
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Ros Lawson
Oct 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Oh my goodness what a woeful read! It was predictable & corny and only made worse by the fact that I'm a slow reader. I had nothing else to read on holiday so I persevered with it. I can safely say I will never read another James Patterson novel. Probably appeals to the young reader; after all I used to devour Jilly Cooper books!
Gina
Goodreads Description- Since the death of her husband, Anne Dunne and her three children have struggled in every way. In a last ditch effort to save the family, Anne plans an elaborate sailing vacation to bring everyone together once again. But only an hour out of port, everything is going wrong. The teenage daughter, Carrie, is planning to drown herself. The teenage son, Mark, is high on drugs and ten-year-old Ernie is nearly catatonic. This is the worst vacation ever.
Anne manages to pull thing
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K
May 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, but it annoyed me too. It was def action packed and I was so sure Peter would suffer, but he managed to get off. I was not happy about that. He did meet his end horribly spot was well worth the turn around. I was truly engulfed in this. Sucks Jake had to pass. I am still wondering abt the story Ellen told if he was bad and a drug dealer. I have so many questions lol it was a rather happy ending. Not a four star at all.
Thomas
"Sail" is about Katherine Dunne and her three children, who all have been recovering from the death of Stuart Dunne, her husband. Katherine decides that a good way for the family to reform is to go on a sailing trip together, along with their uncle (Katherine's step-brother), Jake. Also, while Katherine is on the trip her newly-wed husband of a few months, Peter, is back in New York with his mistress and maybe a scandolous affair of his own. Little does Katherine know that this trip with her chi ...more
Mandy
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Pretty shit at first, the story improved a little at the end, though I would not have got there had this not been literally the only book available. Workaholic Mum decides that she is distant from her bickering kids, and the solution is to take 2 months off work and take them sailing in their dead father's boat, with their father's brother, who she had an affair with years before, in fact, he is secretly father to one of the kids. Very soon after setting sail, the bulimic daughter, who they know ...more
Neri.
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's my 2nd week of sick-leave and I thought I could read more books during that time, fortunately my mom brought me a lot of used book from her job, and when I saw James Pattersons name, I thought: this should be good. I had doubts, because The Murder of King Tut was a boring piece of crap, while Kiss the Girls was a fantastic book, although Along Came a Spider wasn't that good, I was pumped. And boy, was I mislead... This story started off fine, but then it went downhill fast, I mean really fa ...more
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