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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  84,122 ratings  ·  2,196 reviews
Jack Mullen is a driven student of the law. His brother Peter is a servant of the rich, parking the cars of the Hamptons' elite --- and perhaps satisfying their more intimate needs as well. Then Peter's body is found on the beach. Jack knows the drowning was no accident, but someone's unlimited power and money have bought the cops, the judges, the system. Now Jack is learn ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Grand Central Publishing (first published June 10th 2002)
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Julie Jack was interested in only those who contributed to his brother's death and he didn't think Dana was. I also think Jack thought she'd been victimized…moreJack was interested in only those who contributed to his brother's death and he didn't think Dana was. I also think Jack thought she'd been victimized by her father and chose to keep that detail away from the public. He sheltered her. I had the feeling he still had a soft spot for her, which I found troubling. I don't agree with the choice to write the story with her untouched in the situation. But that's the only reason I could come up with - and that it diverted attention away from the murder itself.(less)

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Apr 17, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whodunit
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This is my first book that I've read of Patterson's. I saw his list of books and found it interesting that he co-writes with other authors. However, it doesn't seem to be a bad idea. With *The Beach House*, I found it to be interesting how fast you can read through a book with small chapters. It turned out not to be such a bad idea.

Peter Mullen is found dead at the beach in the Hamptons. The officials in the town are calling it a suicide. However, Jack, the
Jan 29, 2009 rated it did not like it
It's probably not fair for me to review this book, since I only made it 70 pages in. I just was not interested! My mind was wandering and I'd have to read the page again! I won't know if it's the author or just the book because I don't really feel like picking up another one of this guy's books. Plus, there was a lot of swearing going on too. Just didn't like it! ...more
Bren fall in love with the sea.
"You wouldn't think a motorcycle is a place for quiet reflection"

The Beach House by James Patterson

I do not get why I cannot get involved in any Jame s Patterson books I read. This one was no different. AND it takes place in the Hamptons..much fun!

Except not really. Way to many characters and not that interesting a story. I did not really c are to read to the end because the story never felt scary or creepy or like much of anything.

And I think that is the issue. I always know I am reading when I
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm not a big James Patterson fan, but I liked this book. The short chapters are great! -seems like I read a book with short chapters faster because I think, "Oh just one more chapter won't hurt; it's only 1:00am and I can breeze thru another 3 before 1:30." ha!

My favorite quote from the book is on page 154, and I believe this is why Mr. Patterson wrote the book. Like me, he seems tired of the "rich" getting away with breaking the laws of the land because of who they are, who they know, or becau
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love a well written mystery book! And this one was very well written!
When I first read the title of this book, the first thought that crossed my mind, was “I should have read this book next summer, not now... so near the Christmas holiday”, but now, after finishing it... I’m so happy that I didn’t wait so long. Because I really enjoyed it.
I couldn’t guess what the ending would be like and this impressed me. Usually I guess the ending when I’m done with 50% of a book. But this time I was impr
Paula K (on hiatus)
Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book
His books were better when he wrote alone...
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Maybe it's because I haven't read a James Patterson book in a while, or maybe it's Peter De Jonge's influence (I haven't read anything by him before), but this story didn't impress me the way most of Patterson's novels -- especially the Alex Cross stories -- have.

The story seems rushed, a feeling that's aided by the extremely short chapters. To my knowledge, Patterson has never written Mitchner-length chapters, but he at least used them to build suspense. For instance, you would get to a particu
Adam Light
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
I am not a big Patterson fan, but I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I read it while stuck in a traffic jam for three hours. I don't think I have ever read a book that quickly. A page burner. ...more
Sep 03, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overdrive
This is my first James Patterson novel. This is my last James Patterson novel, unless someone can convince me to give him another shot.

This book was T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E!!

I downloaded the audiobook from my library and I'm having trouble returning it; computer glitch or my library doesn't want it back? I'm guessing the latter.

This was the first audiobook that I've read (and I've read a lot) that has musical sound effects to compliment the narrator. You know that "dum dum" sound on Law & Order that pla
Patterson thriller from over 10 years ago… and it's of his notable page turning variety, a law graduate's brother is killed on a beach and then there's a massive cover up by the social elite and the cops. When the graduate and his friends try to fight back the conspirators really up the ante. Some solid Patterson fare, hard to put down, despite stretching the realms of reality. 5 out of 12.
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
Another good mystery. I really enjoy Patterson's book. They keep your interest right from the beginning. ...more
La Tonya  Jordan
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-read
Peter Mullen body was washed a shore on the beach outside the home of business tycoon Barry and Campion Neubauer, Memorial Day Weekend, in the Hamptons. Local law enforcement and the wealthy wants everyone to believe it was an accident or suicide. Jack and Macklin Mullen, Peter's bother and grandfather respectively, know differently. One look at his body tells you Peter was beaten to death and thrown into the ocean.

What will Jack do to get the to truth? Everything and Anything. Read how Jack an
Colleen Chi-Girl
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
This is 3.5 stars. We need half stars GoodReads!!!
This is my first Patterson novel and it was a nice, quick thriller about two brothers. Jack, a NYC lawyer and Peter who works in the Hamptons for the Uber wealthy parking their cars etc. Jack feels his brother could never have drowned because he was a strong swimmer and knew the Atlantic since childhood. Those of us who learned how to work against the riptides would probably agree. Yet the police rule it a suicide and there seem to be multiple li
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Patterson crime mystery that didn't disappoint. When I want to just be totally engaged and need to escape, I choose a James Patterson book. Short chapters combined with the ability to start off with a bang and keep the action coming make for a great read. ...more
Squid McFinnigan
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ripping tale, pumped out at huge speed. Loved the characters. What more do you need in a good read?
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
“As I get closer to the beach, I think for the first time about who might be waiting for me. It wouldn't have been hard to figure out whose voice was on the car phone. All I had to do was open the glove compartment and look at the registration, but that would have spoiled the surprise.”

This book was a pleasant surprise. I didn’t like it as much as I wanted due to some strenuous plot points, but it still was a satisfying read. Thriller elements are exciting, the protagonist is likeable and it
Sep 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
When his brother Peter turns up dead with a strong suspicion of suicide, law student, Jack Mullen decides that it is time to figure out what really happened. His brother would never have committed suicide, particularly since the body looks like Peter was beaten to death.

On the night in question, Peter had been hired to work as a valet at a huge Memorial Day bash on the Long Island estate of the extremely wealthy and influential Barry Neubauer and family.

Jack brings int he help of his grandfathe
Harish Challapalli
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller, fiction
Huh!! I wasted almost a week for this book!! I could not switch to other book and at the same time this was not very interesting!!

If u want to waste some time read this book
Ryne Barber
Jun 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Book Review - The Beach House by James Patterson & Peter De Jonge

The Beach House

I'm going to get right into it, without any skirting around - if you've never read a James Patterson novel, here's a great place to start. I've only read one other book by him, but The Beach House impressed me so much that it gets an ultimate recommendation.

It's not that Patterson's thriller breaks a lot of ground in the suspense/thriller literary genre, in fact opting for a simple storyline to
L Cherry
Jul 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Good from beginning to end.
The story hooked me from the beginning and I looked forward to each character’s introduction. The story was well developed with interesting characters. There was nothing earth shattering in the story, but it was a crime thriller that had an unusual resolution to the crime.
Sarath Krishnan
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It is after such a long time that I take a book in my hand, so long really. A really terrific narrative...

I like books which can be completed reading within a single sitting, so I give 100% to this story. I can't give a straightforward single reason on why I like this. There are those who like murder mysteries and detective fiction because of the thrilling narrative, and there are those who consider them as third-rate comparing to the 'intellectual writers'( sincerely, I don't know who are they)
Maria Ulery
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe it took me so long to read this book, I started loving to read late in life only about 2 years ago so I am very behind! Anyway I was going to the beach so I thought it appropriate to take this book Beach House with me and I absolutely love James P and murder mystery books. The Mullen family has had a very bad week by the beginning of the book, the mother passed away years ago, and by the first half of the book 2 more family members are gone. Didn't want to give away spoilers! But ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Patterson is not necessarily one of my favorite authors, but I decided to give one of his books a go again, as I had nothing else to read in the house.

The story moved along really well up until the last 50 pages or so. The characters are well defined, and you really felt like you were part of this book. The story line is great, and is action packed.

For me, if there are small chapters, I feel like I am moving along quicker. With over 90 chapters in this book, that may be what made us feel like
Christine (Tina)
This was riveting as an audio "read"!!!

Pulled this from the "beach reads" book display at my library, thinking it might be a summer fling Patterson. I was wrong - and, I'm glad I was wrong! I love the thrillers!

This is an older Patterson; however, the style is the same. Rich families on Montauk getting away with murder, sadistic pleasures among the rich and famous, and all at the expense of a young boy make this story...that is until the brother gets revenge after finishing law school...using me
Renee M
Jun 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
Just. Such. Awful. Crap.
Why did I finish? I'll admit that at first I was drawn in by the lure of handsome young brothers in the Hamptons; one murdered, one seeking justice. But it quickly became entirely ridiculous. Still, I kept telling myself that it couldn't get worse. Or more puerile. Or hackneyed. But it was a bottomless drop. And then that became a kind of fascination. A hideous, grimace-making fascination. Which might be a reason to pick this up. If you have superfluous brain cells to ki
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
The book was a fantastic read about a death, a cover up, and vigilante justice. Peter was the darling of the townies in the Hamptons and also of the super wealthy summer time residents. Peter was murdered, but the state said it was death by drowning. Peter's brother, Jack, a brilliant law student and later a lawyer, goes about to prove that Peter was murdered. How Jack makes his case is not standard jurisprudence or even legaI, but the storyline is strong enough to carry the action. You will wan ...more
Mike Adamchuk
Jack Mullen's brother Peter is killed at a millionaire's beach house while he was working as a parking jockey. Jack is up against money and a corrupt police chief in his quest to find answers. Jack and his friends kidnap the parties involved and hold a mock trial. The results of the trial - and the aftermath are interesting. ...more
Richard Dominguez
Another one of those stories that feels like it's more of the author whose name is at the bottom of the book than the author whose name is at the top of the book. ...more
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it
A generous three stars based on my previous summer reads of James Patterson's work. I was hoping to indulge in a captivating indulgence during these times of The Plague and unrest. Fairly banal and drawn out. Not that satisfying to my sweet tooth. Sigh. ...more
Apr 06, 2022 rated it really liked it
super interesting and a perfect ending for once. love it when i finish a book and im actually happy. and the short chapters cause for much celebration! thanks brady🤞🏼
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