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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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LARRY
Apr 17, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whodunit
As posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:

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
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Bren
"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
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Aubrey
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!
Dana
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
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Cristina
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
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Liz Lawson
Nov 08, 2007 rated it did not like it
i read this only because there was absolutely nothing left to read and no way of obtaining anything else to read. it served to remind me why i have never, and will never again, read a james patterson "novel." (term used EXTREMELY loosely.) why are all his chapters 3 paragraphs long? why does anyone buy his books? the great mysteries of life.
Paula
Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book
His books were better when he wrote alone...
Kandice
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
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Erin
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
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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.
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
Another good mystery. I really enjoy Patterson's book. They keep your interest right from the beginning.
La Tonya  Jordan
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who like crime mysteries
Recommended to La Tonya by: Myself
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
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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?
Kaya
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
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Aaron
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
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Harish Challapalli
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, thriller
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
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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)
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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
Margaret
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
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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
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Michael 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.
Judi
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.
Wendy
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Jack Mullen is a brilliant Columbia Law student when his younger brother, Peter, drowns in the ocean off East Hampton. They grew up on the beaches of The Hamptons and Jack is convinced that Peter's death was no accident. There's just no way Peter would have gone for a late-night swim while working at the $40 million beach house known for its elite parties where he parked cars and such since he was thirteen. Chief Detective Frank Volpi insists Peter's death was either an accident or suicide. But ...more
Mimi
Mar 05, 2010 rated it liked it
My biggest problem with a book like this is not knowing who really wrote it - did Patterson & De Jonge really co-write the book or did Patterson give De Jonge the idea and did De Jonge in turn write the story. Oh well -there's no denying the commercial aspect of the publishing business I guess!

That being said, this book helped me through some rough times as I began it while was in the hospital being fed intravenous antibiotics for a massive infection. It kept me busy without having to worry abou
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Lori Henrich
Jack is working as a summer intern in a big league firm that is runs a project that helps people get off of death row. Jack is working on a case right now for them. Jack's younger brother Peter was working the big beginning of summer beach party. He worked it every year for quite a few years. Peter is found washed up on the beach after the party. Just about everyone wants to believe that it was accidental or suicide. Jack doesn't believe it and tries to find out what really happens. But the weal ...more
Wanda Gibbons
Aug 31, 2014 rated it liked it
I read this on the iPad. Intriguing story and not nearly as repetitive as Grisham.s Sycamore Row. Patterson finds a way to tell the story without exposing the reader to all the evidence before the trial. Well done Mr. Patterson. I enjoyed reading this.
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 dr
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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
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Keith
Jun 17, 2009 rated it liked it
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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
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