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Sail by James Patterson
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Apr 27, 2009

really liked it

Action and suspense comes to the fore with this high-seas romped penned by Patterson and Roughan. The trouble centers around the Family Dunne, a sailboat owned by a 45-year-old heart surgeon named Katherine Dunne. The book actually belonged to her former husband Stuart, who had died years earlier in a scuba accident. Now, she is planning on taking her three kids for a watery vacation, which will kick off from Newport Rhode Island. Her brother-in-law, Jake will be along to the ride and help by captaining the ship.

Katherine's husband, Peter Carlyle, will be remaining behind in New York City because of his career as a high-end defense attorney. He will be keeping busy with his mistress and plans for an exciting and prosperous summer of his own.

It does not take long for the Family Dunne to hit trouble. Katherine's oldest, her daughter, throws herself off the ship in the hopes of dying, a sign that she clearly has not gotten over her eating disorder and depression. This proves to be just the first in a series of trials that will endanger the family and their ship as it seems like all of Mother Nature's fury comes at them in order to destroy them. It seems unlikely that this is all coincidence and suspicions become confirmed as time passes.

No one has ever claimed that Patterson's books are full of depth, but they usually live up to the promise of a good emotional ride. Sail does not let down its readers in that area, particularly if they are looking for a quick, action-packed read. I had trouble putting the book down!
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