I reread The Beach House by James Patterson and Peter De Jonge as part of my Rereading Books Before I Give Them Away Part 1 early in my stack of 10 books. As with my other books, I wanted to do a brief review of the book and let you know whether I decided to keep it or give it away.
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I did not remember what this book was about before I picked it up again but it is a mystery about the death of a valet named Peter working at a fancy party in The Hamptons. The brother of the murder victim, Jack, is the main character in this story as he solves the mystery of who killed his party boy brother and why amongst a city wide cover up. There are lots of twists and turns and the scandal around the death a good one. The main conflict in the book is between the townies that live year round and the wealthy billionaires that summer in the The Hamptons.
Peter works for a particularly wealthy couple doing odd jobs and as a valet while his brother Jack is a lawyer. There is a lot of investigating and clues to unravel surrounding Peter’s death which Jack works through as he uncovers a seedier side of town that he did not see growing up there. This book was pretty fast paced and there were a lot of twists and turns. I don’t want to give too much away so I will keep this review brief.
The first chapter was very well written and drew me in. Unfortunately this is where our victim meets his end and I was less engaged in the story past the first chapter. I usually like reading James Patterson as a quick read but for some reason this book did not spark interest like it had in the past. I am not sure if it was because I read too many books that week or if I have just changed my tastes but I wasn’t really into this book when I read it. It was a good book the first few times I read it so I do recommend reading it if you love mystery, action and adventure.
I ended up giving this book to my oldest daughter to read since she was looking for a good mystery. She will either pass it on to a friend or sell it at Half Price Books for someone else to love.
VERDICT: GIVE AWAY
My next review will be of “We’ll Meet Again” by Mary Higgins Clark so stay tuned!