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June 22, 2010 / Tracey

Review: Beach Road | James Patterson

James Patterson has teamed up with Peter De Jonge to write this crime novel Beach Road and it was a good quick read. I used to really enjoy books by James Patterson, but over the years his writing has evolved into mass production on a grand scale, churning out books almost every month with different co-authors. It’s impossible to keep up, and I believe it dilutes the quality of the author’s work. But I’m sure many would disagree, and of course he’s enormously successful.


This particular book has been on my TBR (to be read) pile for a long time, and it was a relatively interesting story with a twist at the end definitely worthy of a mention. I definitely didn’t see it coming, and I’m of the opinion that it was the work of Peter De Jonge, but of course we’ll never know.


This book is essentially about a man arrested for a triple homicide at a basketball court located at a mansion in East Hampton. The main character Tom is convinced the defendant Dante is innocent and agrees to represent the young man in the trial of the century. The story is narrated by different characters and is constantly switching which takes time to get used to. The narrator’s name appears at the top of each chapter though, so it’s easy to keep up.

I enjoyed the twist at the end and I love that in a book. This is an easy and non-complex crime novel, recommended for any James Patterson fans out there. Just don’t expect too much.

My rating = ***

That’s my four bucks!
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