The Beach House by James Patterson & Peter De Jonge

I took a break from reading James Patterson because his books were becoming too redundant. I am a huge fan of his Alex Cross and his Women’s Murder Club series and have read every one of them as they come out. I have each of the series in hardcover in my library. After reading so many of them I had to take a break. It has been years since I read the last Patterson book.

I happened to be talking to one of my customers, at work, and she was telling me how she was in bed all weekend reading. I asked her what she was reading. It was another James Patterson book. She went on to tell me about how much she really enjoyed reading The Beach House and she really thought I would enjoy reading it. She went home and came back with it later the same day (I have some of the best customers).

I started reading this book yesterday and I just finished it. It was really good. I am going to attribute it to his partnering with Peter De Jonge to make this a little different from his series of books. It still had the same elements of short cliffhanger chapters but they were not as bad. The story was good. I am glad I gave it a try. There are two more books my customer brought me, I won’t be rushing to read them next, but I will make sure I read them in the next week or so.

Summary:

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 learning a lesson in justice he never got in law school- and his astonishing plan to beat the billionaires will have you reeling-and cheering-to the very last page.

Fiction/General
Paperback (mass market)
ISBN: 0446612545
384 pages
Grand Central Publishing

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2014 Year End Recap

I started 2014 with a goal to read 100 books. I was at that goal midway through the year. I then changed it to 125, then 150 and finally I just changed it to 175 in October. I figured with the holidays coming up I would slow down. I still managed to get some reading time, thankfully.

There are some books, maybe 10,  I have reread which are not listed on here. I guess those will off set the novellas by H.M. Ward. Novella really should not count as books read but it was the only way I could keep track of which ones I had already read.

This is what I read in 2014. Have you read any of them? Some of these books were really amazing, Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, Tethered by LD Davis, and The Wife, The Maid, and the Mistress to name a few. Then there were the ones where I just wanted to pull my hair out. I won’t mention them.

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I plan on being more diverse with my genres in 2015. After I finish Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, I am planning on reading A Good Marriage by Stephen King to start off the year with a good murder mystery.

Sequels, Trilogies, Series, and Novellas…OH MY!

I am not sure how I feel about these new self published authors writing books which end being Sequels, Trilogies, Series, and Novellas. Why can’t they just write one really good, even if it is 600 pages, which tells the story start to finish. That is a concept maybe the authors need to re-visit. I am sure it is possible to write one  really  good book which will sell millions and billions of copies. right?

Did J.K. Rowling start it with the whole Harry Potter craze? Come to think of it, no she didn’t.  When I read those book I was really interested in the story until book 6 and 7. At that point it just seemed she was writing screen plays and not writing in the same style as in the first five books. I can’t be the only one imagining this.

James Patterson does the same thing. When I started reading the Alex Cross series, I loved them. Then he started getting movie offers, which then lead him to start writing big car chases and more blow ups. I have invested so much of my time and money into the Alex Cross franchise now i feel like a quitter if I don’t read the new books, but I really don’t want to read them. Is that bad?

While I am on this rant, I am going to go to the first author I remember saying this about. John Grisham. A Time to Kill, AWESOME overall. Now there is a sequel??? REALLY? Why not leave well enough alone. Yes you wrote a fantastic book. Yes it was a great movie (how could it not be with shirtless Matthew McConaughey in it?) but come on. Why not leave on a high note? Then his other great books (The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Pelican Brief) become movies then his books started be coming screen plays. Everyone was chasing everyone, cars were blowing up, everything was a Hollywood production. I stopped reading his books. I used to make it a point to get the books on the date they were realsed because I loved his writing. That stopped about 6 books ago. Nope, can’t do it.

Then comes along E.L. James with the 50 Shades trilogy. I loved the books. Could that story have been told in one book…YES. In Fifty Shades Freed, it just seemed like the bok dragged and there were outrageous situations added to get to the word quota. Filler Stories. Totally unnecessary.

The last couple of authors I have read have been the same way. I am tired of it. I don’t wait to wait for the continuation (Sylvia Day, really? Turning a trilogy into a five book series because the publisher wanted it? Really???) I want one book and to be done with it. I want closure. Is that too much to ask for?

When I read The Witching Hour by Anne Rice, it took me forever to read it. It was in paperback, over 1000 pages (not double spaced, 12pt font). It was PERFECT! I didn’t have to wait 6-12 months to see how the story would end. I knew when I read the final page.

Can we please go back to that? I am also to blame. I keep reading the books which are part of a series. Can I take a stand and read only stand alone books? Not right now I can not! There are three series, at the very minimum, I am emotionally invested in that I can’t just give up on. BUT I can from now now only read the books which I know are not going to trick me and tell me Stayed Tuned Because the Story Continues…It’s not over. I need more money. UGH!

Am I done with this rant? I think so. I might need to step away and revisit. But I am sticking to my vow to not read any more books which will lead to a series. I have had enough! There are way too many books out there, well written books, which I need to dedicate my time and money to.