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

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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This books was amazing. Every review I read about it was absolutely correct. I could not wait to find out who did it! Every time you think you know who did it, you question your decision. So many possibilities. If you liked Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn or Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty you will definitely enjoy this great read.

Summary:

Three women, three men, connected through marriage or infidelity. Each is to blame for something. But only one is a killer in this nail-biting, stealthy psychological thriller about human frailty and obsession.
Just what goes on in the houses you pass by every day?
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and evening, rattling over the same junctions, flashing past the same townhouses.The train stops at the same signal every day, and she sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof terrace. Jason and Jess, as she calls them, seem so happy. Then one day Rachel sees someone new in their garden. Soon after, Rachel sees the woman she calls Jess on the news. Jess has disappeared.
Through the ensuing police investigation, Rachel is drawn deeper into the lives of the couple she learns are really Megan and Scott Hipwell. As she befriends Scott, Rachel pieces together what really happened the day Megan disappeared. But when Megan’s body is found, Rachel finds herself the chief suspect in the case. Plunged into a world of betrayals, secrets and deceptions, Rachel must confront the facts about her own past and her own failed marriage.
A sinister and twisting story that will keep you guessing at every turn, The Girl on the Train is a high-speed chase for the truth.

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 13th 2015 by Riverhead Hardcover (first published January 6th 2015)
original title: The Girl on the Train
ISBN 1594633665 (ISBN13: 9781594633669)

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate,
political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

There are some great fairy tales included within this book. One that stood out the most was this particular.

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Little Big Lies

BIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty

Pirriwee Public’s annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder.

“Oh, calamity!”

“Those we love don’t go away, they sit beside us every day.”

“It’s because a woman’s entire self-worth rests on her looks,” said Jane. “That’s why. It’s because we live in a beauty-obsessed society where the most important thing a woman can do is make herself attractive to men.”

“All conflict can be traced back to someone’s feelings getting hurt, don’t you think?”

Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies

I had this book in my possession since it was released and just never got around to reading it. It was the perfect way to end the year and begin 2015. I liked Big Little Lies more than The Husband’s Secret, the story just seemed better put together.

If you haven’t read it, add it to your TBR!