Book Review of Beach Road

Beach Road
Beach Road
Author: James Patterson, Peter de Jonge
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4


This is the first time I have read Paterson. I admit - I tend to be a bit of a snob about NYT Bestselling Authors - if I don't discover them on my own before they hit the NYT, chances are I will avoid them until someone suggests them or I have some other reason to try them. In this case, my reason was being caught out without a book, at a small deli with a very small used bookshelf. This looked like the most interesting of the bunch.
The book was fantastic for the first 145 chapters (that's right - chapters. Damn short chapters Patterson writes, and that's the truth.) I thought I had discovered a new favorite author, to add to my existing list of 30 or 50 or so favorites. I was already writing letters in my head to a few penpals, to tell them how great this guy was.
Then, in chapter 145, the book took a sudden nose dive. The end made no sense. The charcters, so well and carefully devoloped, broke from their own characters so greatly as to tear the hell out of my suspension of disbelief. The entire end was a writing trick that I call 'Daemns ex machina', and I care for that writing trick not a bit better than I like Dias Ex Machina.
I can not recomend this book in the least. I actually asked the bookseller at my local used bookstore her opinion of Paterson, she said she liked him, but warned me away from this book in particular - so I will have to, perhaps, try a couple of his others, to see if he is usually better than this.