When I pick up a James Patterson novel, I am guaranteed to be entertained, sometimes shocked, but always entertained. In Pattersons novels, I almost always find stories filled with very interesting characters; even the villains are intriguing. I cant ignore the fact that they reel me in, regardless of whether I love or hate the character. Pattersons ability to make these characters come to life and leap off the page is very impressive. In Beach Road, he does it again.
Tom Dunleavy is a likeable guy. Hes a guy you could be buddies with. After his career with the NBA is sidelined, he becomes a lawyer, though hes not a very prominent lawyer.
Kate Costello is tough as nails. If you are the underdog, you will want her in your corner. She demonstrates a dogged determination to do the right thing; she even walks away from her law firm rather than defend a man she knows is guilty. She is one of those people that will walk through fire for the people she cares for. She used to care for Tom Dunleavy until he broke her heart and she hasnt forgiven him yet.
Dante Halleyville is a young man that bad luck seems to follow. Raised by his grandmother, he struggles to overcome the adversity that has plagued his life and rise above the tragedy that has followed him. He is talented and intelligent and is on his way to a superstar career in the NBA. When he is accused of murder, his life hangs in the balance.
This book is narrated by several points of view. Tom, Kate, Dante and Loco, a local drug dealer, who has a keen sense of what is going on, offer their perceptions on the events surrounding them. Tom and Kate agreed to defend Dante and are convinced hes being set up. Convincing a jury of enough reasonable doubt leaves Tom and Kate with their work cut out for them.
This story was a little slow to get going in the beginning, but it changes direction without warning and takes off at high speed. Suddenly, I am caught in the story watching the events unfold, unable to look away. With every visit Tom and Kate make to Dante in jail, the tension mounts. If Dante is innocent, then the killer is still out there and loose ends will need to be tied up. I found myself worrying about the safety of Dante, Tom and Kate. Defending Dante doesnt sit well with the community and Tom and Kate arent highly experienced lawyers.
This isnt one of James Pattersons best stories, but Beach Road is a story that will pull you in and rip the rug out from under you. When everything is revealed, I felt like I had been hit by a bus. I was shocked and surprised and that is what Patterson is good at. Fans of James Patterson will enjoy this story knowing they are in for a great ride and readers new to his books will enjoy the suspense and intense twists.
James Patterson's book are always an easy read, but this was such a page turner I finished it in a single day! Good story, great twist at the end I did not see coming. If you are looking for an interesting story with an unexpected ending this is it.
I didn't see the ending coming! A good fast read as usual with Patterson. Probably one of his better ones.
Another intriging James Patterson. Well written!
A surprise ending and a bit out of left field, in my opinion. Nonetheless I did enjoy the book.
An ending that I didn't see coming. I enjoy James Patterson's book and this one did not disappoint!
James Patterson's books are always a good read!
This is a ridiculous book! My husband & I listened to it while traveling. The story was written in such a way that it told the thoughts of main characters. Both in actions and expressed thoughts, characters were portrayed in one light. In the huge twist ending, they were shown to be something else entirely. That means that the thoughts expressed throughout the book until the end were actually lies. What a cop out just to have a shocking ending!!
great read suprise ending
Great read, keeps you going until the end and the change is shocking truth.
Inside cover:Welcome to Beach Road Tom Dunleavy has a one-man (and dog) law firm in the richest resort town in America--the legendary East Hampton, summer home to billionaires and megacelebrities. But his job barely keeps him in paper clips. His clients come from the year-rounders he grew up with, the people who make a living serving the rich. The movie moguls, models, and corporate honchos who swarm the beached every summer alreday have lawyers on their payroll.
Then an old friend of Tom's, a local star athlete, is arrrested for triple homicide on the beach near a movie star's mansion. Tom know in his gut that Dante Halleywille is innocent. Dante asks Tom to represent him in what could be the new Trial of the Century, and for the time Tom is on the spot and in the public eye. Tom recruits Manhattan superlawyer Kate Costello to help fight the case. She's a tough hire, because Kate is his ex-girlfriend, and she's seen him at his worst-but she comes back. All the two have to do is discover who really executed three locals and why they went to such incredible lenghts to set up Dante as the killer. Evan as Tom wonders whether he can ever get Kate to forgive him for his past sins, the case takes on astonighing dimensions, revealing a world of illegal pleasures, revenge and fear among the superrich. With the nations eyes on him, Tom orchestrates a series of revelations to lure the real killer out of hiding-and what emerges is staggering. No one could imagine a killer this ruthless.
I liked this book, some of his latest have not been the best for me. I did enjoy this one!
Wow, I didn't see that ending coming!
great book you just cant beat James Patterson he is one of my favorites!!!!!!!!!!
Very suspenseful and a quick read!!
I always enjoy Patterson's books and this one was set near where I grew up, which made it even more interesting.
The end of this BLEW me away. I loved it and I love Patterson.
Excellent Patterson book...you will love the ending!