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The Summer House Hardcover – June 8, 2020
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James Patterson does not need me to review one of his books. They sell by virtue of his name alone. However, his co- author, Brendan DuBois, is a friend of mine and for that reason this book is of interest to me. (Please note- if I didn't like it, I wouldn't have reviewed it. ) The plot is actually quite complex, at least, initially. Once the reader gets familiar with the characters, the pacing of the plot increasingly accelerates. The short chapters with characters’ alternate points of view, often with a cliffhanger ending, are reminiscent of the Patterson style of writing. This adds to the propulsive nature of the book. When the reader reaches the last 200 pages, the book is impossible to put down. I imagine the research that went into the book was supplied by Brendan, as well as, the solid characterizations. Both of these authors should be proud of this book. It is superb entertainment though a bit too long. Highly recommended.
I did not like this one, sorry.
It was very convoluted and jumped around so much, I had trouble keeping up.
I am an avid reader, read voraciously, and found I had to push myself to finish it when all I really wanted to do was put it down and go on to something more enjoyable.
Sorry, this was not one of my favorites. James Patterson can do much better than this.
Although it's a military mystery the setting is rural Georgia. The characters are almost cliche. The crusty head of the unit, Major Cook; Special Agent Connie York, investigator; Captain Pierce, JAG; Lieutenant Huang, psychiatrist and Special Agent Sanchez, second investigator. The
While the plot was engaging, the drama felt forced and the pace was stilted. I don't recommend this book unless you enjoy military jargon and simple characters.
The Summer House was page turning expose on the ravages of present day war and warfare. It realistically showed the sad truths of training men and women to kill...and then assuming they could stop. It was a definite expose' on the looming mental health crisis in the world today. Ironically, that was the good part.
I could be entirely off base but the way this novel was written didn't appear to be JP's style of writing.... There were so many first person quotes beginning with , "I said, " I'd say, etc., that it seemed odd and totally out of character for him. The story was worthy of continuing but I found myself questioning who really penned the words.
I will, of course, continue reading each and every new release but I will be watching to see who co-authors each one.
Sometimes people complain about James Patterson’s collaborations with other authors, but I have found a few of them absolute must reads. Some are good and fun reads and I have come across a few I loved. I have discovered a few authors I did not read before and was glad to see a couple I have read regularly.
This is a loved one and I hope to see much more by this author.