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Detective Jenna Murphy comes to the Hamptons to solve a murder - but what she finds is more deadly than she could ever imagine.
No. 7 Ocean Drive is a gorgeous, multi-million-dollar beachfront estate in the Hamptons, where money and privilege know no bounds. But its beautiful gothic exterior hides a horrific past: It was the scene of a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty, and rumored to be cursed, it's known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance.
Detective Jenna Murphy used to consider herself a local, but she hasn't been back since she was a girl. Trying to escape her troubled past and rehabilitate a career on the rocks, the former New York City cop hardly expects her lush and wealthy surroundings to be a hotbed of grisly depravity. But when a Hollywood power broker and his mistress are found dead in the abandoned Murder House, the gruesome crime scene rivals anything Jenna experienced in Manhattan. And what at first seems like an open and shut case turns out to have as many shocking secrets as the Murder House itself, as Jenna quickly realizes that the mansion's history is much darker than even the town's most salacious gossips could have imagined.
As more bodies surface, and the secret that Jenna has tried desperately to escape closes in on her, she must risk her own life to expose the truth - before the Murder House claims another victim.
Full of the twists and turns that have made James Patterson the world's number one best-selling writer, The Murder House isa chilling story of murder, money, and revenge.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 26 minutes|
|Author||James Patterson, David Ellis|
|Narrator||Therese Plummer, Jay Snyder|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 28, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #4,746 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#175 in Police Procedural Mysteries
#180 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#378 in Police Procedurals (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2016
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The red-haired Murphy who has a problem with authority and drinking also lacks the qualities of a sincere and humane character. This is unlike Patterson, whose characters normally reflect the traits of people one knows. Murphy, along with Noah, seems to have identity issues that are never truly resolved for either of the characters or for the reader. They are mere shadows of well-developed characters. Perhaps the disconnect could have been resolved if the actual emotions of Murphy resembled those of a female working in a male dominated world. Patterson tells the reader how Murphy feels, but the imagery does not support those telling facts. In addition, Noah, the apparent antagonist in this story, also lacks the empathy needed for him to be realistic.
Patterson moves the plot moves in a zig-zag pattern through different voices in a series of flashbacks. The reader knows that there will be a connection among the different narrators and the time-lines, but it is the narrative pace supported by numerous events and subplots that keeps the reader moving from one chapter to the next. The resolution, however, is just that. The writers do tie all the ends together and offer a resolution that brings the book to an end. It does not, however, entice the reader to wonder what happens in the next chapter of the characters’ lives.
Furthermore, police and trial procedural seems to be nonexistent. And can I just say, this might have been the STUPIDEST police department in the history of all police departments, throughout the entire world? "Some random person says I should arrest you for murdering 8 people? Well, alrighty then. Let me get a warrant."
Sorry. It doesn't work that way.
Lastly, this book is FAR too long, and even worse, it's predictable. By around the 40% mark, I'd figured it out. Blah. I've read 52 books so far this year (it's 4/22), and this one took me a full week to finish. That should tell you something. The author was throwing red herrings all over the place, introducing characters which simply didn't need to be introduced, and writing story lines which added quantity, but certainly not quality.
This novel is definitely not a winner, and I'm sorry to say, I can't knowingly recommend this book to anyone. 1.5 stars rounded to 2.
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I love most books written by James Patterson, so if you are a fan then it's a good enough read, just don't expect too much.