This is the story of Charlotte Emory, a woman who has always felt tied down by her old, stifling parents and later her minister husband. (She does not have religious beliefs.) Charlotte tries giving away all the excess furniture that was abandoned by her free-spirited mother-in-law. She gets caught. When Charlotte is kidnapped by a bank robber, she finally feels she can leave her husband, children, and house behind. After a series of misadventures while "on the lam", Charlotte goes back to her home and photography studio. I felt like Charlotte has not completely given up on her plans to leave home.
Peter Mullen is liked by everyone in the Hamptons town of Montauk, but Peter has a secret life. Peter's body is found on the beach outside the house of Barry Neubauer the morning after the Neubauer's annual Memorial Day party. Peter was working the party as a valet, parking cars of the rich and famous. Peter's family consists of Jack, a law student; his father, who soon dies of a heart attack; and Macklin, an 87 year-old grandfather who still works as a paralegal. The family soon learns that Peter's death is being treated as an accident or suicide by the police, although they are sure he was murdered. The plot develops as Jack, Macklin and friends try to prove Peter was murdered while contending with police corruption and the power wielded by the rich Neubauer family. The Beach House has a lot of Patterson's usual qualities; great character development, a host of players, and short attention-getting chapters. The plot, however, is degraded when Jack and Macklin resort to kidnapping the bad guys and holding a vigilante trial to force a confession from the murderer - reminiscent of an old western movie. If you want to read an entertaining mystery with an easy-to-follow story, give The Beach House a try.
This is the second Sam Kincaid novel and very exciting. It leaves the ending open to a third novel to follow. The character is with law enforcement in the Utah State Prison System. He also is in a custody dispute over his young daughter. Both story lines are very well developed. I look forward to additional works by this author.
Ellen Burstyn has written a remarkably candid memoir of her life growing up in Detroit during the depression. It is truly amazing that she was able to overcome all the problems presented by her parents, failed marriages and difficulty finding success in show business. She is a remarkable woman with tremendous determination who bounced back from many setbacks. Her search for inner peace and spirituality is especially touching. I enjoyed this book by one of my favorite actresses.
This is the first book in the Women's Murder Club series and stars Linsdsey Boxer, a homicide inspector, and three other professional women in San Francisco who are pitted against a serial killer who is murdering newlyweds on their wedding night. When we first meet the killer early in the story, he is thinking, "What is the worst thing anyone has ever done?" In answer, he begins a murderous plot to kill newlyweds that takes him from California to Ohio. The book takes you on a wild ride with twists and turns from beginning to end. Just when Lindsey and the Women's Murder Club thinks they have solved the cases of the murdered newlyweds, along comes another twist! It is a very realistic story of a dedicated, hard working police officer who, in spite of serious personal problems, is focused on solving the gruesome murders. If you enjoy a good mystery with great character development, read First To Die.
As with many Patterson novels, this one had lots of twists and turns. Just when I thought the storyline was being developed along a certain way, a new occurrence happened - I enjoyed the characters, but got lost a couple of times when things got moving quickly.
This is such an enjoyable book to read - a feel good memoir of a youngster growing up in Indiana and apparently had the ideal childhood with loving parents, siblings and community. Her observations of various events she remembers are laugh out loud funny. It is hard to believe that a child (the author) who did not speak until she was three years old became such a talented storyteller. I highly recommend this book.