Beach Road by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge – Book review

I have previous read and enjoyed James Patterson books. So when I came across this book while going through my kindle I decided to read it. However I found this book to be my least favourite book till date. Read on to find out why.


Montauk lawyer Tom Dunleavy’s client list is woefully small-occasional real estate closings barely keep him in paper clips. So when he is hired to defend a local man accused in a triple murder in East Hampton, he knows that he has found the case of his lifetime. Dunleavy’s client is a local hero, but he knows the case rests on money, deception, and forbidden desires. When Dunleavy is joined by his former flame, the savvy and well-connected attorney, Kate Costello, he believes he has a chance. But payback is a bitch, especially from the rich. With the entire nation’s eyes on him in a new Trial of the Century, Dunleavy orchestrates a series of revelations that lead to a stunning outcome-and the truth is wilder than anything he ever imagined.


Tom is a very average and lazy lawyer who also happens to be a good ex basketball player. When one of the local kids he plays ball with gets accused of a triple murder, Tom decides to defend him for free. His ex-flame Kate soon join the team and how both of them go about trying to prove their client’s innocence forms the whole premise of the story.


  • Fast paced
  • Small chapter
  • Nice twist at the end


  • Unbelievable perpetrator
  • Poorly developed story line nor the characters


-Spoilers ahead-

This book has one of the least interesting ‘court room drama’ pages I’ve ever read. The characters expect for Dante’s are all cardboard. The twist at the end is so ridiculously unbelievable. How could Tom be the killer all along and not drop any clues anywhere. And why did he want to defend Dante in the first place if he was the one who framed him. Also I refuse to believe that a local kid could be the notorious drug dealer loco and none of the locals would know about it. The only redeeming quality of this book was that the authors make us believe that Tom might actually get away with everything. The whole Paris stay with Kate is romantic till you think how she did not question his finances. How does a small time lawyer have a 2000 euros just for clothes and money to fund this whole romantic get away without earning a single penny for almost a whole year? And yet I wanted everything to work out in his favour. This is why the twist at the end was, according to me the best part of the whole book. Only James Patterson fans give this one a try. Rest can give it a miss.




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