Review of ‘The Murder House’

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Detective Jenna Murphy has, thanks to her uncle who is the chief of police, taken a job with the Southampton Town Police Department, after resigning from the NYPD under pressure. A town that is quiet until the summer crowd of wealthy part time residents arrive, crime is nothing compared to what she knew in New York.

Then, a local girl and her out of town lover are found dead, and Noah Walker, a local handyman is charged with their murder. Jenna’s pretty sure, at first, that he’s guilty, but the more she looks into the case, and Noah’s background, the more doubt begins to creep in. When more bodies begin to turn up, including her uncle, with the circumstantial evidence point squarely at Noah, Jenna realizes that there are things going on in Southampton Town beneath the surface, and it all seems to be related to the strange mansion overlooking the ocean, the place known as The Murder House, and events long past, events that somehow Jenna is tied up with.

Despite orders to stay away from the case, Jenna persists, pulling scabs from old wounds and unearthing secrets that someone would kill to keep hidden.

The Murder House by James Patterson and David Ellis is not one of Patterson’s best, but it’s near the top of the list. Lots of plot twists, red herrings, and bombshells to keep you guessing until the very end. It might not be Patterson at his best, but it’ll do.

I received this book as a gift. While it’s not up there with many of the other Patterson books, it’s still a good read. I give it five stars.


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