Book Review: The East End by Jason Allen


The East End by Jason Allen
My rating: ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ(3 stars)
Publisher: Park Row

This was quite the page-turner and I liked it but when I finished, I felt that something was lacking.
Perhaps it was that for all the insanity the resolutions just fell a bit flat for me. I quite enjoyed Allen's way with descriptions and that alone made this worth reading. I think I was just expecting a bigger ending for all the converging characters over a Memorial Day weekend. A good but not great summer read and that's quite fine for a debut author. I'd certainly read another by Jason Allen.


Summary: THE EAST END opens with Corey Halpern, a Hamptons local from a broken home who breaks into mansions at night for kicks. He likes the rush and admittedly, the escapism. One night just before Memorial Day weekend, he breaks into the wrong home at the wrong time: the Sheffield estate where he and his mother work. Under the cover of darkness, their boss Leo Sheffield -- billionaire CEO, patriarch, and owner of the vast lakeside manor -- arrives unexpectedly with his lover, Henry. After a shocking poolside accident leaves Henry dead, everything depends on Leo burying the truth. But unfortunately for him, Corey saw what happened and there are other eyes in the shadows.
Hordes of family and guests are coming to the estate the next morning, including Leo's surly wife, all expecting a lavish vacation weekend of poolside drinks, evening parties, and fireworks filling the sky. No one can know there’s a dead man in the woods, and there is no one Leo can turn to. With his very life on the line, everything will come down to a split-second decision. For all of the main players—Leo, Gina, and Corey alike—time is ticking down, and the world they’ve known is set to explode.
Told through multiple points of view, THE EAST END highlights the socio-economic divide in the Hamptons, but also how the basic human need for connection and trust can transcend class differences. Secrecy, obsession, and desperation dictate each character’s path. In a race against time, each critical moment holds life in the balance as Corey, Gina, and Leo approach a common breaking point. THE EAST END is a propulsive read, rich with character and atmosphere, and marks the emergence of a talented new voice in fiction.

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