Book Review: The Summer House by James Patterson & Brendan DuBois


Title: The Summer House

Author: James Patterson, Brendan DuBois

Publication Date: June 8, 2020

Number of Pages: 429

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Century

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Suspense, Military


For seven unsuspecting victims, death comes in the dark . . .

Once a luxurious getaway for a wealthy Southern family, the Summer House has long since fallen into disrepair. Its fall from grace is complete when it becomes the scene of a horrific mass murder.

Shocking evidence points to four Army Rangers recently returned from Afghanistan. The Army sends Major Jeremiah Cook, a war veteran and former NYPD cop, to investigate.

As Cook and his team struggle to put together pieces of evidence that just won’t fit, powerful forces rally against them to try to ensure that damning secrets are buried along with the victims.

Personal Thoughts:

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐💫

In this military suspense fiction, we follow Major Jeremiah Cook and his team as they investigate the shocking events that murdered seven civilians, including a two-year-old girl, in a place called The Summer House in Georgia. As Cook and his team try to piece together the evidence that led to the arrest of four Army Rangers, they find out that there’s more secrets hidden in this town.

I’m not a big fan of military or police fiction, so it took me a while to get used to this book. And given that James Patterson has numerous publications (and genres; I did like his romance novels though), I wasn’t honestly expecting too much going into this book. But I’m happy to say that I enjoyed it quite a bit. It’s not, like, a new favorite, but it was enjoyable all the same.

The story started out a bit dragging and I find it hard to understand some of the police/military stuff, but when I got to about 30% of the book, that’s when thing started getting better. I’m glad that I pushed through because now I’m thinking of trying more military suspense fiction moving forward (just not the heavy stuff yet).

I read this as a buddy read with my husband, and it was such a fun time discussing the book with him in between chapters. And since I did enjoy this one, I’m definitely going to try more of this author’s standalone novels.


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