Friday, October 28, 2011

Sail by James Patterson

Title:  Sail
Author:  James Patterson and Howard Roughan
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: January 1, 2008

    My Rating:

From Goodreads:

Since the death of her husband, Anne Dunne and her three children have struggled in every way. In a last ditch effort to save the family, Anne plans an elaborate sailing vacation to bring everyone together once again. But only an hour out of port, everything is going wrong. The teenage daughter, Carrie, is planning to drown herself. The teenage son, Mark, is high on drugs and ten-year-old Ernie is nearly catatonic. This is the worst vacation ever.

Anne manages to pull things together bit by bit, but just as they begin feeling like a family again, something catastrophic happens. Survival may be the least of their concerns.

Written with the blistering pace and shocking twists that only James Patterson can master, SAIL takes "Lost" and "Survivor" to a new level of terror

                                      My review

Four years after her husband’s death, Katherine Dunne fears she may be losing her children too. 18-year-old Carrie has a severe eating disorder, Mark, 16, is a pothead, and Ernie is the oldest 10 year old on the planet. They haven’t felt like a family since Stuart’s death. Enter Katherine’s brilliant plan to have a family vacation aboard the family yacht. With her former brother-in-law Jake as captain, they set out to save their family, quickly realizing this may be the end of all of them.

This is the anything-that-could-go-wrong, did-go-wrong-book. I’ve never been a fan of the ocean. Frankly, it terrifies me, and my rule of thumb for being in water has always been “If I can’t clearly see my toes touching the bottom, and if it is home to any living creatures - it’s not for me”. So yeah, bathtubs and swimming pools are the only bodies of water I inhabit. That being said, that is probably why this book scared me and may or may not have contributed to a new stomach ulcer.

It was definitely a “can’t put it down” story, and I read it in one sitting. This was not the typical Patterson story that keeps you guessing until the end. I like the way the “bad guy” is ousted right at the beginning. Still, there were twists, turns and tons of suspense.

If you’re a James Patterson fan, then Sail is one you will definitely want in your collection.

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