Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sail by James Patterson

Ever since tragically losing their father in a scuba diving accident, Katherine Dunne's three children - Kerry, Mark, and Ernie - have grown emotionally distant from their mother and each other. In an attempt to reunite her family, Katherine has decided to leave her husband, Peter, for two months to take a voyage with her children on the family's yacht, The Family Dunne, with her brother-in-law, Jake, acting as their captain.

The first day gets off to a rocky start when Kerry tries to commit suicide by jumping off the boat, but fortunately Uncle Jake comes to her rescue. Just when things start to settle down, the family is jolted again with all kinds of disasters - violent storms, troubles with the boat, and finally an explosion that leaves them stranded at sea. When the coast guard goes cold on the search, they assume that the family is dead.

Meanwhile, there is something much more sinister at work involving Peter, Katherine's ever-so "supportive" husband. With Katherine and her bratty children gone, Peter spends the time by sleeping with his twenty-something mistress, Bailey, as he attempts to garner sympathy from the media by acting as the distraught widower. But when Peter discovers that his family is still alive, he must take matters into his own hands. Can the Dunne family get out alive before the elements of nature or Peter destroy them for good?

I could not put this book down! Patterson does an excellent job of creating a true villain out of Peter; throughout the entire book, I just wanted to strangle him! The action is plenty and Patterson fans won't be disappointed!

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