“It has an ocean-front view, a private beach–and a deadly secret that won’t stay buried.”
The Murder House Synopsis
No. 7 Ocean Drive is a gorgeous, multi-million-dollar beachfront estate in the Hamptons, where money and privilege know no bounds. But its beautiful gothic exterior hides a horrific past: it was the scene of a series of depraved killings that have never been solved.
Neglected, empty, and rumored to be cursed, it’s known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance.
Detective Jenna Murphy used to consider herself a local, but she hasn’t been back since she was a girl. Trying to escape her troubled past and rehabilitate a career on the rocks, the former New York City cop hardly expects her lush and wealthy surroundings to be a hotbed of grisly depravity.
But when a Hollywood power broker and his mistress are found dead in the abandoned Murder House, the gruesome crime scene rivals anything Jenna experienced in Manhattan. And what at first seems like an open and shut case turns out to have as many shocking secrets as the Murder House itself, as Jenna quickly realizes that the mansion’s history is much darker than even the town’s most salacious gossips could have imagined.
As more bodies surface, and the secret that Jenna has tried desperately to escape closes in on her, she must risk her own life to expose the truth–before the Murder House claims another victim.
For the launch, the novel was packaged up into five neat eBook segments that were made available separately.
As you’d expect, the book has since been printed in a traditional format and is available across all the popular channels. So don’t worry, you can still pick it up at your local Barnes & Noble.
Having been armed with that info, initial worry sets in that the full book might suffer from it’s episodic launch, with cut content or strange formatting. Luckily, however, that is not the case.
The printed edition of the book was released alongside the final eBook segment, which suggests it had been completed prior to the launch plan. After giving it a read, it’s clear this is the case and despite a rather unorthodox marketing scheme to prop up its launch it stands up well.
But is it worth the read? We’re going to take a closer look to find out.
The Murder House Review
The first thing worth noting about this gothic suspense/mystery novel is that it’s wholly about the journey, as opposed to the riveting climax. Often, as readers we find ourselves guessing ahead as to who a killer or perpetrator may be, excited to finish a story just to find out.
The Murder House is a bit different in that sense. Yes, it’s a mystery through and through, and yes there are some great twists and turns throughout. However, if you go into this novel expecting a huge, unpredictable climax, you might want to look elsewhere.
Any true mystery fan will be able to guess some of the twists and plot turns before they come to pass, and may even solve the big mystery before the text reveals it.
That’s not to say the conclusion isn’t satisfying, because it definitely is. But again, this work of fiction is more about the journey the main character follows and what happens to her along the way.
The sinister home with a past – for which the book is titled – resides at No. 7 Ocean Drive in the Hamptons. Our protagonist, a detective named Jenna Murphy, actually grew up in the Hamptons, specifically on Ocean Drive, and has returned after a rocky series of events caused turmoil in her personal life.
The acting police department Chief is Jenna’s uncle, and when the book opens Jenna has been working with him for nearly a years time.
Her first murder case takes her back to Ocean Drive, after a Hollywood power broker and his mistress – a local waitress – are found brutally murdered inside the home.
The local department, under the guise of Jenna’s uncle, solves the case quickly – blaming a construction worker named Noah Walker who had been dating the murdered waitress. Naturally, they arrest him, and he is later released on bond pending an official trial.
Without giving away too much, Jenna must uncover the mystery behind the murder while coming to grips with several haunting memories from her past. She must also contend with the local department, who believes they have already fingered the killer.
It doesn’t take long for Jenna to realize the true killer may be responsible for as many as eight serial murders in the area, and that she is the only one determined to find the truth.
Is The Murder House Worth the Read?
When all is said and done, The Murder House is an addictive, well-versed thriller with a lot going on between the folds. It serves as a great stand-alone read; one that you can finish in a single sitting if you’re so inclined, or in several.
The material isn’t life-changing, and there’s nothing particularly special that will sit with you for long, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a highly enjoyable experience.
Despite usually having different writing tones, both Ellis and Patterson work together seamlessly to bring this novel to an interesting, well-rounded conclusion.
If you’re a murder-mystery fan and you’re looking for a solid read, look no further than James Patterson and David Ellis’ The Murder House.
Are There Similar Books Worth Reading?
Unless you live in a cave tucked far away from society, you should be able to find plenty of murder-mystery novels! Of course, to make your search easier, we put together a small list of similar books that you might be interested in – if you found The Murder House good.
- The Last Victim by Kevin O’Brien
- Everything to Lose by Andrew Gross
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- Down the Rabbit Hole by Multiple Authors
- Goodbye to the Dead by Brian Freeman
Where Can I Get The Murder House?
We researched several vendors, and have found that the best price is almost always offered by Amazon. Not to mention, they have some of the best shipping options for the cheapest prices – if you buy the physical version of the novel. It just so happens that they also offer a digital eBook version, as well. So take your pick!