Book Review for THE EAST END by Jason Allen
THE EAST END by Jason Allen
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An addictive and intense snapshot of life for a select group of people who come crashing together because of a tragic incident.
THE EAST END is not a book I will soon forget. In his debut, Allen seems to give his readers a story that shines a light on the haves and have nots in the Hamptons. However, this is only the beginning of what I can call one hell of a ride.
From the beginning until the last page, this book grabbed me. There is emotion, hate, love, passion, secrets, and addiction. Nothing is off limits and though it may seem there are too many things going on, don’t worry. It all works together in a fascinating and gritty look at what happened on Memorial Day weekend in the East End.
As a debut, this book is solid. I loved the author’s voice and couldn’t get enough of his writing. The only negative thing I can say is that I wanted more. I wanted little bits here and there throughout the story, especially at the end. Honestly, I didn’t want it to end.
If you are into darker fiction with carefully crafted relationships, this book is one for you. I cannot wait to see what the author comes up with next.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A tragic accident threatens to unravel two families in this gripping novel of suspense and culture clash set in the Hamptons.
Corey Halpern, a local high schooler with a troubled home life, is desperate to leave the Hamptons and start anew somewhere else. His last summer before college, he settles for the escapism he finds in sneaking into neighboring mansions.
One night just before Memorial Day weekend, he breaks in to the wrong home at the wrong time: the Sheffield estate, where he and his mother, Gina, work. Under the cover of darkness, Leo Sheffield—a billionaire CEO, patriarch and the owner of the vast lakeside manor—arrives unexpectedly with a companion. After a shocking poolside accident, everything depends on Leo burying the truth before his family and friends arrive for the holiday weekend. Unfortunately for him, Corey saw what happened, as did other eyes in the shadows.
Secrecy, obsession and desperation dictate each character’s path in this spectacular debut. In a race against time, each critical moment holds life in the balance as Corey, Gina and Leo approach a common breaking point. With an ending as explosive as the Memorial Day fireworks on the island, The East End welcomes a bright new voice in fiction.
About the Author: Jason Allen grew up in a working-class home in the Hamptons, where he worked a variety of blue-collar jobs for wealthy estate owners. He writes fiction, poetry, and memoir, and is the author of the poetry collection A MEDITATION ON FIRE. He has an MFA from Pacific University and a PhD in literature and creative writing from Binghamton University, and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he teaches writing. THE EAST END is his first novel.
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Park Row; Original edition (May 7, 2019)
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