The Murder House

The Murder House

Large Print - 2015
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"No. 7 Ocean Drive is a gorgeous, multimillion-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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2015.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780316339377
Branch Call Number: PAT
Characteristics: 589 p. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ellis, David 1967-


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Feb 11, 2020

A lot of murders have taken place at No 7 Ocean Drive and the locals call it the Murder House. Detective Jenna Murphy comes to the Hamptons to take up a job on the police force. She wants to solve these murders and stop any more from happening. Another very good book from James Patterson.

Dec 09, 2019

<3 Patterson

what else can i say.....

Jul 15, 2019

Great summer beach read. You will not want to put it down.

Jun 20, 2019

Creepy but kept me wondering to the end!

Nov 08, 2018

Another great book by David Ellis!

Aug 11, 2018

I didn't enjoy this book when I first started reading. The main character, Jenna, wasn't a character I liked. I kept reading, knowing this book should eventually get exciting, and I was right. This book was very suspenseful, and Jenna was a very good detective and main character.

Jul 31, 2018

I was driven back-and-forth several times among the possible suspects. Maybe some people found this predictable, it sure wasn’t for me. I love being kepped off guard.

Aug 12, 2017

Excellent "who dun it" book. While the twist in the story was a little predictable, I never saw the ending coming. Nice work Patterson/Ellis.

Feb 10, 2017

I am thrilled with this book. I usually think I know who did what, but he got me again! I love it.

Feb 06, 2017

Reading it was an experiment - the verdict?

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Nov 29, 2015

It's not that I don't care about anything besides my job -- it's that the job doesn't let you leave. You see death and misery and suffering, and you don't just click that off when you go home; it doesn't wash off in the shower or vanish with a lover's embrace. You are polluted, toxic, and so you hold back so you don't infect someone else with the poison. You keep part of yourself segregated, hidden.
It's a shrike," I say. "A small bird, yes. No large talons, no great wingspan. Not what you'd think of as a bird of prey. You're right it looks harmless. But guess how it kills its food?"
"Too bad you realized it after you tossed me this gun. Life's a game of inches, isn't it? If it had come to you just a few seconds earlier, I wouldn't be holding this gun. That's gotta sting."

Nov 29, 2015

"No one ever leaves alive / The house at 7 Ocean Drive," she says in her best ghoulish horror-movie voice, repeating the poem she'd heard. "Not friend or foe, not man or mouse / Can e'er survive the Murder House."
- And he couldn't hurt a june bug with a sledgehammer.
He makes a noise as he finishes another sip. "No. you're paid to so what I tell you to do."
"I'm a detective," I say. "Once in a while, I try to detect."
My uncle gives me a look that I remember seeing as a child that look an adult gives when a kid is being adorably precocious, a combination of pride and annoyance. But in this case, the annoyance is outweighing the pride.

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