Book Review: The East End by Jason Allen @parkrowbooks @HarperCollins #TheEastEnd #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger #booksonthebookshelf





Thank you to the publisher for gifting me an eARC of this book via NetGalley.



THE EAST END is an atmospheric debut novel of family secrets and scandal, of love and heartbreak, of working class struggle versus the privileges of the super wealthy, all set in a place whose incredible beauty means both pleasure and pain – a place where people will die for love, kill for truth, and dream of escaping forever.

THE EAST END opens with Corey Halpern, a Hamptons local from a broken home who breaks into mansions at night for kicks. He likes the rush and admittedly, the escapism. One night just before Memorial Day weekend, he breaks into the wrong home at the wrong time: the Sheffield estate where he and his mother work. Under the cover of darkness, their boss Leo Sheffield — billionaire CEO, patriarch, and owner of the vast lakeside manor — arrives unexpectedly with his lover, Henry. After a shocking poolside accident leaves Henry dead, everything depends on Leo burying the truth. But unfortunately for him, Corey saw what happened and there are other eyes in the shadows.

Hordes of family and guests are coming to the estate the next morning, including Leo’s surly wife, all expecting a lavish vacation weekend of poolside drinks, evening parties, and fireworks filling the sky. No one can know there’s a dead man in the woods, and there is no one Leo can turn to. With his very life on the line, everything will come down to a split-second decision. For all of the main players—Leo, Gina, and Corey alike—time is ticking down, and the world they’ve known is set to explode.

Told through multiple points of view, THE EAST END highlights the socio-economic divide in the Hamptons, but also how the basic human need for connection and trust can transcend class differences. Secrecy, obsession, and desperation dictate each character’s path. In a race against time, each critical moment holds life in the balance as Corey, Gina, and Leo approach a common breaking point. THE EAST END is a propulsive read, rich with character and atmosphere, and marks the emergence of a talented new voice in fiction.



I found this book to be quite an interesting read that had me intrigued from the beginning. A young man named Corey who breaks into homes for kicks. Just because he can. Corey was an interesting character to read about in this book. I enjoyed reading about his sudden friendship with a young girl his age as they accidentally stumble across one another one night when he is in a home he has broken into. The circumstances that cause them to force paths, as they happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Without giving too much away, their timely meeting was curious.

I enjoyed how the novel was told from different view points. It seems Corey wasn’t the only one hiding secrets and had something to hide. In a popular and wealthy place such as the Hamptons, it seems there are several secrets and betrayals around. 

I enjoyed reading this story as it unfolded and found myself wanting to know what would happen next. So many secrets and deception, how could you not enjoy such a juicy novel as this one.


MY RATING: 4/5 stars

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