Sunday, January 31, 2010

Review: The Gate House by Nelson DeMille

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille delivers the long-awaited follow-up to his classic novel The Gold Coast.

When John Sutter's aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London. Now, ten years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant. Taking up temporary residence in the gatehouse of Stanhope Hall, John finds himself living only a quarter of a mile from Susan who has also returned to Long Island. But Susan isn't the only person from John's past who has reemerged: Though Frank Bellarosa, infamous Mafia don and Susan's ex-lover, is long dead, his son, Anthony, is alive and well, and intent on two missions: Drawing John back into the violent world of the Bellarosa family, and exacting revenge on his father's murderer—Susan Sutter. At the same time, John and Susan's mutual attraction resurfaces and old passions begin to reignite, and John finds himself pulled deeper into a familiar web of seduction and betrayal. In THE GATE HOUSE, acclaimed author Nelson Demille brings us back to that fabled spot on the North Shore — a place where past, present, and future collides with often unexpected results.

Received from the publisher for review.

I've read a couple of the author's books before (Plum Island was fantastic), and so was eagerly anticipating this although I've never read The Gold Coast. Granted, had I read the first book this would have been better, but it worked equally as well as a stand alone book.

This one gets four stars. It was a bit lengthy at 786 pages, but that just comes with the DeMille territory, and the story is well worthy of all those pages - it is engaging, real, infinitely well written, and quite readable. Although I'd didn't particularly like, or care about, the characters as people they felt real and were well developed. This is a must read for DeMille fans and certainly recommended for Sopranos fans as well.

★★★★ = Really Liked It


CherylS22 said...

I just finished this book myself. I really liked it but I thought it started off pretty slow. However, once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. I read "The Gold Coast" too & I don't think you needed to read that one to get into this one.

Diane said...

Beth...I'm glad u enjoyed The Gate House. I liked Gold Coast, but was not impressed with Gate House JMO.

rubynreba said...

I also just finished this book and like Cheryl once I got into it I couldn't put it down. I have not read any of his books before but would really like to read The Gold Coast now. I would definitely recommend it.

Ryan G said...

I've never read any of his books and I've heard good things about The Gold Coast so I may have to give him a try some day.

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