by James Patterson

Hardcover, 2008

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Little, Brown and Company (2008), 400 pages


The Dunnes have set off on a ten day boat trip, a trip that hopefully will bring them closer together, despite the fact that the father, Stuart is staying behind on land. But only an hour into the trip they're already falling apart. The teenage daughter plans to drown herself, and the teenage boy is high on drugs. Ten-year-old Ernie is near catatonic. But their mother Anne, with the help of her brother-in-law Jeff, is insistent on pulling everyone together, once and for all. Just when things start to take a turn for the better, disaster strikes. Stuart is left to pick up the pieces and find his family--but he is eager to start a brand new life. Maybe he's a little too eager.--From publisher description.

Media reviews

The Dunne family – Manhattan heart surgeon Katherine (whose husband Stuart died in a mysterious diving accident in the presence of his mistress), her 18-year-old troubled, bulimic daughter Carrie, her 16-year-old ne’er-do-well stoner son Mark, her spunky, punchline-spouting 10-year-old son
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Ernie, and strapping Jake, Katherine’s former brother-in-law – go on a sailing trip in a last-ditch effort to knit their relationships back together. And it’s hardly an exaggeration to say you can guess the rest. 388 pages, 123 chapters, but that’s no lie: you can guess pretty much every single thing that happens for the rest of the book.
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LibraryThing member bsquaredinoz
It’s been a while since I read a James Patterson book and even longer since I read one of his co-written adventures. I have to say they haven’t improved in my absence.

In this outing a dysfunctional family tries a last-ditch ‘save our family' bonding session on a sailing boat but things
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don’t go to plan. Shock horror.

The characters are universally one-dimensional and generally unbelievable. Evil lawyers, perfect mothers and cute-but-precious ten-year olds included. The writing is scattered with all sorts of pop culture references that will date the book terribly in a year or two and which are so clumsily inserted that it seems as if the authors are trying too hard to fit in with the cool kids rather than write a book for adults. In addition there are loads of unnecessary details such as ‘...he answered his Motorola 1000’ as if knowing what kind of phone the philandering lawyer uses somehow adds to the story rather than the word count. But the most annoying feature of this book is the predictability of the storyline. There are few surprises to be found among the clichés and it reads like one of the formulaic film scripts Hollywood is so enamoured with these days. There are multiple ‘in the nick of time’ rescues, ageing blokes having sex with gorgeous young women and all the good guys have Oprah-like moments of realising what’s really important in life. Ho hum.

If allowed I'd give this a 1.5 but can't bring myself to go all the way to 2 :)
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LibraryThing member RelaxedReader
This was not a favorite of mine, however, still very enjoyable. James Patterson is one of my favorite authors.
LibraryThing member leseratte30
Fast paced. Didn't really hook me though. Characters are "lifeless".
LibraryThing member lunalin
I just don't believe that an author can conveniently compose chapters into 3.5 pages consistently. How does that occur. I feel like I'm reading a movie script instead of a novel. It really bothers me... Anyone else???????????????
LibraryThing member jpsnow
This is a comic book without pictures. Each chapter is only a couple pages and it quickly bounces between characters, fulfilling the needs of readers in this modern era of short attention spans. The story is captivating but not always believable. For example, the characters found themselves
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overboard 3 different times in a very short period.
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LibraryThing member kingsportlibrary
As with many Patterson novels, this one had lots of twists and turns. Just when I thought the storyline was being developed along a certain way, a new occurrence happened - I enjoyed the characters, but got lost a couple of times when things got moving quickly.
LibraryThing member mikitchenlady
Too many rich people, spoiled kids, characters with a heart of gold, despicable bad guys... but a great audiobook which my husband and I had to finish listening to even after our trip was over.
LibraryThing member sharlene_w
A quick, entertaining little piece that doesn't require too much cerebral activity. It is fairly predictable, but not painfully so. I'm probably done with James Patterson though. Most of his books lately seem to be co-authored--he's subcontracting the work while he takes the checks to the bank.
LibraryThing member wirtley
Easy read! Family sails off in a boat. The boat is sabotaged. The family disappears. They are considered missing and dead. Someone finds a coke bottle with a message from the family that they are still alive.
Where are they?
LibraryThing member julyso
Anne Dunne decides to take her three children on a sailing trip to try to bring her family together after the death of her husband. Their vacation is plaqued with problems from the beginning. Carrie, her teenage daughter, attempts to drown herself, Mark, her teenage son is smoking pot, and her
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youngest, Ernie, doesn't know what is going on! That is only the beginning of this trip from hell. Lots more happens and soon...

I always enjoy reading a book written by James Patterson and this one is no different. The plot is fast-moving, suspenseful, and full of twists. I enjoyed the story, loved the characters, and even liked the ending! The book is a fast read and quite enjoyable.
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LibraryThing member busyreadin
A really quick beach read. A family taking a summer off to sail around the world is met with disaster & danger. My only complaint is it's one of those books with chapters that are a page and a half long. Don't know why, but I hate that.
LibraryThing member skinglist
One of his random summer thrillers. Jake reminded me of jake from Melrose Place
LibraryThing member rustbucket
Sail was not an intense riveting mystery/adventrue, but a light and enjoyable mystery/adventure. Realism was a bit lacking, but I still enjoyed the twists and turns.
This was an attempt at a deeply emotional love story for mother and children to reconnect. It was a bit shallow on that end, and a bit
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predictable at times. Still, the best boon was that I discovered James Patterson as an author and the next read I engaged: "When the Wind Blows. That's one of his earlier novels but unsurpassed and in a class of it's own.
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LibraryThing member Djupstrom
While James Patterson never will fall into the category of literature, he certainly can spin a good yarn. Sail was no exception.
LibraryThing member Scrabblenut
Sail is a very light summer beach read, with no depth of characters. Still, sometimes one is in the mood for a light read and this fast-paced thriller with it's unrealistic story fills the bill.
LibraryThing member blockbuster1994
What a fun sea adventure. The bad--cliches, predictable plot, black and white characters, is far outweighed by the good- compelling atmosphere and energy of this novel. Never a dull moment. Sail worth a read for sheer entertainment value even if it won't win an Edgar
LibraryThing member 24girl
Since the death of their father Katherine Dunne’s three children have been drifting further and further apart from her and each other. In a last ditch effort to bring her family closer together Katherine plans a two month long sailing trip aboard their boat, The Family Dunne, along with their
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uncle Jake Dunne.

Almost immediately things start to go wrong. The boat springs a leak, 16-year Mark is smoking marijuana, 18-year old Carrie is recovering from an eating disorder but throws herself overboard in a suicide attempt and 10-year old Ernie is overweight as a result of his own self-diagnosed “stress eating”. Shortly after Jake saves Carrie, the family is awakened by an approaching storm. Caught in the middle of the storm the family fights for their lives and get through it only to be faced with another catastrophic disaster.

Meanwhile Katherine’s new husband of less than one year, Peter, is betting on the fact that the family never returns and is scheming behind the scenes.

The book opens with instantaneous action and intrigue. Throughout the whole book just when you think the drama is over a new wave (snicker) of trouble rolls in. From the very beginning we learn that Peter is a villain but there’s still a lot more revelations to come and I found the action kept me on the edge of my seat.

My review is based on the unabridged audio and it was narrated by both Dylan Baker and Jennifer Van Dyck. I’ve always thought the male/female approach to an audio book would make the book more interesting and I loved it. I hope to hear more this way soon.

My vote is that this is another Patterson winner. It doesn’t have the same depth as the Cross series but it’s one of the better collaborations from him that I’ve read. I recommend this one for all action and thriller lovers.
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LibraryThing member bakersfieldbarbara
The Dunne family decide to take a vacation together on the family sail boat. They each have life problems, and the trip brings out all of the emotions. When tragedy hits, each must use the resources they have to survive. A compelling book, and one that I couldn't put down. A real suspense as to who
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wants harm done to the Dunns?
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LibraryThing member meags222
I really enjoyed this book. I've been on a bit of a Patterson kick the last wk and a bit but this one was not part of the Alex Cross series. I enjoyed this book a lot better than the Cross series. I don't know if it was the co-author or not but the writing was much more intriguing. I couldn't put
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this book down and read it in one day. I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5.
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LibraryThing member ImBookingIt
As I reflect over my reading, it seems that I read a lot more romantic suspense than straight thrillers these days. In many cases, the things I didn't like about Sail were what made it a good thriller, and made it not fit in the romantic suspense category.The book was well written. It has me on the
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edge of my seat, waiting to hear what would happen next. There were many twists of the plot that I didn't expect.I just kept waiting to see who the couple was going to be! I'm more used to books where the plot moves the relationships along, rather than having relationships to hang the plot on.The characters were interesting, but not deeply drawn. We're told about the issues the kids are having in their lives, rather than learning about them ourselves. I never really connected with Anne, even though she seemed like she would have been an interesting person. I really would like to read a more character-centered book about Jake.I felt that for much of the book, I was quickly flipping back and forth between "Another bad thing happens to the Dunne Family" and "We learn more about how bad the bad guy is". Again, this is probably what makes it a good thriller.
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LibraryThing member C.Ibarra
I enjoyed reading this one. Not one of Patterson’s best books but still a nice, suspenseful ride that kept me turning the pages.
LibraryThing member hammockqueen
excellent to listen to. Family Dunne goes on sail trip to reunite mom Katherine and her 3 kids. Someone tries to kill them. Could it be husband? Great mystery with beautiful come-uppance ending.
LibraryThing member KC9333
Predictable...I saw the guilty party a mile away.......
LibraryThing member willowwaw
A very good book by James Patterson! Quick read and fast! Easy to understand with nice twists and turns. Good book!
LibraryThing member diva0301
This falls into the realm of guilty pleasure, it moves like a rocket and the lack of actual characterization didn't keep me from staying up late to finish it. And I doubt I'll be going on a family sailing trip anytime soon!




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