The East End

The East End

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 Hampto...

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  • Darcee Kraus

    I won this in the giveaway! This was an awesome read that was well-written and entertaining enough to distract me from my troubles.

  • Elyse Walters

    A Binge-Read-Sleep Stopper....

    Debut author - Jason Allen - is a mean human being.

    Hasn’t he read the reports of the essentials of sleep?

    My trail hike this morning- is definitely going to be an upward climb.

    Instead of sleeping- I compulsively ‘had’ to keep reading. Is it the best book on the planet? Of course not.....

    but it’s got ‘something’ going for it!! Seriously something unique is going on here.

    “The East End”, is the best anti-murder- intrigue- meshuggah - novel on crack. We’re taken on a

    A Binge-Read-Sleep Stopper....

    Debut author - Jason Allen - is a mean human being.

    Hasn’t he read the reports of the essentials of sleep?

    My trail hike this morning- is definitely going to be an upward climb.

    Instead of sleeping- I compulsively ‘had’ to keep reading. Is it the best book on the planet? Of course not.....

    but it’s got ‘something’ going for it!! Seriously something unique is going on here.

    “The East End”, is the best anti-murder- intrigue- meshuggah - novel on crack. We’re taken on a wild trip!

    It has a few flaws..but so do some of my favorite songs ..

    Thinking of the song:

    “Who Put The Bomp ”, by Barry Mann.

    Lots I can say about this debut gem- many themes worth a book discussion- but rather than write one of my ‘god-awful’ long winded reviews -

    I’ll just say - this thriller has heart...

    There is an underline feeling of sadness that will stay with me -

    that slowing went into my body like an IV drip.

    This Jason Allen guy has an artistic flair for painting atmospheric- psychedelic-type-psychological scenes...with characters we will remember.

    I liked it!! I’d read a sequel!!! Or Jason’s next book!!

    Thank you Harlequin Trade,

    Netgalley, and Jason Allen

    4.5

  • Berit☀️✨

    Jason Allen has written an addictive, frantic, fast-paced thriller that will completely suck you in. This book takes you to the Hamptons and shows you the dark side. The book is completely disturbing, highly absorbing, and left me feeling a bit dirty. All the characters in this book are pretty much a HOT mess! It was one of those books that completely consumed me, then when I was done I started thinking, what the **** did I just read? Screwed up people, doing me

    Jason Allen has written an addictive, frantic, fast-paced thriller that will completely suck you in. This book takes you to the Hamptons and shows you the dark side. The book is completely disturbing, highly absorbing, and left me feeling a bit dirty. All the characters in this book are pretty much a HOT mess! It was one of those books that completely consumed me, then when I was done I started thinking, what the **** did I just read? Screwed up people, doing messed up things, and it was oh SO entertaining!

    This book really highlighted the Socio economic disparities in the Hamptons between full-time residence and vacationers. The story was told from multiple perspectives and I found this extremely impactful. Cory is a full-time resident who gets his kicks from breaking into the big fancy mansions. Not to steal things, just to mess with the occupants, and for a bit of an escape. Gina his mother works as a housekeeper. She is a recovering alcoholic on the verge of falling off the wagon. Leo is a owner of one of the ritzy mansions a billionaire CEO. He arrives in the Hamptons with his elicit male lover. After a night of drugs and drinking a terrible accident occurs. BUT Leo is not the only witness, Cory had been carrying on his late night activity and saw everything happen, along with Leo’s daughters BFF. What transpires is disturbing, diabolical, and extremely absorbing. This was not the book I was expecting when I pick this up, but I have to admit I enjoyed every single page! 7/10

    🎧🎧🎧 I was fortunate enough to have an audio copy of this to review and can I just say BRAVO Angelo DI Loreto! He really added so much to the story. His voice has a bit of an ominous quality to it that just really emphasized the disturbing nature of this book. He is really one of those narrators I could listen to all day!

    *** thank you so much to Park Row and Harper audio for my copy of this book ***

  • Larry H

    2.5 stars, rounding up.

    This was a crazy book, very different than what I was expecting!

    Corey Halpern is a townie, living in the Hamptons with his mother and brother, struggling to make ends meet, and watching the rich people parade in and out during the season. He dreams of nothing more than leaving, of starting a new life far away from the people he resents, far from his alcoholic mother and his drug-addicted, violent stepfather.

    Just before Memorial Day weekend, where he's scheduled to work wit

    2.5 stars, rounding up.

    This was a crazy book, very different than what I was expecting!

    Corey Halpern is a townie, living in the Hamptons with his mother and brother, struggling to make ends meet, and watching the rich people parade in and out during the season. He dreams of nothing more than leaving, of starting a new life far away from the people he resents, far from his alcoholic mother and his drug-addicted, violent stepfather.

    Just before Memorial Day weekend, where he's scheduled to work with his mother at the wealthy Sheffields' mansion, he decides to partake in one of his favorite pastimes—breaking into other mansions. He's not all that interested in taking anything; he enjoys the illicit feeling of sneaking in, of taking risks even when the homeowners are asleep while he's there.

    Still riding his buzz from one break-in, he heads for the Sheffields'. He is surprised when their youngest daughter, Tiffany, arrives home with her best friend, Angelique, a girl who has caught Corey's eye many times before, but he figures she has written him off because of their different financial situations. He's able to escape their attention, but he decides to hang around and watch Angelique for a while.

    Unexpectedly, Leo Sheffield, the billionaire CEO and Tiffany's father, decides to arrive at the house the evening before the rest of his family is scheduled to take up residence. He is joined by Henry, his much younger (and emotionally unstable) lover, for one last rendezvous before he must spend the summer with his family. Under the influence of a great deal of alcohol and cocaine, a freak accident occurs, and Henry winds up dead.

    Leo is unsure what his next move is—how can he get caught in this situation when his wife already suspects him of having an affair, albeit not with a man? He's utterly unprepared for the fact that both Corey and Angelique saw at least some of what happened, and for how he'll react to that fact.

    What happens over the course of the next 24 hours will change all of their lives, including Gina, Corey's mother. It's a crazy series of events, incorrect assumptions, and threats; people will lose control; and no one is quite sure how things will wind up.

    is a well-written but chaotic look at the haves and the have-nots, and how barriers to happiness exist for everyone. There's a lot—almost too much—going on in this book, and I really wondered how Jason Allen would tie everything together in the end. I thought he raised some very interesting issues on which the story could turn, but as it raced toward a breakneck conclusion, I didn't feel as if any of the threads were fully resolved.

    I love the way Allen uses language and imagery; his descriptions of Corey's break-ins made me feel the tension right alongside of him, and I could see some of the scenery he described. I just really wasn't a fan of any of these characters—while each had issues that made me feel sympathy for them, their actions were so odious at times I quickly lost those feelings. But still, there is a lot to ponder here.

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    . NetGalley, HARLEQUIN, and Park Row Books provided me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making it available!

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  • Norma * Traveling Sister

    Atmospheric, messy & scandalous!

    THE EAST END by JASON ALLEN is a disturbing, wicked, suspenseful, evocative and entertaining novel that was filled with quite the unusual and interesting characters. This was definitely a rapid-paced read for me but there was something about it that didn’t always sit all that well with me. I was loving it one moment and then the next not so much.

    JASON ALLEN delivers quite the atmospheric, gripping, compelling and well-written read here that was extremely vivi

    Atmospheric, messy & scandalous!

    THE EAST END by JASON ALLEN is a disturbing, wicked, suspenseful, evocative and entertaining novel that was filled with quite the unusual and interesting characters. This was definitely a rapid-paced read for me but there was something about it that didn’t always sit all that well with me. I was loving it one moment and then the next not so much.

    JASON ALLEN delivers quite the atmospheric, gripping, compelling and well-written read here that was extremely vividly descriptive. I’m not normally a visual reader but this one definitely gave me a lot of visual scenes throughout that I could easily see playing out in my mind.

    There is lots going on here and plenty of themes to ponder. I’m not sure if there was a little too many for me or if certain themes affected me in an unfavourable way. I’m thinking it was the latter.

    This was an entertaining, wild and frantic read from start to finish!

    I’m extremely honoured to be a part of the blog tour for THE EAST END. Thank you so much to NetGalley, Park Row / Harlequin and Jason Allen for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.

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