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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The East End Reviews

  • Barrett Bowlin

    I had the great fortune of snagging an ARC of Allen's THE EAST END recently, and it's been an incredibly intense and outstanding read. From the opening line that counts down to Corey's break-in at a Hamptons estate through to the explosive climax, I loved reading about these characters' engines.

    As in what drives Corey to commit these small crimes, or what motivates his mother, Gina, to weather the abuses made by her volatile ex. Or what forces her employer, Leo, into hiding his own secrets away

    I had the great fortune of snagging an ARC of Allen's THE EAST END recently, and it's been an incredibly intense and outstanding read. From the opening line that counts down to Corey's break-in at a Hamptons estate through to the explosive climax, I loved reading about these characters' engines.

    As in what drives Corey to commit these small crimes, or what motivates his mother, Gina, to weather the abuses made by her volatile ex. Or what forces her employer, Leo, into hiding his own secrets away from the prying eyes of his affluent neighbors. Allen provides these amazing, piercing looks into the mechanisms of people who work so hard and endure such incredible risks for their own tiny outlets of sanity, and I loved reading about what each of these people has suffered and forfeited in their lives.

    It's a brilliant book, not just because Allen is one of those poets who can expertly craft the language of their novels -- think Alice Sebold, Ben Lerner, Anne Carson, for example -- but also because it's fascinating to watch what happens when social classes collide violently, and when the upper class expects to survive these collisions unscathed.

    That said, I'm looking very, very forward to Allen's future adventures in prose.

  • 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.

  • DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes:

    Time passed as Leo sat cockeyed on one of the lounge chairs beside the pool with an elbow on one knee and the bag of ice pressed to the back of his head, staring at the water, his vision like that of an old television set with poor reception, blurring between two channels.

    They stared at each other, locked in that tension like animals at a watering hole— one predator, one prey, but who could say which was which now?

    The water kept on running, the pills still cradled in her palm. Th

    Favorite Quotes:

    Time passed as Leo sat cockeyed on one of the lounge chairs beside the pool with an elbow on one knee and the bag of ice pressed to the back of his head, staring at the water, his vision like that of an old television set with poor reception, blurring between two channels.

    They stared at each other, locked in that tension like animals at a watering hole— one predator, one prey, but who could say which was which now?

    The water kept on running, the pills still cradled in her palm. This loneliness, she thought, should be classified as a disease.

    The thing about regrets, Corey— it’s much better to regret something you have done than something you haven’t done.

    My Review:

    I am in need of a spa day after reading this brilliantly crafted suspense/thriller. It was masterfully written, taut with tension, devilishly paced, and cast with an intriguing set of deeply flawed and fractured characters who were reaching a peak period of crisis or transition, and I couldn’t help but root for them. Each riveting storyline was thrumming with stress and the disses – dismay, despair, discontent, and distress. This tale had a bit of everything; abuse of all types from people to substances, a gamut of personality disorders and vices, blackmail, adultery, bribery, rich vs. poor, and a closeted gay who had more than that one skeleton in his closet.

    The writing was simply stellar. Mr. Allen’s writing style was lushly descriptive with evocative and emotive word choices that conjured keen visuals and kept me on edge. I was chewing my lower lip and feeling rather conflicted as while I wanted to savor every well-chosen word, I also felt as if I couldn’t read fast enough as I sensed the build-up to a shattering crescendo. I am doubly impressed since noticing this was his first novel. I hope the cunning Mr. Allen isn’t easily frightened as he now has a rather rabid fangirl…

  • Carolyn

    Many thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Publishers for this powerful, gripping and suspenseful novel, which focuses on socioeconomic disparity. It shows both the super-wealthy as well as the townspeople who labour in their elaborate mansions can be trapped by circumstances and haunted by their past.

    I found the characters to be memorable but unlikeable, mostly existing in a haze of alcohol and drugs. Nevertheless, I found myself caring about their outcome. I was riveted to the pages throughout,

    Many thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Publishers for this powerful, gripping and suspenseful novel, which focuses on socioeconomic disparity. It shows both the super-wealthy as well as the townspeople who labour in their elaborate mansions can be trapped by circumstances and haunted by their past.

    I found the characters to be memorable but unlikeable, mostly existing in a haze of alcohol and drugs. Nevertheless, I found myself caring about their outcome. I was riveted to the pages throughout, engrossed in the drama and the suspense of how the story would be played out.

    Written in atmospheric prose, and with remarkable character insight and development, I hope to read more of the author's books. This intense story covers a couple of days at a billionaire's Hampton mansion. A tragedy occurs which has escalating fallout involving the distraught homeowner and an unhappy housekeeper and her son who work for him. All are regretting the unhappy prospects facing them and hoping for a better life.

    Recommended for those interested in a well-written novel which concerns the fabulously wealthy, and those struggling financially nearby, who are envious and dreaming of a more rewarding and freer lifestyle.

  • 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

  • Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)

    Corey is a high school senior living in the Hamptons with his mother. Together they live a modest life supporting the millionaires who frequent the area. They are currently employed by the Sheffield family maintaining their summer house. Corey has an unusual habit of breaking into vacant homes and snooping through rooms then launching pranks on the unsuspecting residents. He is driven by his hate for the disparity between the rich and working-class people. He cannot wait to leave Long Island.

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    Corey is a high school senior living in the Hamptons with his mother. Together they live a modest life supporting the millionaires who frequent the area. They are currently employed by the Sheffield family maintaining their summer house. Corey has an unusual habit of breaking into vacant homes and snooping through rooms then launching pranks on the unsuspecting residents. He is driven by his hate for the disparity between the rich and working-class people. He cannot wait to leave Long Island.

    The night before Memorial day, Corey breaks into the Sheffield home. He believes it is empty but finds the Sheffield daughter, Tiffany, and her best friend enjoying the house before her parent's arrival. Later that evening the patriarch of the family, arrives with a much younger gentleman. Leo and his secret lover are spending one last evening together while indulging in drugs. Eventually, an accident takes place that shifts the balance between the two social classes.

    The East End is a debut novel by Jason Allen. It is suspenseful and tense book with a unique view of social distinctions. Regardless of your roots, no one is immune from dysfunction and drama.

  • 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!

    This book will be published May 7, 2019.

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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.

    Blog tour post can also be found on our blog:

  • Michelle

    What follows is going to be an outlier opinion. In re-reading the book description, I'm not sure why I requested to read this as it really isn't something I normally would choose. Please take everything below with a grain of salt!

    The East End is a story of a young, working class local named Corey who works with his mom, Gina cleaning the house of a rich family (The Sheffield's) in the Hampton's. For fun, Corey breaks into the homes of the rich and commits small, harmless pranks as a way to get b

    What follows is going to be an outlier opinion. In re-reading the book description, I'm not sure why I requested to read this as it really isn't something I normally would choose. Please take everything below with a grain of salt!

    The East End is a story of a young, working class local named Corey who works with his mom, Gina cleaning the house of a rich family (The Sheffield's) in the Hampton's. For fun, Corey breaks into the homes of the rich and commits small, harmless pranks as a way to get back at the families that swarm the Hampton's and generally make the lives of the locals miserable. On the night that Corey decides to prank the Sheffield house, he stumbles upon a major event that "changes lives forever". (I say that in quotes because it sounds so cheesy, but that's the best way to describe it.)

    Unfortunately, within a few pages I knew I wasn't going to like this book. The characters are all miserable people with very little to redeem themselves, the amount of drugs and alcohol consumed is way over the top and I honestly dreaded reading this at every turn. The writing was pretty good, but this story just wasn't for me and I shouldn't have requested it. I was hoping this would be something like "Big Little Lies" or something equally as fun (yet with substance) and I just couldn't get there. I normally would have DNF this, but I felt obligated to finish it and write a review since I was given an ARC.

    Thank you to Netgalley, Harlequin, and Jason Allen for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book.

    Publication Date: 5/7/19

    Review Date: 4/28/19

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