Sail by James Patterson and Howard Roughan. Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, June 2008

Since the death of her husband, Anne Dunne and her three children have struggled in every way. In a last ditch effort to save the family, Anne plans an elaborate sailing vacation to bring everyone together once again. But only an hour out of port, everything is going wrong. The teenage daughter, Carrie, is planning to drown herself. The teenage son, Mark, is high on drugs and ten-year-old Ernie is nearly catatonic. This is the worst vacation ever.

Anne manages to pull things together bit by bit, but just as they begin feeling like a family again, something catastrophic happens. Survival may be the least of their concerns.

Written with the blistering pace and shocking twists that only James Patterson can master, SAIL takes “Lost” and “Survivor” to a new level of terror.

This thriller begins with a family vacation aboard a boat. Katherine Dunne, a cardiac surgeon and mother of three children, hopes to reclaim her family with this family vacation.  Her recently married husband doesn’t go with the family sailing, but the children’s uncle does by being captain of the boat.  Someone is out to kill the Dunne family and as the story continues you know who and you see this troubled family come together to save themselves. I love James Patterson books not only for the thrill per page, but also the short chapters.  This was a good story from the first page to the last with a couple of twists.

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