Review: The Gate House
The Gate House by Nelson DeMille picks up where The Gold Coast left off. John and Susan Sutter have been divorced for ten years; he’s been living in London and she’s been in Hilton Head and then back to their old home on Long Island. John has to return to Long Island to manage the estate of an old family retainer and there’s no way he can avoid Susan. They meet and reconcile.
Things aren’t that simple, though. They must deal with the son of the Mafia boss who Susan killed ten years ago, and he just happens to be living nearby. Will he be out for revenge or will he leave things alone? They also have to deal with Susan’s father who is threatening to cut Susan and the Sutters’ children off financially. Then, there’s the letter the family retainer left for John to read after she passes away. What’s did she write to him and why?
This book is told from John Sutter’s point of view and he has a sarcastic and irreverent look on life. Nelson DeMille does a masterful job of combining humor and suspense. At over 650 pages, it’s a long book, but it never felt long to me – I found it hard to put down. I was drawn in by the story and felt satisfied with the climatic ending. The Gate House is the sequel to The Gold Coast, but it’s not necessary to read one to enjoy the other. If books were rated like movies, this one would be rated R for language, sexual content and violence.
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