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Review: The Gate House

October 30, 2008

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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19 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2008 7:34 am

    Thanks for the review. I just checked out DeMille’s Plum Island from the library. It’ll be my first for this author, and I hope it’s as good as Gate House sounds.

  2. stacybuckeye permalink
    October 30, 2008 9:37 am

    I haven’t read Demille in years. The book sounds good – and long. I’m currently reading The Gargoyle because of your review 🙂

  3. October 30, 2008 9:43 am

    I am really looking forward to this book. I absolutely love Nelson DeMille! Thanks for the review!

  4. October 30, 2008 9:56 am

    It’s been so long since I read Plum Island and The Gold Coast that I don’t remember much (except for the fact that I liked them both and I do remember John’s sense of humor). Sounds like fun. Thanks for the terrific review!

  5. October 30, 2008 10:11 am

    Did you like The Gold Coast? If I had my choice, should I start with that (you know I am a serial reader)?

  6. October 30, 2008 10:42 am

    650 pages! I didn’t realize it was that long.

    Alyce mentioned that the narrative was sarcastic too which makes this book appealing to me.

    Great review as always, Kathy.

  7. October 30, 2008 12:41 pm

    I haven’t read any books by this author, although after reading your review, I might see if I can get my hands on a copy. 🙂 I don’t generally read mystery/thriller books, but I’m trying to branch out a little – now if only I could get my tbr pile down a little!!

    🙂 Wendi

  8. October 30, 2008 12:58 pm

    I love sarcastic…and I love thrillers, but I have an issue with 650 pages…unless you are re-writing War and Peace, I think any book over say 350 pages needs a Big Red Pen taken to it.

    Or write a sequel.

  9. October 30, 2008 1:16 pm

    I’ve read a few of DeMille’s books. He’s a good storyteller.

    650 pages! Holy Moly. That’s a lot of pages.

  10. October 30, 2008 1:54 pm

    Thanks for linking to my review! I enjoyed reading your review of the book.

  11. October 30, 2008 9:51 pm

    I read The Gold Coast MANY years ago, I have no memory of what it was about but I remember that I liked it. Now The Gate House is in my huge TBR pile and I was hesitating to pick it up because it is long! But it will go fast if it is hard to put down! Thanks for a great review.

  12. October 30, 2008 11:57 pm

    I love your reviews. It’s always so easy to get the flavor of the book. I have been tempted by this one, but have managed to resist because I haven’t read the first one.

  13. October 31, 2008 12:02 am

    Tag – You’re IT!!

    You’ve just been tagged for the “7 Random Facts Tag – Book Edition” at
    Wendi’s Book Corner
    . Stop by to participate!

    🙂 Wendi

  14. October 31, 2008 8:59 am

    I have got to read one of Nelson DeMille’s books!

  15. November 1, 2008 10:06 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try something by Nelson DeMille for awhile now. I’ve heard great things about his books. Thanks for reminding me to add him to my list of must read authors.

  16. November 3, 2008 8:16 pm

    Great review! I’ve never read this author, but maybe when I clear some books off my shelf I’ll give him a try!

  17. November 9, 2008 10:11 pm

    I am reading this now. You just made me want to leave blog land and get myself into this book. I started it last night. So far it reminds me of a Sidney Sheldon book. Thanks for the great review.

  18. November 18, 2008 1:05 pm

    I finished! I enjoyed the book. I have linked your review. 🙂

  19. August 4, 2012 9:57 am

    Great review! That isn’t my usual thing, but it sounds pretty neat.

    Beth ^_^
    http://sweetbooksnstuff.blogspot.com/

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