“As Peter Carlyle, a smooth-talking, super-successful lawyer, waved his family off on a sailing holiday, all they had in mind was lying back and relaxing. But as a violent storm broke out, an explosion caused the boat to vanish without a trace and the family were lost, presumed dead.
Until now. When a message in a bottle is washed up on a shore, it becomes apparent that there must have been at least one survivor.
But all is not as it seems. The race is on to rescue the Carlyles, but does everyone looking for the family really want to find them alive? Survival may be the least of their concerns. In fact, being found may be the last thing they
should be hoping for.”
What I thought:
I always think of James Patterson books as holiday reads. I used to whip through one in less than a day and then move on to the next. To be honest, I haven’t read that many in recent years: possibly because my reading taste has developed considerably since I first started devouring them in my twenties, and also they seem to have taken a bit of a nose-dive in recent years and I have read a few howlers.
However…I am happy to report that Sail is back on form. There was adequate suspense, baddies and twists to keep me entertained on a long car journey for work (listening to the audio book that is, not reading while driving!).
Katherine Dunne and her three children and brother-in-law set off on a yachting holiday in an attempt to bring the family back together (after the death of the childrens father a few years before). Katherine has also recently re-married to handsome, rich and charming New York lawyer Peter Carlysle who is staying behind to work on one of the biggest cases of his life. When word comes through that the boat has gone off the coast-guards radar and can’t be found after a huge storm, everyone fears the worst and a family funeral is arranged. But are they really gone? And would it be in everyones interest if they were to reappear again?
So long as you go into this book knowing what to exepect from a Patterson novel, then it’s an enjoyable way to pass several hours. Fun, pacey, enough twist to keep you entertained. Just don’t expect a masterpiece or Pulitzer prize writing an you’ll be fine.
Thumbs up after a few recent dudds.
(source: I listened to this book on audio CD)