The East End

The East End Review

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 Hamptons local from a broken home who breaks into mansions at night for kicks. He likes the rush and admittedly, the escapism. One night just before Memorial Day weekend, he breaks into the wrong home at the wrong time: the Sheffield estate where he and his mother work. Under the cover of darkness, their boss Leo Sheffield -- billionaire CEO, patriarch, and owner of the vast lakeside manor -- arrives unexpectedly with his lover, Henry. After a shocking poolside accident leaves Henry dead, everything depends on Leo burying the truth. But unfortunately for him, Corey saw what happened and there are other eyes in the shadows.

Hordes of family and guests are coming to the estate the next morning, including Leo's surly wife, all expecting a lavish vacation weekend of poolside drinks, evening parties, and fireworks filling the sky. No one can know there’s a dead man in the woods, and there is no one Leo can turn to. With his very life on the line, everything will come down to a split-second decision. For all of the main players—Leo, Gina, and Corey alike—time is ticking down, and the world they’ve known is set to explode.

Told through multiple points of view, THE EAST END highlights the socio-economic divide in the Hamptons, but also how the basic human need for connection and trust can transcend class differences. Secrecy, obsession, and desperation dictate each character’s path. In a race against time, each critical moment holds life in the balance as Corey, Gina, and Leo approach a common breaking point. THE EAST END is a propulsive read, rich with character and atmosphere, and marks the emergence of a talented new voice in fiction.

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  • 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 upwa...

  • Berit???

    scandalous. Compulsive. Chaotic. 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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. Th...

  • 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 visi...

  • 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 everythi...

  • 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 H...

  • 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 townspeopl...

  • 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 f...