Sail, Paperback Book
2.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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.


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Sail is a quick and straightforward story. As with most of Patterson's standalone novels it centres around betrayal and murder, spiced up with entertaining villains and the usual rapid-fire chapters. Sail is the most basic of efforts though, barely enough of a story to hold it together with rather unsubstantial characters. Fortunately the evil masterminds are lavishly despicable, although thoroughly stereotypical, and they alone make it worth reading. Although it still presents a few twists Sail is Patterson's weakest novel, however it's still an easy and just-fun-enough way to pass a few hours.

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This was my first James Patterson book and I was disappointed. I have heard good things about Patterson, and although I have not read any of his other books, I have seen some of the Alex Cross movies which were fantastic, so I was expecting the same level of edge of the seat action with Sail. However, the story was quite unbelievable in many places, such as the family having so many issues with the boat in a short period of time, yet carrying on rather than turning back to the safety of land. Also, the chapters were extremely short and the characters did not seem to develop well, with too many impossible happy endings. OK so I kind of get the idea that when you are almost murdered but survive, you sort your life out, but how does the daughter recover from anorexia, one son give up his drug habit, another son happily accept that his just-dead uncle is his real dad, the mother get over the fact that she married a murderer and the step-father/murderer then gets murdered himself in the space of a few months?! Life is not that neat and things do not go from complete shite to smelling of roses in this way!! I guess this explains why the jacket contains lots of praise for Patterson’s other books, but not a single good comment for Sail!

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