The East End

A Novel

by Jason Allen

On Sale: 04/07/2020

The East End

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The East End

A Novel

by Jason Allen

On Sale: 04/07/2020


About the Book

A tragic accident threatens to unravel two families in this gripping novel of suspense and culture clash set in the Hamptons.

Corey Halpern, a local high schooler with a troubled home life, is desperate to leave the Hamptons and start anew somewhere else. His last summer before college, he settles for the escapism he finds in sneaking into neighboring mansions.

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, Gina, work. Under the cover of darkness, Leo Sheffield, patriarch and billionaire CEO, arrives unexpectedly with a companion. After a shocking poolside accident, everything depends on Leo burying the truth before his family and friends arrive for the holiday weekend. Unfortunately for him, Corey saw what happened, as did other eyes in the shadows.

Secrecy, obsession and desperation dictate each character’s path in this spectacular debut. In a race against time, each critical moment holds life in the balance as Corey, Gina and Leo approach a common breaking point. With an ending as explosive as the Memorial Day fireworks on the island, The East End welcomes a bright new voice in fiction.

Critical Praise

"What a delicious pot of trouble Jason Allen has cooked up in this debut novel! He's a hell of a writer, negotiating deftly the psychological landscape of his of characters as they struggle to make the right decisions under pressure. Every page is filled with wise insights about social class and the human heart." -Bonnie Jo Campbell, National Book Award finalist and author of

Mothers Tell Your Daughters

"An intense, heart-pounding experience from the first page, with brilliant, complex characters more real than people I actually know. I challenge you to put this novel down once you start reading."- Simon Van Booy, award winning author of

The Sadness of Beautiful Things

"Allen has created a fascinating, kinetic, and insightful look at America's unspoken caste system of class, where great wealth and poverty both come with deep emotional roots. Characters bound by family, defined by place, and divided by great fortune converge in

The East End with all the friction of envy and deep longing. I was constantly surprised by the psychological depth of each character and how quickly my sympathies widened to take them all in."
- Devin Murphy, National Bestselling author of

The Boat Runner and

Tiny Americans


The East End, Jason Allen's debut literary thriller, is equal parts heart and suspense. Both daring and forceful, the language not only advances the narrative, but propels it forward, every sentence as compelling as the hire-wire dazzle of its plot line. But what sets this novel apart is Allen's compassionate and psychologically complex characters. The book's craft and intrigue cannot help but enlist for him a wide and grateful readership."
- Jack Driscoll, author of

The Goat Fish and

The Lover's Knot

"Jason Allen's

The East End is a razor focused and suspenseful race through one fateful weekend in the Hamptons. With taut prose and an eye for the up-close-and-personal, Allen deftly navigates the jagged chasms between the Haves and the Have-nots, revealing the very things that often bridge those distances-the hard and often tragic choices people make when they are lonely and longing."
- Nicholas Mainieri, author of

The Infinite

"Allen is masterful in creating believable, original characters-rich and blue collar. Each is compelling in their own way. Allen's plot twists are deft and amazing. With Corey Halpern, he gives the readers a perfect blue-collar antihero for the Twenty-First century." - Craig Lesley, author of

Winterkill and

Burning Fence -

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780778309772
  • ISBN 10: 0778309770
  • Imprint: Park Row
  • On Sale: 04/07/2020
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price:23.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Thrillers / General
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC4 : FICTION / Coming of Age

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