Monday, June 15, 2015

Review: The Wrong Man

Summary: She wanted to be more daring, but one small risk is about to cost her everything—maybe even her life. Bold and adventurous in her work as owner of one of Manhattan's boutique interior design firms, Kit Finn couldn't be tamer in her personal life. While on vacation in the Florida Keys, Kit resolves to do something risky for once. When she literally bumps into a charming stranger at her hotel, she decides to make good on her promise and act on her attraction. But back in New York, when Kit arrives at his luxury apartment ready to pick up where they left off in the Keys, she doesn't recognize the man standing on the other side of the door. Was this a cruel joke or part of something truly sinister? Kit soon realizes that she's been thrown into a treacherous plot, which is both deeper and deadlier than she could have ever imagined. Now the only way to protect herself, her business, and the people she loves is to find out the true identity of the man who has turned her life upside down. Adrenaline-charged and filled with harrowing twists at every turn, The Wrong Man will keep readers riveted until the final page. -- Harper

I am a pretty big Kate White fan! I've read most (if not all) of her novels, and I can honestly say that I really enjoy them. I even had the opportunity to meet her at last year's Harper Collins' party at BEA, and she was just delightful. This summer, she has a new suspense novel coming out called THE WRONG MAN. I recently read this novel in anticipation of tomorrow's release, and it's a good one!

THE WRONG MAN stars Kit Finn, a talented interior designer who decides that she needs to "spice up" her personal life. When she leaves Manhattan for a vacation in the Florida Keys, she decides to take a chance and go out for dinner with a handsome stranger named Matt. There is quite a bit of chemistry between the two, and Kit ends up going to bed with him... knowing that nothing will come from this night. However, that's not exactly the case!

On her way to the airport, Matt calls her and says he has to see her when they both return to New York. When Kit goes to his apartment, a different man answers the door claiming that he is actually Matt. Kit doesn't know what to think! Is this a crazy joke? Who is the real Matt? Why would he lie about his identity? Who was the man in Florida? You can only imagine her confusion!

Kit quickly realizes that she's involved (like it or not!) in a chain of terrifying events, and she's determined to get to the bottom of it. To save her reputation, her business, her friends, and even herself, Kit delves into discovering the true identity of this man and finds that, in the process, she is risking her own life!

I absolutely devoured THE WRONG MAN. Granted, I have been on quite the reading streak since returning from BEA; however, I couldn't put this book down. (Guess I was revitalized by the talk of so many good books!) I read this book in less than a day, and it would have been one sitting had I not been interrupted with my duties as a mom!

I think my enjoyment of this novel is a credit to Ms. White. I feel like she just keeps getting better and better. In the case of THE WRONG MAN, she created a very likable character in Kit which definitely helped lure me in. I found Kit to be an interesting character, and it didn't hurt that there was so much talk about interior design! However, it was the suspense aspect of the story that kept me turning the pages. I'm not sure that the basic premise is all that original, but Ms. White's execution of it was definitely something special.

I appreciated how involved I got in Kit's life and her story -- I just had to know the identity of this man. Much like Kit, I felt as if I were on a roller coaster with all of the emotional ups and downs. In addition, I kept asking myself why this man had targeted Kit... or not! After a few clues came to light, I actually think I was even more confused. Despite having some general ideas about the identity of "Matt," I didn't know who or what to believe for most of the story.

And that's probably what I liked the most about THE WRONG MAN -- never really knowing what was coming next! Just when I started to figure things out (or should I say when I thought I was starting to figure things out?), there would be a twist that threw me for a loop. I was quite impressed with how this story unfolded and how Ms. White managed to keep me involved for the entire 300+ pages.

THE WRONG MAN is certainly a page-turner and a lot of fun for fans of suspense. Highly recommended!

Thanks to the publisher and Saichek Publicity for providing a review copy of this novel.

Mystery Mondays is a regular feature where I review all types of mystery books -- traditional mysteries, suspense/thrillers, and even cozies! Please feel free to share your thoughts on any recent mystery books that you've read. Mystery Mondays is a regular feature where I review all types of mystery books -- traditional mysteries, suspense/thrillers, and even cozies! Please feel free to share your thoughts on any recent mystery books that you've read.


bermudaonion said...

Even though I know how much you love White's books, I have yet to read one. I need to get with it because you've never steered me wrong!

Jen La Duca said...

The Wrong Man sounds fantastic!! I always love your reviews and have read a TON of books based off of them but this one is especially grabbing me, can't wait to dig into it :)