Monday, June 15, 2015
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.