Friday, May 7, 2010
Book review--Hush by Kate White
When Lake Warren learns that her husband, Jack, is suing for full custody of their two kids four months after their separation, she's pretty certain that things can't get any worse. The upside is that she's working with the Advanced Fertility Center as a marketing consultant, alongside the attractive, flirtatious Dr. Keaton. But the morning after their one-night stand, Lake finds Keaton with his throat slashed and discovers that things can indeed become worse—they can become deadly.
So as not to jeopardize her case for custody, Lake is forced to lie to the police. Having just been intimate with a man who has been murdered, and wanting to protect herself from being charged with the crime, she begins her own search for the truth. Meanwhile, the police start looking at her closely, people at the clinic start treating her with hostility, and strange clues begin dropping—quite literally—on her doorstep, and Lake realizes that she is dangerously close to dark secrets, both about Keaton and the clinic. But can Lake stop what she's started before it's too late? (from HarperCollins)
Lake Warren is the last person you would expect to get mixed up in murder. Aside from a potentially messy divorce, she leads a relatively quiet life as a mother of two and the owner of her own publicity consulting firm. However, all this is going to change when she finds herself trying to cover up being a suspect in said murder. I really identified with Lake as a character. She is a woman that many women might see themselves in. Happily married (she thought) for many years, Lake suddenly finds herself in the middle of a divorce initiated by a husband who says he no longer loves her. She is trying to maintain a normal life for her kids, while running her own business. She is a busy woman...just like the rest of us. Her inner struggles were very palpable as I was reading and I almost physically experienced her stress level. I'm thinking, "Been there, done that!" And Lake is very lonely so it's not surprising that she seeks comfort from the opposite sex. And this is when everything begins to spiral out of control. As we read in the synopsis, there is a murder and Lake flees the scene for fear of accusations and ultimately losing her kids. From this point forward, the book is absolutely gripping. I'm talking "read whenever you can...cannot put it down" gripping! The innuendo and the ever mounting suspicions that Lake experiences, in combination with fearing for her life, just keep the plot moving swiftly forward. We really do not find out who the murderer is until the very end and let me tell you, it is quite a surprise! Nine times out of ten, I usually figure it out before the big reveal, but I did not this time. This book is an absolute must-read, especially for fans of the thriller genre. So I guess it goes without saying that Hush receives my enthusiastic recommendation!
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This book was read for the following challenges (challenge progress in parentheses):
Pages Read Challenge (3225 / 30, 000 pages)
New Authors Challenge (8 / 25)
Countdown Challenge 2010 (11 / 55)
100+ Reading Challenge (13 / 100)
Thriller & Suspense Challenge 2010 (3 / 12)
Monthly Mixer Mele (9 / 74)
ARC Reading Challenge 2010 (6 / 11)
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I received this book in conjunction with The Star Celeb for review from the publisher, HarperCollins. I did not receive any monetary compensation for reading this book or writing this review.