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A Relentlessly Gripping Thriller,
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For the most part, I am not a fan of "family-in-peril" thrillers, perhaps because of my tendency to sympathize and empathize with the family characters or perhaps because I do not want to feel my emotions and sympathies manipulated by the author. But, trust me, "You're Next" is an outstanding and compelling example of what the best in this genre can look like. It grabs the reader's attention early on and builds such intensive suspense that there were times I had to set the book down to breath and get refocused.
Despite having been abandoned by his father when he 4 years old and subsequently raised in a foster home, Mike Wingate has achieved a seemingly idyllic life with a wonderful wife, Annabel, and charming 8 year-old daughter, Kat. He is a successful builder who rubs elbows with the governor and finds himself on the front page of local newspapers. But sudden dire threats and outright attacks on Mike and his family throw him into panic mode. He is astonished to find himself equally threatened by law enforcement agencies despite his community successes.
Who is after Mike and his family? What powerful figures can align law enforcement against Mike? What happened in a past he can no longer remember to cause such terror to enter the lives of his family. Cornered and threatened, Mike turns to Hank Danville, a dying private investigator, and an old and very dangerous friend from his foster care days, Shep White, to help him identify the hidden conspiracy against him while also protecting his vulnerable family. Along the way, some truly evil and devilish henchmen confront Mike and his allies but for whom do they work? What do they want and why?
In "You're Next", Hurwitz has blended ageless themes such as greed, loyalty, unconditional love, and satisfying revenge into a novel of considerable strength, great suspense, and characters you care about--at least I did. Despite a couple of lulls in the early going, Hurwitz ratchets up the suspense and thrills chapter by chapter until the cataclysmic conclusion followed by a denouement that should rock the heart of any reader. As I said, I hesitated to read this book because of its themes yet I am so glad that I did. Recommended to all who enjoy gripping, relentless suspense mixed with a family in peril and friends who believe loyalty is forever.