Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Book Review: The Wrong Man by Kate White

From Goodreads:
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.
I hate to say it, but I was pretty disappointed with the quality of the writing here.  I had hoped that, with her latest release, White would have tightened up on some of the issues that I found in her earlier book.  There is still way way way too much writing for the story.  I felt like we were dragged through every second of Kit's day, when only 60% of what we read was relevant to the story.  It could have easily lost fifty pages of Kit walking places, making coffee, or riding in airplanes.  It definitely didn't help that the plot and characters were over-the-top unbelievable and the dialogue was cringe-worthy.  I was really unimpressed in terms of writing.

Entertainment Value
It was more entertaining than it was well-written, but I have to say that even here I expected more.  I read the author's book The Sixes and, while I also found it to be over-written, I enjoyed the read.  In this one, however, I figured out the "twists" well ahead of time and didn't find myself caring all that much about the characters and what would happen to them.  I did like that the author also used cliff-hanger chapter endings in this book, but I felt like some were very anti-climactic.

I had hoped for more.  I enjoyed my read of The Sixes despite some issues with the writing, but I found the writing in this one to be so distracting that I couldn't get past it and lose myself in the story.  I also found the characters less compelling and never really attached to them, making it hard to care whether or not they made it out of their mess alive.  I have one other book by the author, and I do still plan to read it and see if it's more like The Sixes or more like The Wrong Man before giving up on the author.  This is a potential read for those who are fans of very light and easy to follow romantic suspense, but probably won't capture the attention of those like me who are still looking for the next Gone Girl read-alike.  I'd probably recommend passing on this one for the time and picking up The Sixes instead.

Thanks to TLC for providing me with a copy to review!  Click here to see the other stops on the tour.

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