Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Book Review: Hush by Kate White

Hush by Kate White
Publisher: Harper
Publish Date: March 1, 2010
Hardcover, 352 pages

My Review:
Talk about a roller coaster - that is what I would sum this book up as.  It's a thrill ride from beginning to end.  Hush is the first book I have read from author Kate White, though I have been wanting to read her Bailey Weggins series.  I was intrigued on how the Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan magazine would pull off a thriller and I have to say she does a great job with it.

I liked Lake from the beginning (though I kept wanting to read her name as Luke - Lake is just different).  She is a woman who is going through a divorce and has just learned her husband will be suing for joint custody.  She finds this out just when she feels like she is starting to get her life back on track.  She's enjoying her new consulting job, she's been flirting with a handsome man and things seem to be going well.  Then she finds out about the custody and her lawyer tells her to lay low especially with men for awhile.  Then the flirting escalates with Dr. Keaton at work and culminates in a one-night-stand that ends with Dr. Keaton's murder.

Lake doesn't know what to do, so she does not confess to the police that she was in Dr. Keaton's apartment.  Then funny things start to happen and it appears the clinic is not operating on the complete up-and-up.  But Lake can't quite figure out what is going on.  What happens after that begins the thrill ride and you will find yourself looking over your shoulder while reading it.  Kate's paranoia comes through so well and you find yourself guessing at who might be behind it all right along with her.  Just when you think you get it figured out, Ms. White throws in a new curveball and the anxiety starts all over again.  Kate is the main character in this but I enjoyed the secondary characters, no one was gone into as deeply as Kate, but I felt I got to know a variety of people.  I only had problems in a few spots trying to figure out which doctor was which, otherwise I felt each character stood out on it's own.  There were also a few plot points that ended up glossed over - I kind of felt like they were put in as filler, but they still wound there way into the story enough that it didn't take away from the story.

This was hard to put down and it took my mind completely away from t-ball practice yesterday (so I missed the fact my son had to go to the bathroom, thankfully my older son noticed).  I started this on Monday and finished it Tuesday which is record reading for me at the moment.

If you are looking for a great thriller and a quick read this is the book for you.

My Rating:  4.25/5.0

About the Book:
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 when, the morning after their one-night stand, she finds Keaton with his throat slashed, Lake learns that things can indeed become worse - they can become deadly. So 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 investigation. But when the police start looking at her closely, people at the clinic start treating her with hostility, and strange and dangerous clues begin dropping-quite literally-on her doorstep, Lake realizes that she is dangerously close to dark truths about Keaton and the clinic. But can Lake stop what she's started before it's too late?

About the Author:
Kate White, the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, is the New York Times bestselling author of the Bailey Weggins mystery series—If Looks Could Kill; A Body to Die For; 'Til Death Do Us Part; Over Her Dead Body; and, most recently, Lethally Blond. White is also the author of popular career books for women, including Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do. Hush is her first stand-alone thriller. She lives in New York City with her family. (From


FTC Information: I checked this book out from my wonderful local library for  my reading pleasure.  I have Amazon links on my review pages but I do not make any money from these because of NC laws.  I put them solely for people to check out the books on a retail site.


Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

I LOVED this book! I'm getting ready to review it this week.

Jenny said...

AAhhhh this sounds soooo good!!!! I need to read it soon!

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