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You're Next

a novel by Gregg Hurwitz

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  • Jul 8, 2011
Rating:
+4

Gregg Hurwitz has created a novel with excellent suspense and characterization. The premise is enough to draw a reader to find the answers.

Mike Wingate is abandoned at a park by his father when Mike was age four. His father told him it wasn't his fault and then disappeared  from his life.

Mike was raised in a foster home and befriended a boy named Shep. They became inseparable, like brothers. However, they were wild and unruly. Trouble seemed to follow them.

Mike got some breaks and with hard work, built up his construction business. He found happiness with his wife, Annabel, and his precious daughter Kat, age eight.

After Mike's photo was in the paper for winning a prize, he began to be followed by a number of unsavory people. When he complained to the police, the police were more interested in Mike's unknown background than in the people following and threatening Mike.

When Mike is told "You're Next" he calls his old friend Shep and they make a plan for dealing with these people.

The idea is interesting in that Mike doesn't know his background or the reason why anyone would want to hurt him or his family.

The characters are well drawn and interesting and the story is cleverly told. The search for Mike's pursuers takes him to a place that the reader cannot for see and with a cinematic climax, the ending is satisfying and engrossing.

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November 27, 2011
Your review is on target with mine. It is not clear why you withheld giving it 5 stars. In my case it was because when Mike learns why everyone is after him, the reason seemed too far fetched and the book seemed to lose a little steam, especially with the whole safe in the casino office bit.
December 26, 2011
Michael, I enjoyed your review and think it's nice that we seem to agree on our ratings. I did't give this a five star because I did enjoy the story, I had difficulty relating to it or thinking that it could really happen to someone.
 
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review by . November 27, 2011
This story sucks the reader in from the start and grips you most of the way. Mike Wingate was abandoned by his father and left in a schoolyard when he was four. Mike was in such shock of being left there that he didn't know his own name or where her lived. He ends up being raised in a boys home where he makes friends with an outcast named Sheppard (called Shep). Sheppard becomes a professional criminal while Mike seems to shake off his shakey past and becomes a successful building designer.    O …
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Michael A.Draper is a financial planner with Mass Mutual in North Haven, CT.   Married to Diana for 47 years, one son and daughter-in-law and two lovely granddaughters.      … more
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ISBN-13: 9780312534912
Author: Gregg Hurwitz
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Date Published: 07-15-11
Format: hard cover
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