Mike Wingate had a rough childhood — he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted — he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat; and his construction company is about to finish a “green” housing development that will secure a solid future for them all. Then the unimaginable happens: Something from Mike’s own past, a past he doesn’t even remember, comes back to visit terror upon him and his family. Menacing characters show up and begin threatening Mike, and when he reports them, the police seem more interested in Mike’s murky past than in investigating or protecting his young family. Now, with Mike, his wife, and their daughter suddenly under attack from all sides, Mike must turn to Shep, a truly dangerous man — and Mike’s only true friend — from their childhood days together in foster care. Together, the two of them will do whatever it takes to protect Mike’s family against the hidden men behind the terrifying warning “You’re Next!”
©2011 Gregg Hurwitz (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.
If I had to boil it down to two words they would be: overly dramatic, in both narration and story. That said, I did finish it to the end although if I were honest with myself, it's only because I was I was avoiding paying bills online. Someone wrote earlier that it was like an episode of Law & Order--I concur except there weren't any Lenny zingers.
Listen to this book if you like mainstream thrillers with a dose of maudlin woe for the orphans of the world.
Difficult to listen of 12 hours of the main character's suffering and obstacles. Author should have altered it or employed some type of pacing or relief.
No, if this is his standard writing style
Scott Brick is usually excellent. I don't think he should have sung nursery rhymes as 1 of the characters. It sounded like a difficult story for him to maintain.
ending was acceptable and somewhat predictable. The plot finally turned and made sense with the visit to the casino.
Should have been a shorter book, as 85% of the story was about the main characters suffering and angst
Although this book was in one sense very intriguing, I found I wanted to finally get some answers and get to the end of it so I could start something new. The basic story was good; the narrator was good; but it just took way too long to start answering questions and to come to a conclusion - for me. Others may find it far more interesting, so I don't mean this as a negative review. It just wasn't for me.
Harlan Coben watch out in your stand alone suspense novels! This author is right there with you. I couldn't stop listening. I continued to listen while cooking, feeding cats, etc. I have grown tired of series books. After 15 or so books using same character that is enough. I want new, fresh different and Gregg hurwitz gives you that in spades. One of favorite occupations is browsing Audible looking for treasure and I hit jackpot here.
I got this book based on the sterling reviews but was very disappointed. The main character and story line rang false on multiple levels. A CONTRACTOR overcome with guilt over a construction mistake that was blown out of proportion and wasn't his fault ... please. The actions of the bad guys are terrifying but implausible ... would a thug break into a house just to whisper scary messages into a baby monitor, then leave?
Overall, the plot was on the level of a teen horror flick (Scream, etc.) than a quality mystery novel.
Scott Brick is (or can be) one of the best narrators out there. Nonetheless, I find that his performances on some books are overdone, with too much emotional breathy talk. This was one of his overdone narrations.
I wish I could get my credit back.
Narration was top notch. I love this guy's voice.
To be fair, stories that involve crooked cops and guns usually bore me. Knowing this, I bought it anyway thinking it would be a 'thriller' but I'm afraid it was not.
I won't spoil it, but I'll say this: I held on until the second half of the book where the main character's background - the only thing that kept me hanging on - is finally revealed. Major stink bomb there only because I was hoping for something darker. What seemed like an intriguing story quickly turned into a convoluted episode of Law and Order. Even given the few compelling characters, namely "Shep" and Kat, I was ultimately bored with the basis of this story and didn't care to finish. There was maybe 1/5th to go, which is a lot of time to invest, and I still gave up.
It's not for me but might be for others. I bet my mom would have liked it.
I'd recommend this to readers who like suspenseful crime with cops, crooked business deals and guns etc... not a dark psychological thriller.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
This is one of the best mystery thrillers I have read this year.
The story opens with a distraught father, who finds himself with no other choice but to leave his young son on a strange playground, far from their home. The poor young boy is of no help to the authorities because of his age and unfortunately must be put into the foster care system. His young life, by far, was not at all a great experience, however, he did learn some very valuable lessons that down the road, may just help save his life. When Michael Doe reaches adult hood he try's to leave his checkered past behind. Together with some tough sacrifices, a sealed juvenile record, and a new name, he eventually settles into a safe, comfortable life with a wife and daughter.
Just when all things in his life seem to be going his way, odd things start to happen that threaten to change all that Michael has worked so hard to build. Strangers are following them, odd cell phone messages are being received and his young daughter is assaulted. Confusion and fear for his family force Michael to call on two old friends, one is in law enforcement and one is an ex-con. With their help he discovers that what is happening to them is being orchestrated by someone that has power on a federal level but he still has no idea why. Now in order to protect himself and his family he must pull some of his old, unsavory habits out of the closet and go after this group that is targeting his family.
An intriguing. smart mystery with one heck of a punch ending. The characters are so realistic and perfectly matured throughout this fast moving story line. Scott Brick is far from my favorite narrator but he did a pretty good job with this story driven listen. Highly recommend.
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It would be in the top 5.
I liked Kat. I have a sister about that age so I could relate to her actions. She was really grown up and mature for her age.
When he finally learned why he was being targeted.
Ok, I won't lie I almost didn't make it through this book. The first couple of chapters just drag and I couldn't get myself into it. While driving one night I finally got to the part where it started picking up speed and it just quickly escalates from there. You can't put it down because you are dying to know about his past and why people are after him. There are a couple of parts that are a little slow but it just helps to put the storyline together. The narrator does a great job and really makes the book come to life. If I had to sum everthing up I would say this book is like a train going up a steep hill and once it reaches the top it just takes off steam from there. Give this one a chance.
I don't know that I would really recommend this book - while the story is OK, it just seemed to take a long time to tell. Nothing special.
Say something about yourself!
A beginning, middle, and end. The great thing about this story is that the author didn't rush it, he took his time and developed the characters and situations so that you can actually imagine being there. You really care for the good guys, and really fear the bad guys (they are REALLY BAD) and simply can't turn off the iPod.
Well done all around. I was pleasantly surprised with Scott Brick. I normally do not like his narration style, but in this one--he nailed it. Each voice distinct and believable. Loved the way he brought Shep out for the reader, as Mike's hearing impaired childhood friend.
Highly Recommend this one.
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