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.
Scott Brick really makes the characters come alive. "Kat" felt real to me as did the history of her father's childhood. I've been a customer for many years and listen to at least two books a month and rarely write reviews. So, this one, to me was worth my credit. The question I ask is "when I get in the car is my IPOD the first thing I plug in?" If the answer is yes then I write a review! This one I listened to in the car, when I went to bed, when I cleaned the bathroom and today, as I was preparing for my family to arrive for Christmas, I finished the book. It's not the best book I've listened to but the combination of a good plot, depth and believability of the characters and the read make this a winner.
I know lots of people liked this book, but I couldn't wait for it to move long. This story is horrendously overwritten--never write one sentence or a few words when 25 or 30 will do! If you listen to the great mystery writers, the story moves along and the dialogue is spare. In the great stories, less is more, but in this book, more is less. As this writer progresses, he may learn to tell the story without telling us everything twice and describe everything to its hilt. I couldn't wait for this to end, and it never seems to end. The heart of a story is in dialogue and plot; the heart of this work is in the endless descriptions and words.
This book is really good. I especially like the the friend and daughter. Scott Brick did a wonderful job with these two characters. It should be made into a movie.
This is such a wallow in paranoia that I had to check to see if it was really a Joseph Finder book. And it is a great story, made better by the incomparable narration of Scott Brick. But, where Finder is satisfied to weave an intricate web of intrigue, Hurwitz creates the same feeling of helplessness in the face of unknown odds; but adds a lot of gratuitous, extremely gorey and detailed violence. Perhaps when this very good author matures, he will rely more on the intrigue of the story line, and less on the fear that unthinkable torture and its detailed descriptions engenders. As "edge of your seat" as this story line is; listening to details of bloody torture ad nauseum is unappealing. Just the story line is reminiscent of Harlen Coben's run of wife and child snatching books, which struck every spouse and parent to the core. It is not a pleasant book to listen to; but it is gripping. Going from a Louise Penny Inspector Gamache, Agatha Christie type of armchair thinking man's mystery, to this all-out violent pulling out all the fear inducing stops book, is like going from the sublime to the not so sublime. But, it is able to move the reader towards a state of paranoia; which, I guess is the intent. I think I'll try another of his books, hoping he will rely more on the mastery of the tale than the gruesomeness of the telling.
I could not believe what was happening to this nice family. And there was no authority that could be trusted to help. The chance of any kind of happy ending was no where in sight. I had to keep listening through the night to find out who's doing this and why.
I love Scott Brick and have chosen many books because he is the narrator.
It's a good story that keeps the reader engaged most of the time. A little fluff here and there but mostly very engaging. I really am a fan of Scott Brick the narrator but he mispronounces the name of the indian tribe which is part of the story. Given the fact it's a significant part of the story, I would have thought he would have checked on the proper pronounciation ..Miwoks are pronounced Me wok not MY wok
I cannot believe how incredibly well written this book was and the unbelievable narration of Scott Brick who, as far as I'm concerned, could read the dictionary and I would be happy to listen all the day long. This is an amazing book, with such a plausible story line and chapter after chapter of mind-numbing suspense and believable problem solving. The character of "Shep" cannot be appreciated in the written word, Brick's narration was Brilliant! This is by far one of the best books I've ever "read." I was listening late into the night and couldn't wait to get back to it. This is my first Gregg Hurwitz. I'm hoping the rest are just as good.
Intense, riveting and suspensful.
The story kept me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next detail, I was so gripped that I had to listen to the entire story in one day.
Scott Brick's performance was excellent, especially his peformance of partically deaf friend of Mike Wingate.
This book will grab you and have you cheering for the underdogs in the story.
I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I live in Denver Co
Loved the original story and really enjoyed the characters. Another good book for my commuting. This story was entertaining and got you into the story right away which is good for my short attention span. The narration was good as well.
Exciting but violent.
Shep was the realest of the characters. I love when characters who make a lot of bad decisions are written so well that you care about them anyway. Shep was well-written in this way, and exceptionally voiced.
Shep was voiced perfectly.
Not at first. The plot jumps around a bit at the beginning, and while there's a lot of action, I found it difficult to care for the characters at first. But there came a point for me - about hour 3, I'd say - where I found every possible opportunity to listen to this book. At one point, I was sitting on an airplane and shrieked,
If you are a fan of Scott Brick, you will likely love the narration. If you're not a fan of narrators who like to ratchet up the suspense, you might find it overwrought. If you are concerned about the level of violence, I find it on par with David Baldacci's thrillers and later Myron Bolitar mysteries by Harlan Coben. Not far off from the co-written James Patterson books, either. If those are at the top of your threshold, you may consider this too graphic.
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