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.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
This was an Audible recommendation based on my previous selections, and after reading the summary, I thought it sounded promising. It certainly delivered on that promise with a tense thriller, well developed characters and a spot on reading by Scott Brick. Brick was consistently good throughout the entire story, but especially great with his voicing of hearing impaired Shep, the friend coming to repay a childhood debt. What a terrific character he is. The danger appears insurmountable, especially as the family has no idea what has brought it into their lives, but their committment to each other is what keeps them going. The story is well paced and plays fair by providing surprising twists without making them so preposterous that belief cannot be suspended. I sacrificed sleep by not being able to turn it off at the end of the day, needing to find out what came next. This author is new to me, but I am now looking at what else he has written. I hope other selections are as good as this one.
This is a great suspense novel. At times the tension is so tight the story had me feeling apprehensive to the point of pacing the floor. I could not leave the ipod in the car, I had to listen to this story on walks, around the house, it is very hard to put down. The characters are well developed, the storyline is complete and you understand the motivations of everyone involved. The villains are truly menacing and the good guys are cut from the fabric of normal life. The writing is solid, the narration is wonderful, on this one Scott Brick is the perfect choice. I go through a lot of audio books during my commute - it is very, very rare to come across a book that is this good. I would highly recommend this book.
From Austen to zombies!
The first 15 or 20 minutes of this book are a little slow--but don't worry; that's the only break you're going to get! Real estate developer Mike Wingate's life takes a bad turn. And then another, and another, and another, and they keep on coming. Several times I found myself thinking, "OK, things have to get better soon..." but then they'd get even worse.
It's hard not to root for Mike, a foster-home kid who's turned his situation around and made a successful life for himself, his wife, and his daughter. Scenes from the past are skillfully woven in with the current tangle of fear and danger, adding an extra dimension. The turning point in this novel was completely unguessable, but still plausible. That's hard to pull off, but Hurwitz does a great job.
At times the rain of bad stuff seemed a little over the top, but it wasn't enough to detract from the story. Narrator Scott Brick, as always, is wonderful, doing a great job on all the characters including 8-year-old Kat. One word of warning: there's some graphic violence which, while not gratuitous, might be unpleasant for some listeners.
Overall a very exciting read. I'll be checking out Hurwitz's other books!
I had never before read any of Gregg Hurwitz's books, but I actually saw this book advertised elsewhere and decided to buy and download it. I couldn't stop listening to it and hated it when the book ended. I haven't felt like that about a book in a long time! I personally was very impressed with the writing and am looking forward to reading more of his work. Hope I'm as happy with the others as with this one. Try it if you like a good mystery! Would love to have these characters return in a follow-up, perhaps.
I downloaded this after I read Scott Brick's comments in the "Narrator's Picks". He reads many, many books - many of which I thoroughly enjoy and thought he should know a good book. Does he ever! Edge of the seat doesn't begin to describe this novel. I found myself holding my breath in anticipation and had to stop and take a breather during parts of this story. Great from beginning to end and of course, the narration was first class. I was unfamiliar with Gregg Hurwitz but will definitely be checking out his other books.
I had never read Gregg Hurwitz, but I saw a recommendation for this book from David Baldacci, and when I realized it was narrated by Scott Brick I knew it would be a win - win. An edge-of-the-seat thriller, nearly impossible to stop listening, with well-developed characters (especially Shep, as vocalized by Scott Brick). Thanks to all involved in this one, and I'm ready for more Hurwitz.
This one has it all -- an absolutely riveting plot that just never lets go, coupled with a fantastic narration by Scott Brick, the best in the business. This was one of those books that you can just see happening -- which means it ranks as one of the top in the "it could happen" index, at least in fiction -- which means that the author did a darn good job of making it real. In listening to it, there's just no place to stop, which means that it also tops out on the "just five more minutes" scale. This was my first book by Greg Horowitz, either to read or listen to. Won't be my last.
My first Gregg Hurwitz book. I have to say I'm hooked. Can't stop listening. Great twists I didn't expect, and Scott Brick is always a pleasant listen!!!
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
The first 85% of this book is intense. Everything that could go wrong to one guy happens. Starting when he is abandoned by his dad at age four. He is beat up in his foster home and things just never seem to go right. The book keeps your attention and never lets go. After about 85% of the book is over, the mystery is solved. It is not solved slowly, but all at once. Then I felt the book was not as good as it had been, yet it was still entertaining, The book as a whole is five stars, the first 85% could be six stars and the last 15% would be four stars. If you like dark stories, you will enjoy this.
Scott Brick does an excellent job. He is a little more laid back in his usual over the top drama narration and his high quality voice adds to the intensity and makes the book a better listen then a read.
If I follow you, it's because I've glanced through your reviews and more than likely found books I've agreed with you on and also found at least one book that the majority loved, and you and I were less than thrilled with. I know I should follow you then for that next read that I will enjoy.
I enjoyed this book and was thinking 5, 5, 5 until probably the last third, which wasn't bad, just one that kind of did a great job until the last third, then pulling everything together too quick. Worth the credit, though. I really like this author.
Plus on one of my earliest reviews here on Audible, I expressed the opinion that Scott Brick annoyed me. Man, I wish I could edit my comment and take it back. I don't even rember what book I made the comment on. I LOVE Scott Brick now, and generally take it for granted that if Scott Brick is the narrator, I will enjoy it the book.
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