The latest Advanced Reader Copy (ARC), actually an uncorrected proof that included a few mistakes which probably were corrected in the published copy, this pedometer geek read was Kate White’s newest novel, The Wrong Man. She is the author of six Bailey Wiggins mysteries as well as several suspense novels including this one. While this is the first story of hers this pedometer geek read, it probably won’t be the last.
The Wrong Man
by Kate White
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, 2015
“For some reason she couldn’t understand, Kit woke on the last morning in Islamorada with the urge to do something a little dangerous in her life.” (page 1)
Beginning with the first sentence, the stage is set on the suspense novel that pits tame-girl-who-wants-to-shake-up-her-life-with-doing-something-risky Kit Finn against some people who wish her harm. The questions are: Who are they, and why are they out to get rid of her?
Bumping into a handsome stranger at her hotel leads to dinner and more. Introducing himself as Matt Healy, he wines and dines her, and Kit finds herself so drawn to him that they spend the night together. That risky action, however, is supposed to be that as Matt indicates that this was an one-time thing especially as she is heading home.
Yet, as she is about to board her plane for New York, she receives a last minute call from him, indicating that he would like to see her again. He invites her to dinner at his apartment the following week. Yet, when she arrives at his apartment, the man answering the door is not the man she was expecting. Further, he claims to be Matt Healy, and proves it.
Kit’s decision to become briefly involved with a man she now refers to as X, turns deadly when she finds out he is not who she thinks he is. Back home, she is trying to keep her decorating business together even as she tries to piece together what went wrong and why she is being targeted.
The suspense ratchets up as a homicide occurs and then her home and place of business are burglarized. Who to trust becomes a large issue as more information comes to light, but the more Kit learns, the more she becomes the focus of those who wish her dead.
Heart pounding action, double crosses, intrigue, and more were so intense that this reader’s sleep was disturbed by dreams about the novel’s characters. Despite the dreams, the pages were still quickly consumed. Moreover, the story was by no means predictable, leaving reason for doubt about the truthfulness of the character known as X to the very last page.
While this was the first of Kate White’s novels this pedometer geek read, it will not be the last. For a first-rate suspense, consider picking up The Wrong Man.