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New York Times bestselling author and Cosmopolitan's editor-in-chief returns with a sizzling, page-turning thriller in which an ordinary woman flees the scene of a murder—and realizes it's not just the law that's hunting her.

When Lake Warren learns that her husband, Jack, is suing for full custody of their two kids four months after their

Overview

New York Times bestselling author and Cosmopolitan's editor-in-chief returns with a sizzling, page-turning thriller in which an ordinary woman flees the scene of a murder—and realizes it's not just the law that's hunting her.

When Lake Warren learns that her husband, Jack, is suing for full custody of their two kids four months after their separation, she's pretty certain that things can't get any worse. The upside is that she's working with the Advanced Fertility Center as a marketing consultant, alongside the attractive, flirtatious Dr. Keaton. But the morning after their one-night stand, Lake finds Keaton with his throat slashed and discovers that things can indeed become worse—they can become deadly.

So as not to jeopardize her case for custody, Lake is forced to lie to the police. Having just been intimate with a man who has been murdered, and wanting to protect herself from being charged with the crime, she begins her own search for the truth. Meanwhile, the police start looking at her closely, people at the clinic start treating her with hostility, and strange clues begin dropping—quite literally—on her doorstep, and Lake realizes that she is dangerously close to dark secrets, both about Keaton and the clinic. But can Lake stop what she's started before it's too late?

Editorial Reviews

New York Daily News
“A sharp-edged thriller . . . Sexy suspense.”
Romantic Times
“Kate White delivers a top-notch, nail-biting thriller. . . . Lake Warren’s personal complications make her a compelling character, and the nonstop action leads to a deliciously scary conclusion.”
Harper's Bazaar
“Murder and lust make for a page-turner.”
Today Show
“A real page turner.”
Library Journal
In her first stand-alone thriller, White (known for her Bailey Weggins series, most recently Lethally Blonde) effectively blends mommy-lit issues with murder and suspense. Recently separated and finally finding her emotional footing, Lake Warren has been hired as a marketing consultant for a Park Avenue fertility clinic and has even started a flirtation with a handsome doctor. But then she's hit by a double whammy. Her soon-to-be-ex is seeking full custody of their two children, and the doctor has been murdered (hours after Lake slept with him). Afraid that the police will suspect her and that her husband will use this against her in their custody battle, Lake keeps quiet about her hookup. Now she is faced with scary late-night calls, an attack on the family pet, a husband looking to trip her up, and the police just this close to coming after her for murder. VERDICT The mix of family pressures and murderous suspense makes this a page-turner that will appeal to readers of Michele Martinez, Lisa Unger, and Karen Rose. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/09.]—Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI
Kirkus Reviews
White shelves hard-used series heroine Bailey Weggins (Lethally Blond, 2007, etc.), who could certainly use a break, to create just as much havoc for another New York professional who wants to have it all, except for the corpse. Now that Lake Warren's estranged husband Jack has contested the joint-custody arrangements for their two children, it looks as if work is her only solace. So she throws herself into her job as a freelance marketing expert for the Park Avenue Fertility Center with redoubled energy. Unfortunately, she also throws herself into the bed of Dr. Mark Keaton, the come-hither consultant who's just announced his intention of joining the firm. Lake wonders briefly how her ill-advised fling will sit with Jack's lawyer but gives no thought to the possible repercussions if Mark gets stabbed to death while she's catching a post-coital snooze on his balcony. Was the killer a jealous lover (evidently the jungles of Gotham are full of those), a Park Avenue client who thought she'd been the target of a monstrous fraud, or a colleague who'd filched the key to Mark's apartment from nurse Maggie Donohue? Lake will have to follow the trail while she's looking over one shoulder at the increasingly curious police and over the other at someone who seems bent on terrorizing or killing her. Despite the menacing damsel-in-distress prologue, thriftily repeated verbatim in chapter 28, both the mystery and the killer are too lightweight to vex your sleep. Job No. 1 here is multiplying suspicions, not resolving them.
Lisa Gardner
“A nerve-jangling adrenaline rush! From the first sentence to the last, Kate White catapults you into a tense vortex of deceit, danger, and double-crosses, where one wrong word is all it takes to lose everything. When in doubt, hush...”
Linda Fairstein
“Dark, sexy, and smart, HUSH is a pulse-pounding thriller that’s both chilling and provocative. Once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop - or guess who or why - until the very end. A stunningly good read.”
Karin Slaughter
“Utterly compelling . . . A classic page turner.”
Lisa Unger
“Sexy and suspenseful, Kate White’s HUSH is a true page-turner. The subtle twists and turns on the glamorous streets of New York City are going to thrill White’s longtime fans and earn her a legion of brand new readers. A clever, fast-paced thriller!”
Sandra Brown
“Kate White places her wily heroine in a real jam, then keeps her, as well as readers, asking ‘Whodunit?’ right up till the gripping finale.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061576614
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/02/2010
Pages:
341
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

What People are saying about this

Sandra Brown
“Kate White places her wily heroine in a real jam, then keeps her, as well as readers, asking ‘Whodunit?’ right up till the gripping finale.”
Linda Fairstein
“Dark, sexy, and smart, HUSH is a pulse-pounding thriller that’s both chilling and provocative. Once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop - or guess who or why - until the very end. A stunningly good read.”
Lisa Gardner
“A nerve-jangling adrenaline rush! From the first sentence to the last, Kate White catapults you into a tense vortex of deceit, danger, and double-crosses, where one wrong word is all it takes to lose everything. When in doubt, hush...”
Lisa Unger
“Sexy and suspenseful, Kate White’s HUSH is a true page-turner. The subtle twists and turns on the glamorous streets of New York City are going to thrill White’s longtime fans and earn her a legion of brand new readers. A clever, fast-paced thriller!”
Karin Slaughter
“Utterly compelling . . . A classic page turner.”

Meet the Author

Kate White, the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, is the New York Times bestselling author of the Bailey Weggins mystery series—If Looks Could Kill; A Body to Die For; 'Til Death Do Us Part; Over Her Dead Body; and, most recently, Lethally Blond. White is also the author of popular career books for women, including Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do. Hush is her first stand-alone thriller. She lives in New York City with her family.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
1950
Place of Birth:
Glens Falls, New York
Education:
Union College, 1972
Website:
http://www.KateWhite.com

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Hush 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
Lisa Dennis More than 1 year ago
After recently finishing great a page turner by J. Patterson, I wanted to read something just as exciting & intriguing. This book came recommended so I bought it. In one word it was disappointing. The characters are under-developed & the plot dragged on with needless informtion. The double storylines of dead lover/mystery @ the clinic got old. Many supporting characters came & went & the heroine fell flat for me. Save your $$ people. This book was a bore.
Kendall_Kirwin More than 1 year ago
 Overall, I was a bit disappointed with the book, Hush. I give this book a rating of about 2 stars. The plot was rather slow and at times it just dragged on. Towards the end of the book, the conclusion almost seemed rushed, as if the author had forgotten to add important facts into the story and just threw in random things. Also, the writing style was poor. It did not pull me in and make me want to continue reading way past my bed time at night. Kate White included too many "what-if" statements about Lake, the main character, and majority of the time they were all over the place. Lake did not make the best decisions throughout the book, and acted a bit immature/irresponsible for her age. She acted highly suspicious, and in the end I did not care for her character at all. 
harstan More than 1 year ago
Forty-four year old marketing consultant Lake Warren has recently divorced her spouse Jack. However, he sues for full custody of their young children. Her divorce lawyer Robert Kotchkiss empathically tells her that to insure Jack has nothing even remotely scandalous that will give him an issue to hammer her within court; he goes so far to state to her don't date . Lake is providing her consulting services to the Park Avenue Fertility Center where she meets Los Angeles based medical consultant flirtatious Dr. Keaton. Ignoring her lawyer's admonition for now as the kids are away and thinking spontaneous sex before becoming a nun, she and Keaton make love in his penthouse where she falls asleep. When she awakens with a nasty headache she finds Keaton dead. Fearing that the cops will consider her as a person interest, which is the perfect issue for Jack to use against her, she investigates who murdered Keaton. However, her fear factor explodes when she realizes someone is stalking her. With the Blond investigative reporter Bailey Weggins taking a well deserved respite, Kate White provides a refreshing stand alone thriller of a woman trying to cover her indiscretion which leads to deeper and deeper troubles for her. Fast-paced once the heroine turns to amateur sleuthing while Archer the detective knows she is concealing something. Fans will appreciate this fine suspense filled tale of a woman in peril depending on no one but herself to find the killer in order to extract herself from the cops accusing her and ultimately a stalker watching her for who knows what Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently read "The Sixes", my first Kate White book, and this pales in comparison. The storyline was ok.....though somewhat predictable. Suspenseful at times but finishing it became a bit of a task for me. The cliche, "don't judge a book by its cover" kind of held true here. (Didn't care for the title/cover upon starting this one).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Kate White's fiction and enjoyed the light, easy reading that they provide. This book was my favorite so far as her writing here is a little more sophisticated and less "trendy" in its descriptions of time, place and people. It was a perfect beach read and I finished it in a few days as I was always interested and eager to find out what happened!
LippyLou More than 1 year ago
Nothing to write home to Mom about...
reader81 More than 1 year ago
i am a kate white fan. she always delivers what is expected!! write more books please!!!!!
LynneMA More than 1 year ago
This was a great book, I couldn't put it down. I will be checking to find other books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a very interesting book. It definitely kept my interest right up until the end.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
I don't read many mystery/thriller books, (mostly because I don't like the whole women-in-jeopardy-thing) but once I picked up Kate White's Hush, I found I couldn't put it down. Lake Warren (why do they always have names like that?) is going through a bitter divorce, and now her soon-to-be ex is suing for full custody of their two children. She runs her own small marketing firm, and she is in the middle of working on a big presentation for a hot-shot fertility clinic. She makes the mistake of sleeping with one of the playboy doctors at the clinic who ends up murdered after their tryst. If she tells the police she was there, she could lose custody of her children. Instead, she decides to find out who the murderer is. Oh yeah, and someone is calling her and leaving frightening messages on her phone. Is it her ex-husband or the real murderer? There is also something odd going on at the clinic. Was the doctor killed by a jealous husband, because of gambling debts, or did he find out something illegal was being done at the clinic? The author does a good job creating characters with believable motivations. Any mom can relate to panicking at the thought of losing her children, and making bad decisions because of that fear. White also paces the action in the novel so well, it's a real page turner. Lake gets herself into more than a few jams, and your pulse will race as she extricates herself. I will say that one of those jams involving water was a little over the top for me, but it was scary. The mystery of who killed the doctor keeps you guessing right up until the end, and I have to confess I was surprised. The setting of Manhattan is used to good effect, you really get a good sense of the city. If you're looking for something to take you out of your day and you have a few hours on your hands, pick up Hush. Just remind yourself to breathe while you're reading it.
AmberJ28 More than 1 year ago
I own every fiction novel Kate White has written, and this novel disappointed me. The plot seemed implausible. The characters were not developed. Kate White is a wonderful writer and a great editor. I hope her next novel picks up on the Bailey Weggins series.
Daffydill More than 1 year ago
It's a light story, easy read and a great page turner. Found myself trying to guess "Who Done It?" after a short while into the book and was pleasantly surprised by the end. This was my first book I read by this author and will look forward to reading more of her works.
M624 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read by Kate White and it is a must read for everyone who is a mystery reader. The book really holds your interest from chapter to chapter. There was never a dull moment.
charlottesweb93 More than 1 year ago
Hush is the first book by Kate White that I have had the pleasure of reading. Let me tell you, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love it when an author writes a smart heroine. I love it when an author works in hot button issues into their plots. I love it when an author shocks me with the "whodunit". Kate White has done all of that with her new book. Hush was a fast paced, on the edge of your seat, heart racing kind of thriller. There were some twists and turns throughout the whole story to keep you guessing. And the end? I sooooo didn't see that coming!!
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Woah 0,0 plz continue
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Kept me on the edge of my seat. Lots of twists and turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful, intriguing, captivating to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so happy to see that you put in the number of pages.I've been on a quest of late asking folks to put in the number of pages in their review.I would be proud to think I had a hand in yours.If I did or didn't I want to thank you so much.Granny B.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was perfectly edited. Thank you to the publisher, HARPER COLLINS. I really enjoyed this mystery novel up to page 280. Then the conclusion became based on lies, which made all the preceeding part of the book worthless. Oh well, at least it was a stand alone mystery. Whodunit was a surprize also. I really enjoy a book that is a puzzler. There is some violence, an insinuation of sex, no cursing or religion. The fertility clinic mystery was a good premise, but fell a little short. I paid $2.99 plus tax for this book. It was worth the cost. The only complaint I have about the book is the ending. I don' t like people lying their way out of trouble, especially when it is something major like this was. I understand the reasoning, I just do not agree with it. The purpose of shaving the cat and the catnip fell pretty flat also. This was not a bad book, far from it, it just was not as good as I expected. I am giving three and half stars. For ages 18 and up, chick lit. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really suspenseful 297 pages. Very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read The Sixes last year and loved it! However, this book was disappointing with redundant, irrelevant info. It was rather slow and boring. Read The Sixes instead.
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MaryanneG More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Bailey Weggins mysteries by Kate White, I was excited to read something with a new character. In Hush we are introduced to Lake Warren, a marketing consultant facing a divorce with a custody battle erupting, lust for a man she barely knows, tested friendships, lies and secrets that put her life in danger.  As the story unfolded I learned one of the reservations I had for (no spoiler here) was for a good reason, but the rest of the pages had my mind going back and forth.  A great who done it. Perhaps Ms. Warren will meet up with Bailey in a future book? Now that would be a killer duo.  So yes, if you like mysteries with twists and as always a bit of risky romance pick up Hush and enjoy.  I have read all Fiction work by White except for the 6th in the Bailey Weggins mysteries; So Pretty it Hurts which is definitely next on my list.