Hush

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Four months after their separation, marketing consultant Lake Warren faces a tough legal battle with her husband, Jack, for custody of their two kids. Though the timing couldn't be worse, she finds herself responding to the flirtations of Dr. Mark Keaton, her handsome colleague at the Advanced Fertility Center. But the morning after their one-night stand, Lake discovers Keaton with his throat slashed.

Afraid of losing her children forever, Lake lies to the police—and begins ...

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Overview

Four months after their separation, marketing consultant Lake Warren faces a tough legal battle with her husband, Jack, for custody of their two kids. Though the timing couldn't be worse, she finds herself responding to the flirtations of Dr. Mark Keaton, her handsome colleague at the Advanced Fertility Center. But the morning after their one-night stand, Lake discovers Keaton with his throat slashed.

Afraid of losing her children forever, Lake lies to the police—and begins searching for the truth on her own before she can be charged with the heinous crime. She starts getting hostile treatment from her coworkers, and strange clues start appearing, quite literally, on her doorstep. Soon Lake is pulled dangerously close to the very dark secrets surrounding the slain man and the clinic where they worked. And suddenly the police are not the only ones hunting Lake Warren.

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Editorial Reviews

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.”
Today Show
“A real page-turner.”
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.”
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.”
New York Daily News
“A sharp-edged thriller . . . Sexy suspense.”
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061576652
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 358
  • Sales rank: 413,062
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate White

Kate White, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, is the New York Times bestselling author of the stand-alone novels Hush and The Sixes and the Bailey Weggins mystery series. She is also the author of popular career books for women, including I Shouldn't Be Telling You This: How to Ask for the Money, Snag the Promotion, and Create the Career You Deserve. She lives in New York City.

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Glens Falls, New York
    1. Education:
      Union College, 1972
    2. Website:

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  • Posted December 30, 2009

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    refreshing stand alone thriller

    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

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Pass

    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2014

     Overall, I was a bit disappointed with the book, Hush. I give t

     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. 

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2012

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    Just a book

    Nothing to write home to Mom about...

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    A Decent Read

    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).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2011

    page turner

    I found this to be a very interesting book. It definitely kept my interest right up until the end.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

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    A real page-turner

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Loved this book!

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    Kate White's best yet!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2011

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    a thrilling read....loved it.

    i am a kate white fan. she always delivers what is expected!! write more books please!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2011

    Another great read

    Love kate white......this is a great thriller! Highly recommend the sixes!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This was a great book, I couldn't put it down. I will be checking to find other books by this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

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    You'll want to read this one with the lights on!

    Lake Warren is trying hard to keep herself distracted while she deals with her divorce and subsequent custody agreement with her soon to be ex-husband Jack. She is a marketing consultant trying hard to find a new way to showcase a fertility clinic that specializes in helping women over 40 have a baby.

    It doesn't make things any easier when her lawyer advises her that Jack is seeking full custody and that she should live like a nun until the case is settled. What she doesn't expect is to engage in harmless flirting with a very attractive new Dr. Mark Keaton a recent addition to the clinic who seems more than interested in her.

    After a company dinner and an unexpected trip to Dr. Keaton's apartment for late night drinks which once again remind Lake that she is still attractive despite her husband's affair, she spends the night with him. When she awakes on the terrace and finds her way back inside, she discovers that he has been murdered and thus the mystery begins.

    Instead of calling the police, Lake leaves the scene of the crime not wanting to provide her husbands lawyers with the proof they would need to take her children away. What transpires over the course of the book is a suspenseful, edge of your seat, mystery that has you flipping more pages just to find out who did it.

    I received the book, Hush by Kate White, compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review and inhaled it in one sitting with the lights on. What a great mystery that held my interest from the first chapter all the way to the end. My only negative reaction is that I want more, and thankfully there's another one in the works thanks to Kate! This one rates a 5 out of 5 stars and won't disappoint the reader.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Bring back Bailey Weggins!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2010

    EXCELLENT!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2010

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    Hush

    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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2015

    Great on so many levels

    Suspenseful, intriguing, captivating to the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2015

    TO BELOW-320 PAGES

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2015

    320 pages

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2015

    Hush

    A really suspenseful 297 pages. Very good.

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