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The Wrong Man: A Novel of Suspense

The Wrong Man: A Novel of Suspense

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by Kate White

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She wanted to be more daring, but one small risk is about to cost her everything—maybe even her life.

Bold and adventurous in her work as owner of one of Manhattan's boutique interior design firms, Kit Finn couldn't be tamer in her personal life. While on vacation in the Florida Keys, Kit resolves to do something risky for once. When she literally


She wanted to be more daring, but one small risk is about to cost her everything—maybe even her life.

Bold and adventurous in her work as owner of one of Manhattan's boutique interior design firms, Kit Finn couldn't be tamer in her personal life. While on vacation in the Florida Keys, Kit resolves to do something risky for once. When she literally bumps into a charming stranger at her hotel, she decides to make good on her promise and act on her attraction. But back in New York, when Kit arrives at his luxury apartment ready to pick up where they left off in the Keys, she doesn't recognize the man standing on the other side of the door. Was this a cruel joke or part of something truly sinister? Kit soon realizes that she's been thrown into a treacherous plot, which is both deeper and deadlier than she could have ever imagined. Now the only way to protect herself, her business, and the people she loves is to find out the true identity of the man who has turned her life upside down. Adrenaline-charged and filled with harrowing twists at every turn, The Wrong Man will keep readers riveted until the final page.

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Publishers Weekly
New York City interior decorator Kit Finn, the heroine of this absorbing novel of suspense from bestseller White (Eyes on You), has a one-night fling with Matt Healy, a man she meets at the end of her vacation on Islamorada in the Florida Keys. Then, on her way to the Miami airport, Matt calls to invite her to dinner at his Manhattan apartment. When Kit arrives for their date, the door is opened by a stranger who claims that he's Matt Healy, who's as surprised to see her as she is to see him. Kit resolves to find out why the man she met in Florida used someone else's identity, and what his motivation was for luring her to an apartment not his own. Her pursuit of the answers is fraught with danger to her coworkers, her business, and most especially herself. Kit doesn't know whom to trust or where to turn as the plot builds to an exciting, well-executed conclusion. Agent: Sandra Dijkstra, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. (June)
Kirkus Reviews
Though she might suggest a bold accent wall to her clients, Manhattan interior decorator Kit Finn leads a quiet private life—until one wild night in Florida sets her on a different, far more dangerous course. In White's (Eyes On You, 2014, etc.) breezy if predictable stand-alone, Kit is trying to squeeze in as much relaxation as possible while on vacation in Islamorada—think Netflix's Bloodline—when she meets the attractive Matt Healy. The two sleep together but agree the relationship can go no further, so Kit is surprised when Matt contacts her back home in New York with the offer of a home-cooked meal at his apartment. But she's more surprised when she arrives and finds that the real Matt Healy is a stranger who claims his wallet was stolen several days earlier. While this provides an interesting and necessary plot twist, it also reveals what will become an increasingly irksome habit of White's: undercutting nearly every crucial piece of information in the next chapter, deflating much of the suspense. As Kit reluctantly works with the real Matt, a portfolio manager, to find out how she got fooled and what the imposter's endgame could be, the faux Matt—who she soon learns is really Garrett Kelman—reappears with a story of conspiracies and insider trading, which Kit initially dismisses but soon realizes could be the truth when she's pulled into a murder investigation in Florida. When a second murder inquiry hits perilously close to home in Manhattan, Kit realizes that working with Garrett might be her only chance. While the whodunit aspects are fairly pedestrian, Kit makes for an intriguing heroine who holds her own.

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Kate White, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, is the New York Times bestselling author of the standalone psychological thrillers The Wrong Man, Eyes on You, Hush, The Sixes, and the Bailey Weggins mystery series. White 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 and editor of the Anthony and Agatha Award nominated The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die For. She lives in New York City.

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New York, New York
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Glens Falls, New York
Union College, 1972

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The Wrong Man: A Novel of Suspense 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
booklover- 30 days ago
3.5 Stars Kit Finn is on vacation in the Florida Keys when she literally bumps into a very charming, very handsome man. For once in her life, she wants to let loose and do something risky .. but fun...for a change. After a wonderful night together, she's pleased that he wants to see her again when she gets back to New York. It seems he is also from New York and is on vacation. She arrives at his apartment on the agreed date at the agreed time. Only the man who lives there is someone she has never seen before. She's not sure if this was a prank or a joke .. but she doesn't appreciate it one little bit. And then other things begin to happen. Someone burgles her apartment. A client is found dead in Kit's stairwell. And then the man she doesn't know is involved in a hit and run accident and killed. And when the first man she met contacts her, she doesn't know who to trust. And why does someone seem to want her dead? This was a good book over all... sluggish in places ... a lot predictable. Kit comes across as slightly naive and for being a 35-year-old woman, she took a lot of chances that she should have known better not to. This is not a fast-paced book, but there's enough action to keep reading. This is not the first of Kate White's books that I have read ... and it won't be the last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am half way through and struggling to finish it. I checked it out of the library so I did not waste any money, just my time. Will try another of her books as they are rated pretty good. This one is not worth your time.
FluffSmutandMurder More than 1 year ago
Back again with yet another terrific thriller, Kate White has the formula for a strong woman who finds herself in a scary situation down cold. This stand alone book flows quickly from scene to scene with enough sketchy characters to keep you guessing until the end. What I loved: Did not see that bad person coming – terrific plot twist!! I also thought the relationship between Kit and her business partner Baby was well developed and realistic. While Kit is the primary owner of the design firm, she really turned to Baby as a mentor for business, and as a mother/older sister for her personal life. What I didn’t love: I would have liked a few more encounters where Kit is forced to deal with more threats just to build up a larger sense of danger. What I learned: Watch who you get frisky with on vacation. Overall Grade: B+ www.fsam15.wix.com/fluffsmutandmurder
LC112648LC More than 1 year ago
Feathered_Quill1 More than 1 year ago
Kate White draws her audience in with an engaging plot in her latest novel of suspense, The Wrong Man. The story begins in Islamorada, Florida. Kit wakes to her last morning in paradise before her imminent return to New York reality. Granted, she has combined work with her mini-vacation, but she had hoped the vacation aspect would be more eventful. There were no dare-devilish shark-cage diving excursions or throw caution to the wind parasailing moments over the pristine waters of the captivating Florida Bay. This wasn’t Kit’s MO. She was responsible and while she had a precise and trained eye for turning drab into magic with her design business, Kit the person was far too responsible. With her last day on the horizon, things were about to change once she met the likes of rugged and handsome Matt Healy. It turns out Matt was staying at the same hotel as Kit. Even though she was in Islamorada primarily for business, maybe Matt was the Godsend and welcome refuge for Kit to put the pieces back together in her life after her break up. After bumping into Matt at the marketplace and agreeing to dinner with him later that evening, she wondered if perhaps this was a bit too spontaneous. Her apprehensions are quelled once she sees him already seated in the patio restaurant. The two eased into comfortable conversation and the effortless banter suppressed Kit’s anxiety. By the time dessert rolled around, it was a no-brainer they would be taking it back to Matt’s room. Little did Kit know she was about to jump into more than a one-night stand... Ms. White knows how to navigate the pages and place her words purposefully. Having already accomplished the composition of more than a handful of fiction and nonfiction bodies of work, she wastes no time in capturing her audience with The Wrong Man. The plot is believable in that it is an age-old premise: girl meets boy...girl is intrigued by boy...girl throws caution to the wind and simply goes for it. The twist, however, is: what is the outcome? This is the essence and job of the writer to guide the reader down the path. Ms. White does a terrific job of doing just that. She takes her time in developing the personalities of each character: Kit, the young, entrepreneurial firecracker who has an eye for design flair; Baby, the seasoned design veteran who is firm, but fair and together the two complement each other; Matt Healy, the mysterious man who ‘coincidentally’ bumps into Kit’s life, but was it a coincidence? Ms. White does a fantastic job of planting a multitude of seeds and adeptly layers situations and circumstances as the story evolves. In so doing, the allure encourages her audience to assume the investigative role with a desire to solve the mystery at hand. There is no point where this story drags in that each time the roller coaster seems to be coming back into the ‘home gate,’ yet another turn whips the reader into the bend of surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed The Wrong Man and applaud Kate White for crafting a book that is a quick read with lots of intrigue and adventure across its 322 pages. Quill says: The Wrong Man is a great balance between suspense and intrigue. It will keep you guessing the ‘who done it’ until you arrive at its surprising (and unpredictably satisfying) end!