Wrong Manby John Katzenbach
Pub. Date: 05/29/2007
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Scott Freeman is a man of reason–a college professor grounded in the rational and practical. But he becomes uneasy after finding an anonymous love letter hidden in his daughter’s room: “No one could ever love you like I do. No one ever will. We will be together forever. One way or another.” But the reality of Ashley’s plight far
Scott Freeman is a man of reason–a college professor grounded in the rational and practical. But he becomes uneasy after finding an anonymous love letter hidden in his daughter’s room: “No one could ever love you like I do. No one ever will. We will be together forever. One way or another.” But the reality of Ashley’s plight far exceeds Scott’s worst suspicions.
One drink too many had led Ashley, a beautiful, bright art student, into what she thought was just a fling with a blue-collar bad boy. But now, no amount of pleading or reasoning can discourage his phone calls, ardent e-mails, and constant, watchful gaze.
Michael O’Connell is but a malignant shadow of a man. His brash, handsome features conceal a black and empty soul. Control is his religion. Cunning and criminal skill are his stock-in-trade. Rage is his language.
The harder Ashley tries to break free, the deeper Michael burrows into every aspect of her life, so she turns in desperation to her divorced parents and her mother’s new partner–three people still locked in a coldly civilized triangle of resentment. But their fierce devotion to Ashley is the common bond that will draw them together to face down a predator.
For Ashley’s family, it is a test of primal love that will drive them to the extreme edge–and beyond–in a battle of wills that escalates into a life-or-death war to protect their own.
From the bestselling master of suspense, John Katzenbach, The Wrong Man is an elegantly crafted and breathtakingly intense read that asks the question, “How far would you go to save the child you love?”
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Written partially like an interview and also a campfire story, Mr. Katzenbach effectively engages his readers into each characters emotional state. He doesn't waste time with unnecessary details. In fact, Mr. Katzenbach used a limited number of characters and focused on the story from start to finish. Mr Katzenbach portayal of the villian in this work was very interesting. There is always something to be said about someone who can instill fear into the opposition with their eyes only. Ultimately, The Wrong Man is an exciting thriller.
This is one of those proverbial 'cannot put it down' that is not hype for a book. Read this one in one and one half evening. You are gripped from the beginning and the bad guy is so chilling you could scream. No need to discuss the plot trust me. Buy this one
Boston art history grad student Ashley Freeman has sex with Michael O'Connell. Where she saw it as a one night, he saw it as forever. Michael obsesses over Ashley and plans to make her his though she insists she does not want to see him. He does not leave her alone being everywhere she is and running off anyone who spends time with her. He uses his computer skills to cause havoc for her divorced parents and her mother¿s lesbian lover as well as taking control of Ashley¿s life at school, her finances and in other ways.----------------- Her loving parents try to buy him off, but Michael ignores their efforts they try to frighten him into leaving their daughter alone, but instead he scares them with his obstinate intensity. Nothing legally works so the desperate Ashley and her family decide to go after Michael with the same fixation he applied when he devastated their lives with illegal and amoral tactics.----------------------- On the surface this may seem like an extended Fatal Attraction, but talented John Katzenbach brings his own spin to predatory obsession as Michael and Ashley¿s family go at it like champions meeting in a fifteen round bout. Each of the five prime players seem genuine and the reactions and feelings of Ashley¿s parents and the lover towards their beleaguered offspring feels real so that when the legal approaches fail, the audience will have no problem with their efforts to reverse the stalking. This is a one sitting tense thriller as readers will want to know who survived trench warfare.-------------- Harriet Klausner
Very good intense. Man obsessed with professor daughter, then became a stalker. Parents were disvorced, but they bonded together.
This is a real suspense thriller. Other reviewers have said enough about the plot, so if you like this kind of read, buy it! I do and I did and I couldn't wait until the end. I will say that I hate books that end that way, but it was a really good book.
This psychological thriller raises the question 'Does the end justify the means?' Always? Sometimes? Never? The question must be answered by each individual in their own way, and that answer isn't always clear. Another question posed is 'Can something truely be ended, or will a bit of it always stay with you, in some way?' An engrossing read that begins slowly but gains momentum as the characters become more 'real' to the reader, and to the 'reporter' who is telling the tale.