Hush

Hush

by Kate White

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ISBN-13: 9780061576652
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 358
Sales rank: 558,951
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Kate White, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, is the New York Times bestselling author of the standalone psychological thrillers The Secrets You Keep, The Wrong Man, Eyes on You, Hush, and The Sixes, as well as seven Bailey Weggins mysteries. White is also the author of several 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. She lives in New York City.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Date of Birth:

1950

Place of Birth:

Glens Falls, New York

Education:

Union College, 1972

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.”

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Hush 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 110 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!!
bookchickdi on LibraryThing 29 days 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.
joemmama on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Lake Warren is in the middle of a terrible custody battle with her ex. On her first outing with a charismatic fertility doctor (while her kids are away at camp), the date ends with is murder, and Lake is a wreck. She was in the apartment with the killer but she saw no one.Would you remain silent? I think I might.The fertility clinic, where Lake is working as a consultant, is a hotbed of gossip and speculation.The police keep questioning her as she scrambles to solve the murder, and clear herself for the sake of her family.Something besides the murder is wrong at the clinic. Lake starts talking to a reporter, Archer, who has been investigating for a story, and he is aware of a problem as well, but has no proof.Lake is terrified, but agrees to look further. When suddenly things go completely awry, it is a slam, bang, shocking conclusion!I have read Kate White's Bailey Weggins series, but his book is not as "smart ass" or "wise guy" fun. That is not to say I didn't enjoy it. It is a good, solid mystery, whose ending I did not see coming. I recommend this for anyone who likes a good solid, intelligent mystery.I received this book from Harper for review. Thanks so much!
SouthernGirlReads on LibraryThing 29 days ago
HUSH is the latest from best selling author and Editor in Chief of Cosmo magazine, Kate White. Though she has written several successful books in her Bailey Weggins Series, this is her first stand alone novel and the only one I've read. But I can assure you it won't be the last. Here's a quick synopsis of the story from Harper Collins -When Lake Warren learns that her husband, Jack, is suing for full custody of their two children four months after their separation, she's pretty certain things can't get any worse. The upside is 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 to not 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 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 finish what she started before it's too late?I hadn't read a murder mystery in awhile so I was looking forward to cracking this one open. One thing I liked about this book right off the bat was that it jumped right into the story from page one. I didn't have to wait long for things to get rolling. Another thing I liked was having a fertility clinic be in the center of this mystery. This worked for me because it was something different that I haven't seen too much in murder mysteries. Fertility clinics are big business right now and this story brings up issues that women today may be facing when using fertility clinics. I found the story to be suspenseful and believable even though I didn't always agree with the decisions made by Lake Warren, the main character. Speaking of the main character, I did like her immediately and felt she was a strong female character that I began pulling for right away. There was a wide range of supporting characters that gave the story many interesting angles, but not too many that it mucked it up. As the story progressed I found myself changing my mind as to who I thought the killer might be many different times. All in all, the story moved along nicely and I didn't feel like there were any slow spots that dragged for me. I was also pleased with the ending. The title of this book is a small word but in this story, Lake discovers that sometimes keeping quiet is harder than you ever thought.I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good suspenseful mystery without all of the blood and guts of some hard core murder mysteries. I enjoyed the story without being afraid to turn the lights out at night. That's the kind of mystery I like.
daisygrl09 on LibraryThing 29 days ago
A little slow to start, but really picked up about halfway through.
NovelBookworm on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Isn¿t it funny, how it seems like similar things often appear simultaneously? Remember the disaster summer at the movies, Deep Impact and Armageddon? It seems like I inadvertently read similar books near the same time too. Two such books, which I probably should review individually, (but heck..it¿s my review and I¿ll double up is I want to) were Hush by Kate White and Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd. In both of these books, the protagonists were placed in unlikely situations and then behaved in an idiotic manner. In Ordinary Thunderstorms, the hero, Adam Kindred, is in London for a job interview. Feeling good about his future, he¿s having dinner alone when he strikes up a conversation with a fellow diner. Based on this chance encounter, Adam is soon on the run from the police; the primary suspect in a murder. The main character in Hush, Lake Warren is feeling pretty low. She has just discovered that her husband, who she has only been separated from for a few months, is suing for full custody of her kids. With her kids away at camp, she is doing some marketing for an infertility clinic. One evening, after an office get-together, she goes home with a clinic doctor who had been flirting with her. Upon waking in the morning, in a strange apartment, she is horrified to discover the doctor has been murdered; his throat slashed. Based on this encounter, Lake is soon immersed in a game of cat and mouse with the unknown killer, and fearing she will soon come under suspicion by the police. Okay, I know, it sounds like I¿m really stretching to compare these two books. But they just felt similar to me. Both protagonists were, in a word, idiots. Now, both authors justified the characters moronic choices. I¿ll admit, I¿ve never woke up in an apartment with a man with a slashed throat while my soon to be ex is threatening to take my kids. And I¿ve never visited London, attempted to return a forgotten file to a casual acquaintance from a diner, walked into his hotel room through door left ajar and found a dead guy on the bed. Perhaps if these situations occurred to me, I¿d be an idiot too. But I¿d like to think I¿d call the police in the first instance, and leave the damn file at the reception desk in the second. Supposing I was momentarily flummoxed and made all the wrong choices, and now thought I was in deep trouble. I¿d still like to think I¿d be smart enough to find a lawyer and talk to the police. As you can tell, I wasn¿t too impressed with either book. I wanted to smack Lake Warren upside her privileged spoiled head for the stupid things she did. And by the time the book concluded, I just didn¿t really care who the crazy killer was. Yep, it was a little bit of a surprise, I didn¿t peg the killer early on, but I didn¿t really try. I just didn¿t care all that much. And although Adam Kindred was a more interesting character, I didn¿t have much patience with his choice to become a homeless bum in London instead of talking to the police. Both of their choices just made me think, ¿Really? Seriously? What the hell is wrong with these people??¿ (Review copies provided by Harper Collins)
cyderry on LibraryThing 29 days ago
I'm still shaking. I can feel my heart pounding and I have to remind myself that it was just a book. I started this book and immediately was drawn into the lead character, Lake Warren. The first few chapters telling of her strive for independence as her divorce is finalizing and her struggle with custody issues. But then when she gets herself caught in a web of fear when she finds a man, that she slept with casually, murdered in his bed while she slept on the terrace, Lake feels that no one will believe her innocence and she will lose her children. The story revolves around Lake efforts to keep herself out of the limelight so that the police will not ask her for a DNA sample, but since she is working for the same Infertility Clinic as the victim, she has to keep a straight face while trying to solve the murder herself.The story was riveting and keep me going until I had to find out the ending. Highly recommended for Thriller lovers.
ethel55 on LibraryThing 29 days ago
I hate to finish a book hoping it's a stand alone, but in this case, yes. It was an ok thriller but frankly the heroine, Lake Warren, didn't really do it for me. I felt she didn't make good choices, and maybe wasn't fleshed out enough. I admit I didn't necessarily see the end coming, but whether that's because it's a spectacular mystery or left poor clues for me, is unsure. I highly recommend White's Bailey Weggins series. The first is called If Looks Could Kill, and they are very good.
miyurose on LibraryThing 29 days ago
I¿m going to get straight to the point. I didn¿t like this. Not only is Lake¿s name ridiculous, most of her actions are ridiculous. She seems to be allergic to the police, no matter what sort of danger or harassment has befallen her, all with the weak excuse of "if anything bad is connected with me, my ex-husband will steal my kids!". It just didn¿t hold together for me. I thought she was infuriatingly stupid. With infertility treatment being a burgeoning issue, this could have been an interesting mystery, but instead we¿re burdened with an awful protagonist and giant red herring. I won¿t be in a rush to pick up another book by this author.
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Woah 0,0 plz continue