Author: Kate White
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition
Publication Date: February 1, 2011
Paperback: 368 pages
Genre: Fiction, Suspense, Mystery
From the Publisher:
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?
Hush by Kate White is a delightful suspenseful mystery. Lake Warren works at a fertility center, her husband is filing for custody of their children and Lake’s lawyer advises her to stay away from anything that might cause scandal. Fair enough or so it would seem, but poor judgment leads Lake to spending the night with her colleague. In her defense he was quite handsome, but she awakens to find him murdered in bed. Rather than phoning the police, Lake decides she will solve the crime herself, as one using poor judgment might, especially one fearing losing their children in a custody hearing. On a whole, Hush is an engaging mystery filled with some unexpected twists and turns. One character in the book I really enjoyed was the protagonist, Lake Warren, who the reader watches make a series of poor choices, which will either make Lake annoying for readers or wonderfully human, and I found her to be refreshingly flawed. Lake is frustrating and irresistible at the same time, and one cannot help but adopt her growing sense of paranoia. Lake does not know whom to trust nor does the reader, making the story fly by as the reader needs to know who will get custody, should Lake survive. Hush is neither dark nor deeply thought provoking, two traits I usually look forward to in my suspense books, yet I enjoyed reading Hush immensely and found it to be more of a suspenseful mystery than a full on suspense novel. White grabs the reader’s attention from the beginning and keeps the reader engaged throughout the book and gives the reader an inside look into fertility clinics. I would recommend Hush to any reader who enjoys a good suspense-filled mystery novel.
Kate White is the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine and the New York Times bestselling author of the Bailey Weggins mystery series and several popular career books for women, including Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead but Gutsy Girls Do. She lives in New York City.
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