Imagine being dropped off and abandoned at a playground as a four-year-old child. Now imagine that you spend the next fourteen years in the foster care system and the only "family" you now have is basically a juvenile delinquent. You don't know why your parents disappeared or even what your last name was but you are determined to turn your life around. This is Michael Wingate's life in You're Next by Gregg Hurwitz.
This psychological thriller builds layer upon layer of intrigue by providing glimpses into Michael's past. But these glimpses only reveal the past after he was abandoned. Obviously abandonment leaves emotional and mental scars, and Michael has his fair share. As a result he is determined to never let down his daughter Katherine. Michael is now a successful contractor and is about to win an award for building green homes that aren't completely green. When Michael is confronted by a stranger at the award's party and basically threatened, he is first confused and then later angry. The anger builds when his daughter is threatened and his wife, Annabel, is seriously injured. What does all of this have to do with Michael? Could his unknown past be rearing its ugly head and intruding on his present? How much of a past could a four-year-old child have had?
Michael embarks on a hunt for the answers. The only person he knows he can depend on is his childhood best friend and surrogate brother, Shep. When pushed to the edge Michael pushes back and uncovers a history of dirty little secrets that are best kept uncovered. How far is Michael willing to go? Read the book, trust me on this one. If you don't add any other book to your reading list, You're Next is definitely one to read. Kat is a lovable and precocious child with a core of inner strength. Michael is a man that wants to do right at any cost but realizes that lifetime sometimes has to be lived in the murkier gray areas. Shep is, well words can't describe Shep but he is the type of friend you want when backed into a corner and facing really bad guys. I enjoyed reading You're Next so much that I've promptly added many other works by Mr. Hurwitz to my TBR list. I've found another favorite author!
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