#BookReview You're Next by @GreggHurwitz





I know you, don't I?' Five words - that's all it takes to plunge Mike Wingate and his family into mortal danger. Mike doesn't recognise the crippled stranger who approaches him at a party . . . but the stranger seems to know all about him.

What has Mike done? Do they have the wrong man? Overnight, the threats become attacks, and Mike, his wife, and their young daughter learn they aren't safe anywhere -especially not their own home.

He doesn't know who they are. He doesn't know what they want. But there's no time to figure it out - because his enemies have killed before, and he's next.


I enjoy a good mooch around the charity shops; particularly when it comes to buying books. 

I am a little nervous about buying a book by an author I have never read before and the charity shop affords me this luxury. 

You’re Next by Gregg Hurwitz was one such book. 

The cover of the book grabbed my attention; it told me a story before I even read the first page. 

On the front stood a white house with a traditional picket fence and a gate which was open; as though inviting me in. All set amidst clouds and a dark sky exuding trouble. 

If a cover could do this to me, what could the book do? So I had to buy it! 

The story focuses on Michael Wingate and his family; wife Annabel and daughter Kat. They appear to be living a relatively normal life and happy with their lot. 

Michael’s past though is to change this forever, but more frighteningly this very past is the one thing Michael himself knows nothing off. 

Michael was abandoned at the age of 4 years by his father at a play park he had never seen before. Michael’s dad told him to go play and that he would come back for him. He never did. 

From the book, you learn about the life Michael led, the places he lived, the friends he made and how he would try to find the answers as to why he was abandoned and the whereabouts of his parents. Where had his parents gone? 

Michael’s business is doing well and was awarded an environmental award for the ‘green’ houses he had had built. Prior to this award Michael learnt they weren’t as green as he had been led to believe, but was encouraged not to admit to this. Although this went against his better judgement he felt there was no other choice. Little did Michael know that this was to be the catalyst for the most frightening and life threatening experience he could ever endure. 

Michael believes that someone is after him, even entered his house, his daughter’s room, but cannot understand why. He is worried that it has something to do with the houses he has claimed are green, but he is to learn very quickly that this is not the reason. 

Michael discovers he is being followed. Somebody has been in his daughter’s room. There has been a break in at his office and his personal file has been accessed. A text from his wife adds to his fear that something is not right (as they never text) and you discover that somebody else has her phone. 

The backdrop is set and with every page turn you are waiting to know who is after him and why. 

You do not have to wait long before you are introduced to William and Dodge. These two characters are to unleash all manner of hell on Michael and his family. 

As everything escalates and the knowledge that the police cannot be trusted Michael calls in the one person he knows will be there for him and he can trust with his life – which is good as it his and his family’s lives at stake. 

The story that follows is fast paced, frightening and completely engaging. My heart was in my mouth for many a page and the desire to put down the book and hide was at times great! 

The characters are rich, believable and completely engaging. 

As a reader I was rooting for Michael and Shep; two guys, brothers by trust and stamina, not blood to discover why this was happening and stop it. 

William and Dodge, truly evil and sadistic were so real their actions jumped off the page and had me feeling panic and fear. Not just for me but for Michael. 

There is so much to say about this book. I could write for ever. There are so many stories being told throughout it is truly captivating. 

You learn as Michael does why he was abandoned. You learn why Michael had to abandon his child. You learn that the word can be just as powerful as anything you watch on television and just as lasting. 

This book won’t leave me for a long time. 

I bought this book in the charity shop for 30p! I can now confidently buy his books new and if you are looking for a book full of suspense, excitement and great story telling you will too.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 

This review was written by Hannah. Follow her on Twitter. 

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1 comment:

  1. I have actually recently read my first Hurwitz novel myself, which was called The Rains. If you're looking for more fast pacing action and all that then I would really recommend it. I am glad this one was similar and so gripping. I want to read it too now!


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