Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Review: Hush by Kate White

Book: Hush by Kate White
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Rating: B
For: TLC Book Tour
From: TLC/ Publisher

When I do these TLC book tour books, I'm emailed a huge list of books from which I can pick. Often I end up choosing books that become a favorite of the year, which is really quite cool. But sometimes it doesn't go that way. This book, while I enjoyed it fine, wasn't one of my favorites. Actually, it's going to be hard to review, because there were parts I liked and parts I didn't. So, I figure the best way to go about it is to just list those different parts.

But first a little summary. Lake, our heroine, is suffering a divorce when the story opens. She learns that her husband hopes to fight for custody of her kids. This makes her worry that her every move is being noted. Which makes things especially bad when she has a one night fling with the cute new doctor at the clinic... and wakes up to find him murdered right there in the bed! She's scared to say a word, but ends up getting all involved in the solving of the mystery.

What I Liked:

- Of course, I was curious to know "whodunnit." Because, also of course, I will never be able to figure these things out. I'm a clueless reader! As with all mystery books, there's a murder up front and nearly all the characters are under suspicion.

- I enjoyed the plot and it kept me turning the page. Lake works at an infertility clinic where there's curious things a foot. She gets overly involved at trying to crack the silence and it's all quite interesting and disturbing the things she unravels.

-- There were parts that were quite scary, which I enjoyed. I wish there were more of that. The end especially was creepy.

What I Didn't Like

- She has a one night stand at the beginning, as mentioned above. I began to worry that if the rest of the book was like the description of this incident, I'd have to quit! Yeah, let's just say I like a little more left to the imagination.

- For me, the writing style itself was dry and unemotional. It didn't get me involved like I wanted to be.. except for those few scary parts I mentioned above. And like I said, I really wished there had been more of that character-in-peril sort of stuff.

-- Speaking of the characters, and maybe because of the detached writing style, I wasn't very invested in them. It makes me sad when this happens!

But all that being said, I flew through the book quite fast, which means it was the proverbial page turner! My issues with it may just be the fact that mystery isn't my normal genre and one that I tend just not to get.

Bottom line: I liked it.

Other places to find out about Kate White and her book Hush:

Other stops on the TLC Blog Tour:

Tuesday, February 1st: Colloquium
Monday, February 7th: Reviews from the Heart
Tuesday, February 8th: Teresa’s Reading Corner
Monday, February 14th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Wednesday, February 16th: Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Monday, February 21st: Life In Review
Tuesday, February 22nd: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books
Wednesday, February 23rd: After ‘I Do’
Thursday, February 24th: Rundpinne
Monday, February 28th: Life in the Thumb
Tuesday, March 1st: Alison’s Book Marks
Wednesday, March 2nd: Stacy’s Books


  1. LOL! Finally! A book you didn't fully like! ;-)

  2. Suey my are such a similar reader to me. I laughed a bit when you said that you are a clueless
    reader with the "whodunnit". Same here, same here. LOL

    Oops...your reasons for why you did not like it would be reasons for me to stop reading the book. Sorry to say, I will not be picking up this book. Although, to be fair,I probably would not have anyway because I am not huge into murder mystery type books.

    Love the photo of the authur though. She looks like she would be fun to have at a gab session over coffee.

  3. I'm sorry this one wasn't such a good fit for you but I'm glad you liked it (for the most part) in the end. And I'm glad that you didn't have to stop reading after that first one night stand! LOL

    Thanks for being on the tour Suey!

  4. I liked this one too. I think you'd enjoy her Bailey Weggins series since there's a bit more character development.



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