The Wrong Man – Kate White [Review]

The Wrong Man is a suspense/mystery novel, written by Kate White. This novel was published in 2015 by Harper Paperbacks. It is a standalone.


The Wrong Man cover. Author Kate White

Quick Review: High intensity suspense novel that kept me glued to the pages. Only negative is that the mystery is easy to figure out.

Blurb for THE WRONG MAN:

She wanted to be more daring, but one small risk is about to cost her everything—maybe even her life.

Bold and adventurous in her work as owner of one of Manhattan’s boutique interior design firms, Kit Finn couldn’t be tamer in her personal life. While on vacation in the Florida Keys, Kit resolves to do something risky for once. When she literally bumps into a charming stranger at her hotel, she decides to make good on her promise and act on her attraction. But back in New York, when Kit arrives at his luxury apartment ready to pick up where they left off in the Keys, she doesn’t recognize the man standing on the other side of the door. Was this a cruel joke or part of something truly sinister? Kit soon realizes that she’s been thrown into a treacherous plot, which is both deeper and deadlier than she could have ever imagined. Now the only way to protect herself, her business, and the people she loves is to find out the true identity of the man who has turned her life upside down.

Adrenaline-charged and filled with harrowing twists at every turn, The

Wrong Man will keep readers riveted until the final page.


Jen’s Review of THE WRONG MAN

I read The Wrong Man because I participated in a blog tour. Although I received a free physical copy for review, my opinions are my own.

This review first appeared on our old blog Books That Hook.


The Wrong Man is an engrossing story about Kit, an interior designer, who gets entangled in a man’s web of deceit and danger after she has a one-night stand with him. If you like stories with murder, lies, insider trading, and mistaken identity, you should check out this new book by Kate White. The author did an excellent job of maintaining suspense by making the character continuously question who she can trust. Also, certain questions linger in the back of your mind, which create an air of mystery.

One of the things I liked best about The Wrong Man was the attention to detail. I appreciated how the author noticed little things and didn’t skip over details. For example, some authors neglect to tell the reader how a character gets from point A to point B. But, Kate White doesn’t do that. I was never confused about what was happening, where the character was, or how she got there.

I also enjoyed the setting descriptions. They painted a picture in my mind without being excessive.

The romance didn’t play a big part in the story. Kit is clearly wanting to find Mr. Right, but it’s not her main concern, because keeping herself alive and her business afloat take precedence. In the only sex scene of the book, it was a nice change to not have to read the play-by-play.

Another aspect of the book that I liked was how the author allowed Kit time to react and sort out her feelings. I felt this made Kit more human, and I didn’t think the scenes of introspection slowed the pace of the story by much.

Kit was a likable character. She is adaptable and, when it counts, is able to take care of herself. She is dedicated to her friends and her job. I liked how she continued to work despite her troubles. It made the story more believable, as compared to books where the character leaves work for weeks or months on end without consequences.

Although the story held my interest, none of the surprises were actually surprises to me. It was easy to figure out early on. I was basically waiting for Kit to figure it out herself. That is the only negative I can think of, and not all readers will feel this way, because the author does a good job of distraction, keeping the characters busy to prolong answering the reader’s questions. For example, there was an item that I knew would become significant, but it took a long time before it actually did. Waiting to find out that item’s significance was part of why I kept turning pages.

Do I Recommend?

Overall, I thought The Wrong Man was a great book. I recommend it to romantic suspense and mystery readers who enjoy books with a strong female lead who is willing to try to take control of the situation by investigating on her own to secure her own safety and peace of mind.

My Rating:  5 out of 5 stars (A)

note: my original rating was 4.5 but I rounded it up to 5 because we no longer use half stars


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About Jen Schaper

In addition to being a book blogger, I am a mother of three children, a retail backroom coordinator, and a wannabe writer (when I make time to do it).
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