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Friday, April 9, 2010

Hush by Kate White

Hush by Kate White
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Contemporary, suspense
Length: Full (341 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

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?

Full of secrets, sins, and suspense, Hush by Kate White whisks the reader into Lake Warren’s world that is filled with chilling, hair-raising events that escalate at every turn.

With her life coming unraveled, Lake rages at herself because she let her “pathetic need to be desired” overrule her good judgment. Now, she could lose custody of her children and might even be charged with murder. Even though she is a mature 44 years old and a successful marketing consultant, she is out of her depth as she searches for answers about questionable practices at a fertility clinic and the murder of a doctor. Afraid to “come clean” with the police, she treads a dangerous path. After her cat Smokey suffers abuse, Kate runs on adrenaline much of the time as she rushes pell-mell from one lead to the next in an effort to find the truth.

Hush teems with furtive characters with many of them having private agendas—none of which seem geared to Lake’s best interest. None of these characters are developed in depth. However, they all contribute to the reader getting to know Lake’s strengths and weaknesses helping to create empathy for this stressed out woman and mother. Multi-tasking becomes the order of the day as Lake tries to keep some normalcy in her life while dealing with a soon-to-be ex-husband and outwitting those who would have her dead.

Kate White in Hush touches on current issues that many women deal with in today’s society while entertaining the reader with fast-paced events that tumble over each other at times. She also weaves into all the action, Lake’s introspection so the reader gets to know Lake as she comes to know herself, her strengths, and her weaknesses.

Hush grabs the reader’s attention immediately and never lets go until the last word is read.