Wednesday, July 13, 2011

YOU'RE NEXT - Gregg Hurwitz

One of the books I have been pushing on everyone who asks...and some who don't...is Gregg Hurwitz's new thriller YOU'RE NEXT. I reviewed this one for Shelf Awareness and am reposting it here with their permission. This book will most definitely be on my favorite reads list for 2011. It's incredible. Hope you enjoy.

First line: "The four-year-old boy stirs in the backseat of the station wagon, his body little more than a bump beneath the blanket draped over him, his hip sore where the seat belt's buckle presses into it."

Gregg Hurwitz, author of The Crime Writer and They’re Watching, takes his fast-paced, action-packed writing to a new level in You’re Next. Alternating between past and present, Hurwitz reveals the history of Michael, whose father abandoned him on a playground at the age of four. Michael fights for everything he achieves by adulthood, so when that life is threatened, he won’t go down without a fight.

Readers may not notice immediately, but Hurwitz’s creative manipulation of sentence structure and language works to build the novel’s tone, its pacing and even its characters. Hurwitz is acutely aware how much the simplest of details can alter a plot, so he stealthily makes every last one count.

In the end, however, authentic character relationships charge this electrifying thriller. The themes and plot are built on the relationships, and the characters are defined by their relationships. It’s Hurwitz’s ability to illustrate the potency of these human connections that will make readers laugh, cry and stay up far past their bed times.

You’re Next is Gregg Hurwitz’s finest work to date. His passion shines through in tight plotting, witty dialogue, and emotional imagery. Hurwitz goes beyond current issues and examines the very heart of human issues. He is not just a writer for those who appreciate crime fiction or thriller novels, he’s an artist for those who appreciate superior writing.

Step right up and experience the phenomenon that is Gregg Hurwitz. You’re next.

You're Next is available in hardcover cover St. Martin's Press (ISBN: 978-0312534912) and on audio from Brilliance Audio (ISBN: 978-1-4233-8097-9), narrated by Scott Brick.

5 comments:

BettyB July 13, 2011 at 8:59 AM  

I just listened to this on cd. It was fantastic. Of course, Scott Brick is a great narrator but this book would be wonderful in print, too.

Swapna July 13, 2011 at 9:18 AM  

Great review! I'm hoping to read this one soon.

rhapsodyinbooks July 13, 2011 at 12:23 PM  

Oh I so hate when you love and push a book, because then I know I will love it also, and it just makes my TBR pile all the larger! Thanks for the great review!

Jen July 14, 2011 at 6:26 AM  

Jill, you made my day! :-)

Perry St Lawyer November 11, 2011 at 6:51 PM  

Looking for something. Just finished a Karin Slaughter book. I recall your recommendation for an early Gregg Hurwitz book which I loved. Your're Next is next!

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