Saturday, May 31, 2014

My 4th New (non-local) Author in the Month of May

Several weeks ago, I mentioned that I had read Kate White's latest, Eyes on You.  This book is her 9th novel (3 standalones, including this 1, and 6 in the Bailey Weggins series) and 14th book overall.  But it's only my 1st.  I also mentioned that she does a pretty good imitation of Harlen Coben, as far as murder mysteries are concerned.  Well, now that I've had 3 weeks to think about it...I haven't changed my opinion.  I still think it's Coben-like. Let's let Goodreads tell you what it's about.

After losing her on-air job two years ago, television host Robin Trainer has fought her way back and now she’s hotter than ever. With her new show climbing in the ratings and her first book a bestseller, she’s being dubbed a media double threat.

But suddenly, things begin to go wrong. Small incidents at first: a nasty note left in her purse; her photo shredded. But the obnoxious quickly becomes threatening when the foundation the makeup artist uses burns Robin’s face. It wasn’t an accident—someone had deliberately doctored with the product.

An adversary with a dark agenda wants to hurt Robin, and the clues point to someone she works with every day. While she frantically tries to put the pieces together and unmask this hidden foe, it becomes terrifyingly clear that the person responsible isn’t going to stop until Robin loses everything that matters to her . . . including her life.

Why did I like this so much?  I'll tell you.

1.  I did NOT figure out who the murderer was until just about when it was revealed.  (We'll avoid the question of whether that means Kate did a great job - or I'm just slow.)
2.  Not only did I not know who the murderer was, the ones I suspected did NOT include the actual murderer!
3.  She writes really well - again, like Coben.
4.  There's nothing quite like a murder mystery when it's done well.  And this is done very well.
5.  I read so many books that are good that when I read something really good, I appreciate it even more.

Eyes on You hits the stores June 24.  Whatever format you use, I would recommend that you grab this one right away.  It's going to be a big hit - and rightfully so.  A solid 3.5/4.


  1. I must be living beneath a rock. I've not heard of this author before, but you've convinced me to add her to my list. Eyes on You sounds terrific! Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Isn't it fun to come across a very good new author/book when you're not expecting it?

  3. Cool, I've read all of the Baily Weggins books and one of her standalones. She does have that sassy Coben vibe, doesn't she? Looks like I need to get my hands on this one!