Title: Hush: A Novel
Author: Kate White
Release Date: March 2, 2010
Rating: 4 out of 5
Lake Warren has a lot going on in her life right now. She and her husband are going through divorce proceedings, and he recently shocked her by filing for full custody of their two children. She’s also working on a marketing campaign for a fertility clinic, and one of the doctors joining the practice has caught her eye. At his welcome dinner, Lake finds the flirtatious Dr. Keaton irresistible and ends up going home with him after the dinner is over. When the unthinkable happens and Lake can’t trust the police or anyone at the clinic, she begins her own investigation into the clinic’s practices.
Hush is an exciting and suspenseful novel with multiple mysteries at its core. White did an excellent job making the novel thrilling and difficult to put down. When I sat down with it, I planned to only read a few pages. Hush had other plans, however – from the second I picked up this novel, I could not put it down.
There are multiple storylines in Hush and they all are interesting. From Lake’s custody battle to the goings-on at the fertility clinic, White did a wonderful job taking disparate threads and weaving them into a tight, cohesive whole. As a result, readers will race through this novel, trying to uncover who is behind the events. When the perpetrator is finally revealed, readers will be surprised – White does a great job making the ending believable, yet difficult to guess.
Lake is an interesting character who really gets in over her head in Hush. She decides to play detective, but the more she uncovers, the more frightening things become. It’s interesting to watch her draw on her resources and try to keep her cool, especially when she is scared and alone. I have to admit, some of her decisions bothered me, but they were made at emotional times so it’s understandable why she did what she did.
Hush was an gripping read that I definitely recommend to fans of mysteries and thrillers. I’ll definitely be going back to read some of Kate White’s other works.