Valyruh’s #CBR4 Review #97: You’re Next by Gregg Hurwitz
One of Hurwitz’s most exciting novels, reminding me in some ways of the movie “Enemy of the State,” where the character played by Will Smith has his life shredded by forces beyond his control and for no reason he can fathom—at first. In Hurwitz’s story, contractor Mike Wingate is suddenly being hunted, and his wife and child threatened, by a pair of cold-blooded killers. His life, once so contented, is now hell, and when his wife is stabbed in his home and he is blamed by several law enforcement agencies that appear to be part of the conspiracy against him, he goes on the run with his daughter, trying to stay one step ahead of the killers while discovering why they have targeted him.
In this novel, Hurtwitz does what he often does so well: first, he gives us a breathtaking mystery to untangle, with many layers and twists going way back to Mike’s early past. And second, he gives us a character in Mike who is both good and flawed—just like the rest of us. Mike grew up through the foster system after having been abandoned by his father at age 4, and he has nurtured a deeply-rooted hatred of the man, convinced he murdered Mike’s mother, ever since. Mike grew up with bad-boy Shep, and even did time for Shep in prison, but when his friend became a hardened criminal, Mike parted ways, eventually learning a trade and marrying the woman of his dreams. Now he must call on Shep to help save his life and the lives of his family, while on the run from cops and killers alike.
As always, a well-crafted story with knuckle-biting thrills and real depth to the characters, even the killers themselves. Go scare yourself!