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Mike Wingate had a rough childhood ? he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted - he's happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old d ...more
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Published July 5th 2011 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2011)
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Ron Hummer
At the very least, the opening of You’re Next starts off in a terrifying way. Here is Mike Wingate, 4 years old, who is about to abandoned by his father. In the readers mind, you have to say to yourself that there is no excuse for a parent to do this yet this is the opening scene and you’re left to wonder what is going to happen to Mike as a result of this.
From there, the point of view shifts from Mike being a family man with a wife and daughter to his days in an orphanage where his only frie
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Susan
This is one of the best mystery thrillers I have read this year.
The story opens with a distraught father, who finds himself with no other choice but to leave his young son on a strange playground, far from their home. The poor young boy is of no help to the authorities because of his age and unfortunately must be put into the foster care system. His young life, by far, was not at all a great experience, however, he did learn some very valuable lessons that down the road, may just help save his
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Kia
So you know where I'm coming from: 1) I am a suspense fan; ordinary fiction can seldom keep me interested, and 2) I am a mom of two young children with a husband, a full time job and precious little free time, so I don't like to spend that free time being brought down or caused emotional pain. Therefore, when I read thrillers, I can only tolerate so much stress, violence, and misery. I am a Hurwitz fan so I can attest that he does a good job keeping the thrills turned up and the misery under con ...more
Sean Peters
Another new author for me, and a author I will read more, as I enjoyed this book, although a tiny let down with the last part of the book.

Thrillers don't get much more tense than when a child's welfare is threatened and in Gregg Hurwitz's You're Next there are two. One is the daughter of Mike Wingate, a property developer who has made a few mistakes in his life, but nothing so serious that his eight year-old daughter Kat should be threatened by two particularly nasty individuals. What is even mo
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KaNeshia Michelle
You're Next is a book that you read between your fingers. The action is so intense, and you're so gripped in tight to your characters, well, you feel what they feel. So, when they're in danger, and they're hurting, and there are no options left for them, you can almost feel yourself breathing differently, your stomach is in a ball of butterflies, but you're ready for fight.

Gregg Hurwitz gives a great, polished work. Of course, in this review, i have to give a disclaimer. I will be going over thi
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Darlene Quinn
At several points I would have rated this book as a 5 star, at others a 2. The writing is excellent. Where I had a problem was in the plotting which while good, it only became clear very close to the end. I may not have gotten to the clarification had I not purchased the book in audio. I felt the writer withheld too much from the reader which made the motivation unclear and difficult to follow. The danger the main character found himself in made as little sense me, the reader, as it did to the ...more
James Glass
I thought this was a very well written story. The plot moved along at a good speed . The characters were realistic. Mike Wingate was abandoned by his father at a foster home when he was four. As he grows up in the school of hard knocks he befriends a fellow foster kid named Shep. As they grow up, Shep becomes a felon, while Mike settles down with a wife and daughter. Then out of nowhere his life is threatened and he must do everything he can to keep him and his family alive. He turns to Shep for ...more
Susan
I became frustrated with the main character early on in the book. He is supposed to be somewhat streetwise due to growing up in foster care. As a child he was able to remain calm in a crises and act with conviction once he'd made up his mind. As an adult, he is reminded me of the annoying screaming woman in bad scary movies. He often acts and speaks before thinking, putting his family in danger as he does so. I probably stuck with it as long as I did because I was listening to the audio book on ...more
Victoria
Average. I was enjoying it up until it got to the part with the casino, then it just got ridiculous.
Jenny
really enjoyed this book. I have never read a Gregg Hurwitz book but I am so grateful that I have been introduced to his writing.

This book hooks you from the very start. Mike Wingate is left abandoned as a child and cannot remember anything about his father except that he had blood on his sleeve. He spends his childhood waiting for his dad to come back for him. He befriends another young boy and the two are constantly in trouble. Mike decides to change his life around but Shep continues a life o
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Alla
“You’re next” by Gregg Hurwirz trails Michael Wingate—a real estate developer who thinks he has his life made, until two thugs called William and Dodge track him down and threaten him during his award ceremony with the governor.

Mike quickly goes over possible motives. Can it be connected to the sudden discovery of PVC pipes under his newly-completed green house land? Or is it somehow related to his past—where, at age four, he was mysteriously abandoned by his father at the playground even as he
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Having never read a Gregg Hurwitz and having read some favourable reviews I was looking forward to getting my teeth into another new author. The book isn't slow on the uptake and the first couple of chapters is spent introducing up to Mike, his wife Annabel and their adorable but incredibly bright daughter Kat (what a great name?!?).

Mike was brought up in a foster home and was seemingly abandoned when he was a young child. Having not had the best start in life he has literally turned his life ar
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Lori
Scott Brick, the narrator, mentioned this as one of the best stories he's ever read. It was VERY compelling and had me guessing at every turn. In our modern world what would you do if suddenly you found yourself and your family trailed/hunted down for what appears to be no reason at all? This story reminded me of the old Tom Selleck movie, "An Innocent Man" or even a modern, interesting very jazzed up version of Kafka's The Trial which I truly hated but the storyline is essentially the same...in ...more
Donna
Jul 10, 2011 Donna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Donna by: Danuta
Shelves: library, 2011, favorites
Woah, this was a good one!!! Gripping or what?

Mike WIngate is a building contractor doing the right thing by his daughter by building an estate of environmentally friendly houses. However he discovers that the company who laid the drainage system for the whole estate took his money but laid PVC pipes. He is persuaded to cover this up however by the powers that be in the state governor's office.

After Mike guiltily accepts an award for his green project, he is threatened by two men, and is then s
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Melora
The only reason this was 2 rather than 1 star, is because it was a fast read. I found the story farfetched and yet simultaneously clichéd, with the delayed explanation (of why everyone wants to kill the main character) thoroughly unconvincing and ridiculous. The Bad Guys kept coming back to life like the Terminator, and the Good Guys were way too difficult to kill. The only character who was at all likable was Shep; even the daughter was an irritating brat. In spite of all the suspense and the c ...more
Marian
Ohh myyy..this was my first time reading one of Greg Huwritz books.Why didn't someone tell me his books were THIS good!I gladly without any doubt in my mind,give this book a 5/5.I would give it more if I could.So hard for me to put this book down.If your looking for a thriller to read and want non stop action,this is, THEE book, for you.Thank you Mr.Greg Huwritz for an awesome novel:)
Deborah Ledford
Looking for a great thriller? Well, Gregg Hurwitz has done it again with his latest YOU'RE NEXT. A rollercoaster ride featuring heroes so spot-on you can't help but fear for and villains so terrifying you can only pray never drop into your life. Hurwitz's dialogue is some of the best in print. Fantastic read.
T. Edmund
You're Next is the consummate thriller novel; the main character Mike W is a 'getting there' middle-class builder with a 'fosterling' past, a beautiful yet precocious daughter and a wife that matches. Somewhat randomly his family is tormented by a pair of dicey strangers, and he has to call on his dubious childhood friend 'Shep' to help them out.

Everything about this novel is the ideal crime-thriller, a good balance between creep factor and straight out action, pure-evil bad-guys and desperate g
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Lori L (She Treads Softly)
In You're Next by Gregg Hurwitz, Mike Wingate, who was abandoned by his father when he was four and grew up in the foster-care system, has worked hard to build himself a life of stability. He is happily married to Annabel, father of Kat, and a successful home developer. Following the publication of his picture in the paper, a couple of hired heavies show up at an awards ceremony honoring Mike. They know all about his family and clearly are trying to threaten them.

Mike inexplicably finds himself
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Marleen
Gregg Hurwitz's “You’re Next” is an utterly captivating read. A page-turner like I haven't read in a long time. I immensely appreciated the juxtaposition of appealing and relatable characters confronted to this terrifying threat - and not knowing why!!?? There were moments I jumped out of my skin because the suspense and danger got to me.
In essence it's a story of a father who will do anything to keep his family alive.
That father is Mike Wingate (35ish), abandoned by his father at the age of f
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Heidi
A bit far fetched at times but generally good entertainment.
Judi/Judith Riddle
This is my first Gregg Hurwitz novel and if his others are anything like this I will be reading a lot of them. I love an action/thriller that hits the ground running and then takes me on a roller-coaster ride through the rest of it. This is that kind of novel.

The only part of Mike Wingate’s early past that he remembers is that his father took him on a long drive when he was four years old, dropped him off at a playground and left him there alone. From there he grew up in foster homes. He and his
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Pamela
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Michael Doe Wingate was four years old when his dad left him abandoned at a playground. Michael grew up in the brutal foster care system that he survived with the help of his foster brother, Shep. Michael and Shep parted company as adults when Shep decided to become a criminal. Mike marries, has a daughter, and owns a profitable construction company. Life is good until his wife is nearly murdered and his daughter kidnapped and he doesn’t know why. Michael only knows one person who can help him f

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Randy
Mike Wingate was living the perfect life. Happily married with a precocious eight year old daughter, his construction company has just completed a "green" housing development that will set them up for life. Not bad for a boy abandoned at four by his father and raised in a foster home. The only memory he has of his father is, "It's not your fault, Mike!" and his father's sleeve with a dark spot, suddenly bright red when he moves it into the light.

Something from his past, a past he doesn't remembe
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Martin Belcher
I'll begin by saying I would not normally have picked this book to read. My friend Tracy gave it to me, she loved it and asked me to give it a try. This was one hell of a suspenseful thrill ride of a book, it has more twists and up and downs than your average roller coaster. Mike Wingate is a man with a hidden past, he was left one day at a young age by his father alone in a kids play park with the intention to keep him safe from harm, his father never returned for him and Mike not knowing his p ...more
Vivian
Imagine being dropped off and abandoned at a playground as a four-year-old child. Now imagine that you spend the next fourteen years in the foster care system and the only "family" you now have is basically a juvenile delinquent. You don't know why your parents disappeared or even what your last name was but you are determined to turn your life around. This is Michael Wingate's life in YOU'RE NEXT by Gregg Hurwitz.

This psychological thriller builds layer upon layer of intrigue by providing glim
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Ina



What would you do to protect your family?

Mike Wingate is a happy man who has a fantastic wife and a fantastic daughter. He is proud of who he has become despite his sad childhood. As a boy he got abandoned at a playground in an unfamiliar place. His father left him there without knowing why. But he do knows and remembers that his dad acted weird that day and if he remembers correctly, his dad also got a red spot on his shirt.

But despite that sad and not understanding why his dad left him, Mike h
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Jacqui
I recently had the opportunity to preview Gregg Hurwitz's new novel "You're Next". It does not disappoint. This is a thriller which will engage and more importantly frighten you till the end. The novel begins with a father forced to leave his son behind and pray foster homes will save him, while he runs from the forces of evil, only to suffer a horrible death. The young boy (Mike) grows up in a foster home and goes through the predictable traumas both physically and mentally, trying to answer th ...more
Michael
In an interesting plot, Mike Wingate is left at a playground by his father when Mike was age four. His father's last words to him were that it wasn't Mike's fault. Then Mike's father disappeared from his life.

Mike was raised in a foster home and befriended a boy named Shep. They became inseparable, as close as brothers. However, they were wild and unruly. Trouble followed the boys.

Mike got some breaks and with hard work, built up his construction business. He found happiness with his wife, Abaga
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