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The Wrong Man

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  1,334 ratings  ·  101 reviews
Scott Freeman is a man of reason–a college professor grounded in the rational and practical. But he becomes uneasy after finding an anonymous love letter hidden in his daughter’s room: “No one could ever love you like I do. No one ever will. We will be together forever. One way or another.” But the reality of Ashley’s plight far exceeds Scott’s worst suspicions.

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Paperback, 512 pages
Published May 29th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published 2006)
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Kelly
Wow... this book was really one heck of a ride!! Filled with suspense and uncertainty from the first page to the very last, I could barely force myself to put it down along the way. The story centers around a man's relentless stalking of college student Ashley Freeman after they have a drunken one-night-stand. While Ashley considers the whole event a meaningless "mistake", Michael is convinced they are meant to be together forever, no matter what it takes. A typical stalker's obsession develops, ...more
Gissel Arvizu
Oct 30, 2014 Gissel Arvizu is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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Woow hoy tuve la dicha de comprar el libro en la tienda, nunca he leido un libro de este autor, espero que no me decepcione<3
Emily
Pg 91:
The passages at the end of each chapter between 2 nameless characters who don't seem to be any of the main characters are kind of annoying. Right now I feel like they aren't adding anything and are just slowing me down.

Finished:
The book might have been creepier if it had focused more on the family than on the bad guy. It's kind of hard to develop tension or terror when you have to read his every inane thought, even if there's no reason or explanation for them. I would have preferred a mor
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William
OK..I am officially skittish about writing a review of a book in the thriller genre. It seems that what thrills one may not thrill another and that while sex and violence sells its a turn on for some and less so for others. That said there is some but remarkably little overt sex and violence in this book. This is a book about mind games and what rational people will do in irrational situations. Its about coincidences and what happens when a truly smart but demented character manipulates those ci ...more
Jessica
Una trama que en lo particular no me llamaría mucho la atención si no fuera por que el autor es John Katzenbach, sin embargo me lleve una sorpresa y una decepción al mismo tiempo; dejen me explico, me sorprendió lo entretenida que esta la historia (pensé que seria peor) pero me decepciono que (tenia una pequeña esperanza) no fuera tan bueno como El Psicoanalista; pero como seria injusto comparar un libro con otro vayamos de lleno al asunto.

Lo que mas me gusto de la historia es la intriga con la
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LJ
THE WRONG MAN (Suspense-New England-Cont) – DNF
Katzenbach, John – Standalone
Ballantine Books, 2006, US Hardcover – ISBN: 0345464834

First Sentence: Would you like to hear a story?

Divorced professor Scott Freeman finds a crumpled note in the back of his college daughter’s dresser drawer that makes him very uncomfortable. Although his daughter, Ashley, has not said anything to him, his ex-wife or her partner, perceives a tone of threat and possession in the note. From that, begins a story of what a
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JoAnn/QuAppelle
This book could have been edited by about 100 pages. It just rambled on and on and on. Too long and too much.

Okay, so let's assume that the stalking laws do not work and what these characters tried to put into motion was the only way to deal with O'Connell. What a bunch of bumblers. No one checked the gun to see if it was ready to fire. No one thought of the fact that perhaps after they framed O'Connell he might get off on an insanity plea. Oy vey. And there were a LOT of inconsistencies in this
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Samyra Serrano
ASDASFAGSAFOMGWTF... Katzenbach no sé cómo le hace para crear tantas historias diferentes y atraparte en cada una de ellas. Involucrándote con cada personaje que él te narra y haciéndote sentir toda clase de sentimientos mientras devoras sus páginas, diciéndote "otro capítulo más" cada noche.
A pesar de que El hombre equivocado empieza un poco lento, a medida de que todo avanza, la trama se vuelve casi irresistible de dejar de leer hasta llegar al final y derramar lágrimas cuando terminas el útli
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Maurizio Crispi
In generale i romanzi di Katzenbach mi piacciono molto, anche se - in llinea di massima - sono un po' "bulky" e farragginosi.,
Ma gli intrighi sono interessanti e la macchina narrativa è, in generale, ben costruita.
Ho letto (ma in lingua originale) il successivo "Red 1-2-3", in cui - cambiando i personaggi e le situazioni la storia e le soluzioni adottate dai protagonisti per venire fuori da una "persecuzione" sono alquanti simili.
Qui - non starò a raccontare la trama - la soluzione dell'Autore
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Karenkas
me encantó, me hizo vivir muchas cosas del pasado pero a la vez provocó muchas emociones en mi y a pesar de que las últimas palabras no han sido mis favoritas de John estuvo excelente agradezco mucho el haberlo leído y agradezco de manera infinita al hmmm que me lo regaló ya que tenía mucho tiempo queriendo leerlo y al fin lo acabé
Erin
This was an AWESOME suspense book, and sure to turn anybody off of a one night stand. A college girl has too many drinks and sleeps with the wrong guy. When he starts stalking her, he makes life difficult for anybody who tries to protect her. This book kept me blue from holding my breath from beginning to end.
Misstae
the book started out real good, very intense and attention grabbing.. then it kept dragging on.. and on and on. after a while, i got kinda bored with it and when i finally did make it to the ending it was rather disappointing. i wont be in any rush to read another book from this author.
Stephen Terrell
This book is a formula book. I found both the plot and the characters to be contrived. It is like the author sat with a formula for a thriller, and pecked out this novel. It seems to lack any real passion in the writing or creativeness in the plot or the characters.

The bad guy is too smart, always able to do things to these bright people without them knowing how to counter it. The good guys are too whiney and helpless. The law is too inept. Even the spunky old grandma (call Central Casting, ple
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The Wrong Man features a particularly nasty villain named Michael O'Connell. After having a one-night stand with lovely art student Ashley Freeman, O'Connell begins to stalk her relentlessly. When she tries to reason with him, he merely smirks and tells her that eventually she will understand that they are destined to be together. Ashley would prefer not to involve her family in her problems, but eventually her father Scott, a college history professor, and her mother, Sally, a lawyer, find out
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Franzi
"Das Opfer" ist mein 3.Buch von dem Autor John Katzenbach und hat mal wieder gezeigt wieso ich diesen Schriftsteller so sehr liebe. *Katzenbach-Fanfähnchen schwenk* Erwähnenswert ist jedoch, dass dieses Buch etwas ansders ist. Während man in "Die Anstalt" und "Der Patient" eine Hauptperson hat, die man die ganze Zeit über verfolgt, hat man in "Das Opfer" gleich mehrere, aber man verliert keinesfalls deswegen die Übersicht. Erzählt wird die Geschichte von einer Frau, von der man erst am Ende erf ...more
Martha Molina
Hace meses que deseaba leer este libro; por fortuna mi cuñado lo compró para mi hermana; como ella tenía múltiples ocupaciones, le pedí que me lo prestara. Tardó un tiempo en que cayera en mis manos, pero la espera valió la pena.
La historia es contada en tercera persona, saltando de un personaje a otro. El autor introduce dos voces: una, que es como él mismo, quien trata de desentrañar el conflicto que envolvió a los Freeman. Y la otra, un personaje femenino y misterioso que comenta como sucedi
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Lucas Rodriguez
"El hombre equivocado" es la novela más nueva de John Katzenbach, en donde demuestra una vez más su maestría al construir una novela de puro suspense psicológico, que caracterizo a todos sus anteriores trabajos.

La historia comienza cuando una mujer decide contarle la historia a un hombre; una historia de amor, dice ella, amor obsesivo que llevó a un hombre a hacer infinidades de cosas por conquistar al amor de su vida. Intercalando la charla de estos dos personajes (uno casualmente sería Katzenb
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Roth
John Katzenbach is the master of the psychological thriller. He keeps you on the edge of your seat at the same time that he fully fleshes out three dimensional characters that are believable I enjoy reading all of his books and this one did not disappoint.

The plot is engrossing and horrifyingly real, considering anyone can become a victim of romantic obsession and unfortunately, people like Michael O'Connell (obsessive stalker with more than above average computer hacking skills) really do exist
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Ana Ávila
John… Oh, John Katzenbach… ¿Por qué me haces esto?

Yo, leyendo los últimos capítulos de “El Hombre Equivocado”:
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Scott Freeman a college professor grounded in the rational and practical, he becomes uneasy after finding an anonymous love letter hidden in his daughter's room. But the reality of Ashley's plight far exceeds Scott's worst suspicions. One drink too many had led Ashley, a beautiful, bright art student, into what she thought was just a fling with a blue-collar bad boy. But now, no amount of pleading or reasoning can discourage his phone calls, ardent e-mails, and constant, watchful gaze. The harde ...more
Olivier
Malón. Me gusta mucho la descripción que hace Katzenbach de los personajes principales y cómo plantea las distintas problemáticas entre ellos. Pero el mentado hombre equivocado del título resulta ser un súper súper villano, prácticamente omnipresente e invulnerable. Su personalidad no está bien definida, el autor sólo se empeña en mostrar cuán malvado es y cae en contradicciones muy obvias. En momentos plantea que lo que más disfruta el personaje es el momento de la planeación; y en otras ocasio ...more
Natalia Jimena
Un libro muy interesante, una lectura que se te va de las manos, una trama un poco enredada, pero un buen libro, a pesar de eso no le doy las 5 estrellas porque para mi siento que le falto caché...falto un poco más de los personajes, cerrar con ellos, no solo quedarte con la idea de que tienen un peso de consciencia en los hombros.

A pesar de eso, recomiendo este libro, para mi no es un libro más es un libro un poco educativo, ya que hablar del tema de la obsesión, amor, una mujer y la falta de l
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Angel
Esperaba un final más sangriento, pero no se puede toda en esta vida.
sillopillo
Sul filo del rasoio dall'inizio alla fine...
Devo essere sincero: ho acquistato il libro per le recensioni positive e per il prezzo basso (0,99 in versione Kindle) poiche' non conoscevo assolutamente l'autore. Devo dire che sono stati soldi, pochi :), ben spesi.
Il libro e' avvincente dall'inizio alla fine ed e' scritto in modo da suscitare tensione e angoscia nel lettore che inevitabilmente si immedesima nei personaggi. Vincente a mio parere anche il racconto intrecciato alla fine di ciascun capi
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Annika
Amazing! Couldn't lay it down for 1 sec!!
Anaelisab
Historia de suspenso, en donde un sujeto se obsesiona de una chica con quien tan solo tuvo una cita... Esta entretenido el libro, un poco lento pero siempre te mantiene alerta a lo inesperado.
Natalia Sulca
Ah! What a book. An excellent idea. It definitely shows us what people are willing to do in extreme situations. In the beginning, I wasn't sure I'd like it to much. It was too long, and so detailed that it felt more like a story than a thriller. Still, The writing was great, and it kept me entertained until the end where I realized that a story is exactly what it was meant to be.
I am sad though. Did he have to kill off my favorite character? Geeze!
Ah well. I will defenitly read this author's o
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Manugw
EXCEEDINGLY WELL WRITTEN
This is one of the best thrillers I've ever read in a long time, it has an outstanding and riveting plot, more than great character development, gut wrenching situations, appropiate pace and a very unexpected crafted ending brightly conceived. It also features polished, colorful prose, The author at the top of his talent gave shape to an extremely compelling novel that I've enjoyed a lot. Even the title of the book holds a surprise. A state of the art thriller worthy to b
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Daniela Alejandra
Es excelente, te mantiene siempre tenso con las cosas que pasan, lo único que podría quejarme es que el final quizás fue muy rebuscado, Ashley y Catherine tenían la mejor salida, pero todos se enredaron... Pero a fin de cuentas es un excelente libro
Cristina_velvet
Considero El hombre equivocado como una buena introducción al autor, porque estoy segura de que leeré más obras de Katzenbach. Sin embargo, esperaba un ritmo más acelerado, más acción. Lo mejor ha sido el personaje malo, porque me daba miedo DE VERDAD. Una buena historia donde vemos qué estamos dispuestos a hacer por nuestra familia.

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John Katzenbach is a U.S. author of popular fiction. Son of Nicholas Katzenbach, former United States Attorney General, John worked as a criminal court reporter for the Miami Herald and Miami News , and a featured writer for the Herald’s Tropic magazine. He is married to Madeleine Blais and they live in western Massachusetts.

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